Website World Bank
E T Consultant
Job #: req25869
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Public Sector Development
Term Duration: 1 year
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Nepalese
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The South Asia Region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) is at a crucial stage of development. Rapid economic growth, driven by urbanization and demographic dividend, has brought down poverty rates, but severe forms of exclusion and disparities based on ethnicity, caste, and gender remain. Rapid growth has also come with congestion and pollution in cities. South Asia is more than other regions affected by changes in temperature and extreme weather event. Additional challenges are that South Asia is underperforming in exports, has large informal sectors and low female labor force participation rates. All these challenges must be addressed to secure rapid growth in coming decades. More information on https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/sar
The Macroeconomics, Public Sector, Trade and Investment unit (ESAC1) of the World Bank’s office in Nepal is currently engaged in a comprehensive work program with a primary focus on fiscal federalism issues. Within this program, key objectives include conducting essential analytical work, monitoring and reporting on fiscal federalism developments, and offering technical assistance and capacity-building support to our clients.
ESAC1’s analytical work program in Nepal is continuously evolving and expanding. It is increasingly oriented toward providing in-depth analyses and technical assistance. This expanded scope encompasses annual updates on fiscal federalism, the provision of technical support to institutions such as the National Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission (NNRFC), the National Planning Commission, and the Ministry of Finance. Additionally, ESAC1 is actively involved in supporting Bank teams in the application of the Federalism Filter and enhancing service delivery at the subnational level through the strategic utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions.
DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
The ESAC1 unit is currently in search of an Extended Term Consultant to provide support to our work program. The role entails various responsibilities aimed at advancing fiscal federalism reforms and fostering effective engagement with government counterparts on a daily basis. The Consultant will play a pivotal role in facilitating the analysis of political economy factors pertaining to government engagement and will actively contribute to ongoing reports and the provision of technical assistance on fiscal federalism and public sector reform.
The Extended Term Consultant will be responsible for delivering comprehensive inputs for chapters and background notes related to fiscal federalism and public sector reforms, with the ultimate aim of enhancing service delivery. This role will also involve contributing to just-in-time monitoring tasks and responding to analysis requests in the context of federalism and public sector reform.
In particular, the Extended Term Consultant will be expected to make significant contributions to the following key deliverables:
- The Nepal Fiscal Federalism Update.
- Technical assistance initiatives aimed at strengthening the National Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission (NNRFC).
- The design and coordination of an international conference on fiscal federalism.
- The implementation of the Federalism Filter.
This role is critical in supporting our mission to advance fiscal federalism reforms and enhance governance in Nepal.
- The successful candidate must hold a Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or a related field within the social sciences. This advanced educational background equips individuals with the necessary theoretical foundation and analytical skills required for the complexities of the role.
- A minimum of five years of substantial and relevant professional experience is essential. This experience should encompass work in the field of public policy and governance, demonstrating a deep understanding of policy development, implementation, and evaluation.
- The candidate should possess a demonstrable track record of technical proficiency in fiscal federalism and public sector reform. This includes expertise in analyzing fiscal policies, assessing their impact on governance structures, and devising strategies for improvement. A comprehensive understanding of public finance and governance mechanisms is vital for this role.
- Exceptional written communication skills in the English language are crucial. The ability to convey complex policy analyses and recommendations effectively through clear, concise, and well-structured written documents is imperative. These documents often serve as critical resources for decision-makers and stakeholders.
- Strong teamwork skills are essential for collaborating effectively with colleagues and government counterparts. The candidate should excel in fostering collaborative environments, facilitating discussions, and building consensus. The role requires the ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently and deliver results under tight deadlines. Effective time management and prioritization are key to success in this aspect of the position.
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET appointment of three years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their third-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.
Closing Date: 2/7/2024 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC