Regional Director, SD at World Bank Group (Washington DC)

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Regional Director, SD

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World Bank

Sustainable Development


Term Duration:
4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:
International Recruitment

Washington, DC,United States

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Closing Date:
6/5/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Regional Context

The Middle East and North Africa Region serves twenty countries, of which twelve are active/potentially active IBRD/IDA borrowers (Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, Tunisia, and Yemen) and eight are users of the Region's non-lending services, mostly on a reimbursable basis (Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). The mission of MNA is to foster sustainable growth with a focus on job creation and poverty reduction, economic and social inclusion, and good governance. MNA attaches importance to creating a supportive work environment based on the values of teamwork, transparency, trust, and client service, underlined by professional excellence. MNA places high value on diversity. MNA is organized in five Country Departments (CMUs), the Office of the Regional Chief Economist, the Development Effectiveness Unit (MNADE), and External Affairs Unit (MNAEC). CMUs are accountable for the overall country program, consistent with objectives articulated in the Country Partnership Framework (CPF). Based on work program agreements with the CMUs, sector staff and teams are accountable for delivering the portfolio of lending and non-lending products.

Sustainable Development in MNA

The MNA SD team provides a wide range of financial, knowledge and convening services to help address MNA countries' most complex development issues. The SD group collaborates in the preparation of the various Country Partnership Frameworks typically through pillars for inclusion, resilience, and sustainability. It also emphasizes the GP sub-sector and cross cutting themes, including but not limited to rural and subnational development, agriculture, disaster risk management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and inclusion.

The knowledge program is also extensive, with an increasing focus on climate change resilience as a cross cutting theme. The SD group is leading on the implementation of the MNA Climate Change Roadmap and leading Country Climate Development Reports (CCDR) across the region. Areas of analytical work provided through a mix of AAA and Reimbursable Advisory Services include water resources management, agriculture and rural development, shared growth and inclusive services, land and water management, DRM and urban development, Gender Based Violence, Inclusion, among other areas. Relationships with the Bank across the IDA, IBRD and GCC RAS clients are very strong.

Sustainable Development practice group in MNA has a substantial lending and non-lending program in support of MNA clients. Total current portfolio consists of 44 projects for a total of $6.4Billion in commitments under implementation. This FY22, the lending deliverable will reach about $2.1B, consisting of about 18 new operations covering the range of clients. MNA SD also manages a large knowledge program, with a total of 58 active ASA. The majority of the program areas are implemented across SD practices, as well as several in close collaboration with other practice group, including several joint programs with FCI, Social Protection, Health and Education as well as Governance Global Practices.

Note: This requisition is posted internally for WBG. External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will be rejected.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Regional Director will be accountable for modeling WBG leadership values and managerial behavior, and ensuring that the unit delivers on its commitments. Accountability means being answerable for making strategic choices, managing quality, risks, results, institutional initiatives, external and internal resources, and compliance with WBG policies and procedures.
  • Solutions and Results to Clients
    • Collaborate with the GDs of other GPs, with the RDs, and with DEC and IFC
    • Support the VPU management team in setting the PGs's key strategic priorities to guide institution-wide work and in collaboration with CDs, in establishing global and country goals to ensure alignment with the WBG Strategy and Country Partnership Framework
    • Draw on thought leadership and implementation know-how within the GP and across Practices to ensure high impact evidence-based solutions
    • Assist the PG's management team to build and maintain a balanced portfolio of innovative, cost-effective, and demand-driven products and services
    • Implement quality control processes, including analytical work, technical assistance, and lending operations
    • Ensure availability and maintenance of portfolio, pipeline, staff, and budget information as well as portfolio and practice quality and performance metrics to inform WBG management
    • Represent the GP and PG on corporate strategic issues to ensure that operational policies, practices and procedures align with quality service delivery to clients
  • People Talent Management
    • Model exemplary WBG leadership values and managerial behavior and reinforces these qualities in the management team and staff
    • Contribute to and implement and monitor compliance with talent management, diversity, and inclusion plans
    • Drive and encourage technical excellence within the GP by creating an environment of learning and innovation that attracts and develops the best talent reflective of the diversity of our clients
    • Coordinate and supports the GP management in developing and implementing appropriate strategies for global staffing, deployment, staff learning and development as well as career progression and talent and performance management
  • Knowledge Management
    • Engage with Managers, other Regional and Global Directors, and DEC to develop a knowledge and learning strategy and approach for the GP that integrates cross-cutting solution area considerations and multi-sectoral links
    • Ensure timely flow, capture, codification and dissemination of knowledge and expertise so that clients receive the highest quality support and knowledge
    • Support the coordination of innovative and cross-cutting research, as well as the dissemination of technical and experiential knowledge and learning
    • Encourage a culture of evidence-based, and client tailored engagement for highest development impact
    • Establish new and cutting-edge knowledge in the GP is reflected in staff learning and development
  • Resource Management
    • Manage the department's budget (internal and external funds) to support the implementation of the (sector)
  • Directorate Strategy
    • Ensure the GP Management accountability for delivering the agreed-upon work program through cost-effective use of resources (human and budget) within the agreed parameters and in compliance with internal WBG fiduciary and safeguard controls and policies, and ensures timely delivery and overall quality of the GP's outputs
    • Ensure implementation of an appropriate risk management framework to meet (sector) unit's objectives

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced degree in economics or related field, with a minimum of 15 years of experience in positions of growing complexity and responsibility
  • Recognized expert within WBG or among one or more of the following: academia, private sector actors and policymakers - and with a proven track record of applying practice know-how and effective policy dialogue to achieve development results
  • Experience and ability to engage with clients at the senior level and represent the Bank at high-level international fora
  • Demonstrated thought leadership on (sector) through economic research and publication recognized by academic and policy community
  • Substantive experience working in client countries of different regions and familiarity with the WBG services including deep technical knowledge and experience on (sector) policy
  • Demonstrated in-depth experience working across practice and disciplinary boundaries, with different units of the WBG and with multiple partners both public and private in building collaborative alliances for results
  • Extensive experience managing complex and large work programs, budgets, portfolio monitoring and supervision with proven results
  • Proven ability to effectively implement complex change management initiatives

WBG Managerial Competencies

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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