Jobs at World Bank Group for Senior Program Officers (ID4D)

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 #171134
Location: Abuja
Job Family: Other
Job Type: Professional & Technical
Grade: GG
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.
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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.

Selection Criteria

  • 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
    institutional boundaries.
  • 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.
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Weg Competencies

  • 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.

Language Requirements

  • 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
    term appointment.
  • 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.

How Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline: 22nd June, 2017.

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