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Sample Skills Requirements for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM)

Note: This is a sample profile. This is not a vacancy description.


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Recruitment priorities:

  • Country economists;
  • Gender specialists;
  • Poverty specialists; and
  • Specialists in governance/anti-corruption, public sector institutional performance and public finance.

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The ideal applicants for PREM positions generally have the following background:

  • Graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. economics, social sciences, statistics, public administration, law, etc.) and a minimum of five years of relevant experience. For research positions, a PhD is required.
  • Experience in developing countries is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English; in addition, knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish is often required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment; strong interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Personal commitment to issues of poverty reduction.
  • Overseas assignments and/or operational travel are expected.

The Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network focuses on country-wide economic policy and cross-sectoral issues. PREM's work encompasses four major areas: economic policy, gender and development, poverty reduction and public sector as described below, followed by a brief description of the main types of positions found within each group:


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Economic Policy:

  • The Economic Policy Group embraces such concerns as broad-based growth, macro economic and macro finance issues, fiscal sustainability, international trade and finance and aid effectiveness. Our primary aim is to help developing countries reduce poverty through sound poverty reduction strategies, good economic management, strengthened institutions, effective governance and by mainstreaming gender issues in development strategies. We pursue this goal by building and disseminating global knowledge. Economic Policy helps inform task teams on good practices in the areas of country strategy and performance, growth and inequality, trade and competitiveness, and macro sustainability and creditworthiness.

  • Recruitment Profile: Economists (macro, international trade, etc.) with expertise in economic development, providing assessment and advice on policy issues in operational and/or research contexts.

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Gender and Development:

  • The Gender and Development Group seeks to incorporate gender analysis and gender informed strategies into the Bank's lending and non-lending operations and research programs. Main activities of the Gender Anchor Group include creation and dissemination of gender knowledge; learning and skills enhancement activities on gender issues; developing strategies for integrating gender into country assistance and sector work; developing gender indicators and gender monitoring tools; working with operational groups and other sectors to mainstream gender in their activities and products; promoting better quality products; and strengthening external partnerships to enhance attention to gender issues.

  • Recruitment Profile: Social scientists, economists or those with training in other relevant areas (e.g., law) who have gender knowledge and quantitative skills or operational experience; or with regional gender knowledge and experience.

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Poverty Reduction:

  • The Poverty Reduction Group's work program reflects the new direction in the Bank's approach to poverty analysis, strategy and action. The overall objective of the work is to marshall and manage knowledge on the policy and institutional choices that are effective in reducing poverty, under a variety of political and social settings. Poverty reduction is understood broadly, in terms of providing all with the wherewithal to fully participate in the societies in which they live: it encompasses consumption, health and educational status, and economic and physical security.

  • Recruitment Profile: (a) Economists with skills and experience in quantitative household data analysis and the analysis of public policy questions in terms of their impact on the lives of poor people. Ideally, candidates will possess both attributes, but with the area of policy focus being variable, i.e. the latter part could include individuals working on macroeconomic policies, on specific sectoral policies, etc. Experience in public economics and the functioning of institutions is likely to be of particular value. (b) Social scientists with experience in analysis of the determinants of living conditions of the poor (often from participatory, anthropological, political science, or sociological techniques) and the analysis of public policy questions in terms of their impact on the lives of poor people. The same comments apply as to (a). For both (a) and (b) a premium is placed on individuals who have some experience with or knowledge of other disciplinary approaches, i.e. quantitative economists familiar with participatory approaches; and social scientists with a quantitative background and familiarity with economic analysis.

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Public Sector:

  • A fundamental role of the Bank is to help governments work better in our client countries. The Public Sector Group's objectives are based on the view that the Bank must focus more of its efforts on building efficient and accountable public sector institutions – rather than simply providing discrete policy advice. The major objective of the Public Sector Group is to strengthen and deepen the Bank's work on public sector institutional reform, including the design and implementation of the Bank's anti-corruption strategy,.

  • Public Sector Specialists work at the macro-government level but are also concerned with sub-national institutions and with institutional strengthening in sectoral programs, such as those related to the delivery of social services.

  • Public Sector Specialists have responsibility for providing guidance for public sector reform and governance issues through review of operational and analytic products, leading applied research and policy analysis, managing lending operations, providing assistance in the design of outreach and training programs for client governments, and maintaining policy dialogue with borrowers on a range of governance and public sector management issues.

  • Recruitment Profile:
    • Five to ten years experience in the public management/policy and governance field
    • Diversified and extensive work experience in one or more of the following areas: public financial management, administrative/civil service reform, governance/anticorruption, tax administration, legal/judicial reform, and/or decentralization
    • Highest advanced degree in Political Science or Public Administration/Public Policy, Economics, Business Administration or Management, Law, or a related discipline with evidence of an outstanding academic record
    • Excellent analytic, writing and communication skills
    • Good field analysis skills, including well-developed data collection and interviewing techniques
    • Proven ability to provide a coordination and leadership role
    • Strong interpersonal skills, collegial orientation, capacity for eclecticism, flexibility and creativity. Recruitment at a higher level will require demonstrated intellectual leadership and proven task management and coordination abilities
    • Fluency in one or more foreign languages is desirable.

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