THE WORLD BANK GROUP.Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2014, the WBG committed $65.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally. The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.GLOBAL PRACTICES & CROSS-CUTTING SOLUTIONS AREASThe new operating model is part of a broader internal reform aimed at delivering the best of the World Bank Group to our clients, so that together we can achieve the twin goals of (1) ending extreme poverty by 2030, and (2) promote shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every developing country.THE ROLE OF THE WBG IN TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESSThe World Bank Group is renewing its commitment to systematically strengthen its engagement on trade and competitiveness issues in pursuit of the Twin Goals. A newly constituted Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C) brings together diverse World Bank and IFC Advisory units around a common vision: sustained economic growth, productivity gains, job creation, and rising incomes for developing countries to eradicate poverty and boost shared prosperity. T&C’s mission is to serve as a trusted partner for countries that seek to develop dynamic and resilient economies, expand market opportunities, and enable private initiative. To this end, T&C supports global and country efforts to boost the volume and value of trade, enhance the investment climate, improve competitiveness in sectors, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship.T&C boasts a global footprint with about 500 staff working in over 80 locations around the world. T&C’s current portfolio comprises 161 World Bank active and pipeline lending operations, totaling $5.5 billion in commitments; over $300 million in active IFC Advisory Services projects; and nearly 350 knowledge and advisory activities in over 100 countries. To ensure that the Bank Group is at the forefront of knowledge and development practice, T&C has enriched its offerings and organized them under four global themes. Trade, investment climate, competitive sectors, and innovation and entrepreneurship form the core competencies of T&C. Under trade, the Global Practice supports trade policy and cooperation, trade facilitation and logistics, trade performance, and competition policies. T&C’s offering under investment climate covers business environment reform as well as investment policies. Competitive sectors work focuses on sector or industry-specific policies and growth, as well as spatial growth and investment strategies. Under innovation and entrepreneurship, T&C helps strengthen innovation and technology policies, strategies, and financing, and it promotes entrepreneurship and SME development.T&C is also creating space for Bank-wide collaboration on five cross-cutting topics. These are global value chains, connecting to markets and opportunities, catalyzing firm productivity, private sector development in FCS, and promoting green competitiveness. This work will push the operational and knowledge frontiers.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.Background / General description
DRThe Senior Private Sector Specialist will be a key member of Trade and Competitiveness (T&C) MENA team, leading various operational assignments, including advisory activities and services. The position requires a motivated and seasoned private sector specialist, with strong experience in the investment climate space, entrepreneurship and youth employment, particularly in Tunisia or/and in the Middle East and North Africa. It requires strong interpersonal and client engagement skills, experience working with both government counterparts and the private sector. The candidate should have strong program management skills and a commitment to work in a multi-sectoral environment in a developing country context. S/He will have at least 8 years’ combined working experience in the investment climate space, investment policy promotion, youth employability and private sector development. S/He will have demonstrable experience with using networks for collaboration in both operations and knowledge management. S/He will demonstrate ability to manage multiple and complex projects.He or she will be expected to lead important activities (or components) and expected to engage with clients at the senior level. He or she will be expected to act as task team leader on key engagements, and will work closely with IFC investment and advisory teams, as well as World Bank teams from different Global Practices and the Country Management Unit. Experience with the IFC and the World Bank will be a strong plus.Duties will include, but are not be limited to, the following: • Lead/contribute to the policy dialogue on the investment climate topics, including business regulations, legal, regulatory and institutional issues related to the business environment; investment policy, investment promotion with key government and private sector counterparts in Tunisia and other MENA countries.• Lead/contribute to IFC and World Bank engagements on employment, skills and entrepreneurship in Tunisia and other Maghreb countries.• Contribute as core team member to private sector consultations, working closely with private sector associations, including, as appropriate sectoral federations • The candidate is expected to contribute and link-up with T&C’s global investment climate teams, as well as the Innovation and entrepreneurship team and the Competitive Sectors team. He or she will be expected to share knowledge and information and contribute, as appropriate, to global knowledge generation and dissemination.• Work closely with IFC and WB country management teams to ensure the integration of relevant T&C issues articulated in the Country Partnership Frameworks and country work programs. As required the candidate will produce technical notes, briefings, presentations, donor reports, etc. • Support in developing effective coordination with other Global Practices (GPs), key clients and development partners. The candidate will be expected to engage in business development by establishing strategic relationships with country clients, donors, and IFC and WB management.• The candidate will manage different advisory projects oversee budget management, project reporting, procurement of consultants, results measurement, donor relationships, as well as facilitate cross learning across projects, regions and best practices.• The candidate will be leading policy dialogue with client governments at the highest level on T&C topics and represent the IFC and/or the World Bank at public forums and meetings, as well as contribute to tasks as requested by the MENA Practice manager and/or World Bank and IFC Tunisia Country management.• Supporting the overall strategy of T&C in the Maghreb countries, and MENA region in general.• Identifying, contracting and managing experts and consultants and ensuring high quality of deliverables. • The selected candidate will be expected to produce independently important and complex policy reports and take responsibility over important components of TA/advisory and lending projects, as well as leading lending operations and policy work.• Contribute to mentoring new or more junior T&C MENA staff.Duties and Accountabilities
SCThe position requires a motivated and seasoned private sector specialist, with strong experience in the investment climate space as well as youth employment, skills and industry-specific issues. The candidate should have strong interpersonal and client engagement skills, strong program management skills and a commitment to work in a multi-sectoral environment in a developing country context. S/He will have at least 8 years’ combined working experience in the investment climate/youth employment/skills/industry space. S/He will have demonstrable experience with using networks for collaboration in both operations and knowledge management.The successful candidate will have:• Master degree in law, business, economics, public policy or a closely related field.• Preferably 8 years of relevant experience in private sector development policy, including on investment climate, entrepreneurship and youth employability issues • Experience working in Tunisia and/or Maghreb region is a strong plus. • Proven track record of leading engagements that included part of the following: investment climate policy design, investment policy promotion, legal/regulatory review and/or drafting of legislation and regulation, youth employability/entrepreneurship working with the private sector, international organizations and government • Effective project management skills, in particular government-facing technical assistance projects, as well as capacity to contribute to and influence policy discussions at the senior government level. • Ability and willingness to prepare and supervise multiple and complex projects including – leading project supervision and completion reports, overseeing result and impact measurement activities, producing donor reports and technical notes, etc.• Ability to understand and analyze complex problems and develop innovative approaches. Proven ability to manage complex projects and programs. • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and liaise effectively with clients and colleagues. • Ability to supervise teams and mentor junior staff.• Ability to work across sectors – The candidate is expected to work within or lead multi-sector teams and should be able to understand, conceptualize, and operationalize linkage between different policies and/or programs. • Written and verbal Communication – Demonstrates a strong command of all forms of communication and delivers messages in a consistently effective, timely and engaging manner.• Client Orientation – The candidate should demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate emerging opportunities aligned with WBG strategy, and challenges others to remove barriers and deliver beyond client expectations.• Ability to gain the trust and respect of country counterparts and colleagues in other sectors, regions and the IFC, while maintaining objectivity and clear focus on the World Bank Group’s mission; • Fluency in English, Arabic and French is required.• Familiarity with IFC advisory operations will be an added advantageThe World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.IFC values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of IFC member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.Selection Criteria