E T Consultant
||1 year 0 months
||Washington, DC,United States
||French and Spanish
||10/9/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
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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; 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 (SSI) Global Practice helps countries tackle deep rooted social problems stemming from fragility, climate change, exclusion, and the digital age with people centered 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 Banks 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.
This is done through four pillars of work:
Promoting inclusive societies. We help expand access to markets, services, and spaces for vulnerable and marginalized groups in ways that promote their dignity.
Promoting resilient communities. We help communities cope with climate change, conflict, pandemics, and migration by expanding access to resources and responsive governments.
Empowering people. We help expand access to the policy arena to strengthen voice and social accountability and build consensus for positive change.
Managing social risk. We help enhance the inclusiveness, efficiency, equity, and transparency of public and private investments.
SSI work has a strong emphasis on process legitimacy the how of policy making, program design, and implementation and the extent to which these are consistent with a given context.
This work is particularly important in contexts of fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV). About two billion people in the world and half of the worlds extreme poor live in countries affected by FCV. By 2030, up to two-thirds of the worlds extreme poor will live in FCV settings. Forty-four percent of the SSI portfolio by value operates in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS) countries, compared to 16 percent for the Bank overall; and an additional 40 percent deals with FCV issues in non-FCS countries (e.g., forced displacement, subnational conflict). Seventy percent of SSI projects cite social cohesion as key factor or objective. Much of this operational work builds on Community and Local Development (CLD) platforms.
SSI also plays a leading role on producing analytics around social cohesion and FCV issues and on taking forward the agenda on process legitimacy.
The SSI Global Unit is looking to recruit an Extended Term Consultant for the World Bank Office in Washington DC to support work on social cohesion, resilience, and CLD operations. S/he will be a member of the Social Cohesion and Resilience (Score) Global Solutions Group (GSG) team and support the work of the CLD GSG. The Extended Term Consultant will work under the daily supervision of the Social Cohesion and Resilience Global Lead under the overall management of the Practice Manager in the Global Unit.
Duties and Accountabilities
Co-lead the development of a workstream on process legitimacy.
Co-author a paper setting out analytic frameworks on process legitimacy.
Develop two pilot studies involving process legitimacy analysis at the country level.
Write guidance on how to integrate process legitimacy analysis into operational designs.
Identify measures of process legitimacy that can be incorporated into household surveys and institutional assessments.
Provide ad-hoc support to country teams interested in developing work on process legitimacy.
Develop three country pilots testing out social cohesion activities.
Develop a lessons learned note from the pilots.
Provide support to country studies focusing on social cohesion issues.
Provide ad-hoc support to country teams interested in developing work on social cohesion.
Community and local development
Provide support to task teams developing impact evaluations around CLD programs.
Provide support to the CLD and SCORE communities of practice including organizing webinars and brownbags.
Develop relationships and partnerships with other actors working on process legitimacy, social cohesion, and CLD issues.
Contribute to the Score and CLD global teams training events, knowledge exchange activities, corporate briefs, portfolio monitoring, newsletters, and presentation materials.
Provide background research, including literature reviewers, to support other studies being conducted by the team.
Support the implementation of Peace and Inclusion Lenses and other tools for promoting conflict sensitivity in project designs and implementation.
Respond to ad hoc information requests from internal and external clients.
Any other tasks as requested by the Score Global Lead or Practice Manager.
The work program will involve close collaboration with other GSGs working across the different dimensions of social sustainability including: with the inclusion team on peace and inclusion lenses; with the analytics and data team on diagnostics and measurement; and with the empowered people team on strengthening access to the policy arena and community engagement and social accountability in CLD operations.
Master’s or PhD with a minimum of 5 years experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related social science (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology, Social Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Economics, etc.)
Proven experience conducting research on/in FCV contexts.
Experience working on projects that promote social cohesion.
Knowledge of Bank CLD programs and operations especially in FCV environments.
Knowledge of the frontiers of the literature around conflict-sensitive development and drivers of FCV.
Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, poverty alleviation, socially sustainable development, and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable.
Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and team skills, and ability to think innovatively and strategically to find effective best fit solutions to development problems, with a strong client focus.
Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and to meet tight deadlines.
Willingness to travel regularly to different regions.
Excellent oral and written fluency in English is required. French and/or Spanish would be advantageous.
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, empowerment, and resilience – Experience in successfully applying social sustainability and inclusion principles and good practice, covering issues of FCV, inclusion and non-discrimination of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, stakeholder engagement, etc.
Social Development implications on policies, institutions, and operations Solid understanding of the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.
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.
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET appointment of three 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 third-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.