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Local Economist Job Vacancy

The World Bank South Sudan Country Office is looking for a highly organized professional, capable of operating effectively in a very demanding environment to serve as the Local Economist within the PREM East Africa and Horn Unit (AFTP2).

This is a one (1) Year Term Appointment (local hire, subject to renewal on performance and business need).

The Economist will join the PREM East Africa and Horn Unit (AFTP2) in South Sudan to support the World Bank’s assistance in the area of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management.

The position is based in the World Bank’s Juba office in South Sudan. The selected candidate will be expected to work closely with professional counterparts in the donor community and with the Government of South Sudan (GoSS), particularly with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP).

S/he will be operating within a matrix management framework, reporting to the AFTP2 Sector Manger in Washington DC and the Country Manager of the Juba office. S/he will also report to the Lead and Senior Country Economists covering South Sudan, based in Addis and Washington, DC respectively.

S/he will also work and coordinate closely with the various Bank task managers working on economic issues in South Sudan, based in South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Washington DC.


(a) Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Advice by supporting the PREM Sudan team to provide analytical advice to the GoSS on ways to accelerate economic growth and poverty reduction in South Sudan, supporting the Country Management Unit (CMU), and the Government, in the development of a World Bank assistance vision for South Sudan and working closely with MoFEP to obtain and maintain relevant fiscal and economic data and information and to engage in policy dialogue as part of the Bank team.

 Issues on Public Finance by closely monitoring and providing advice on fiscal policy and program priorities, budget management, revenue mobilization and public financial management issues. Coordinating policy dialogue between the World Bank and the MoFEP on these issues and contributing to the economic and budget policy analysis.

 Country Economist Support by contributing to the preparation of the South Sudan Economic Brief (quarterly), the Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (annually), and the Post - Conflict Performance Indicators (annually).

Compiling and maintaining macro and fiscal databases for South Sudan.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic Training: Masters Degree in Economics, and at least five years of relevant work experience.
  • Technical Proficiency: Skills and experience in working in post-conflict environments, economic policy issues and data analysis. Proven strong conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills in the foregoing areas, and ideally also in poverty analysis.
  • Communication and Team Skills: High level of personal and professional integrity. Self-starter. Strong ability to function well in a multi-cultural environment, and working in teams. Results-oriented personality with proven problemsolving skills, and strong communication skills.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in English required; Local Southern Sudanese language skills are a distinct advantage.
  • Writing: Excellent English writing capability required.
  • Computer Skills: Sound knowledge of MS Office programs, including Excel, is essential.
For the full job description and full selection criteria, qualified candidates are requested to visit and submit an electronic application through the World Bank Careers and click on >employment opportunities >professional/technical staff opportunities >current vacancies > job# 111862. Email or paper/postal applications
will not be considered.

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.

The closing date is October 13, 2011.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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