World Bank Group Jobs – Education Specialist/Economist

Organization: World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Education
Practice Manager
Job #:152523
About World Bank:
The World Bank
is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries
around the world. Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest
sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year
2014, the WBG committed $65.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and
guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 billion was
concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member
countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located
globally. The World Bank provides low-interest loans, zero to low-interest
credits, and grants to developing countries. These support a wide array of
investments in such areas as education, health, public administration,
infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and
environmental and natural resource management. Some of our projects are
co-financed with governments, other multilateral institutions, commercial
banks, export credit agencies, and private sector investors.
Job Summary: The Education
Specialist/Economist will support the World Bank in the daily management of the
Uganda education portfolio.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Offer technical support to respective governments
and implementing agencies to help identify and resolve implementation problems
and bottlenecks, advance progress of various activities and components, based
on a thorough understanding of the development objectives and design of the
project.  Specific focus on monitoring of
budgets and implementation progress of major activities and components.
Identify monthly key milestones to be met by the government and the Bank across
all components and implementing agencies;
·        
Work closely with the Procurement Specialist and
Financial Management Specialist and under the supervision of the TTLs,
contribute to the efficient processing of all procurement requests and
withdrawal applications.
·        
Actively participate in the formulation and
facilitate the implementation of Annual Work Plans (AWP) and procurement plans
and assist as needed with the review of requests for IDA’s ‘no objection’ on
key planning documents, reports and others as needed. Ensure that the results
frameworks are updated every six months and help the government to use the
results framework to guide project implementation;
·        
Actively monitor and provide advisory support to
task teams on the adherence to World Bank’s operational policies and quality
requirements in technical and fiduciary due diligence. In addition, the
candidate may contribute to development of pipeline projects and the
mobilization of resources and expertise for its realization.
·        
Interact with government counterparts, local
education group, and other partner organizations (civil society organizations,
academia, etc.) on project related issues as required by the task team;
·        
Actively participate in missions and in discussions
regarding advice to borrowers and grant recipients;
·        
Participate in review meetings and represent the
education teams in relevant Bank-wide initiatives;
·        
Provide inputs to the preparation of diverse
operational products/outputs (e.g., projects briefs, portfolio performance
reviews, Trust Fund (TF) Grant Fund Request 
(GFR), Grant Report Monitoring (GRM) and closing reports, Back to Office
Reports, Aide Memoires, Implementation Summary Reports (ISRs), activity
completion reports, etc.);
·        
Perform any other duties and tasks as specified by
the Practice Manager, and the relevant project Task Team Leaders or whoever
they may designate.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·        
The applicant should preferably hold a Master’s
degree in Education/ Economics/Business or relevant field.
·        
At least seven years of relevant international work
experience is required, preferably in Uganda. 
Familiarity with World Bank operations, including preparation and
implementation support for projects, is highly desirable.
·        
Working knowledge in Bank operational policies and
systems (including SAP, operations portal, Business Warehouse), Trust Fund
policies, and GPE policies and procedures would be an added advantage.
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of the main
issues, dynamics and evolution of the education sector in Uganda or in other
countries
·        
High levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility
in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements
·        
Strong client orientation and proven ability to work
with government agencies, ability to identify problems, provide technical
support, build consensus and arrive at solutions.
·        
Possess the ability to coordinate and work across
different govt. departments
·        
Demonstrated ability to juggle numerous competing
demands and priorities, respond quickly to country and management requests, and
set priorities for self and others
·        
Proficiency in English and excellent writing skills.
Personal Competencies: 
·        
Knowledge and Experience in Development
Arena:
Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical
applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with
clients at the policy level.
·        
Education Knowledge and Experience:  Possesses experience in working on challenging
education projects, and policy-relevant analytical work
·        
Integrative Skills: Understands
relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake
cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
·        
Deliver Results for Clients: Achieves
results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client.
·        
Collaborate within Teams and Across
Boundaries:
Initiates collaboration across boundaries and
broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront.
·        
Create, Apply and Share Knowledge: Creates,
applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal
and/or external client solutions.
·        
General Economic Knowledge and Analytical
Skills:
Possesses Cross-country knowledge in economic specialty and demonstrates
ability to link the macro, institutional, and micro-level behaviors; able to
support findings/policy recommendations with credible analysis and tools.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the World Bank in the
aforementioned capacity are encouraged to send their applications Online by
reviewing details at the web link below and clicking Apply Now on getting a
broader insight of vacancy.
Deadline: 14th December 2015

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