The Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network is responsible for the World Bank’s knowledge, country policy dialogue and operational work on economic policy and debt, poverty reduction, gender, trade, and public sector governance. There are approximately 700 staff in the PREM Network with almost a quarter based in Country Offices.
Within the PREM Network the Public Sector Management and Governance Group supports the Bank’s work on governance and public sector management reform, including public finance policy and management, administrative and public sector reform, governance and anticorruption. The primary function of the Governance and Public Sector Management Unit (PRMPS) is to support the operational work of the broader Public Sector Governance Group, comprising teams in each of the World Bank’s six regions. To this end, PRMPS: generates and promotes access to knowledge; builds external partnerships and links to world-wide expertise; fosters quality through advice, peer review, and participation in formal quality enhancement reviews of World Bank products; and also provides direct support to selected Bank operations and analytic work.
The Public Finance Cluster is responsible for the work of PRMPS across a broad public finance agenda. This includes work on: public financial management reform; decentralization and local government; financial management information systems; public investment management; revenue policy and administration; governance of state owned enterprises; and public expenditure policy and public expenditure reviews. The Cluster manages trust funds, coordinates the work of the Bank-wide communities of practice, represents the Bank in international forums and manages the Bank’s dialogue with international institutions on public finance issues.
PRMPS is looking for a Lead Public Specialist to lead its Public Finance Cluster.
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 5 year term appointment.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The Lead Public Sector Specialist will lead PRMPS Public Finance Cluster, reporting to the Head of the Public Sector Management and Governance Practice. The Lead Public Sector Specialist will:
• Manage the Public Finance Cluster’s staff, work program and budget, providing technical support to team members and quality control of the cluster’s tasks as needed.
• Develop and support the community of practitioners working on public finance issues within the Public Sector Management and Governance Group and foster collaboration with practitioners working on these issues across the World Bank Group.
• Develop and lead a program of research, knowledge generation and learning on public finance that responds to priorities identified by the community of practice and supports regional work programs.
• Manage specific research, knowledge generation and learning activities on public finance as Task Team Leader.
• Develop and implement a communication strategy that facilitates access to information on the World Bank’s work on public finance and effectively positions the practice within the World Bank and with external partners.
• Advise country and sectoral teams on how to address public finance issues in country assistance strategies, operations, analytic work and advisory services to client countries and contribute to the quality assurance process for these products on request.
• Promote collaboration and partnerships with international organizations working on public finance issues and represent the World Bank, as required, in international forums.
• Contribute to PRMPS’ corporate support and administrative functions as required.
Coordination and leadership
• 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.
• Policy Dialogue Skills - Has a track record of conducting effective policy dialogue with country counterparts; communicates and defends difficult issues and positions to senior bank management and government officials.
• 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.
Mobilization of Bank resources
• Integrative Skills - Possesses in-depth understanding of Bank resources in all areas of work in the network, and proven fungibility.
• Sector/Network Representation - Demonstrates ability to coordinate, participate in, and act as a catalyst for, strategic cross-sector dialogues within the network, across the country, among Bank colleagues and other development institutions, government, and other organizations.
• Management and Quality – Track record in effectively handle managerial and administrative functions, including as human resource management, staffing, budget management, administrative tasks, reporting, quality control, and mentoring.
• 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.
• General Governance and Public Sector Knowledge and Experience - Is recognized as public sector expert as evidenced either through a solid record of publications; or through a track record of managing and delivering high quality economic reports, lending operations, or equivalent assignments.
• Public Finance - Demonstrates in-depth knowledge and expertise in public finance policy and management, revenue policy and tax administration, public investment management and can integrate these functions in reforms aimed at improving governance, service delivery and ins
• Financial Management Information Systems - Demonstrates knowledge and expertise in the design and implementation of integrated FMIS solutions. Able to lead / mentor staff for the assessments, provision of advice, and capacity building on FMIS.
• Decentralization - Demonstrates knowledge of decentralization approaches and connection between decentralization and public expenditure, financial management and public sector management.
• Advanced degree in Economics, public administration, public policy, or similar fields.
• A minimum of twelve years of relevant experience working on public finance issues in an operational context for government and development agencies.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Demonstrates command of all forms of communication and presents in a clear, objective and engaging manner in high-level settings; ensures knowledge is captured and shared in a variety of way with excellent written and oral communication skills in English (ability to work in other UN official languages desirable).
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