The World Bank

World Bank in Washington, United States

Economist

Job #: req19982

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Risk

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 12/2/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit (link)

The Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Vice Presidency of the World Bank is the core unit responsible for institutional risk oversight, including establishment and monitoring adherence to risk policies and guidelines and risk assessment and reporting to the Board and executive management. Its mission is to enable and support the institution to achieve its goals in a financially sustainable manner. The VPU assists management with identifying and managing group-wide cross-cutting risks, enhancing risk response decisions, reducing financial and operational surprises and losses, seizing opportunities and improving deployment of capital. The CRO Vice Presidency comprises three Departments: 1) Credit Risk (CROCR); 2) Market & Counterparty Risk (CROMC), and 3) Operational Risk (CROOR).

The Credit Risk Department (CROCR) ensures that the Bank’s credit risk exposure is commensurate with the risk appetite of stakeholders and strikes the appropriate balance between financial and development objectives. CROCR manages the credit risk inherent in IBRD’s loan portfolio. CROCR’s core functions include, among others (i) Assessing and rating country credit risk for all IBRD borrowers; (ii) Assessing country eligibility for IBRD resources; (iii) Influencing IBRD’s lending strategy and assessing lending plans against lending allocations as established through the exposure management framework: (iv) Anticipating countries that are vulnerable to crises; (v) Participating in arrears workouts for IBRD borrowing countries; (vi) Engaging with the Paris Club of bilateral creditors; and (vii) Ensuring IBRD is adequately provisioned for loan losses; and (viii) Assessing/Monitoring the size of credit shocks (unexpected losses) as part of IBRD’s capital adequacy framework.

Responsibilities

The Economist position is within the Sovereign Risk Group (SRG) in CROCR. Job duties include, as country coordinator having primary ratings and risk management responsibility for allocated IDA and IBRD borrowing countries

– Assessing economic, financial and political developments in allocated IDA/IBRD borrowing countries, with particular focus on implications for default risk to IBRD/IDA. This includes the periodic presentation of country risk notes including risk rating proposal to CROCR’s risk ratings committee, as well as ongoing country monitoring.

Contributing to the dialogue with World Bank country operational teams on issues relating to country risk and exposure, including:

  • Commenting on Country Partnership Frameworks and other strategic country-level documents;
  • Commenting on development policy finance operations at concept and decision stage
  • Engaging with country operations teams on exposure reallocation requests as needed

In addition, the selected candidate would be expected to contribute to CROCR written products, such as the Annual Risk Report, Board papers, and ad-hoc management briefings, as well as contributing to the department’s continual efforts to improve risk assessment approaches. Over time, the candidate could also assume responsibilities within the Department’s teams working on issues, such as ESG influences on credit risk, Paris Club representation, Short-term Risk Monitoring, and strengthening quantitative approaches.

Selection Criteria

– Master’s degree in economics, finance, or a related subject

– At least five years of related experience

– Strong economic reasoning and understanding of the interlinked aspects of open economy macroeconomics

– Excellent presentational and communication skills

– Proficiency in dealing with credit risk concepts

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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Tags: development policy, economist, esg, extreme poverty, macroeconomics, parental leave, risk assessment, risk management, sustainable development