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We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: E T Consultant
Job #: req8320
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Social Development
Term Duration: 1 year – 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
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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. Visit www.worldbank.org.
The Sustainable Development Practice Group helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food; Climate Change; Environmental and Social Framework (ESF); Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy; Social Sustainability and Inclusion; Urban, Resilience and Land Development; and Water.
Social Sustainability And Inclusion Global Practice:
- The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice helps countries tackle deep-rooted social problems stemming from fragility, climate change, exclusion, and the digital age with people-centred solutions that build on local values and institutions.
- The Practice engages with citizens, communities and governments to deepen resilience, build inclusion, and empower vulnerable and marginalized groups to have influence and voice. It prioritizes participatory, multi-sectoral approaches that build on norms and informal institutions to address social challenges and to build more inclusive, empowered communities.
- The Practice also works across the Bank’s portfolio to implement the Environment and Social Framework (ESF) standards.
- The ESF offers an overarching platform for fostering inclusive approaches to ensure vulnerable groups benefit from Bank investments and mitigate against related risks.
The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice has adopted a new strategy that aims to promote inclusive sustainable development anchored on three pillars:
- Social Inclusion: enhancing opportunities for equality and inclusion of all people irrespective of income level, geography, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation or other grounds of discrimination; Advancing inclusive laws, regulations, policies and institutions; and Investing in access to markets and services for hard to reach and marginalized groups living in lagging regions.
- Social Resilience: Strengthening social risk management for social sustainability; Enhancing social cohesion and opportunities in fragile communities; Strengthening social resilience to climate extremes and natural hazards; and Supporting emergency response and an inclusive recovery from COVID-19.
- Social Empowerment: supporting community empowerment for more effective service delivery; Fostering accountable governance including from the bottom up; and Promoting community-driven women empowerment and livelihood support programs.
Nigeria Country Context
- A key regional player in West Africa, Nigeria accounts for about half of West Africa’s population with approximately 202 million people and one of the largest populations of youth in the world. Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse federation which consists of 36 autonomous states and the Federal Capital Territory.
- With an abundance of natural resources, it is Africa’s biggest oil exporter, and has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent. While Nigeria has made some progress in socio-economic terms in recent years, its human capital development remains weak due to under-investment and the country ranked 152 of 157 countries in the World Bank’s 2018 Human Capital Index. Furthermore, the country continues to face massive developmental challenges, which include the need to reduce the dependency on oil and diversify the economy, address insufficient infrastructure, and build strong and effective institutions, as well as governance issues and public financial management systems. Inequality in terms of income and opportunities has been growing rapidly and has adversely affected poverty reduction.
- The North-South divide has widened in recent years due to the Boko Haram insurgency and a lack of economic development in the northern part of the country. Large pockets of Nigeria’s population still live in poverty, without adequate access to basic services, and could benefit from more inclusive development policies. The lack of job opportunities is at the core of the high poverty levels, of regional inequality, and of social and political unrest in the country. https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/nigeria/overview
Background: Support for women’s social and economic empowerment in Nigeria:
- In response to a request from the Government of Nigeria, the World Bank supported the design of the Nigeria For Women Project with an objective to support women’s improved livelihood opportunities in targeted communities of Nigeria.
- The “Nigeria For Women” Project (NFWP) aims to demonstrate the impact of a multi-dimensional and a medium to long-term approach to overcome the main institutional and market failures limiting women’s economic outcomes in Nigeria.
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with the World Bank to support the implementation of the Nigeria for Women Project, particularly to establish a solid model of “Women Affinity Groups” that can be used for effective service delivery in Nigeria. This partnership is being materialized through activities planned under the Trust Fund “Support for Women’s Social and Economic Empowerment through the NFWP”.
- The goal of the proposed partnership is to “support women’s social and economic empowerment in selected states and LGAs of Nigeria” through leveraging three distinct but interrelated and interdependent investments under the World Bank-funded NFWP through interventions to: (i) Design, strengthen and Institutionalize the WAG model in Nigeria, (ii) Evaluate the core WAG model as part of the NFWP approach in Nigeria, and (iii) Layer the WAGs model for Development Outcomes.
- Designing, strengthening and institutionalizing the WAG model in Nigeria: Activities under this area will be used to both established a solid and functional core model for WAGs in Nigeria as well as providing the necessary support to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to sustain this program.
- Testing and Evaluating the WAG model as part of the NFWP approach in Nigeria: Following phases and scale-up of the NFWP and the WAGs model depend on the availability of solid evidence that can prove the impacts of the WAGs model on women socio-economic outcomes. Activities under this area will be used to generate this evidence through rigorous impact evaluations on the overall WAGs model and its impacts on women’s livelihoods and economic empowerment and in turn on gender equality.
- Layering the WAG model for Development Outcomes: Activities under this grant will be used to strengthen WAGs as platforms for service delivery that result in better human development outcomes and platforms for improved livelihoods in Nigeria.
- The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Practice has a growing work program in Nigeria, encompassing project loans and grants, advisory and analytical programs and active partnerships supporting a wide range of engagements across sectors, including women empowerment and gender equality, Social inclusion, citizen engagement and social accountability; social resilience and social risk management. SAWS1, one of the two Social Sustainability and Inclusion units in West and Central Africa, is looking to recruit an Extended Term Consultant (ETC – Assistant Grant Manager) to support our women empowerment and gender equality program in Nigeria.
- The selected candidate will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will report directly to the NFWP Task Team Leaders and Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist (BMGF MDTF Program Manager) under the overall oversight of SAWS1 Practice Manager. S/he will be expected to work closely with the CMU and task teams in the country and to work collaboratively and develop good relations with other Global Practice teams, Global Solution Groups and Global Theme teams specializing in Gender and Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV).
- 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.
Duties and Accountabilities
- The Assistant Grant Manager will provide day-to-day oversight and follow up to ensure that activities planned under the BMGF MDTF are implemented according to agreed work plans and corresponding deliverables in close coordination with the Program Manager.
- S/he will also support the NFWP Task Team Leaders and Program Manager as needed.
Oversight of day-to-day Program Implementation:
- Provide day-to-day support to field teams and the Federal and State Project Coordinators of NFWP, as required.
- Provide day-to-day oversight and guidance to project teams for the different activities under the Trust Fund to ensure that such activities are implemented in a timely manner, according to work plans, with high levels of quality and according to agreed budgets.
- Identify any challenges during implementation of activities, implement corrective actions and measures as needed and escalate such issues to the Program Manager as needed.
- Maintain regular and constant communication with the various teams/firms engaged during implementation of activities.
- Coordinate as needed activities with the NFWP World Bank Task Team to ensure adequate alignment of activity implementation under the NFWP.
- With the support of Administrative staff in the WB Nigeria Country Office, oversee contractual agreements with the various firms and consultants engaged as part of TF activities’ implementation as per WB procurement guidelines.
Financial and Donor reports:
- Ensure timely submission of accurate and quality narrative and financial reports in accordance with donor requirements.
- Liaise and coordinate activities with donors and other WB teams the for different activities, including communications and responding to requests. This will be done under the guidance of the Program Manager.
Documentation and Knowledge:
- Support the documentation and dissemination of program experiences and lessons learned; provide or produce communications materials for different audiences.
- This will include writing blog pieces and other communication materials in coordination with the World Bank Senior Communications Officer.
- Maintain an organized system of tracking, monitoring, and prioritizing tasks and projects using teams, SharePoint, salesforce, and other document storage systems.
- Master’s degree with 5 years’ experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in social science (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, etc.), business management or related fields.
- Relevant experience in grant management; knowledge of World Bank trust fund processing and administration; donor and stakeholder relationship management.
- Demonstrated analytical capacity, through written work and dialogue; proven capacity to translate analytical work into policy advice and operational, actionable, recommendations.
- Relevant experience and knowledge of operations addressing critical social development issues and etc.
- Working knowledge of World Bank’s operations, policies and procedures.
- Demonstrated skills and direct work experience with at least one or more of the following: women empowerment, gender equity, gender-based violence; public consultations; public hearings; participatory research methods (including observation, surveys); participatory rural and/or urban appraisal; participatory poverty assessments; participatory monitoring and evaluation; grievance redress mechanisms; designing projects that address social inclusion, social cohesion, fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), or other related experiences.
- Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, government counterparts, beneficiaries of Bank projects, and civil society organizations.
- Excellent Oral and written fluency in English. Strong oral and written presentation skills in English.
- Excellent communicator, creativity and problem-solving skills.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
- Willingness to travel regularly in the region.
- Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, poverty alleviation, social development and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable.
- Social Development implications on policies, institutions, and operations – Solid understanding of the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.
- Policy Dialogue Skills – Anticipate needs and requests in the field and conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of government and non-government partners.
- Social inclusion and empowerment – Experience in successfully applying social sustainability and inclusion principles and good practice, covering issues of gender/GBV, inclusion and non-discrimination of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, stakeholder engagement, etc.
- Participation and Consultation – Extensive experience conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the interventions.
- Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability – Extensive experience conducting social development analyses, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the tools.
- Integrative Skills – Understand relevant cross-practice areas and how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-practice work in lending and non-lending operations.
- Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interact with clients at the policy level.
- Lead and Innovate – Develop innovative solutions with others.
- Deliver Results for Clients – Achieve results and identify mission-driven solutions for the client.
- Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiate collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the World Bank Group and bring differing ideas into the forefront.
- Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Create, apply and share knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and or external client solutions.
- Make Smart Decisions – Recommend and take decisive action.
- The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities, women and SSA/CR candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Application Closing Date
18th August, 2020 at at 11:59pm UTC
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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