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Sr Public Sector Governance Spec. Job in Mali

Background / General description

The Africa Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group (AFR PREM) plays a key role in implementing the recently published Africa Region Strategy which identifies governance and public sector capacity as the foundational challenge for growth and development in the region.  AFR PREM has particularly significant responsibilities in strengthening efforts to build sustainable and effective institutions that can help bring about shared growth and poverty reduction in the countries of the region.  The Africa Public Sector Reform and Capacity Building Unit (AFTPR) is part of AFR PREM and is the focal point for efforts to strengthen public sector management and governance across all the countries in the Africa region, including in the fragile and conflict affected states.

AFTPR currently provides both analytical and project support to public sector and governance issues in a number of countries in Francophone Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D‘Ivoire, Mauritania, Mali and Niger and has programs that are under preparation in Guinea.  In addition, as part of a broad effort to support improved governance, AFTPR has undertaken analytical work on political economy of sectors, including natural resource management, to better understand the interests and incentives of key political actors that may influence the prospects for governance and policy reforms.  In line with the Africa strategy, the unit supports demand-side initiatives to enhance citizen-centered governance and social accountability.

AFTPR is looking to recruit a dynamic and problem-solving Senior Public Sector/Governance Specialist to be based in Bamako, Mali to support the World Bank’s governance and public sector management program in Mali and selected neighboring countries that include : Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea,  Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. 

The selected candidate will be based in the World Bank’s Country Office as part of the PREM team in Bamako, Mali, for a period of at least three years and will have an important leadership role in advising Country Management units on implementing the Africa Region Strategy including on the design of Country Assistance Strategies.  Working closely with the Lead Public Sector Governance Specialist in Dakar and the Lead Economist, she/he will work directly with key government and non-government entities and coordinate with other development partners to support institutional reform and improved public management practices.   The candidate will ensure close collaboration with staff in the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks and will foster multi-sector approaches to addressing systemic constraints in countries to public service delivery and effective management across sectors.

Duties and Accountabilities

The selected candidate will report to the Cluster Leader and to the Sector Manager (SM), AFTPR, and will be expected to carry out the following duties:

In 2-3 countries, lead or support multi-sector teams to deliver the Bank’s analytical, lending, and grant operations pertaining to public sector reform, including political economy and governance diagnostic work.

Manage the preparation and supervision of assigned tasks and deliverables and ensure effective response and delivery of programs requested by CMUs as well as ensure the quality of the analytical and lending program.

Generate and exchange knowledge relating to concepts, techniques and lessons of experience pertaining to governance, public sector reform and capacity building, advise on governance issues for CAS preparation, and facilitate multi-sectoral approaches to governance reforms.

Contribute to the preparation (and periodic updating) of concise public sector/governance strategy papers for each of the countries in the cluster, drawing on inputs from relevant country team members.

Support the cluster leader to engage with the Country Departments to derive substantive buy-in to the strategy and negotiate the allocation of budgetary resources for the related work program.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be a highly seasoned professional with solid operational experience working on public sector management, governance and anti-corruption issues in developing countries.

Advanced degree in public policy and administration, economics, political science, finance, or other related field.  A strong record of peer reviewed publication on public sector reform would be a plus.

At least 8 years of relevant experience in public sector reform and capacity building. Thematic knowledge of budget management reforms would be a strong plus.

Work experience in Africa would be preferred and experience in post-conflict countries will be relevant.

Demonstrated skills in addressing governance challenges in multiple sectors and in shaping country strategies.

Experience in governance issues related to natural resource management a plus.

Demonstrated skills and experience in project management.

Strong interpersonal skills, proven team orientation, ability to multi-task and work across unit boundaries and a solid track record of mentoring junior staff.

Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain productive, professional relationships with government counterparts, donors and other stakeholders.

Excellent writing abilities, persuasive oral communication skills and ability to foster long-term, productive client relationships.

Fluency in French and English is required.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background.  Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.  All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.  

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