Background / General description:
The Global Practice for Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management (MFM)comprises about 320 staff working across more than 100 countries. The Practice houses the Bank’s country economists as well as professional staff with expertise in macroeconomics, fiscal policy, growth, and statistics. About fifty percent of MFM professional staff is decentralized to the field working very closely with the CMUs and in proximity to clients. MFM professionals most often work across sectors helping carry out key integrative functions. In this context MFM professionals are responsible for the preparation and delivery of the majority of the Bank’s Development Policy Operations using both IDA and IBRD resources. MFM professionals also lead or participate in a wide variety of integrative analysis and client advisory work such as the preparation of Strategic Country Diagnostics, Country Economic Memorandums and cross sector Public Expenditure Reviews. An important additional element of engagement in macroeconomic and fiscal policies is carried through work on debt management supported by the Debt Management Facility. Knowledge and learning is a central part of MFM with work focused on 5 thematic areas: (a) macroeconomics; (b) fiscal policy; (c) growth; (d) economic management in resource rich environments; and (e) statistics.
The MFM practice is looking for an operations analyst who will focus on delivery and monitoring and evaluation of MFM programs in Indonesia. The position is to be based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The selected candidate will be an integral part of the Indonesia country team and MFM global practice. The selected candidate will report to the MFM Practice Manager covering South Asia and Indonesia, who is based in Washington, DC.
The position is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to join a strong performing team of about 20 MFM staff within a dynamic country office and program.
Rebounding from the Asian crisis of the late 1990s, Indonesia has emerged as a vibrant and stable democracy and as a self-assured middle-income economy with a fast-growing private sector, and global and regional influence. A far-flung archipelagic country, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous. The past decade saw robust economic growth as Indonesia benefited from a boom in commodity exports, increasing investor confidence and substantial capital inflows, as well as a strong demographic dividend. Output growth averaged over 5.5 percent per year during 2004 to 2013, on the back of strong domestic consumption and generally sustainable external balances. Strong economic growth supported gains in poverty reduction and contributed to a growing middle class. Prudent economic management resulted in low budget deficits, a much reduced public debt-to-GDP ratio, and manageable inflation. However, Indonesia still has a large population of poor (30 million live below the national poverty line, which is just below PPP$1.25 a day) and the pace of poverty reduction is slowing. An additional 65 million people above the poverty line are highly vulnerable, and inequality is growing. The Country Partnership Strategy identifies three critical developmental challenges facing Indonesia: sustainable growth, human development, and competiveness and business development.
Strong, effective, macro and fiscal management has a fundamental role in supporting Indonesia to achieve its goals of generating and sharing prosperity in the coming decade and to mitigate and address risks to their sustainability. The MFM engagement in Indonesia is broad, deep and dynamic, aiming to support the ability of the Government of Indonesia to formulate and effectively implement high quality evidence-based macro-fiscal policy and management. The engagement is structured around four main pillars:
1. Macro management and growth analysis and support;
2. Fiscal policy management and sustainability analysis and support;
3. Natural resource management and green development;
4. Policy-based financing.
Activities within these pillars incorporate a mix of business lines from cutting edge and integrative analytical work through to long-term technical assistance and capacity building and support to World Bank financing.
One such capacity building initiative is the SEMEFPA program (Support for Enhanced Macro Economic and Fiscal Policy Analysis). The aim of the SEMEFPA program is to build the capacity of the Government of Indonesia (GoI) for evidence-based macro and fiscal policy making through support to the relevant agencies, in particular the Fiscal Policy Agency.
Another analytical and capacity building initiative is the Natural Resources for Development Program, which supports stronger central and local government management of natural resources including fiscal revenues.
Note: 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
Duties and Accountabilities:
The operations analyst will be expected to lead the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the SEMEFPA and NR4D projects and provide M&E and program management support to the respective task team leaders in particular on the Fiscal Reform Development Policy Loan (DPL). The operations analyst may also provide program monitoring and implementation support to the wider MFM program.
The M&E responsibilities of the operation analyst will include the following tasks:
• Supporting the project team in the implementation of regular M&E tools and responsibility for collating, compiling and analyzing the information provided by these tools as inputs to regular monitoring reports.
• Deliver or commission new M&E information including episode studies, participatory assessments etc.
• Ongoing review of the M&E framework.
The program management responsibilities will include the following:
• Support to the preparation of regular reports and documentation for the SEMEFPA and NR4D program governance structures (Joint Management Committee and Working Level Group).
• Support to preparation of the Fiscal Reform DPL
• Support to program planning and management and regular progress monitoring, in consultation with the donor and government counterparts.
In addition, the operations analyst may be expected to provide project management support to the delivery of the Indonesia Economic Quarterly publication and to support the monitoring of the MFM program delivery. Candidates with the necessary skills and interests may also join the project teams for specific technical policy analysis work under the program.
There may also be scope for the operations analyst to provide similar support to other technical support and capacity-building programs, across GPs.
The analyst will be an integral member of the larger World Bank MFM cluster. He/she will be expected to work closely and seamlessly with others within the cluster, the wider country office and related global practices.
The tasks and responsibilities of the operations analyst may be revised over time as necessary to match the changing demands for assistance from the client under the SEMEFPA and NR4D programs and changes in the MFM work program.
The successful applicant will have:
• Completed a master’s degree in economics or related field.
• At least two years of relevant post-Masters work experience, including expertise in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for technical assistance projects, preferably with a strong capacity building component.
• Knowledge of economic development policy issues for Indonesia, policy formulation processes and government structures and experience of working with economic ministries within Indonesia.
• Strong program management skills with ability to work across sectors and institutions and to manage multiple demands to deliver high quality outputs on time.
• Ability to conduct research and analysis on difficult, but well defined task, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
• Ability to draft components of major reports, working papers, etc.
• Ability to effectively provide professional support to senior staff.
• Excellent oral and writing skills in English required; knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia.
• Tasks and Workflow Management:
Has ability to design and implement tasks, set priorities, coordinate and monitor assignments, tasks and workflow to maximize efficiency
• Data Interpretation and Analysis:
Possesses conceptual, technical, analytical and problem solving skills necessary to support the analysis and dissemination of statistical data in own focus area and in related areas. Is able to extrapolate the main messages from data, identify critical supporting information, formulate options and make sounds conclusions and recommendations. Is able to identify issues, such as data irregularities and discrepancies. Effectively uses software to analyze data, and to develop analysis tools. Interprets and communicates statistical information in a clear and analytically rigorous manner in oral and written forms.
• Written and Verbal Communication:
Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup. Is 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 and appropriate verbal and graphical content. Can quickly draft and prepare articles and analytical and technical reports for the review of more senior colleagues. Uses charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists. Demonstrates respect and consideration when communicating with all cultures
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena:
Understands policy making process and the role of own sector of expertise in that process. Able to find relevant information/data and examine similar policy questions in multiple regions and to distill operationally relevant recommendations/lessons from this analysis for clients.
• Policy Dialogue Skills:
Identifies and assesses policy issues and communicates findings/points of view verbally and through reports and papers. Plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders as part of Bank teams.
• Integrative Skills:
Is working to develop a broader view across all facets of current sector. Understands core issues and knows where to get additional expertise when needed. Task team member in integrative products and provides analytical written inputs.
• Written and Verbal Communication:
Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup. Is 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 and appropriate verbal and graphical content. Can quickly draft and prepare articles and analytical and technical reports for the review of more senior colleagues. Uses charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists. Demonstrates respect and consideration when communicating with all cultures.
• Lead and Innovate:
Brings new and different insights. Applies critical thinking to current approaches, identifies areas for improvement, and tries new solutions that drive results. Considers own behavior in context of WBG’s values and mission and recognizes impact one has on others. Operates in ambiguity and changing needs and supports others to do the same.
• Deliver Results for Clients:
Contributes to delivery of results for clients on complex issues. Sets challenging goals that align with the WBG mission and is always looking to improve. Understands clients’ most pressing challenges and contributes to solutions. Takes personal responsibility for producing high quality work, identifying and informing of risks, and delivering results for clients.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries:
Keeps others fully informed to ensure integration and work consistency and displays a sense of mutuality and respect. Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Seeks and listens to input from others to inform own decision making and openly shares information. Frames thinking/actions with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge:
Actively contributes to and readily applies WBG’s body of knowledge for internal and/or external client solutions. Contributes to the department and WBG’s body of knowledge by applying lessons learned and expertise. Actively invests in own knowledge and seeks feedback. Builds personal and professional networks within and beyond the work group.
• Make Smart Decisions:
Leverages available data and makes timely decisions. Seeks and analyzes facts, data and lessons of past experience to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. Applies cost/benefit analysis to meet work program objectives. Contributes to decision making by providing relevant risk-analysis. Shows initiative when necessary, and makes decisions in a timely manner within own area of responsibility.