The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding
and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and
extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty,
increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that
countries can access
the best global expertise and help generate
cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to
improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable
results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and
improving access to development information and data.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Program Officer (ID4D)
Job Family: Other
Job Type: Professional & Technical
Recruitment: TypeLocal Hire
Background & General Descriptions
- The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of
funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial
resources and extensive experience to help poor nations reduce poverty,
increase economic growth, and improve quality of life.
- The vision of the WBG is to eradicate extreme poverty by
reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3
percent by 2030, and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income
growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country. It is governed by 188
member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with over
15,000 staff located globally.
- There are an estimated 1.1 billion people, the majority of them
living in Asia and Africa, who are unable to prove their identity. The
problem disproportionately affects children and women from poor rural
areas. The ability to prove your identity is critical to a wide range of
development outcomes; access to educational opportunities, financial
services, health and social welfare benefits, economic development, and
the right to vote.
- Despite these compelling motivations, an overwhelming majority
of low- to middle-income countries lack adequate systems to register
births or uniquely identify millions of people living within their
borders. Where identification programs exist, they are often fragmented
across several functions and agencies.
- With the transformational potential of modern solutions – the
advances in identification technology (both digital and biometric) and
the dramatically falling costs of technology and implementation – there
is an opportunity to leapfrog traditional paper-based approaches and
build strong and efficient identification systems at a scale not
previously achievable. Mobile devices also offer promising solutions to
enroll and authenticate individuals with a unique identification,
particularly in remote and rural areas.
- To enable access to services and rights for all, the World Bank
Group launched the Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative to
support progress toward identification systems using 21st century
solutions. The ID4D program will bring global knowledge and expertise
across multiple sectors and countries to tackle the fundamental
development challenge of official identification across three pillars:
- Accelerating scale at the Country and Regional Lev¬el, incorporating good practices and lessons learned.
- Global convening and building a multi-stakeholder
partnership platform with other development partners, public sector and
private sector associations to develop a shared vision and set of
principles, and provide a platform for developing countries to share
- Thought Leadership to advance global knowledge of this emerging development topic.
- Progress towards ‘identification for all’ is critical to
achieving so many development outcomes, and therefore demands a
multi-sectoral and collaborative response. The WBG has developed a
cross-Global Practice (GP)/multi-departmental effort co-led by the
Transport and ICT GP, Social Protection and Labor GP, Health Nutrition
and Population GP, Finance and Markets GP, Governance GP, Gender CCSA,
LEG, and DEC data group (Senior) Directors, who meet collectively to
ensure a coordinated response.
- A Program Manager and small team, together with a working group
of lead specialists from the GPs/Depts involved, serve as a central hub
to accelerate and advance the agenda.
- The locally recruited GG position of Sr. Operations Officer will
be dedicated team member to advance the work in the Africa region, with
a primary focus on Nigeria and West Africa overall. While the position
will report to the ID4D Program Manager, he/she will be expected to work
substantially with operational teams/GPs with possible secondary
reporting to one of the GPs.
Duties and Accountabilities
The selected candidate will be focused on the following:
- Shape the strategic and operational engagements for the
Identification for Development (ID4D) efforts in Africa (with a
particular focus in West Africa). Facilitate the implementation of
multi-sector solutions to the complex development challenges faced by
clients in Africa by working across different sector focused clients and
different internal Bank sector teams (e.g. finance, health, social
protection, ICT, governance).
- Work with teams in policy dialogue and design/implementation of
Bank advisory and investment operations. Provide operational support to
Task Team Leaders across several Global Practices to advance progress
at a country and regional level and ensure coordination across various
sector teams. Provide technical contributions to the design,
preparation, and supervision of ID4D operations and TA.
- Identify capacity gaps in the Government and respond by facilitating training, South-South knowledge exchange and expert visits.
- Understand the nexus of public administration and digital
transformation to effectively advise on matters of government
digitization, information systems, security, and privacy
- Build and foster partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the
region and in country, including with regional organizations developing
country governments, development partners (e.g. bilateral donors,
foundations, UN agencies, CSOs) towards effective implementation of
regional and national projects.
- Support (or lead) analytical pieces, in collaboration with other
GPs/departments; Document activities and analyze data related to
digital ID and civil registration to be used in case studies and other
- Support in outreach and dissemination efforts.
- Advanced degree and a minimum of 8 years of experience in a
relevant technical discipline (public policy, engineering, economics or
other related field).
- Experience in technology, innovation, digital inclusion and its
intersection with one or more development outcomes in health, financial
inclusion, social protection, education, and gender is highly desirable.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, proven team orientation, proven
ability to work effectively and collaboratively within and across
- Ability to work independently, seeking guidance on complex issues from senior staff.
- Ability to think strategically, connect the dots easily across a
range of topics to develop a broader coherent approach; ability to
analyze and integrate information into conclusions and recommendations.
- High levels of energy, passion, and initiative to deliver
outcomes and the know-how to get things done. Explores ways to get more
impactful results; sets challenging stretch goals for oneself.
- Excellent written and oral communication. Able to synthesize,
analyze, and effectively present material from a wide range of sources.
Articulates ideas, verbally, and in writing, using the most effective
means of delivery. Ability to quickly draft and prepare articles/short
- Ability to deal with complex issues, deal sensitively in
multi-cultural environments, experience in working in developing
- High integrity and strong ethics.
- Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions.
- Deliver Results for Clients – Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
- Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates
across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse
- Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
- Make Smart Decisions – Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
- English (Essential)
- French (Essential)
- If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member
with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her
Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year
- The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in
race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background.
Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
- Women and SSA/CR candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Candidates with open term appointments will retain their
employment status if selected for this position. All others will be
offered a 2 year term appointment. All applications will be treated in
the strictest confidence.
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
Application Deadline: 22nd June, 2017.