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Vacancies - Sanctions Board External Members


The World Bank is inviting applications and nominations for the positions of two Sanctions Board members to be selected from among non-Bank staff. Curricula Vitae should be sent electronically by September 15, 2011, under the title “Sanctions Board” to the following email address:


Corruption impairs the ability of governments, donors and the World Bank to achieve the goals of reducing poverty, attracting investment, and encouraging good governance. One important way that the World Bank combats corruption is through the use of administrative sanctions against firms or individuals that have engaged in fraud, corruption, coercion, collusion or obstruction in connection with World Bank-financed projects. The Bank has five possible sanctions: debarment with conditional release, debarment, restitution, conditional non-debarment and letter of reprimand. Since 2001, the Bank has sanctioned more than 400 firms and individuals.

For this purpose, the Bank has established a quasi-judicial administrative law system consisting of two tiers of review. The World Bank’s Sanctions Board constitutes the second tier of the system. Its members meet periodically to consider sanctions cases, participate in hearings and deliberations and issue decisions, which are final and non-appealable. Details about the system, including the Statute of the Sanctions Board and the procedures that apply to sanctions cases, are available on the Bank’s website (Sanctions System).

The Sanctions Board is comprised of four external members and three internal (World Bank staff) members. External members are appointed by the Executive Directors of the Bank from a roster of candidates, drawn up by the President of the Bank after appropriate consultation. (Internal members are appointed by the President of the Bank from among senior Bank staff.) A newly formed Secretariat (SBS) provides the Sanctions Board with the legal and administrative support needed for its effective and efficient functioning.

Conditions of employment

Term of appointment for Sanctions Board members is three years and is renewable.

No one who has been employed by the World Bank Group in any capacity may be considered for an external position on the Sanctions Board.

The Sanctions Board is expected to convene not more than four to six times a year for up to five days each time; accordingly, candidates will not be required to maintain residency in Washington D.C., but will be expected to be present at Board sessions.

Remuneration is on a per diem basis.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Sanctions Board Member position requires demonstrated ability to thoroughly, precisely and efficiently analyze legal arguments and factual records. The Sanctions Board Member will be expected to:

  • review Notices of Sanctions Proceedings, Responses and all other pleadings and/or additional evidence submitted in a case;
  • analyze the legal arguments and factual record so as to assess the relative merits of the parties’ arguments and evidentiary support therefor;
  • participate actively in hearings and Board deliberations on cases, and help the Board reach sound and well-reasoned decisions;
  • draft or provide input into the drafting of Sanctions Board decisions; and
  • perform such other tasks as may be required or permitted by the Sanctions Board Statute, the Sanctions Procedures or related guidance.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must:

  • have a demonstrated ability to formulate independent judgment in complex and sensitive cases;
  • have a proven record of unquestioned competence, independence and integrity;
  • advanced degree in law or other related field;
  • have working knowledge of the English language; and
  • at least ten (10) years of hands-on experience, either: with administrative law systems, especially public procurement, as an administrative law judge or in another capacity of significant responsibility; or extensive experience in the practice of commercial law, corporate law or competition law.

One or more of the following qualifications are highly desirable but not pre-requisites:

  • familiarity with both civil and common law systems; and
  • familiarity with international or bilateral development projects, and the business model and operations of multilateral development banks, in particular procurement processes.

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