Governance Global Practice Context
Sound governance and effective institutions are essential for achieving shared prosperity and sustained reductions in poverty. A rapidly-growing body of analytic work demonstrates that there are clear linkages between good governance and the quality of health and education services, and that the poor often suffer disproportionately from lack of alternatives. Countries capable of improving governance are able to use their human and financial resources more efficiently with fewer losses and distortions. They are able to attract higher levels of foreign and domestic investment and, on average, grow more rapidly.
The Governance Global Practice (GGODR) brings together professionals in procurement, financial management, taxation, public management, regulatory policy, transparency, digital governance, law and development, anticorruption, and social accountability to develop innovative, integrated solutions to essential institutional/governance challenges and objectives. The practice utilizes a problem-driven, diagnostic approach, combining global comparative knowledge of reform successes and failures with keen understanding of the institutional challenges and opportunities of developing countries.
Specifically, the Governance Global Practice provides support through the following thematic groups:
• Solutions and Innovations in Procurement (SIP) Group focuses on advancing modern and open procurement systems, integrity in procurement and its fiduciary functions. The Group is engaged in the implementation of a Procurement Framework that went into effect in 2016, which has introduced greater levels of flexibility and enhanced procurement options while emphasizing the importance of proper planning and good contract management. The Framework aims at creating space to work on the crucial aspects of public procurement, institutions and capacity building at the country level.
• Financial Accountability and Reporting (FAR) Group, which focuses on transparency, financial accountability, and financial reporting in the private and public sectors. This also includes accountability of institutions, oversight bodies and regulators, as well as financial management functions of Bank-funded operations.
• Public Sector and Institutions (PSI) Group, which focuses on key areas that underpin public sector and institutional reform. The PSI Group also focuses on high priority cross-cutting issues such as revenue mobilization, global tax issues and fiscal decentralization, open government, and justice for the poor.
The LAC unit of the Solutions and Innovations in Procurement Group of GGODR seeks to hire an experienced Internationally Recruited (IRS) Senior Procurement Specialist (SPS), for a Term appointment position based in Washington DC, to work with Bank’s procurement operations primarily in the Caribbean Region as well as other countries in the Latin American Region. Please note that the candidate will be expected to spend approximately 50% of their time in county.
Regional and Country Context:
The World Bank Group serves 30 client countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR). Clients range from large rapidly growing sophisticated high middle income clients to IDA countries to small Caribbean states to one fragile state, Haiti. Despite immense resources in certain countries, dynamic societies, and an average annual per capita income of about US$4,000, deep inequalities persist in most LCR countries, with nearly a quarter of the Region’s people living in poverty.
The Senior Procurement Specialist is expected to contribute to the team that provides a complete range of procurement services to the Latin America and Caribbean Region portfolio and works with institutions throughout the region to improve service delivery and public expenditures management through more effective and efficient procurement and contract management.
The Senior Procurement Specialist (SPS) will be a member of the SIP-LCR Unit and will report to the Practice Manager (PM), based in Washington D.C. The SPS will carry the responsibilities for procurement in Haiti and will serve as a recognized authority on procurement as a member of the Haiti country team.
Haiti is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters with more than 90 percent of the population at risk. Last year, Hurricane Matthew battered the south of Haiti on October 4, 2016, which was the most devastating disaster since the 2010 earthquake. The Bank’s country partnership framework aims to support the country’s efforts to provide economic opportunities for all Haitians and reduce poverty. The framework aims to strengthen institutions, government capacity and public financial management as aid and concessional financing rapidly decline. The focus is on three main areas:
• Generating greater economic opportunities outside Port-au-Prince by increasing energy access and developing renewable energy, improving access to finance, and supporting a more competitive and productive private sector through public and private infrastructure in energy and ports.
• Strengthening human capital and access to services through better primary schools, improved maternal and child health services, combined with greater access to water and sanitation in communities most affected by cholera, as well as health prevention and treatment.
• Enhancing climate resilience by improving disaster response capacity and increasing the number of Haitians protected by new investments in flood mitigation and other climate resilient infrastructures, including drainage, reinforced bridges and all weather roads.
Bank’s portfolio in Haiti is currently comprised of 14 active projects for a total committed amount of US$786.20 million, this includes the US$100 million from the IDA CRW to respond to Hurricane Matthew through additional financing to agriculture, health, water and sanitation, and transport programs. Additional US$83.1 million from different Trust Funds support the implementation of these 14 projects. The IDA18 allocation for Haiti is US$260 million (up from US$120 million under IDA17).
Procurement under the Bank portfolio is conducted by a number of PCUs, most of which have experience of implementing Bank procurement and handle multiple projects. However, their procurement workloads are intensive and they continue to need on-the-spot guidance and advice. Also, procurement under the Haiti portfolio often has particular characteristics, such as contracting with U.N. agencies and emergency response operations, which add complexity and increases the Borrower’s need for advice and hand-holding.
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.
1. Oversees the organization and delivery of procurement services for the Haiti portfolio ensuring appropriate fiduciary and quality controls, and consistent application and interpretation of policy in reviewing procurement decisions.
2. Develops and promotes innovations in Bank procurement policies to improve Bank project and sector work while serving as a recognized authority on operational procurement, advising management and procurement staff on strategy and long-range interventions on procurement policy systemic issues and related operational issues across sectors.
3. Under the guidance of the PM, assists with the reform and modernization of the procurement function in Haiti, strengthening the national country system, regional procurement networks and building institutions and procurement capacity.
3. Under the guidance of the PM, leads the Bank’s efforts in promoting procurement reform dialogue, working in close collaboration with Governance sector colleagues and in professionalizing the function of procurement. Makes significant contributions to the development of client country procurement systems, including supporting the assessment of systems, creating country capacity and monitoring the reform initiatives in client countries.
4. Organizes and conducts reviews of procurement aspects of Bank documents, including Project Appraisal Documents, ISRs, ICRs, Legal Agreements, Quality Enhancement Review Documents, CPARs, DPLs, Country Portfolio Performance Reviews, Country and Regional Partnership Strategies, Performance and Learning Reviews and Board Papers that require procurement input and verifies that all cases subject to Practice Manager clearance are properly prepared and presented, and collaborates with the Practice Manager and CPCs to ensure consistency in the procurement approach across the region.
5. Leads and participates in ground-breaking or precedent-setting missions, and plays a key role in developing innovative, practical approaches to procurement while simultaneously dealing with difficult policy and operational issues at the regional, county and or sector levels.
Carrying out the responsibilities of the SPS will involve interaction with TTLs, program leaders and managers in Washington, and with government officials, counterparts in other international organizations and public sector management and Financial Management specialists. The SPS is a key player in building and maintaining relations with external parties, including sectors, CMUs, and government officials. This is particularly important when considering the responsibility to engage the governments on public procurement reform.
• Advanced technical qualifications and broad expertise in all aspects of procurement, including proven experience in designing, managing and delivering large scale and complex procurement operations.
• Seasoned knowledge and specialized command of major facets of Multilateral Development Banks procurement policies and practices, including of the new concepts under the Bank’s Procurement Regulations for Borrowers. In-depth knowledge of Bank operations and demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate procurement-specific knowledge with broader operational and policies, research objectives, etc.
• Proven strong conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills.
• Very good understanding of international procurement policy and procedures.
• Matured and seasoned professional possessing highly developed diplomatic and negotiating skills to handle complex technical issues in sensitive environments with considerable business interests at stake.
• Authority to ascertain clear procurement strategies, rules, and methodologies in implementation (e.g. to deal with cases such as the tendency of clients to mix national and Bank procurement policy).
• Proven track record of designing, managing and delivering relatively complex, large-scale procurement operations, policy work, etc.
• Ability to operate effectively in a large administrative environment such as the World Bank, and to work in teams, in close cooperation with TTLs, Financial Management Specialists, other Governance Global Practice colleagues, to solve complex problems collaboratively, coordinate with managers, located at both Headquarters and in the field office(s), and work independently under the general direction of the PM.
• Experience in working with other multilateral or bilateral donors and solid knowledge of developing country conditions, and ability to develop joint operations in the context of the Bank’s procurement Policy and Regulations.
• Advanced degree with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce) plus a minimum of 8 years of experience as Procurement Specialist, including responsibilities with a substantial content in the procurement area.
• State-of-the-art knowledge of public procurement principles, systems, processes and planning, and approaches to international procurement with proven ability to independently provide well researched analyses of complex procurement issues and problems.
• Excellent communication skills with ability to defend orally and in writing difficult issues and positions (in a challenging environment as necessary) to Bank management, government officials, etc.
• High level of integrity and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving quality and timeliness in delivering the work program of the PM office.
• Strong managerial and organizational skills, including proven track record of building and managingteams and creating an enabling work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor/guide staff and clients and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills.
• Ability to function effectively and deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective relationships with clients and colleagues.
• Familiarity with Bank’s Office suite: Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
• Oral and written mastery of English and French is required.
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 confidence.