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World Bank Abuja Job: NGO Vacancy for Lead Economist

World Bank Abuja Job: NGO Vacancy Recruitment for Lead Economist

Job # 100564
Job Title Lead Economist
Location Abuja, Nigeria
Appointment International Hire
Closing Date 15-Apr-2010
Language Requirements English [Essential]

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.

The Bank’s actvities in Nigeria comprise a large and very active program of lending and analytic work. The Bank is engaged in twenty-five active projects with undisbursed commitments of about $3 billion, and a IDA lending pipeline exceeding $1 billion per year. Partnership with government is strong and growing, and the PREM team plays a critical role through its advisory services as well as supervision of a large technical assistance project. In June 2009, a federal level DPO for $500 million was negotiated to help the government with the mitgation of the financial crisis. The Bank is also increasingly active on the state level, where governors seek to avail themselves of policy advice and technical assistance, particularly on public financial management. The new CPS under preparation envisages state-level Development Policy Operations, starting with Lagos in 2010. The Nigeria PREM team has recently produced a series of ESW on growth, fiscal federalism, and state-level public expenditure that have made the Bank a close partner of the federal government and state governments in identifying options to accelerate growth and enhancing the effectiveness of spending.

Lead Economist – Abuja

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year renewable term appointment.


The position requires a motivated and seasoned economist with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, significant leadership experience in operational and analytic support to the client drawing on diverse teams, and a commitment to the agenda reflected in the Africa Action Plan.

In addition the incumbent shall have:
*Post graduate degree in economics, preferably Ph.D., with at least 12 years of relevant experience or Master’s degree with a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience.
*Demonstrated effectiveness in conducting policy dialogue on economic issues with senior government officials, the private sector, donor representatives and civil society;
*Proven experience in Bank operations in one or more areas covered by PREM–economic management, public sector management, gender, and poverty.
*Ability to gain the trust and respect of country counterparts, while maintaining objectivity and clear focus on the Bank’s mission;
*Ability to enhance the quality of Bank products through early guidance, constructive feedback, encouraging innovation and risk taking, and establishing links with other networks and relevant partners;
*Excellent written and verbal communications skills to be an effective Bank spokesperson in a range of fora;
*Proven ability to lead, work in teams, mentor staff, inspire staff commitment to technical excellence and teamwork, and resolve conflicts constructively;
*Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to country and management requests, and set priorities for self and others.
*Good working knowledge of English is essential

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Closing Date 15-Apr-2010

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