THE WORLD BANK GROUPEstablished in 1944, the World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. It has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: ending extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%, and promoting shared prosperity by fostering income growth for the poorest 40% of people in every country. With more than 100 offices in client and partner countries, the World Bank Group 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 (WB), which is organized into regional vice presidencies, global practices, and cross-cutting solutions areas to help developing regions and countries fight poverty and improve living standards. THE ROLE OF THE WBG IN TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESSTrade and Competitiveness (T&C) is a joint World Bank and IFC Global Practice, built 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 of about 500 staff working in over 80 locations around the world. T&C’s current portfolio comprises about 100 World Bank active and pipeline lending operations, totaling $6.8 billion in commitments; and over 400 advisory and analytical activities and projects, totaling $376 million 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. Under trade, the global practice supports trade policy and cooperation, trade facilitation and logistics, trade performance, and competition policy. T&C’s offering under investment climate covers business environment, indicator based reforms, as well as investment policy and promotion. 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 also focuses on five cross-cutting topics: global value chains, connecting to markets and opportunities, catalyzing firm productivity, private sector development in fragile and conflict states, and promoting green competitiveness.THE ROLE OF THE WBG IN MOLDOVAThe quest for an alternative development model that underlies Moldova’s National Development Strategy (NDS), Moldova 2020, is a recognition that the two main drivers of economic growth and poverty reduction since the early 2000s are no longer sustainable. Growth was powered largely by consumption, and poverty reduction mainly by remittances and pensions. Since neither are expected to continue, future growth and poverty reduction will need to be driven increasingly by private sector-led job creation. Moreover, given the country’s vulnerability to changes in external demand and weather shocks, due to its small size, open economy, and reliance on agriculture, Moldova’s future development path will also need to include measures to renew and protect its human, physical, and social capital stock. Against this background, the main purpose of the FY18-21 Country Partnership Framework (CPF) is to support Moldova’s transition towards a new, more sustainable and inclusive development and growth model. It is grounded in the NDS, takes into account outcomes of the FY14-17 Country Partnership Strategy (CPS), and incorporates the three topmost priorities of the recent Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD), namely: (a) strengthening the rule of law and accountability in economic institutions; (b) improving inclusive access to and the efficiency and quality of public services; and (c) enhancing the quality and relevance of education and training for job-relevant skills. These three priorities define and inform the CPF’s three focus areas: economic governance, service governance, and skills development, which are supplemented by climate change, a World Bank Group corporate priority, as a cross-cutting theme. The CPF incorporates key lessons learned during the last CPS, that political instability and governance challenges slow the pace of reform and that frequent personnel changes affect portfolio performance. Further, it assumes that the economic, political, and social stability experienced since January 2016 will continue at least until parliamentary elections in November 2018. Given that Moldova’s post-election political orientation, policy environment, and stability are uncertain, only the first half of the CPF (FY18-19) is programmed. Activities for the second half (FY20-21) will be defined during the FY19 Performance and Learning Review (PLR).T&C IN MOLDOVAT&C’s comprehensive country program includes both lending and advisory and addresses key issues identified by the SCD and CPF for an enabling environment for firms and individuals to access better economic opportunities across Moldova and particularly in rural areas. Creating more and better jobs in the private sector is of particular importance. T&C’s Competitiveness Enhancement Project II in (in collaboration with F&M) provides investment lending for Moldovan SME’s with special emphasis on export markets facilitated by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU. Results-based indicators of regulatory reforms are linked to disbursements and comprise reforms to reduce the number of permissive documents, introduce One-Stop-Shops for permits and licenses, reduce number of inspection services and enable online applications for businesses. The project is focused on reducing the red tape, enabling more exports, and providing access to finance for Moldovan SMEs.T&C’s Investment Climate Reform advisory services project, co-funded by IFC and SIDA, supports regulatory reforms to reduce the administrative burden of inspections, licenses, and permits on private businesses. It also helps to improve trade logistics and policies for attracting foreign direct investment, as well as enhance the private sector’s capacity to export to the EU. Both project’s thorough diagnostics and specific recommendations are helpful to overcome vested interests in a difficult political economy and support Development Policy Lending. Additionally, an Economic Rule of Law project, to be financed by the EU, and an Economic Governance Development Policy Operation (EGDPO) will be launched. The former will provide advisory and technical assistance (TA) in seven areas including business enabling environment, justice reform, SOE governance, state asset management, and regulatory transparency. To improve skills in the private sector a Skills Enhancement Program with advisory and lending components will be developed based on SCD and CPF priorities jointly with the Education GP covering both private and public sides of this engagement. WBG is seeking to hire an experienced Senior Private Sector Specialist to lead the activities of the T&C Moldova Program. His/her role will be to take responsibility for the activities of the program and contribute to the T&C delivery of policy advice and implementation support to the client government and other stakeholders. The Senior Private Sector Specialist will be based in Chisinau, Moldova. He/she will work closely with other T&C staff in the region and other relevant thematic global units of the WBG.
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 2 year term appointment.Background / General description
Scope of the Assignment:-The Senior Private Sector Specialist will lead the T&C operations in Moldova. This will involve coordinating and representing the T&C lending and advisory program in the country. It will involve more specifically: 1) leading current lending and advisory projects; 2) working on developing and implementing knowledge, lending and advisory operations in the country; 3) Liaising with Government counterparts, key stakeholders, the Private sector and Donors in private sector development. (S)he will be based in Chisinau. Travels across Moldova and beyond will be necessary to oversee all aspects of project implementation in the country and to contribute to the implementation of other T&C projects in the region. The Senior Private Sector Specialist will report to the T&C ECA-E Practice Manager.Specific Duties and responsibilities:• Lead/contribute to the policy dialogue on the T&C portfolio, including business regulations, legal, regulatory and institutional issues related to the business environment in Moldova.• Lead a team of staff and consultants to deliver the program in the country according to SCD and CPF priorities in close collaboration with IFC and IBRD/IDA Country Manageers. • Lead/contribute to the legal and process review of primary and secondary business legislation, and contribute to comments and discussions with authorities and other stakeholders and related regulatory reforms. • Maintain a permanent dialogue with government officials at the Prime Minister’s Office, Parliament, line ministries and government agencies as well as relevant donor agencies, including the EU, key private sector stakeholders, agribusiness associations, regulatory environment and private sector development issues; regularly update stakeholder communication strategy and plan.• The candidate is expected to contribute and link-up with T&C’s global teams, share knowledge and information and contribute, as appropriate, to global knowledge generation and dissemination.• Further develop the current project work plan and maintain day-to-day oversight of the project teams, activities, and budget, complying with all IFC and WB regulations and guidelines; be responsible for tracking results according to WBG results measurement.• Ensure compliance with WBG and donor regulations, including the preparation of operational and financial reports.• Produce technical notes, briefings, presentations, donor reports, etc., as required. • Participate in strategy and planning of IFC and WB activities in Moldova and the sub-region in Ukraine and Belarus; play an active role within the WBG Country Office to achieve Country Partnership Strategy and IFC Country Strategy goals and to ensure the integration of relevant T&C issues articulated in the country work programs. Identify and encourage opportunities for cooperation within WBG with a focus on achieving complementarities and synergies with the Agriculture and Education GP’s.• 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.DRDuties and Accountabilities
• Master degree in economics, business, finance, law, or related field with at least eight years of experience in project management, preferably in the private sector or in international organizations in developing or transition economies; experience in designing and implementing country advisory/technical assistance programs in emerging markets; • At least eight years of professional experience; experience in business regulatory reform ; SME development ;strong conceptual base in at least one core area of Trade and Competitiveness, combining a broad grasp of relevant theory and principles and of involved practices and precedent. Ability to translate theory into practical applications in context of World Bank Group work;• Strong analytical, writing and communication skills – with the ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions; excellent presentation and facilitation skills;• Well developed and very strong client relationship skills and sensitivity in dealing with development partners and government authorities; Strong sense of diplomacy and ability to engage high level government officials in policy dialogue;• The candidate is expected to lead policy dialogue at all levels of government with adequate diplomacy; • Ability to work across sectors – The candidate is expected to work within multi-sector teams and should be able to understand, conceptualize, and operationalize linkage between different policies and/or programs; • Proven leadership abilities with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;• Demonstrated knowledge of regulatory reform advisory services in transformation or developing economies. Solid understanding of economic factors in public decision making and policy formation, cost/benefit analysis and applications and implementation;• Results-oriented approach with demonstrated history of accomplishments;• Well-organized, efficient and able to deliver results;• Knowledge of the WBG policies, procedures, and operational systems are a strong advantage;• Excellent English proven written and oral communication skills. Publications a plus. Romanian and/or Russian is a plus. 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.SCSelection Criteria