Rapid growth has propelled Bangladesh from low income to low middle income country (LMIC) status, as FY14 per capita GNI of US$1,080 crossed the MIC threshold of $1,046. Per capita income continued to increase in FY15 to US$1,220. GDP grew well above the average for developing countries in recent years, averaging 6.2 percent since 2010, with services and industry accounting for the bulk of the growth. While Bangladesh has achieved its ambition to reach middle-income-status by 2021, the 50th anniversary of its independence, the challenge will be to further accelerate growth so that it moves well past the threshold and further up the income range of LMICs. The World Bank Group Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) identifies the creation of more and better jobs as the key challenge for eliminating poverty and boosting shared prosperity in Bangladesh. Greater access to serviced land, better business climate, and trade competitiveness will provide the necessary export diversification for greater integration to global and regional markets.
The activities in the new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) are structured around three focus areas consistent with the South Asia Regional Strategy—growth, social inclusion and climate and environmental management. The CPF’s primary focus will lie in removing constraints to growth and competitiveness by addressing business environment and trade constraints along with industrial infrastructure bottlenecks.
The Trade and Competitiveness (T&C) Global Practice (GP) brings together more than 500 global technical experts in the field of trade, competition policy, investment climate, competitive industries, innovation and entrepreneurship, with extensive policy expertise, sector-specific knowledge, and practical experience in the design and implementation of policy reforms. The practice offers an integrated package of solutions—including policy advice, technical assistance, financing and capacity building—which are tailored to address the specific trade and competitiveness challenges of client countries.
The South Asia T&C GP is recruiting an international Trade and Competitiveness Sr. Specialist /Senior Operations Officer in Dhaka to join the T&C team working on Bangladesh.
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 Trade and Competitiveness Sr. Private Sector Development Specialist will report to the South Asia Trade and Competitiveness (T&C) Program Manager and will support the Bangladesh T&C coordinator and Bangladesh Investment Climate Program Fund (BICF) manager in managing a large T&C portfolio comprised of advisory, analytical, and lending activities.
Responsibilities will include:
a. Contribute to the policy dialogue on Trade and Competitiveness (T&C) issues (business regulations, trade policy and facilitation, competitive sectors, and innovation and entrepreneurship) with key government and private sector counterparts.
b. Lead or contribute (i) to high quality advisory services under the BICF program on 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.
c. Lead or contribute to the development and implementation of lending projects.
d. Support the development of a work program of future financing and ASAs to meet the country’s needs in line with country/regional and Global Practice (GP) priorities.
e. 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 report, etc.
f. 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.
g. 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.
h. Provide support to oversee financial management, procurement, results measurement, donor relationships, and to maintain team supervision with respect to Bangladesh program.
I. Other Responsibilities:
i. Represent World Bank Group, as needed, at public forums and meetings;
ii. Contribute to T&C GP planning, budgeting and reporting;
iii. Assist in the mentoring of more junior staff; and
iv. Assist in the recruitment of consultants and staff.
ii) Other tasks as requested by the South Asia Practice manager or the Bangladesh Program Manager.DRDuties and Accountabilities
The successful candidate will have:
• Advanced degree, a Ph.D. in economics, public policy or closely related field with at least 7 years of experience in private sector development, or a minimum of 10 years of experience if the candidate holds only a master’s degree in the aforementioned fields.
• Solid knowledge of trade and competitiveness policy areas (trade policy and facilitation, investment climate, innovation, entrepreneurship, competitive industries, and competition policy) and issues affecting competitiveness in Bangladesh, and capacity to influence policy discussions at the country level on trade and competitiveness issues.
• Ability to understand and analyze complex problems and develop innovative approaches. Proven ability to manage complex projects and programs.
• Proven experience with delivering very high quality analytical work including very strong analytical writing skills.
• 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.
Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Influences 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.
– Knowledge and experience in private sector development areas, especially on investment climate and competitive sectors
– General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills – Possesses a track record of intellectual leadership and ability to integrate economic-specific knowledge and specific micro/sector fields of expertise; provides quality assurance and assesses technical soundness of work/reports.
– Integrative Skills – Possesses in-depth understanding of WBG resources in all areas of work in the network, and proven fungibility.
– Client Orientation – Translates insight into practice across disciplines, hierarchies, geographies and organizational units in service of clients.
– Drive for Results – Ensures successful implementation and delivery of key programs and projects, ensuring that outputs positively impact results.
– Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Creates a team climate of practical and innovative action, facilitating collaboration between competing interests and stakeholders.
– Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Serves as a trusted advisor to others on their decisions, ensuring alignment across units and optimal impact on the organization as a whole.
The 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 confidenceSCSelection Criteria