Senior Education/Economist Specialist

World Bank

The World Bank is recruiting a Senior Education/Economist Specialist, to be based in Luanda, Angola.
  • The incumbent will lead (and support) policy dialogue with the client on key issues in education and skills development, provide daily implementation support to the Ministry on the lending operations, as well o lead the preparation of new lending programs. He/she will be expected to develop and lead analytical work to inform policy discussions
  • The main responsibilities include:
  • Policy Dialogue and Building Client Capacity.Lead and contribute to policy dialogue with the governments of Angola and Saõ Tomé e Principe on a range of sector issues at different levels of education. Identify and nurture opportunities for participating in the broader policy dialogue in the country especially in so far as they impact education or where the education sector can make a contribution. Build client capacity to use findings of policy research/analytical work for developing new policies and undertaking sector reforms. Provide technical advice on key issues and strategic directions for the country’s education sector development, by bringing relevant international experience and research to assist in developing local solutions
  • Operations. Lead and contribute to the development of new lending operations, both in education and multi-sectoral, tapping into the Bank’s full range of instruments (including investment project financing, results-based financing, policy-based lending, etc.); mobilize global experience and evidence and tailoring them to the local context; review and prepare operational documents, coordinating across sectors/practices and project components with other team members; and provide day to day operational support and advise the government on technical and operational aspects of project implementation for ongoing projects
  • 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.); provide input on a range of issues (e.g., education finance, management and governance, teacher policies, skills development, etc.); respond to critical policy questions identified by the client and which have an impact on policy and operational design. Work on cross-sectoral teams to contribute to products such as public expenditure reviews, service delivery surveys, impact evaluations. Contribute to the country diagnostics and other core analytic work
  • Leadership: Work closely with the Practice Manager and education team and the CMU to identify the new business in the education sector, including innovative financing approaches, technical advisory services, fee-based services, and other services, as required
  • Partnerships: Lead and contribute to partnership activities on a regular basis, with multilateral and bilateral development partners, UN agencies, non-profit organizations, academia, and civil society. Contribute to alignment and coordination around country-led priorities
  • In performing these roles, the selected candidate will interact with counterparts in government and in a variety of international and other partner organizations and with Bank colleagues and managers within the GP Education sector, 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
  • The education GP is seeking an experienced, versatile and highly motivated candidate to oversee and develop a large and growing portfolio in very contrasting contexts. The ideal candidate will combine excellent technical capabilities, experience in analyzing policy options and recommending practical policy reforms, and 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. The candidate should have:
  • Education: An advanced degree (PhD preferred) from a recognized university in economics, education policy or related discipline
  • Experience: A minimum of 8 years relevant work experience in education; and demonstrated expert-level knowledge of and experience in leading education projects and analysis
  • Analytical/technical skills: Strong analytical and economics skills (e.g., education, labor economics), and a solid understanding of public finance issues. Strong technical leadership with client orientation, as demonstrated by a range of relevant analytical products produced in response to client needs
  • Operational skills.  Experience in designing World Bank or MDA programs/projects to address key education issues as well as experience in providing implementation support to the client. Ability to find practical solutions to operational issues
  • Strong client orientation. Ability to conduct high level policy dialogue with sophisticated clients, including Ministries of Education Ministries of Finance and other stakeholders
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills.Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively across and within sector boundaries, inspire commitment to excellence and teamwork, and to liaise tactfully as a member of a multicultural team
  • High levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility. Proactive attitude to challenges, flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements. Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to internal and external client requests, and set realistic priorities for self and others
  • Language: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Working knowledge of Portuguese is essential and French would be a plus
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
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  • Publicado 12.10.2018
  • Expira 28.10.2018
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