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Senior Operations Officer

Job #: req19975
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Operations
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Dhaka,Bangladesh
Required Language(s): English, Bengali
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 12/2/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



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The South Asia Region

The South Asia Region comprises eight countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) that range in size from India (with a population of over 1 billion) to Maldives (with 0.3 million people).

Over the past two decades, the South Asia Region (SAR) experienced a long period of robust economic growth, averaging six percent a year, leading to a declining poverty rate and improvements in human development! Extreme poverty fell from 58 percent to 15 percent from 1981 to 2014, while the primary school completion rate rose from 50 percent in 1980 to 90 percent in 2019.

Now, against a backdrop of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis, exacerbating debt woes, Pakistan’s catastrophic climate-change-fueled floods, a global slowdown, and impacts of the war in Ukraine, South Asia faces an unprecedented combination of shocks on top of the lingering scars of the COVID-19 pandemic. Growth in the region is dampening, underscoring the need for countries to build resilience! Long-term development gains in the region are increasingly threatened by the staggering social and economic impacts of climate-related hazards. 800 million (or 44%) people in South Asia today live in locations that would become moderate or severe climate hotspots by 2050 without climate action. Climate change could result in 62 million people in SAR being pushed below the extreme poverty line by 2030 and floods alone could cost an estimated USD 215 billion annually by 2030.

The South Asia Region:

Regional cooperation is critical for the region’s economic prospects and development gains. With transport and trade challenges, it is about 15–20 percent less expensive for a company in India to trade with a company in Germany than with a company in Bangladesh. Regional collaboration has the potential to increase intraregional trade by $44 billion (from $23 billion (2015) to $67 billion). Regional cooperation can also expand hydropower and clean energy capacity three-fold by 2040 (from 64 GW in 2015 to 170.2 GW in 2040). In terms of climate, over 750 million people in South Asia have been impacted by one or more climate-related disaster in the last two decades. Regional cooperation in areas like shared early warning systems on weather and flooding, climate-resilient infrastructure, and using innovative and green technologies could help tackle shared climate-change challenges.

The South Asia Regional Integration and Engagement (SARRE) team is seeking a Senior Operations Officer based in Dhaka to work with sector teams and government counterparts to advance projects in regional integration, with a particular focus on climate collaboration. The selected candidate will report to the Director, Regional Integration and Engagement, SAR, and will work closely with the Regional Coordinator based in Delhi, the Operations Officer and the Communications Officer based in Washington. They will be responsible for the following tasks and duties:

Regional integration in Bangladesh and BBIN (Bg, Bhutan, India and Nepal) 
• Support sector teams in implementing regional projects in Bangladesh and BBIN on topics such as transport and trade connectivity, electricity trade, and digital connectivity including by conducting stakeholder analysis on the political economy of regional reforms and interventions and bringing together key partners. Explore and conceptualize opportunities for further integration with South East Asia.
• Engage with Ministries of Foreign Affairs and line ministries, and other relevant stakeholders (regional champions, private sector, think tanks, CSOs...) to advance the agenda.
• Lead relevant dialogues and policy notes as required.
• Document results achieved and contribute to drafting results stories.
• Participate in communications effort to shape a positive narrative of regional integration, based on solid analytics and facts.
• Organize engagements for Regional Vice-President, Director SARRE and other senior officials on regional topics in South Asia, especially Bangladesh and Bhutan.
• Serve as a liaison between the regional integration team and the country management unit in Bangladesh.

Climate Cooperation 
• In close collaboration with Environment, Climate and Disaster Risk Management teams in SAR, advance existing opportunities for regional cooperation in climate action and identify/shape new opportunities across all South Asia.
• Support knowledge and dialogue platforms on relevant topics for policy makers, CSOs, scientists, academics, etc.
• Ensure regional Trust Fund (TF) resources dedicated to climate collaboration are used to maximum effect. Participate in management of regional TF resources and reporting.
• Support the dialogue and relationship with development partners on regional cooperation and integration.

Selection Criteria

• Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in relevant field (development studies, political sciences, environmental sciences).
• At least 8 (eight) years of work experience in development, preferably in South Asia.
• Sound understanding of government institutions and geo-politics in Bangladesh and the sub-region to identify entry points for dialogue and ways to effect change.
• Experience working on climate action and environmental matters, preferably at a regional level.
• Prior experience with conducting stakeholder analysis to understand the political economy of reforms and gaining momentum for reforms is a plus.
• Strong analytical, research and organizational skills, ability to see the big picture as well as attention to detail and ability to prioritize work among multiple competing demands and tight deadlines.
• High degree of initiative, problem-solving skills, flexibility and ability to work independently.
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills with external partners and across the WBG matrix with the capacity to interact in a multi-cultural environment.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills in English, including the ability to write short reports and briefing notes.

COS Generic 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.

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