The World Bank Group Analyst Program is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young people with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Application Deadline: 28th January 2022 at 11:59pm UTC
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: All
To be taken at: Positions may be based in Washington, DC or in a local office.
About World Bank Group Analyst Program: Through this structured three-year program, you will work in an intellectually challenging and culturally diverse environment within a specific practice, region, or corporate unit in the World Bank Group, which includes the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes. You will have the opportunity to contribute and grow your skills in areas ranging from analytics, research, data management, project management and finance. In addition, the program offers various cohort activities aimed to broaden your exposure to the work of the World Bank Group and develop leadership skills.
HEALTH, NUTRITION AND POPULATION GLOBAL PRACTICE CONTEXT:
The central contribution of the HNP Global Practice to the World Bank’s twin goals is to enable the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which all people are effectively covered by essential health services, and nobody suffers undue financial hardship because of illnesses. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices. The HNP Global Practice works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. The HNP Global Practice supports country and regional efforts to: (i) improve health outcomes, especially for the poor and most vulnerable; (ii) expand access to high-quality HNP services, interventions and technologies that give the most value for money; (iii) strengthen health systems for results; (iv) establish and improve health financing mechanisms that promote efficiency, equity and sustainability of investments; (v) strengthen heath-relevant institutions within and outside the health sector; (vi) harness multisectoral policies and investments for better health outcomes; and (vii) develop and learn from rigorous impact evaluations.
AFRICA REGION CONTEXT:
Africa has registered strong economic growth in recent years that has helped to reduce poverty levels in the continent. Yet, as Africa’s population expands, the region faces a critical challenge of creating the foundations for long-term inclusive growth. Many countries still contend with high levels of child and maternal mortality, malnutrition is far too common, and most health systems are not able to deal effectively with epidemics and the growing burden of chronic diseases. These challenges call for renewed commitments and accelerated progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC)—the principle that everyone receives needed health services without financial hardship.
Most African countries have integrated UHC as a goal in their national health strategies. Yet, progress in translating commitments to UHC into expanded domestic resources for health, effective development assistance, and ultimately, equitable and quality health services, and increased financial protection has been slow. To accelerate progress toward UHC in Africa, the countries will require political leadership and a clear strategic vision to achieve their UHC targets and to be able to eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths, strengthen resilience to public health emergencies, reduce financial hardship linked to illness, and strengthen the foundations for long-term economic growth.
African HNP is organized in four units. HAWH2 covers the health engagements in the Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria Country Management Units. For World Bank Group Analyst Program, HAWH2 is recruiting a health specialist with significant operational experience to join the unit quality team. The selected candidate will also provide operational and technical support to selected teams.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The successful candidate will become a member of HAWH2 unit and will report to the Manager of the unit. The candidate’s work program will be primarily focused on operational work, including as a core member of the HAWH2 Quality Team. More specifically, the selected candidate will be responsible for:
- Contribute to developing operational processes and procedures in the unit, and to knowledge sharing and training related to operational processes and procedures.
- Support the PM and the broader quality team to identify key risks in the unit portfolio and implementing approaches to mitigate risks.
- Regularly monitor and analyze HAWH2 portfolio and provide actionable information for PM’s decision making;
- Support task teams by providing advice on processing operational documents for management approval and support the team’s response to ad hoc information requests from internal and external parties (e.g. cooperation agencies and other international organizations).
Quality Assurance and Operational Support
- Review and provide comments on operational documents and communication as delegated by the Practice Manager [e.g. Implementation Status Reports, Implementation Completion Reports, Project Restructuring Papers, Aide Memoirs, letters, etc.];
- Review and provide inputs/comments on operational packages [e.g. concept, decision and approval stages];
- Advise the Bank’s team on operational guidelines, instruments, and procedures;
- Provide support on issues related to management of Trust Funds;
- Contribute to developing operational processes and procedures in the unit, and to knowledge sharing and training related to operational processes and procedures;
- Work with the PM, the quality team and country teams to facilitate and manage internal communication and relationships, including with CMUs, as well as relationship with government counterparts, partner agencies, etc.
Country and Regional Operations
- Support operational teams with the project preparation and implementation support, including by participating in missions, bringing both operational and technical expertise.
The successful candidate of World Bank Group Analyst Program will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience required for the position in the World Bank:
- Master’s degree in public health, economics, public policy, international development, or social sciences field;
- Minimum 2 years of relevant experience. Formal training in public health or other health field is a distinct advantage. Prior experience in a quality role is also an advantage.
- Deep knowledge in operations, including Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems.
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex data into easily understood and actionable information, including charts/ graphs
- Strong ability to work with and coordinate diverse teams.
- Excellent written and verbal communication in English. Knowledge of French is an advantage.
- Strong problem-solving skills and proactivity to provide appropriate recommendations to address identified challenges.
- Excellent workflow management and task organization skills; ability to anticipate and take responsibility for all aspects of coordination of the workflow of assigned responsibilities.
- Demonstrated ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, adjust to changes in schedule and priorities, juggle concurrent yet disparate tasks effectively and efficiently, and work with very tight deadlines.
- Portfolio Management – Strong knowledge on monitoring of country/sector strategy and work program; Flag’s implementation issues for attention of clients and Bank management and takes a proactive role in resolving these.
- Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice – Recognized by peers and/or managers for ability to identify and pro-actively solve operational issues and problems.
- Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions with others.
- Deliver Results for Clients – Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client.
- Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiate’s collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG and brings differing ideas into the forefront.
- Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Creates, applies, and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.
- Make Smart Decisions – Recommends and takes decisive action.
- Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Values working in collaboration and respecting views of others. Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output. Contributes as required to the work of others in the department. Works collaboratively and effectively within the Bank culture as well as within own and others’ cultures.
- Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Shares, seeks out and uses global good practices and operationally relevant knowledge to improve development impact. Uses available resources from within and outside the WBG to build knowledge and acquire new skills. Communicates and presents information and ideas in an organized and clear way and responds to requests to share knowledge related to WBG and subject areas assigned and applies knowledge to own work.
- Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. Makes good cost/benefit decisions to meet work program objectives. Anticipates problems and potential barriers to achieving results or meeting time demands. Identifies, assesses, and ensures that all pertinent stakeholder data is considered in the analysis, giving proper weight to making decisions.
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of World Bank Group Analyst Program:
- Contract: a three-year local term contract is being offered.
- Salary: WBG Analysts are offered a locally-competitive salary, based on their education and professional experience.
- Health, Life, Accident and Other Insurance Programs: WBG Analyst and their families (including declared domestic partners) may choose from three comprehensive medical/dental benefit plans. The WBG also provides basic life and accident insurance to all staff at no cost, and staff can elect optional life and accident insurance plans. The WBG also provides disability and Workers’ Compensation coverage to staff at no cost.
- Pension Plan: The WBG sponsors a comprehensive pension plan for eligible staff. Upon separation from the WBG, either a lump sum or a pension will become payable to the staff based on eligibility.
- Relocation Benefits on Appointment: For WBG Analysts relocating to a new country, a cash allowance at the discretion of their hiring unit may be granted.
- Tax Allowance: U.S. staff receive an additional quarterly payment to cover the U.S., state and local income tax liabilities on their World Bank Group income. Expatriates and U.S. permanent residents do not incur U.S. income tax liability and are thus not eligible for this benefit.
- Financial Assistance: The World Bank Group offers financial assistance programs, including a two-year interest-free settling-in loan to those who relocate upon appointment.
The WBG Analyst Program (WBG AP) offers a mix of challenging work program and a comprehensive development curriculum.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should go through full instructions for selection and application in the Program Webpage (See link below) before applying.