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Date de clôture : jeudi 25 octobre 2018

World Bank seeks to recruit a Consultant, Economics – Kampala, Uganda

 

Job # :req734
Organization :World Bank
Sector :Economics
Grade :EC2
Term Duration :1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type :Local Recruitment
Location :Kampala, Uganda
Required Language(s) :English
Preferred Language(s) :
Closing Date :10/25/2018 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

 

Description

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2017, the WBG committed $59 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $19 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. For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org 

Uganda is among the five countries with the most active World Bank program in Africa. The country has almost two decades of strong growth, averaging above 6 percent, and relatively good macroeconomic stability, characterized by relatively single digit low inflation.  Over the five years to 2016, economic growth slowed down to about 4.5 percent, on the back of consecutive shocks and poverty sharply increased from 19.7 to 27 percent. Per capita income was estimated at US $ 690 in 2016, well below the average for other low-income countries (LICs) of US$709. It remains a tall order for the country to achieve its middle-income vision by 2021.

Government of Uganda’s development policy is anchored in the Vision 2040 as the governing framework, as well as 5-year Development Plans (NDPs) that set the strategic objectives for the country’s development. The second of such plans, NDPII, runs over the period 2017 to 2021, and aims to strengthen Uganda’s competitiveness for sustainable wealth creation, employment and inclusive growth. The NDPII also recognizes several implementation challenges, which impeded the achievement of the objectives of the first NDP. For the NDPII to be successful, it will be crucial not only to support new interventions, but also to shift focus towards the challenge of realization of desired actions.

The World Bank, in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), has set up a US$12 million. Trust Fund aims to support GOU implement NDPII to deliver on its key objectives of growth and sustainable exit from aid.  The programmatic Trust Fund, running over the period 2018 to 2021, will finance activities under the partnership’s three main themes: (i) increasing domestic revenue mobilization; (ii) raising the economic return from public investment through more effective public investment management; and (iii) fostering more transparent and accountable economic governance. The Trust Fund is being managed by the Macroeconomic, Trade and Investment Unit of the World Bank.

The World Bank seeks to hire a Consultant to support the implementation of the Trust Fund. This position is a 12-months extended term staff position over the period July 2018 – June 2020. The term of employment may be renewed for an additional 12 months based on performance.

Duties and Accountabilities

Reporting to the Program Manager of the Trust Fund, the Consultant will support all activities related to the implementation of the Trust Fund. The following will be the specific duties and accountabilities for the Consultant:

  • Carry out day to day tasks to implement the TF, the supervision child grants for the Trust Fund and engagement with the TF donor and external clients. These tasks will particularly include ;
  • Seeking and collate information on the thematic areas of support by the Trust Fund (i.e. Public Investment Management, Domestic Revenue Mobilization, and Accountability and Economic governance) to establish need for support and inform decisions to be undertaken by the Technical Management Committee for the Trust Fund ;
  • Planning and supporting the process of ‘Calling for Proposals” including providing guidance notes, discussing with teams where need arises, etc ;
  • Participating in Technical Management Committee meetings to review and coordinate the selection process for proposals ;
  • Supporting the Bank and Government team during the process of preparing proposals and the follow-on process of formulating grants to support successful proposals, in consultation with the Trust Fund Manager. These tasks will particularly include ;
  • Supporting teams in preparation of grant proposals
  • Supporting task team leaders (TTLs) in the creation of Grant Funding Requests and preparation of Grant Agreements for approved grants ;
  • Supporting the monitoring and evaluation processes, including preparing monitoring reports – This will involve preparing the “out of system” Financial report of the TF and working closely with TTLs on any pending payments in the system ;
  • Supporting the TF Technical Committee meetings and Joint Advisory committee meetings, through planning an coordination of meetings, providing briefs to TF manager, preparing minutes and ensure timely follow-up on issues raised, etc ;
  • Anticipating needs and requests during TF management and proactively initiating relevant process tasks for grant processing such as institutional fiduciary assessments, Clearance Package preparation, TF Annual Reviews, preparation of bi –annual Joint Advisory Committee meetings ;
  • Documenting and disseminating to teams lessons and best practices to strengthen Programme implementation ;
  • Continuously gathering information on progress of grants implementation and update the overall Results framework for the TF as the TF evolves ;
  • Providing effective technical input in strategic planning and policy recommendations in the area of TF implementation, taking initiative in improving and implementing TF operations management systems ;
  • Ensuring that effective coordination, communication, collaboration established and maintained with internal and external partners for efficient TF operations, advisory function, vision and leadership, policy coordination, consultative and participatory management process, external representation as well as donor visibility issues ;
  • Ensure that timely, accurate, coherent and reliable information is collected and reported on the performance of the overall portfolio of BE & RE grants in line with the Fund’s Theory of Change and the Results Framework ;
  • Preparing cash-flow projections, monthly budget reports, and other aspects of financial management of the Trust Fund ;
  • Anticipating needs and requests on grant implementation from the Bank and MDA Task Team Leaders and conducts independent practical discussions to come up with solutions to ensure smooth and timely implementation ;
  • Respond to internal and external inquiries about the Trust Fund ;
  • Other tasks as requested by the Trust Fund Program Manager.

Assignment Deliverables

Expected Outputs

Given that the analyst will be supporting the day-to-day activities of the Trust fund, his/her output will be varied, but at least cover the following:

  1. Efficient management of the key processes of the Trust Fund, including the call for funds, the proposal applications, the Technical Management and Joint Advisory Committee meetings, including appropriate timing of meetings, production of minutes and follow-up actions undertaken.
  2. Quality control through a strong monitoring and evaluation system for the TF.
  3. Efficient monitoring of the results framework, with updates provided at the end of each quarter (June, September and December); 
  4. TF progress reports produced as and when needed, 
  5. Ownership strengthened through close coordination with key partners and MDAs (grantees)
  6. Financial reports as and when needed, highlighting reasons for gaps, if any; 
  7. In line with the TF guidelines; tangible support to the setting up of new grants through technical reviews, timely responses, proactive feedback, guidance on procedure, follow-up with stakeholders, etc. 
 

Methods of Working and Management :

The overall responsibility of a consultant is to effectively support the Trust Fund Program Manager to manage the Trust fund effectively. The staff member will work closely with other members of the Trust Fund technical committee team, and with other grant recipients within the Bank and in Government. However, in carrying out this task, the staff member supports the Trust Manager, also the senior Economist of supporting other sector related work. 

Payment

The staff member will receive a competitive compensation according to the WB term staff compensation rates under World Bank term staff guidelines. 

Selection Criteria

  1. Minimum requirements: Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, finance, business administration, social sciences, or other field related to development) ;
  2. Minimum work experience: As least 5 years of experience in project monitoring and evaluation, programme development, management, implementation; preferably in developing countries ;
  3. General Competencies: (i) Excellent communications skills, both in oral presentations and in writing sections of papers, briefs, independent reports, etc.; (ii) Capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and tasks, independently adjusting to priorities and achieving results within agreed objectives and deadlines; (iii) Ability to translate theory into practical applications in context of Bank work; (iv) Task and project management skills, including monitoring and evaluation; (v) Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external partners and promote collaboration in a multi-cultural environment; (vi) Ability to work independently and take initiative; (vii) Experience from working in or with donors/ development agencies is desirable; (viii) A good understanding of Bank operational policies, practices and procedures, notably with respect to Trust Funds, will be an advantage (though not essential).

 

Languages :

Fluency in English language required. 

Note : The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years.

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.  Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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