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Senior Education Specialist / Economist

World Bank Group
Kampala, Uganda

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The education GP is seeking an experienced, versatile, and highly motivated candidate to work on a large and growing portfolio as part of the education team based in Kampala, Uganda. The ideal candidate will combine excellent technical capabilities, experience in analyzing policy options and recommending practical policy reforms, a capacity to translate analytical findings into policy and into innovative Bank operations to help clients shift policies in new directions or to pilot new approaches; and strong operational skills to provide effective implementation support for the Bank’s growing portfolio.
The candidate should have:
• Education: At least a Master’s Degree from a recognized university in economics, education policy, or related discipline.
• Experience: A minimum of 8 years relevant work experience in education; and demonstrated expert-level knowledge of and experience in leading education projects and analytical work
Analytical/technical skills: Strong analytical and economics skills (e.g., education, labor economics), and a solid understanding of public finance issues.
• Operational skills. Strong operational skills and experience in the design and implementation of World Bank-financed programs and projects (e.g., PfoRs, IPf with DLIs) to address key education issues; knowledge of Bank operational policies and procedures; and ability to find practical solutions to operational issues.
• Strong client orientation. Ability to conduct high-level policy dialogue with sophisticated clients, including Ministry of Education and Sport, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and other stakeholders.
• Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills.Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively across and within practice boundaries, inspire commitment to excellence and teamwork, and to liaise tactfully as a member of a multicultural team.
• High levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility.Proactive attitude to challenges and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements. Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to internal and external client requests, and set realistic priorities for self and others.
• Language: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. The candidate will be expected to write concisely and expediently; present technical information to clients; and represent the WBG education team among donors and the client.

Responsibilities

• Policy Dialogue and Building Client Capacity. Lead and contribute to policy dialogue with the government of Uganda on a range of sector issues at different levels of education. Identify and nurture opportunities for participating in the broader policy dialogue in the country, especially insofar as they impact on education or where the education sector can make a contribution. Build client capacity to use findings of policy research/analytical work for developing new policies and undertaking sector reforms. Provide technical advice on key issues and strategic directions for the country’s education sector development, by bringing relevant international experience and research to assist in developing local solutions.
• Operations. Lead and/or contribute to the development of new lending operations, both in education and multi-sectoral, tapping into the Bank’s full range of instruments (including investment project financing, results-based financing, etc.); mobilize global experience and evidence and tailor them to the local context; review and prepare operational documents, coordinating across practices and project components with other team members; and provide day to day operational support and advise the government on technical and operational aspects of project implementation for ongoing projects.
• Analytical Work and Non-Lending Services. Lead and/or contribute to the design, preparation, and dissemination of analytical products (e.g. sector assessment, policy notes, impact evaluation, public expenditure reviews, country systems diagnostics, case studies, etc.); provide input on a range of issues (e.g., education finance, management and governance, teacher policies, school performance assessments, skills development, etc.) that respond to critical policy questions identified by the client and have an impact on policy and operational design. Work on cross-sectoral teams to contribute to products such as public expenditure reviews, service delivery surveys, and impact evaluations.Contribute to the country diagnostics and other core analytical work.
• Leadership: Work closely with the Practice Manager and education team and the CMU to identify new business in the education sector, including innovative financing approaches, technical advisory services, fee-based services and other services, as required.
• Partnerships: Lead and/or contribute to partnership activities on a regular basis, with multilateral and bilateral development partners, UN agencies, non-profit organizations, academia, and civil society. Contribute to alignment and coordination around country-led priorities.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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