Education Specialist at the World Bank - Cameroon Desk

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jeudi 23 janvier 2020

Education Specialist at the World Bank

Education Specialist at the World Bank
Job #: req5774
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Education
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Yaounde,Cameroon
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 2/10/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

We are on a mission to change the world; do you want to join us where it matters the most? Invest in your personal and professional development and acquire the skills that are vital for a global career in international development. A role in an FCS (Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations) location will be a truly impactful experience!Fragility Conflict and Violence:

Duties and Accountabilities:
The incumbent will support (and lead) policy dialogue with the client on key issues in education and skills development and provide daily implementation support to the government on the lending operations. He/she will also be expected to lead or/co-lead analytical work to inform policy discussions.

The main responsibilities include
  • Support of operations. In consultation with the TTLs, handle operational matters on a day-to-day basis. Participate in the full cycle of project preparation, implementation support, and evaluation. Support mission preparation and contribute to mission objectives, including inputs to mission aides-memoire and implementation status reports (ISRs). Support monitoring and evaluation of project development objectives and implementation progress, intermediate outcomes, and results-based financing/disbursement linked indicators.
  • Contribution to analytical work and non-lending services. Contribute to the design, preparation, and dissemination of analytical products (e.g. sector assessment, policy notes, impact evaluation, 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.) that respond to critical policy questions identified by the client and have an impact on policy and operational design. Work on cross-sectoral teams (especially, Health, Nutrition and Population; Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management; Social Protection and Labor; Governance; Trade and Competitiveness) to contribute to products such as public expenditure reviews, service delivery surveys, and impact evaluations. Contribute to the country diagnostics and other core analytical work. Advise country and sector teams on education issues and activities.
  • Support to human development (HD) and other operational and analytical work. Provide education sector input to regular Bank’s products/outputs (e.g. HD sector briefings and memos, background reports, project performance reviews, etc.). Liaise with HD staff on integrated HD inputs and activities. Respond to ad-hoc information requests from internal and external parties. Work with staff from other global practices on HD/education related issues (e.g. development policy operations (DPOs) with HD triggers, analytical work related to governance, management and financing of education sector, etc).
  • Support building client capacity. Supporting building 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.
  • Partnerships. In coordination with the task team leader based in Cameroon, represent the World Bank in bilateral or multilateral meetings and activities with other development partners. Participate in regular Local Education Group (LEG) meetings and contribute to its work and follow up on key recommendations.
In performing these roles, the selected candidate will interact with counterparts in government, a variety of international and other partner organizations, and with Bank colleagues and managers within the Education GP, 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. Furthermore, given the situation of fragility in Cameroon related to refugee and anglophone crises, the selected candidate is expected to work on the fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) topics as related to education and HD.

Selection Criteria
  • The education GP is seeking an experienced, versatile, and highly motivated candidate to work on a large and growing portfolio as part of the education team based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The ideal candidate will combine excellent technical capabilities; 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; and operational skills to provide effective implementation support for the Bank’s growing portfolio. The candidate should have:
  • Education: A minimum of a Master’s Degree (PhD preferred) in economics, education (economics of education, education policy, etc.), public policy, or a related field;
  • Experience: A minimum of 5 years of experience in the education sector. Relevant experience with policies and interventions in the education sector, familiarity with World Bank's operations and business processes will be a plus;
  • Analytical/technical skills: Strong analytical and technical skills, including an understanding of the core education data sets, indicators, tools for analysis of this data, and the use of evidence for education policy;
  • Client orientation: Strong client orientation and proven ability to work with government agencies, and with partner organizations;
  • Team work and interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment with minimal supervision;
  • High levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility: Proactive attitude to challenges and 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 and communication skills; Excellent communication (oral and written) skills in French and English. The candidate will be expected to write concisely and expediently; present technical information to clients; and represent the WBG education team among donors and the client;
  • Travel: Willingness to travel, as required by the different tasks.
Key Competencies:
  • Education sector knowledge and experience: Possesses strong analytical and technical skills, including an understanding of the core education data sets, indicators, tools for analysis of this data, and the use of evidence for education policy;
  • Policy dialogue skills: Possesses political judgment, diplomatic acumen, and negotiating skills; applies cross-country development knowledge to discussions with clients and development partners; anticipates needs and requests in the field and develop/offer relevant tools to clients;
  • Knowledge and experience in development arena: Understands policy making process and the role of own sector of expertise in that process; finds relevant information/data and examine similar policy questions in multiple regions;
  • Integrative Skills: Demonstrates strong integrative thinking and ability to support project teams in developing of an integrated point of view around development challenge;
  • Analytical services and advisory (ASA) policy, strategic and technical analysis for country/sector issues: Provides inputs to key ASA documents by analyzing relevant issues, soliciting input from others, and using data and facts to support conclusions and/or position;
  • Written and verbal communication: Delivers information effectively;
  • Client orientation: Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success;
  • Drive for results: Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization skills to do so;
  • Teamwork: Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view;
  • Knowledge, learning, and communication: Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner;
  • Business judgment and analytical decision making: Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.

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