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Sr Public Sector Economist / Specialist

World Bank

Abuja, Nigeria
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Sr Public Sector Economist / Specialist

Job # : req11773
Organization : World Bank
Sector : Governance
Grade : GG
Term Duration : 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type : International Recruitment
Location : Abuja,Nigeria
Required Language(s) : English
Preferred Language(s) :
Closing Date : 5/9/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.  For more information, visit

Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region

Western and Central Africa is a region with diverse cultures, beliefs, languages, and lifestyles – marked by contrasts of stability and conflict; affluence and poverty.  Home to about half a billion people, it encompasses 22 countries stretching from the westernmost point of Africa across the equator and partly along the Atlantic Ocean to the Republic of Congo in the South. The sub-region is rich in resources and brimming of opportunities. It made impressive progress in regional cooperation and includes two monetary unions - the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) that cover 13 countries between them.

Yet these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought back to the forefront the risks posed by weak health systems and poor surveillance. Many countries in the region that learned difficult lessons from the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014 are applying some of the lessons and using all existing instruments and expertise to curb the pandemic while prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable people. 

The World Bank Western and Central Africa Region, comprised of approximately 1,139 staff mostly based in about 22 country offices, is committed to helping countries to realize their considerable development potential and become more competitive in the global economy by focusing on the following priorities:

Creating Jobs and Transforming Economies: We are working with countries across Africa to stimulate job creation and economic transformation by leveraging all sources of finance, expertise, and solutions to promote investment. Building up the Digital Economy: We are supporting Africa’s vision to ensure that every African individual, business, and government is connected by 2030. Institutions more Efficient and Accountable: Our support is helping governments strengthen public policy processes, manage resources effectively, and reinforce fair and reliable delivery of public services. Investing in People: We are at the forefront of helping African countries accelerate human capital gains and empower women by improving their access to education and skills acquisition, sexual and reproductive health services, and employment opportunities. Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption:  In the face of increasing climate-related risks, we are working with African countries to advance efforts to adopt renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, and green infrastructure. Addressing the Drivers of Fragility, Conflict and Violence: Given the cross-border nature of conflicts in Africa, we are employing an approach that simultaneously focuses on the drivers of fragility while also supporting well-targeted regional initiatives to create opportunities for peace and shared prosperity. Building Partnerships and Working across the African Continent: We are scaling up our work on regional integration, taking a holistic view of the continent that covers both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

PG and GP Context

Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Practice Group

Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group (PG) supports economic policies and legal, regulatory and institutional reforms to enable equitable and sustainable growth and to reduce poverty.

The Governance Global Practice

The Governance GP helps developing countries build capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable institutions that can support economic growth, reduce poverty, deliver needed services and earn the confidence of citizens. Our work program comprises six core Business Lines: 1. Public Financial Management (PFM), 2. Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM)/Tax Administration, 3. State-owned Enterprises and Corporate Governance, 4. Public Institutions Reform, 5. Decentralization and Sub-national Governance, and 6. Financial Management Fiduciary Assurance for Bank-financed Operations; as well as three Cross-Cutting Themes: GovTech, Anti-Corruption and Political Economy. For more information:

Country Management Unit Context

Nigeria, Africa’s giant, is critical to the Bank’s twin goals of eradicating global extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. A multi-ethnic and diverse federation of 36 autonomous states, Nigeria is already Africa’s largest country, with over 200 million people, and Africa’s largest economy, with a nominal GDP of around US$450 billion (2019). With its abundance of resources, a young and entrepreneurial population, and a dynamic private sector, Nigeria has the potential to be a giant on the global stage. At the same time, with over 40 percent of its population living in poverty, Nigeria has the second largest population of poor in the world.

The strategic objective of the FY21-25 Country Partnership Framework (CPF) is to support Nigeria to achieve progress on poverty reduction by promoting faster, more inclusive, and sustainable growth. The CPF aims to support the Government’s program and medium-term strategy, which presents a vision of accelerated economic growth with better employment opportunities facilitated by a more conducive business-enabling environment, greater social cohesion and inclusion, and a plan to tackle the most persistent development challenges.

To help the Government of Nigeria strengthen its institutions and systems for public sector management and service delivery, the Governance GP work program encompasses a substantial mix of lending, TF, and ASA activities at the federal, state, and local levels. Supporting governance for service delivery in specific sectors is also an important part of the program. Moreover, the FM in Operations function supports PforRs and projects across all sectors and States.

Duties and Accountabilities

Please note that this is an international, not a local, position.

As part of the Nigeria Governance GP and Country Team, the Senior Public Sector Economist/Specialist plays the following important roles :

Leading policy and operational dialogue with federal and state counterparts in governance engagements, especially under the areas of (i) Transparent and Accountable Government Institutions for Service Delivery, and (ii) Revenues, Expenditures and Debt.
Task-team leadership (TTL) of operational, advisory and analytical tasks Working jointly with other GPs to enhance public sector systems for service delivery in critical sectors

Selection Criteria

You will be a professional with solid operational and analytical experience on development operations and advisory services related to Public Administration and Institutional Reform, including :

Directly relevant technical experience across governance business lines Directly relevant operational experience as TTL in the World Bank or other international multilateral development institutions, across instruments: DPOs, PforRs, IPFs, and TFs
Directly relevant experience in the provision of analytical and advisory services as TTL in the World Bank or other international multilateral development institutions
Relevant experience and knowledge in public sector digital transformation (GovTech) and governance in sector and service delivery
Experience in quality control of the outputs of junior staff and consultants.
Team player with strong integrative skills and track record of excellent relationship building with CMUs, other GPs, and clients.
Strong written and oral communication skills.

In addition, the following minimum education and experience criteria apply :

Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., public administration, economics, accounting, finance, law) 8 years of directly relevant professional experience at an international level, i.e. encompassing several countries 
For information about WBG Core Competencies, please visit :

The strong preference is to have this position filled in Abuja. However, if given personal or family reasons the selected candidate is not able to move immediately, the position can be covered from HQ or another suitable location for a reasonable period of time.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

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Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

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