Job # : req17367
Organization : World Bank
Sector : Operations
Grade : GE
Term Duration : 2 years 0 months
Recruitment Type : Local
Location : Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso
Required Language(s) : English /French
Preferred Language(s) :
Closing Date : 5/13/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
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The AWCW3 Country Management Unit (CMU) within the Africa Region covering Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger, oversees country dialogue, strategy formulation, business development, portfolio management and development results monitoring. All four countries covered by the AWCW3 CMU are IDA countries, with high rate of poverty affecting women disproportionately. AWCW3 countries are also among the lowest countries in the world on the Human Capital Index (HCI) ranking. They are classified as FCV (fragility, conflict and violence) countries. AWCW3 countries are also members of the G5 Sahel and benefits from the strong support of the Sahel Alliance, an initiative launched in July 2017 by France, Germany and the European Union, with the World Bank Group, UNDP and African Development Bank as founding partners.
The AWCW3 CMU is managed by a Country Director (CD), assisted by an Operations Manager (OM) and three Practices Leaders (PLs), all based in the World Bank Regional Office in Bamako. The CD coordinates and oversees the AWCW3 country offices and an anchor unit in Washington D.C. The Country Managers (CM) for Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger reside and represent the Bank in the respective country where they lead
the Bank dialogue with authorities, manage the day-to-day operations of the program, with the assistance of a Senior Operations Officer, an Operations Analyst, an Executive Assistant, other Country Office staff and the broader Country Team. The Bank team is works closely with the IFC and cooperates with MIGA as well.
The Bank’s current portfolio consists of with 20 national operations and 10 regional projects for a total commitment of US$ 3 billion with an undisbursed balance of US$ 2.2 billion. The portfolio is relatively young
, with the number of national operations held constant over the past few years, but a rapid increase in the commitments under the regional portfolio, growing from US$ 234 million in FY21 to US$ 920 million in FY21. While the Bank’s overall portfolio covers 13 sectors, it is heavily concentrated at 61 percent around the following 5 sectors: Transport, Water, Governance, Education, Macroeconomic Monitoring and Reforms. The Bank’s continuous engagement in Burkina Faso consisted in implementing the Country Partnership Framework (CPF) which is aligned with government strategy, and in adapting the CPF to new priorities which emerged from the security situation, impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and social challenges. While Bank operations slowed down following the situation of the de facto government that occurred with the January 24 coup, the Bank has maintained some level of engagement in Burkina Faso considering the FCV context and focusing on the delivery of service delivery and development solutions for the most vulnerable groups.
DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
The Operations Analyst will undertake substantive operational and implementation support tasks with respect to the country work program primarily in Burkina Faso, and as needed, in other CMU countries. The Operations Analyst will be part of the CMU portfolio team comprising SO/OOs based in the CMU countries and will work on regular monitoring and reporting on the WB portfolio. The selected candidate will report to the Country Manager and will undertake the following tasks:
With the Senior Operations Officer (SOO), carry out regular corporate and country portfolio reviews; support portfolio management, including facilitating in-country missions, CPPRs, providing guidance and comments to task teams, and interacting with the client on a regular basis on portfolio management issues.Assist the CM and SOO with first level review of PCN, PAD, negotiation and Board package, ICR, ISR, Restructuring Papers and other documents for quality, fiduciary requirement, safeguard requirement and consistency;Support the CM and SOO to prepare briefs for meetings, including for senior management and for Spring/Annual Meetings; and prepare background materials for high level meetings as needed;Support the coordination and planning of high-level visits (Executive directors, VPs, and other senior management);Under the CM and SOO supervision, respond to routine inquiries from clients, partners, NGOs, and other civil society representatives.Support activities designed to enhance working relationships and the functioning of the country teams and with IFC and MIGA;Support the CMT to maintain and update AWCW3 workflow protocols and tools, template, website content etc.;Assist the CM in regular internal communications, and with the SOO serve as first resource for information on Bank procedures, directives, and guidelines for lending, supervision, and analytical work. Ensure country teams are updated on any change to existing policies/procedures;In collaboration with the Executive Assistant, facilitate communication and collaboration between the CMU, the country team, and the other Bank units by organizing country teams, retreats or other events; Support coordination and planning of events in the CMU;Together with the communication officer, prepare an outreach strategy for strengthening dialogue with key stakeholders;Support the management team with other administrative, organizational and communication task as required.
A master’s level degree in Economics, Project Management, Public Policy, Public Administration or other related field, and a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience;The selected candidate is expected to be an excellent writer, with knowledge of AWCW3 CMU projects and help on the briefs and support the front office in coordinating high profile events; Strong analytical skills, excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills;Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and organization skills, and capacity to multi-task in a fast-moving environment and meet tight deadlines with professionalism;Proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision;High proficiency with MS Office programs (Word, Power Point and Excel);Fluency in both English and French;Knowledge of web management would be a plus.
The specific competencies that will be assessed during the recruitment process include the following:
Project Management – Understands the basic concepts of project management, as they relate to the execution of tasks within a project;Data Collection and Management – Demonstrates use of this competency;Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems – Basic knowledge of Bank Instruments, Policies and Procedures, including Safeguards, FM and Procurement;Portfolio Management (OS) – Assists and/or organizes portfolio reviews; prepares portfolio monitoring reports, and follows-up on portfolio review recommendations;Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice – Solid theoretical base with relevance for specific Bank Network Recognized Sector or Theme;Lead and Innovate – Brings new and different insights;Deliver Results for Clients – Contributes to delivery of results for clients on complex issues;Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates within team and across boundaries;Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Actively contributes to and readily applies WBG’s body of knowledge for internal and/or external client solutions;Make Smart Decisions – Leverages available data and makes timely decisions;Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization 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.
This internal requisition is open to WBG and IMF staff only (including short-term and extended term consultants/ temporaries).External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will not be considered.
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