About the World Bank Group:
Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.
The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
Background and Context:
The Global Practice for Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (MTI) comprises about 500 staff working across more than 100 countries. MTI is the home of the World Bank Group’s country economists and macroeconomics experts, providing integrative development strategies, policy-based lending, macro data, global perspectives, real-time policy analysis, country risk assessments, and projections.
The Mexico MTI team is providing lending operations, policy analysis and economic monitoring for Mexico. The team aims to strengthen its macroeconomic monitoring and policy analysis capacity. As part of this effort, the MTI Mexico team is seeking to contract an Extended-Term Consultant (ETC) Economist to support its various activities.
Tasks and responsibilities:
The ETC will be a member of the MTI team working on Mexico. S/he will contribute across the full range of the unit’s deliverables and activities, support the country team in areas of expertise and provide cross support to teams from other global practices in the preparation and supervision of projects, integrating economic perspectives in other sectors’ work as needed.
Major responsibilities include the following:
• Substantially contribute to ongoing and prospective analytical work on fiscal policy, trade, structural reforms, productivity and economic growth challenges for Mexico, which may include background research (in English and Spanish);
• Collect, update, and process the data necessary for the regular macroeconomic monitoring as well as for the on-going analytical work.
• Contribute to macroeconomic briefs, and notes on changes in policy by the client country on a need basis.
• Coordinate the organization of events with the government, academia and CSOs to disseminate the findings of analytical work;
• Coordinate the organization of a series of seminars on topical policy issues;
• Help produce short written pieces for dissemination of findings of analytical work (e.g. as basis for possible blogs or news articles).
Location and Reporting:
The ETC will be based in the Mexico City office and will work in close cooperation with other members of the Mexico MTI team, and under the supervision of the EFI Program Leader and the Lead Economist for Mexico as well as the Practice Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean.