Research Analyst

The World Bank
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 15

Position description

The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.

Governance Global Practice Context:

Sound governance and effective institutions are essential for achieving shared prosperity and sustained reductions in poverty. A rapidly-growing body of analytic work demonstrates that there are clear linkages between good governance and the quality of health and education services, and that the poor often suffer disproportionately from lack of alternatives. Countries capable of improving governance are able to use their human and financial resources more efficiently with fewer losses and distortions. They are able to attract higher levels of foreign and domestic investment and, on average, grow more rapidly.

The Governance Global Practice (GGODR) brings together professionals in procurement, financial management, taxation, public management, regulatory policy, transparency, digital governance, law and development, anticorruption, and social accountability to develop innovative, integrated solutions to complex institutional problems. The practice utilizes a problem-driven, diagnostic approach, combining global comparative knowledge of reform successes and failures with keen understanding of the institutional challenges and opportunities of developing countries.

Specifically, the Governance Global Practice provides support in: 
1. Sustainable Public Resource Mobilization and Management by improving analytic and policy capacity in public finance; strengthening the composition, management and reporting of public expenditure; and augmenting budget and accounting systems and procurement processes to ensure sustainable funding for public programs.

2. Effective Service Delivery and Policy Implementation through strengthening both core agencies and line departments. GGODR seeks to improve public sector performance and effectiveness by supporting reforms in public management, human resource management, performance monitoring, regulatory reform, ICT solutions and innovative delivery approaches, and other areas.

3. Open and Accountable Governments by facilitating collaboration to foster social accountability and citizen-centric development. This work stream includes government transparency and responsiveness, strengthening key accountability institutions (including parliaments and the judiciary), using mobile technologies to monitor performance and enabling citizens to participate effectively in government decision-making.
Developing countries are increasingly seeking out assistance on improving the efficiency and equity of spending, fiscal openness and institutional mechanisms for more effective public participation in the budget process. Since the budget is the principal instrument for governments to articulate and implement development policy, the way budget data is recorded, made accessible and analyzed shapes both policy makers’ and citizens’ understanding of budget policy and impact. To address issues of quality of budget data and effective evidence-based policymaking and implementation a new data tool with the name “BOOST” was launched in 2010 to improve public expenditure analysis. The BOOST program undertakes analytical and advisory work on public spending. Over 60 countries have used BOOST, ranging from Public Expenditure Reviews and analytical capabilities in central ministries to broader open budgeting objectives. The BOOST portfolio includes a large program of support to lending operations, technical assistance, knowledge/analytical work, diagnostics and policy advisory work.

GGP’s portfolio also includes a significant number of revenue administration reform investment lending projects, revenue administration components in Development Policy Loans (DPLs), and revenue projects funded by Reimbursable Advisory Services (RASs) and Trust Funds (TFs), and Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA).  

The recently created Global Tax Team (GTT) provides effective support for WBG operations to strengthen countries’ efforts in the area of revenue policy, administration and international tax issues. The GTT also engages with development partners and other stakeholders in the global debate on taxation, including in the Platform for Collaboration on Tax with the IMF, OECD and UN. The GTT is located in GGP, but works jointly with other Global Practices in the Vice Presidency for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, and collaborates closely with other WBG units. 

GGO28 is seeking to recruit a Public Sector Analyst to support the work on BOOST and on revenue administration and policy.

Note: The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background.  Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

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 term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

 Provide support on public expenditure/finance management reform to client governments with a particular focus on BOOST and revenue management.
• Support analytical and lending work in the area of public expenditure and revenue management, including supervision of technical consultants, procurement, project reporting and monitoring and evaluation in collaboration with the Practice Manager and country teams. 
• Contribute to the development of databases on revenue and expenditures, including by connecting BOOST data on revenues with other tax datasets. 
• Assist in the design, implementation and supervision of expenditure analysis components of PFM reform operations, including providing technical and operational input to build clients’ capacity to enhance budget transparency, improve budget credibility, medium term budget planning and budget execution (through public sector or public financial management operations). 
• Provide technical inputs to analytic work and advisory services in target countries including support to public expenditure analysis/reviews, and/or supervise the preparation of Economic and Sector Work and other relevant technical reports to clients
• Conduct research on relevant topics where appropriate and prepare written resource materials for colleagues and client governments.
• Contribute to knowledge management and dissemination, including the organization of seminars/workshops on topics of interest in the area of domestic resource mobilization and training of non-tax specialist colleagues in applying analytical tools and approaches developed by the WBG and development partners.


The successful candidate will be a professional with solid operational experience on public sector and public financial management analytical and operational work. 
• Advanced degree in public policy and administration, economics, political science, finance, or other related field. 
• At least 4 years of relevant experience in the field in the area of public expenditure management, revenue management.
• First-hand experience with reform of government public expenditure management systems, revenue management in developing countries, preferably including management of extractives revenues and international tax issues.
•    Data skills - ability to interpret raw data and proficiency in Excel and preferably STATA 
• Written and Verbal Communication - Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup
• Client Orientation - Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
• Drive for Results - Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so. 
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.
Other Selection Criteria:
• Fluency (spoken and writing) in English and in French, Spanish or Russia (Essential)
• Strong analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills
• Excellent writing and quality review skills and familiarity with Bank quality standards. 
• Work experience in IDA and Fragile States desired.
• Ability and availability to travel frequently

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