THE ROLE OF THE WBG IN TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESS
Trade 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.
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
The Senior private sector specialist will be a key member of Trade and Competitiveness (T&C) Southern Africa team, working with team leaders on various operational assignments, including lending activities, analytical reports and advisory services. He or she will be expected to lead important components of activities including being a task team leader for some.
The Senior Private Sector Specialist will be based in Brazzaville and will be responsible for leading the T&C portfolio in the Republic of Congo, as well as contributing to wider T&C work in Southern Africa. Duties will include, but are not be limited to, the following:
• Lead or contribute (i) to high quality advisory services to tackle Trade and Competitiveness issues and (ii) other analytical/knowledge work, such as competitiveness diagnostics, firm surveys, value chain analysis, stakeholder analyses and other relevant T&C technical analyses; and play an active role in the planning and dissemination strategy to promote policy uptake of evidence-based recommendations.
• Lead or contribute to the development and implementation of lending projects.
• As a team member, lead and/or contribute to a range of client engagement including analytical and policy reports, lending and TA/advisory projects across all elements of the project cycle including project preparation, appraisal, implementation support, and monitoring and evaluation. Topics covered include all four pillars of the T&C practice (investment climate, competitive industries, trade, innovation and entrepreneurship).
• Work closely with IFC and WB country management units to ensure the integration of relevant T&C issues in country strategy and 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, development partners, civil society organizations and media. The candidate will be expected to engage in business development by cultivating strategic relationships with country clients, donors, and IFC and WB management units.
• The candidate shall promote synergies across product teams, providing support through trouble shooting anticipating problems and solving them. Facilitate cross learning across projects, regions and best practices.
• Lead and strengthens level policy dialogue with client governments at the highest level on T&C topics.
• As a team member, lead to and support T&C’s business development activities in Southern Africa.
• Supporting the overall strategy of T&C in Africa Region.
• Identifying, contracting and managing experts and consultants and ensuring high quality of deliverables.
• Supporting other task team leaders in operational matters, contributing to the production of key deliverables, mission preparation and execution.
• The selected candidate will be expected to produce independently important pieces of analytical and policy reports and take responsibility over important components of TA/advisory and lending projects.DRDuties and Accountabilities
The position requires a motivated and seasoned private sector specialist with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, a commitment to work in a multi-sectoral environment, strong experience in operational and/or analytic support to client governments in a developing country context.
• Ph. D or Master’s degree in economics, law, finance, business administration, international commerce and negotiations, entrepreneurship, marketing or other relevant fields; Strengthens level of policy dialogue;
• At least seven (07) years of experience (or a minimum of ten (10) years of experience if the candidate holds only a master’s degree) with strong technical and operational skills as evidenced in a proven track record in delivery of Bank advisory and lending operations from preparation through to supervision of IDA operations and Trust Funds;
• Prior experience working in the Republic of Congo and / or in the Central Africa region is a plus;
• In-depth knowledge of trade and competitiveness issues, in a developing country context. Strong theoretical 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. Has broad knowledge base and experience…;
• Demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies, as well as of WBG instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, client management, knowledge management and stakeholder communications.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and liaise effectively with clients.
• Ability to supervise teams and mentor junior staff.
• Ability and willingness to prepare and supervise projects across the country including – leading project supervision and completion reports, overseeing result and impact measurement activities, producing donor reports and technical notes, etc.
• Broad base knowledge and Experience in shaping policy dialogue – The candidate should have a proven track record in delivering components of analytical and policy work in T&C focus areas; he (she) should be able to Influence the design and execution of major policy and/or research initiatives; conceives and promotes innovations in development policies, project design, organization and management to improve operational and sector work.
• Policy Dialogue Skills Experience – The candidate is expected to lead policy dialogue at the higher level of government ;
•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;
•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 strong client engagements skills;
• Ability to communicate fluently in English and in French.SCSelection Criteria