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World Bank seeks to recruit a consultant, Financial Sector – Khartoum, Sudan

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World Bank seeks to recruit a consultant, Financial Sector – Khartoum, Sudan


Job # :req733
Organization :World Bank
Sector :Financial Sector
Grade :EC2
Term Duration :1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type :Local Recruitment
Location :Khartoum, Sudan
Required Language(s) :English, Arabic
Preferred Language(s) :
Closing Date :10/19/2018 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



The world bank group

Global practices & cross-cutting solutions areas

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

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

The global development community is at an auspicious turning point in history. Thanks to the success of the past few decades and favorable economic growth, developing countries now have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation. This is the vision of the WBG: to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.90 a day to 3 percent by 2030, and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country.

To achieve this vision, the WBG Board of Governors approved a strategy for the organization in 2013. This strategy leverages, for the first time, the combined strength of the WBG institutions and their unique ability to partner with the public and private sectors to deliver customized development solutions backed by finance, world class knowledge and convening services. The strategy has three components: (1) maximizing development impact by engaging country clients in identifying and tackling the most difficult development challenges; (2) promoting scaled-up partnerships that are strategically aligned with the goals; and (3) crowding in public and private resources, expertise and ideas.

The architecture underpinning the strategy and instrumental to its success is an operating model introduced in July 2014 based on fourteen Global Practices (GPs) five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs). Since July 1, 2015 these 14 GPs are organized under 3 Practice Group Vice Presidencies: Sustainable Development (SD); Economics, Finance and Institutions (EFI); and Human Development (HD).

The role of the global practice for finance, competitiveness and innovation (fci) in the wbg

As of January 1, 2018, EFI created the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice, bringing together Finance and Markets (F&M) and Trade and Competitiveness’ (T&C’s) private sector development specialists. Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation is comprised of about 700 staff working across more than 120 countries. The new Global Practice will capitalize on the synergies between F&M and T&C in fostering private-sector led growth. It will work toward creating an enabling environment in which financial stability, efficiency and firm-level solutions are provided in an integrated way to crowd in the private sector, support the creation of markets, and accelerate equitable growth. FCI also houses the IFC Implementation Units focused on implementing public sector advisory work in support of the finance and entrepreneurship agenda across all six regions.

About one third of FCI professional staff are decentralized to the field working closely with the CMUs and in proximity to clients. FCI professionals also lead or participate in a wide variety of ASA and client advisory work that add to the core expertise delivered to client countries. Knowledge and learning is a central part of the FCI agenda, with work focused on the following thematic areas: (a) Financial Stability and Integrity; (b) Long Term Finance; (c) Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure; (d) Industry Solutions; (e) Firm Capabilities and Innovation; and (f) Climate and Risk Management. FCI will work closely with the other newly formed Global Practice for Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (MTI) on systematic country diagnostics, country strategies, policy lending and other private sector diagnostics, ASA and lending activities.


Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation GP work in Sudan

Financial Sector work : The Bank’s involvement under GFCAE in Sudan aims to promote financial sector development, with a particularly focus on the broadening of access to financial services and strengthening the capacity of Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS). Additionally, GFCAE contributes to policy dialogue with Government in the financial sector, working in close collaboration with colleagues in other sectors and with the Country Management Unit (CMU).   As part of Bank’s engagement with the CBoS over the last several years, the GFCAE team carried out an assessment of specialized financial institutions in Sudan and delivered training on basic analysis of financial statements, BCP self-assessments, and offsite and onsite supervision. In FY15, the World Bank began the delivery of the Financial Projection Model, an excel spreadsheet tool that will be used by the offsite supervision department to analyze bank performance and risks in a forward-looking manner and therefore inform risk-based based supervision. In parallel, the World Bank worked with the CBoS in developing new reporting templates that allow the collection of more granular data for offsite supervision.

The GFCAE team is also providing ongoing technical assistance in supporting the government agenda on Financial Inclusion and related topics. A formal request from CBoS on this topic was received in FY17 and the team secured the financial resources from FIRST TF and Sudan Multi-Partners Fund (SMPF) to support the Government on their Financial Inclusion Agenda, including comprehensive diagnostics to develop the national strategy, improving the agent banking and mobile money and overall payment system in Sudan. During the last FY, some progress was made regarding the implementation arrangement of conducting the demand survey between the WB team and the CBoS and Central Statistics Bureau (CBS) and forming the governance structure of steering the financial inclusion agenda on the Government side.

In addition to the financial inclusion agenda, a separate Financial Sector Assessment Program -Development Module is planned for FY 2019.  This assessment will update 2005 FSAP findings and will identify financial stability and development challenges and opportunities and recommend reform measures.

Private Sector work : The FCI’s private sector development program for Sudan envisions a set of activities focused on economic diversification. Based on the priorities and recommendations set-forth by Country Economic Memorandum (CEM) as well as the government’s priorities as set out in the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (I-PRSP) 2011-2016 and the Five-year Program for Economic Reforms, economic diversification is prioritized to tap into Sudan’s trade potential in the non-oil sector, which could help bring sustained, inclusive economic growth over the long-term.

FCI’s overall approach focuses on implementing economy-wide, sector-specific and firm-level interventions to improve job growth, firm productivity, trade volumes and private sector investment. FCI priorities in Sudan include:

  • Sector-specific interventions in diversified sectors to improve spatial and/or sector competitiveness (including agribusiness and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITeS) ;
  • Support the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) development in Sudan. These areas of support are prioritized in order to deliver on the diversification agenda, while also tackling challenges such as poverty, inequality and slow job growth.

In order to support these key programs in Sudan, the GFCAE team intends to hire a local consultant in Khartoum.


Roles and Responsibilities

The consultant should be familiar with the Sudanese financial and private sector and qualified to conduct regular monitoring of the financial and private sector and assist the ongoing and forthcoming engagements/missions with CBoS, Government of Sudan (GoS), private sector, civil society organizations, academia and donors.

The consultant is expected to support the FCI team in its overall country engagement on portfolio and pipeline activities and carry out the following main tasks, across the listed programs as needed : 

  • Support the team in the overall FCI portfolio and pipeline activities in close coordination with the TTLs of the activities ;
  • Monitor financial sector developments based on guidance from TTLs (the areas, focus, format and length of the report will be agreed based on the discussion with TTLs) and produce the regular monitoring report (Quarterly) ;
  • Conduct interviews / meetings with financial sector regulators and practitioners, as well as private sector, academia, civil society, as needed ;
  • Collect data/information related to financial and private sector development and conduct technical analysis ;
  • Support the team and TTLs on the implementation of the Financial Sector Capacity Building Project and additional work on financial inclusion and payment systems ;
  • Represent the FCI GP in meetings ;
  • Support the completion of the FSAP Update, focusing on the coordination with the Sudanese authorities, follow up on date requests and, where applicable, contribution to preliminary analysis ;
  • Support Agribusiness MSME and ITeS development agenda: provide on-the-ground support for conducting an Agribusiness MSMEs diagnostic and ITeS sector assessment through facilitation of information gathering and follow-up with government and private businesses ;
  • Support SEZ development agenda: provide analytical and coordination support to the government to deliver SEZ development support, including analytical assessments, workshops, trainings, and study tours ;
  • Join the team missions in Sudan, provide technical inputs, and play and lead coordination with stakeholders ;
  • Serve as the focal point to coordinate and communicate efficiently on the ground with both internal clients (CMU and other GPs) and external clients (Government of Sudan, CBoS and other stakeholders in Sudan.

Other : providing overall operational and analytical support to FCI TTLs working on the private and financial sector development agenda in Sudan.


Selection Criteria

  • Advanced university degree (minimum a Master level degree) with a major in economics, finance or related subjects with at least 5 years of experience working in economic development, financial sector, microfinance, evaluations and related technical issues ;
  • Extensive knowledge on financial & private sector in Sudan or post conflict / fragile states are strongly preferred ;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collegially with peers at all levels in the Bank and with clients (GoS, private sector, donors, academia & civil society) ;
  • Demonstrated ability to present private and financial sector issues effectively ;
  • Fluent in English & Arabic.

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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