Senior Economist

World Bank / Banque Mondiale - Bamako (Mali)

Reference 140739

Issue Date 15/07/2014

Type of Contract Local

Duration of Contract 3 ans ou plus

Education Bac + 5 et Plus

Department: Economic Policy

Application Deadline 10/08/2014

Position n° 323

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About the employer / working context

JOB TYPE: Professional & Technical


The Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management (MFM) Global Practice  is responsible for delivering analytical tools, training and capacity building in the areas of fiscal management, macroeconomics, growth and debt as well as timely policy advice to support the following lines of work: (i) designing macro-fiscal frameworks that are aligned with the goals of reducing extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity and grounded in economic, social and environmental sustainability; (ii) fiscal and debt policy sustainability;  (iii) growth analytics, and policies to start, sustain and boost growth; and (iv) analyzing the impact of external shocks on growth and the government fiscal position.   
The local Senior Economist will report to the Practice Manager, Africa MFM GP.  S/he will be expected to provide leadership on the economic policy issues in Mali and to help strengthening policy efforts to reduce extreme poverty and assure shared growth. S/he will also be expected to ensure that different parts of the country economic program are coherently integrated, while creating a collegial team environment and effective cross-GP collaboration for delivering the best results to the clients. The local senior economist position is based in Bamako, Mali.
Mali is progressively emerging from its security and political crisis of 2012. In August 2013, a new President was elected through fair and transparent elections, which were followed by legislative elections in December 2013. The security situation has stabilized with the establishment of a UN peace-keeping force since July 2013. The economy is rebounding with progressive return to normalcy and the strong financial and military support from the international community, and the institutional framework was strengthened with successful presidential and legislative elections. Nonetheless, many of the factors believed to be at the origin of the crisis remain, including corruption and weak rule of law, regional imbalances, and high vulnerability to shocks. 
In line with the Interim Strategy Note (FY14-15), the Macro Fiscal Management (MFM) work program in Mali includes development policy operations, economic and sector work and extensive policy dialogue with the Government and development partners. Background analytical work in the fields of growth and poverty will be prepared to inform the FY16 Country Partnership Framework. A public expenditure review will provide the vehicle for discussing important policy issues at the origin of (or magnifying the impact of) the crisis, to be addressed at the country or regional level (as a regional PER for WAEMU countries will be conducted).

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 Responsibilities

- Working with the Lead Economist based in Washington D.C., contribute to the preparation of Development Policy Operations and of Economic and Sector Work;
- Conduct macro-monitoring through regular economic updates: prepare initial CPIA draft;  maintain the Living Database; serve as Task Team Leader (TTL) or co-TTL, or team member as appropriate;  
- Represent the Bank in its dealings with the IMF and donors in Bamako on the macroeconomic framework  as well as in the preparation of joint World Bank-IMF debt sustainability analyses;
- Advise the Government on formulation and implementation of growth and poverty strategies in consultation with the Lead Economist and the Poverty Economist assigned by the Poverty Global Practice; 
- Support the Country Director in Bamako and participate in the dialogue with development partners on improved harmonization procedures to reduce transactions costs.

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria

In addition to the Bank-wide criteria listed below, the successful candidate for this position should have demonstrated superior technical skills, a capacity to operate successfully across sectors and with other development partners, and first-rate interpersonal skills.  The incumbent must be able to interact effectively with senior members of the government, senior officials of donor governments, and with Bank senior management.

Other selection criteria include:
i)    Minimum of a Master’s degree in economics (PhD preferred), with eight years of relevant experience;   
ii)    Proven sense of initiative, results orientation, and leadership qualities, as well as effective teamwork
iii)    Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely with senior policy officials; 
iv)    Strong integrative capacities; i.e., ability to situate IDA activities within a coherent strategic framework.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background.  Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.  All applications will be treated in the strictest confidentiality.


  • General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills - Possesses Cross-country knowledge in economic specialty and demonstrates ability to link the macro, institutional, and micro-level behaviors; able to support findings/policy recommendations with credible analysis and tools.  
  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.  
  • Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.  
  • Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.  
  • Macroeconomic Skills and Country Economics Experience - Able to translate technical analyses of macroeconomic, debt, trade, fiscal policy, and growth linkages into policy recommendations and cross-country lessons.  
  • Written and Verbal Communication - Demonstrates the ability to influence and persuade others to accept ideas and suggestions (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers).  
  • Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.  
  • Drive for Results - Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.  
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.  
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Leads in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.  
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.

Additional Information about the position

Working Hours: Horaire normal

Working Language: Français

Second Language: Anglais

Closing Date: 2014-08-10