Deadline: 23 September 2019
The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Senior Economist/Senior Education Specialist in Sydney, Australia. The duration of this post is 3 years.
The Senior Economist/Senior Education Specialist will be responsible for education in the CMU (based in Sydney), with the Country Management Unit for the Pacific Islands, and with colleagues in Washington DC and other countries offices working on the Pacific Island program.
WBG has set two ambitious goals to push extreme poverty to no more 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Senior Economist/Senior Education Specialist will perform the following functions-
- Lead the education policy dialogue in the Pacific Islands to develop a program of work providing technical assistance and financial support to national government clients.
- Provide high quality customized analytical and advisory services (including knowledge and convening services) linked to country and department circumstances, working closely with colleagues in the Education Global Practice to bring the best international experiences to bear on addressing the client country’s education challenges.
- Provide hands on technical assistance to clients deploying high quality practical knowledge through solutions and nuts and bolts implementation;
- Build and lead a high-quality team that works across the Pacific Island Countries, to bring international practice in a cost-effective way and develop operations customized to the Pacific Island context.
- Work closely with colleagues from other global practices working on the Pacific Islands on multi-sectoral financial and lending products (e.g. Macroeconomics and Fiscal GP on public expenditure issues, or Poverty and Social Protection GPs on addressing inequalities in opportunity, health and social protection on service delivery issues, Finance, Competitiveness and
- Innovation GP and Social Protection and Jobs GP on skills and labor force productivity issues).
- Forge strategic partnerships and alliances (with multi-lateral and bilateral development partners and with regional and national non-profit organizations and think tanks), to increase the overall value of the Bank program in education in the Pacific Islands.
- Participate in the Education GP, including in team meetings, sharing knowledge of the program in the Pacific Islands with GP colleagues, representing the GP at events, and providing peer review to tasks in other countries
Applicants must have:
- Advanced degree (at least a Master’s degree; Ph.D. preferred) in economics, education policy or social sciences.
- Recognized and highly regarded professional with at least 8 years of relevant experience in shaping education and/or social policy and in project/operational work.
- Strong intellectual leadership and analytical ability related to education policy issues in one or more education subsectors (especially early childhood and basic education).
- Demonstrated combination of analytical rigor and practical and solution- oriented approaches; understanding of the political economy of education reform.
- Experience in managing technical teams /consultants to prepare analytical work and operational/project support.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential. Strong in written and oral expression, including public presentation.
- Significant experience and demonstrated ability to manage teams and to conduct effective policy dialogue with government officials at all levels and with leaders of education and social sector institutions and to collaborate with partner organizations.
- Up-to-date knowledge and solid understanding of broad development issues including those related to the link between education and inclusive growth and productivity.
- Solid understanding of the articulation between levels of education and with labor markets and innovation systems.
- Demonstrated experience in education and social research, such as impact evaluation of education and training policies, and experience with quantitative analysis of education data.
- Strong client orientation and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively within and across institutional boundaries, and geographical locations, to inspire commitment to excellence and teamwork, and to liaise tactfully as member of a multicultural team.
- High levels of energy, initiative 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 priorities for self and others.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit WBG.