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Country Economist (Somalia) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Country Economist (Somalia)
Local Appointment(Level GF, Three Years, renewable)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
The World Bank’s Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (S-S-SS PREM) unit wishes to hire a locally recruited Economist with excellent technical and analytical skills to support the work program of S-S-SS PREM, and specifically to operate as Country Economist for Somalia. 

The position is based in the World Bank’s Nairobi office. 

The selected candidate will be expected to work closely with professional counterparts in the Government, as well as the community of international development partners.
The S-S-SS PREM team has responsibility for analytical work and the associated policy dialogue across a range of economic issues, including growth and competitiveness, public financial management, public expenditure reviews, governance, and poverty. 

The position involves traveling to Somalia and elsewhere as appropriate. 

The selected candidate will be operating within a matrix management framework, reporting to the AFTP2 Sector Manger in Washington DC and working in close collaboration with the Country Director and the PREM Sector Leader based in Nairobi. 

S/he will also work and coordinate closely with the various Bank task managers working on economic issues.
While a significant share of his/her time will be devoted to Somalia country program the selected candidate should also expect to complement the work program with tasks focusing on Sudan and South Sudan. 

S/he will play a role, jointly with the Lead Economist and other Country Economists in the unit, in the policy dialogue with the different Government authorities (Somalia/Sudan/South Sudan) and development partners and the design of relevant economic work to support government objectives; conduct macroeconomic monitoring and analysis of recent macroeconomic developments; take the lead in the preparation of Economic and Sector Work (ESW); disseminate new ideas, creative approaches, and successful international experiences at Federal as well as State Level; and build partnerships and identify opportunities for joint work with other units inside and outside the World Bank
Selection criteria:  
  • The successful candidate should have at least a Master’s degree in Economics, Public Administration or a related field, with a minimum of 5 years of direct relevant work experience; plus demonstrated experience. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience of developing policy relevant material for government policymakers, with particular emphasis on fiscal decentralization; 
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience in developing/managing complex databases; 
  • Demonstrated experience of independently managing work programs; 
  • A record of relevant publications and experience of working in and a deep understanding of devolution processes in one or more developing country contexts, with a particular emphasis on fiscal decentralization and the transition to devolved government.
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 website: click on >employment opportunities >professional/technical staff opportunities >current vacancies > job# 122583 to submit your application electronically to the World Bank. 

Email or postal/paper applications will not be considered.
The closing date is end of day 19th November 2012. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. 

Qualified male and female candidates of diverse background (gender, religious, ethnic etc) are encouraged to apply.

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