Local hire: Operations Analyst

Buenos Aires, , AR

Background / General description:


Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2014, the WBG committed $65.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

The 14 GPs are: Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance and Markets; Governance; Health, Nutrition and Population; Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management; Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Trade and Competitiveness; Transport and ICT; and Water. The 5 CCSAs are: Climate Change; Fragility, Conflict and Violence; Gender; Jobs; and Public-Private Partnerships. The new operating model is part of a broader internal reform aimed at delivering the best of the World Bank Group to our clients, so that together we can achieve the twin goals of (1) ending extreme poverty by 2030, and (2) promote shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every developing country.


The SURR GP covers a wide gamut: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) addressing the social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups through accountable institutions, and ensuring compliance with social safeguards; (iii) enhancing urban and rural development through supporting and managing the urban-rural transition, assisting local development through developing land tenure, management and information systems; and (iv) assisting in disaster risk management through issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood management, urban drainage, coastal management, and retrofitting of infrastructure), disaster preparedness (including hydromet services, early warning systems, and civil defense), risk financing (including CAT-DDO), and resilient reconstruction (including post-disaster damage and loss assessment). A key responsibility of the GP is to provide professional expertise and operational support to other GPs to implement the WBG social policies (the WB’s safeguard policies and the IFC’s Performance Standards) to deliver sustainable development results that ensure that any adverse impacts of WBG interventions are limited and mitigated.

The SURR GP is recruiting a Social Development Analyst, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina to provide support in meeting the Bank’s expanding and complex social safeguards agenda and promote the social sustainability of its investments. They will report directly to a regional Practice Manager, and will be expected to work closely with the country unit and Task Teams across the region. The selected candidate will also be expected to work collaboratively and develop good relations with the corporate safeguards team, and the Bank-wide Social Sustainability and Safeguards Global Solutions Group (GSG), coordinated by the Global Lead.

Within GSURR, the Social Development team in the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LCR) is responsible for: a) undertaking social analysis during project preparation and implementation, so as to mainstream attention to social development issues throughout the Bank’s work in LCR; b) ensuring compliance with the Bank’s social safeguards policies on Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous Peoples; c) undertaking Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) in the form of thematic studies on social development issues and country social analysis; d) leading the preparation and supervision of activities where the team has a comparative advantage, particularly in relation to promoting the inclusion of indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, citizen security, and citizen engagement; and e) facilitating partnerships and dialogue with civil society through outreach and engagement with a broad range of actors. To this end, LCR Social Development team members work closely with staff across all country units and global practices in LCR.

The LCR Social Development team is seeking a Social Development analyst for the World Bank’s Office in Buenos Aires, Argentina to support operational and analytical work on social sustainability and safeguards. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Practice Manager for the LCR social development team.

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 Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Duties and Accountabilities:

• Undertake sustainability and safeguards work for projects under the supervision of a social development specialist.
• Provide operational support on social development issues during country programming, project identification, preparation and supervision phases for Bank operations in Argentina and Uruguay.
• Support the team’s analytical, operational and partnership work on violence prevention.
• Provide support to ensure the inclusion of women, indigenous populations and other vulnerable groups, supporting stakeholder consultations and ensuring feedback is incorporated into project design and supervision.
• Assist in the preparation and implementation of learning events both inside the Bank and for clients.

Selection Criteria:

Selection Criteria:
• Advanced degree (at least Master’s) in a relevant discipline (e.g., sociology, anthropology, political science, demography, geography) with a minimum of 4 years of professional experience in sustainability, social safeguards and/or social development (voice and participation, gender, community-driven development, violence prevention).
• Excellent operational and analytical skills.
• Excellent technical writing skills.
• Proven analytical and problem-solving skills and proven ability to apply these in carrying out complex research and operational tasks, identifying issues, presenting findings/recommendations and contributing to resolution of sector and country issues.
• Prior experience in World Bank implementation support and mission documentation (aide-memoires, ISRs, etc.).
• Prior experience in social sustainability and safeguards issues.
• Prior experience in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region is a strong advantage.
• Minimum years of direct relevant experience: 4

• Excellent communications skills, both in oral presentations and in writing sections of papers, briefs, independent reports, etc.
• Capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and tasks, independently adjusting to priorities and achieving results with agreed objectives and deadlines.