ET Consultant

  • Organization:                     World Bank
  • Sector:                                   Private Sector Development
  • Term Duration:                 1 year 0 months
  • Recruitment Type:          Local Recruitment
  • Location:                             Washington, DC, United States
  • Required Language(s):  English
  • Preferred Language(s): Spanish, French, Portuguese

Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org

The WBG’s EFI Practice Group work on private sector development promotes dynamic firms, well-functioning markets, and adequate sectoral and economy-wide policies to foster private investment, jobs and economic transformation. Most jobs are created by (private) firms which make investment and recruitment decisions on the basis of the market environment they operate in, and the challenges and opportunities they face. These can be industry-specific, location-specific, regional or global markets. Incentives of firms and market’s efficiency are in turn determined by the economic, regulatory and institutional environment at the country-level. EFI works on fostering sound microeconomic policies at the economy-wide level (business environment, factor markets, macro conditions), market-level (encouraging contestability in sectors like agribusiness, tourism or digital service), and firm-level (including SME policies and entrepreneurship).

The WBG’s EFI Practice Group work on private sector development promotes dynamic firms, well-functioning markets, and adequate sectoral and economy-wide policies to foster private investment, jobs and economic transformation. Most jobs are created by (private) firms which make investment and recruitment decisions on the basis of the market environment they operate in, and the challenges and opportunities they face. These can be industry-specific, location-specific, regional or global markets. Incentives of firms and market’s efficiency are in turn determined by the economic, regulatory and institutional environment at the country-level. EFI works on fostering sound microeconomic policies at the economy-wide level (business environment, factor markets, macro conditions), market-level (encouraging contestability in sectors like agribusiness, tourism or digital service), and firm-level (including SME policies and entrepreneurship).

THE MARKETS AND TECHNOLOGY UNIT (M&T)

The Markets and Technology team helps countries achieve sustainable private-sector led growth by advising on policies conducive to resources allocation toward more productive activities and raising market-level efficiency. The unit helps client governments: (i) identify market failures and distortions that keep countries from taking advantage of market opportunities; (ii) strengthen market contestability through competition reforms; and (iii) identify policy and regulatory reforms, and investments that can support the development of competitive and sustainable industries. Our Global Expertise can be divided along five business lines:

Competitive value chains: M&T helps clients develop competitive, inclusive, and sustainable value chains, by working with client governments to address market, government, and coordination failures to support market opportunities across value chains and implement least market distorting/costly solutions. We also help build institutional capacity to support clients’ value chain analysis and support and develop thought leadership on global trends in key value chains, performance indicators, and policy recommendations.

Sustainable and Competitive Tourism: M&T helps build competitive and resilient tourism destinations by removing the constraints to private sector investment, fostering sound economic policies, upgrading destination quality and digital capability, building the capacity of public and private institutions, and ensuring tourism develops in a well-planned, inclusive, and sustainable manner.

Competition: M&T supports clients in understanding competition and market dynamics and provides tailored advice on implementing pro-competition rules in key sectors, deterring anticompetitive business practices and minimizing distortive government interventions. We embed competition principles in broader public policies and foster competitive neutrality in markets with direct state participation.

Digital business and markets: M&T helps clients address market failures and investment gaps that prevent the creation and scaling of businesses that provide digital solutions to other firms. We also help traditional industries benefit from digital transformation while protecting against new risks emerging from trends toward digitization. As part of this work, we look at how technological disruptions and new digital business models such as digital platforms affect market dynamics and industry performance, and how sectoral policies and digital market regulations need to respond to achieve competitive and inclusive economic outcomes. Green competitiveness: M&T provides guidance on policies, regulations, and incentive schemes that promote the circular economy, for example, by encouraging circular products (e.g. eco-design, bio-products), resource recovery (e.g. plastics recycling, industrial symbiosis), sharing economy, and improved processes and technologies (e.g. eco-industrial parks) coupled with policies that promote industry resiliency while maintaining competitiveness.

M&T also collaborates with the World Bank Group’s Country Private Sector Diagnostic s (CPSDs), providing sector and theme-specific guidance to CPSD teams, project leadership, and quality control. We also host the Competitive Industries and Innovation Program (CIIP, multi-sector), a multi-donor trust fund that finances the design of policies and interventions to raise industrial competitiveness in developing economies.

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE M&T TOURISM TEAM

The M&T Tourism team supports the delivery of tourism solutions through policy and lending operations, ASAs and knowledge sharing. This includes links to other GPs, CCSAs, IFC, MIGA and external partners. The Tourism Specialist ETC will work under the supervision of M&T’s Global Tourism Team to support and provide assistance in tourism sector activities such as the design and delivery of tourism-related lending projects, knowledge products and IFC AS projects. The ETC will also support the development and dissemination of tourism-related technical knowledge among WBG Sustainable Tourism Global Solutions Group and external clients.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The selected ETC (Extended Term Consultant) will be a member of the M&T Team with other economists, industry and private sector development specialists and will report to the Practice Manager of the unit, Martha Licetti. S/he will be a motivated and dynamic professional, with solid analytic skills and policy-relevant experience, familiarity with industrial organization and applied research, excellent client engagement, and team spirit skills, and capacity to work independently. The key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

1. Operational support for advisory, policy and lending projects

  • Work with regional and global TTLs to provide specialist support and lead the design and implementation of advisory, policy and lending operations and other emerging opportunities in specific regions as required.
  • Guide the design and implementation of specific tourism advisory, policy and lending projects through analysis and interpretation of relevant sector indicators, data, trends, project performance and policy developments.
  • Guide and manage the implementation of specific IFC Advisory projects, CPSDs and Diagnostics.
  • Provide specialist research in response to corporate and regional requests as needed to support priority projects from the global tourism team and regional project teams.
  • Guide project M&E including establishing M&E systems, collecting data and reporting as required by TTLs.

2. Knowledge management and business development

  • Lead the implementation of specific elements of the unit’s Global Engagement (GE) work on tourism demand, data, digital transformation, destination resiliency, and policy impacts based on the skills of the successful candidate e.g. analysis of the impact of COVID-19 policies on SMEs in specific destinations, conducting a review of successful and unsuccessful WB projects.
  • Manage the Global Engagement Tourism Learning Series including the development and hosting of ten webinars.
  • Undertake new innovative research and provide technical analytical support to tourism-related ASAs, CPSDs and other knowledge products through data collection and analysis of relevant sector indicators, trends and policy developments.
  • Support the technical analysis, knowledge sharing with the WBG Sustainable Tourism GSG
  • Oversee the editing and production of the quarterly Tourism Matters newsletter.
  • Support establishment and on-going partnerships with private sector and other organizations.

3. Deliverables

  • Operational support: project-specific reports, documents and other deliverables as outlined in advance with TTLs including, but not limited to, Project Concept Notes, Implementation Plans and Sector Scoping Reports.
  • Knowledge management and business development: case studies for specific GE and KM initiatives, sector background reports, KM deliverables.
  • Creation and revisions of tourism-focused PowerPoint presentations for internal and external audiences.
  • Various Project/Program ad hoc deliverables will be defined in accordance with task leads of the tasks defined above.

Selection Criteria:

Educational Degree:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in tourism policy, planning and management, international relations, business or another related field.

Relevant Experience:

  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience including demonstrated understanding of various aspects of tourism sector development, policy and planning, tourism economics, tourism operations and tourism investment.
  • Experience in WBG tourism-related operations and ASAs or the equivalent is desirable.

Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct innovative research and accurate data analysis. Experience working with WBG databases is desirable.
  • Experience in designing, planning, and implementing knowledge-related initiatives, coordinating/collaborating with other teams and facilitating programs and events involving knowledge management or knowledge creation.
  • Demonstrated innovative problem-solving skills and ability to conduct multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills; able to produce clear and concise written and visual content.
  • Quantitative analysis and data management skills including strong Microsoft Excel skills and skills in statistical analysis and related software.
  • High level of initiative, judgment and decisiveness in accomplishing tasks.
  • Flexibility and highly skilled communication skills (one-on-one, in groups and with diverse audiences).
  • Proven ability to work independently and effectively under stress and to juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines.
  • Experience working on cross-functional teams with strong diplomatic, interpersonal, and teamwork skills; sensitivity to working in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience with the broader work program and priority sectors for ETIMT is desirable.

Computer skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word) required.
  • Proficient in statistical analysis and related software.
  • Proficiency in graphic design tools (Canva, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop) is desirable.

Other criteria:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Additional language skill desirable (Spanish, French, Portuguese ideally).
  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to development work.
  • Willing to travel.
  • Experience in developing countries and exposure to industry and market constraints from the private sectors in these countries is a plus.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

 

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Deadline: 7/1/2021

Application linkhttps://worldbankgroup.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=10387&site=1

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