The World Bank Economist Job in Nairobi Kenya

Local Appointment (Level GF, Two Years, renewable)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
The Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit (PREM) for East Africa and the Horn (AFTP2) is looking for an Economist with excellent technical and analytical skills to join its team in Nairobi, Kenya to support the overall work-program of Kenya-PREM, and specifically its Fiscal Decentralization Knowledge Program (FDKP).
The position is based in the World Bank’s Nairobi office, one of the largest country offices in Africa. 
The selected candidate will be expected to work closely with professional counterparts in the Government, as well as the community of international development partners. 
The Economist will report to the Sector Manager in Washington DC on technical matters.
 The selected candidate is expected to devote a significant share of his/her work program to the devolution workstream, with specific focus on data collection and analysis to provide the evidence basis on which to ground policy
Specifically the Economist would be expected to take the lead on the “county performance monitoring workstream” of the devolution program, including 
(a) overseeing the development of comprehensive county databases,
(b) engaging all relevant stakeholders on monitoring and evaluation at county level 
(c) working out the methodology for county performance tracking, and 
(d) organizing annual events and outreach around county performance.
The devolution work program is supported by a grant from the Governance Partnership Facility (GPF) with activities across three components including: 
(i) Devolution and service delivery; 
(ii) Citizen engagement in devolved service delivery; 
(iii) Public financial management and public sector reforms. 
The selected candidate will also be expected to contribute on: 
(i) Public expenditure analysis and preparation of the yearly Public Expenditure Reviews, including background analysis, drafting and dissemination; 
(ii) Macroeconomic monitoring with direct inputs into the bi-yearly Kenya Economic Update publications and associated dissemination
Selection criteria:
  • The successful candidate should possess a Post graduate degree in economics, preferably PhD, with at least 5 years of relevant experience; 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience of developing policy relevant material for government policymakers, with particular emphasis on fiscal decentralization; 
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience in developing/managing complex databases; 
  • Demonstrated experience of independently managing work programs; 
  • A record of relevant publications and experience of working in and a deep understanding of devolution processes in one or more developing country contexts, with a particular emphasis on fiscal decentralization and the transition to devolved government.
For the full job description and full selection criteria, qualified candidates are requested to visit and submit an electronic application through the World Bank careers website: click on >employment opportunities >professional/technical staff opportunities >current vacancies > job# 122369 to submit your application electronically to the World Bank.
Email or postal/paper applications will not be considered.
The closing date is end of day 11th November 2012. 
Only short listed candidates will be contacted. 
Qualified male and female candidates of diverse background (gender, religious, ethnic etc) are encouraged to apply.

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