World Bank Group Jobs – Senior Education Specialist/Economist

Job Title:  Senior Education Specialist/Economist

Organisation: World Bank Group (WBG)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. 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 Senior Education Specialist/Economist will lead and contribute to policy dialogue, projects, programs, analytical and advisory services. Knowledge and experience in higher education, edtech, and/or skills development is highly desirable. The incumbent will work in a number of countries and across different tasks.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operations: Lead and contribute to the design, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of lending operations, both in education and multi-sectoral, tapping into the Bank’s full-range of lending instruments; mobilize global experience and evidence and tailoring them to the local context. Provide operational support and advise clients on technical and operational aspects of project implementation for ongoing projects. Working with staff from other global practices on HD/education-related issues (e.g., development policy operations (DPOs) with HD triggers, analytical work related to governance, management and financing of education sector, etc.)
  • Analytical Work and Non-Lending Services. Lead and contribute to the design, preparation, and dissemination of analytical products (e.g., sector assessments, policy notes, impact evaluations, public expenditure reviews, country systems diagnostics, case studies, etc.) and providing input on a range of issues (e.g., education finance, management and governance, teacher policies, skills development, etc.) that respond to critical policy questions identified by the client and have an impact on policy and operational design. Work on cross-sectoral teams and lead/design knowledge sharing products through workshops, conferences, study tours.
  • Policy Dialogue. Lead and/or contribute to policy discussions with clients and development partners.
  • Business Development. Promote business development with internal and external clients focusing on priority areas in education.
  • In performing these roles, the selected candidate will interact with counterparts in government, a variety of international and other partner organizations, and with Bank colleagues within the Education GP, the CMU, as well as those in other GPs. She/he will be expected to work in close collaboration with the other members of the education team and colleagues in other GPs.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Master’s Degree in Education (economics of education, evaluation, etc.) or in another related human development area (economics/econometrics, statistics);
  • At least eight years of experience in education sector analysis, development of education strategies, or evaluation of education systems.
  • The education GP is seeking an experienced and highly motivated candidate to work on a large and growing portfolio in the set of countries in East Africa covered under the unit. The ideal candidate will combine excellent team work and client dialogue skills, excellent technical skills, a capacity to translate analytical findings into policy and into innovative Bank operations to help clients shift policies in new directions or to pilot new approaches; and operational skills to provide effective implementation support for the Bank’s growing portfolio.
  • Familiarity with World Bank operations and instruments, including preparation and implementation support for projects, is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of Bank operational policies and systems.
  • Strong client orientation and proven ability to work with government agencies, ability to identify problems, provide technical support, build consensus and arrive at solutions, as well as the ability to coordinate and work across different government departments;
  • Strong technical skills;
  • Experience working in developing countries
  • Experience preparing analytical work.
  • Creativity, resourcefulness, strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to take the initiative, work with limited supervision, and consistently meet deadlines;
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to take direction, active listening skills, project management and tactfulness.


WBG Competencies

  • In addition to the above, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Education knowledge and experience: Possesses technical skills, including an understanding of key core education issues with regard to quality, relevance, and equity at all levels. Has familiarity with analytical resources, data sets, indicators, tools for data analysis, and the use of evidence for education policy.
  • General economic knowledge and analytical skills: Possesses a demonstrated track record of working with economic and sectoral data and analytical and produce user-friendly written outputs.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills: Possesses political judgment, diplomatic acumen, and negotiating skills; applies cross-country development knowledge to discussions with clients and development partners; anticipates needs and requests in the field and develops/offers relevant tools to clients.
  • Knowledge and experience in development arena: Understands policy making processes; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients; understanding of political economy issues as well as a good grasp of governance issues in education.
  • Integrative skills: Demonstrates strong integrative thinking and ability to support project teams in developing an integrated point of view around development challenges.
  • Analytical Services and Advisory (ASA) policy, strategic and technical analysis for country/sector Issues: Provides inputs to key ASA documents by analyzing relevant issues, soliciting input from others, and using data and facts to support conclusions and/or position.
  • Written and verbal communication: Delivers information effectively.
  • Client orientation: Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
  • Drive for results: Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization skills to do so.
  • Teamwork (collaboration) and inclusion: Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
  • Knowledge, learning, and communication: Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
  • Business judgment and analytical decision making: Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below 


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Deadline:  9th April 2022


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