The World Bank

World Bank in Paris, France

E T Consultant – Economist

Job #: req18826

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Urban

Grade: EC2

Term Duration: 1 year 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Paris,France

Required Language(s): English; French

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 9/30/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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The Sustainable Development Practice Group

The Sustainable Development (SD) Practice Group (PG) helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy, Environmental and Social Framework, Urban, Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Resilience & Land, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, and Water.

The “Urban, Resilience and Land” (URL) Global Practice

Urbanization is occurring at an unprecedented pace. Cities generate 80% of global GDP and are key to job creation and the pursuit of shared prosperity. Yet one billion city residents live in slums today, and by 2030 one billion new migrants will arrive in cities. This concentration of people and assets will exacerbate risk exposure to adverse natural events and climate change, which affects the poor disproportionately. The absence of secure land tenure underpins deprivation and is a major source of conflict in the urban and rural space. One and a half billion people live in countries affected by repeated cycles of violence. In the absence of services, participative planning and responsive institutions, these trends will result in increased poverty, social exclusion, vulnerability and violence. Finally, avoiding a 4-degree warmer world requires drastically reducing the carbon footprint of cities.

The WBG is in a unique position to support national and sub-national clients to: harness urbanization and enable effective land management in support of both growth and poverty reduction; foster social inclusion of marginalized groups; support the responsiveness and fiscal, financial, and management capacities of local governments – cities, municipalities, and rural districts – to deliver local infrastructure and decentralized services; strengthen resilience and risk management related to natural disasters; reduce conflict and violence; scale-up access to finance for sub-national governments; and reduce the carbon footprint of cities. The WBG brings a combination of lending ($7-8 billion in annual lending to cities), analytical and advisory services (e.g., social inclusion flagship, urbanization reviews, Sendai dialogue), its growing portfolio of reimbursable advisory services, its convening power (e.g., understanding risk and the land conferences), its leveraging capacity (e.g., guarantees and risk mitigation), and its ability to work with the private sector to tackle the challenges at scale and to effect.

The URL GP covers a wide gamut: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) 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 (iii) 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) .


Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa is occurring at an unprecedented pace. The share of Africans living in urban areas is projected to grow from 38 percent in 2016 to almost 60 percent by 2040, translating to an additional 40,000 new urban citizens every day until 2040. The region’s urbanization rate, one of the highest in the world, can lead to economic growth, transformation and poverty. However, many cities in Africa still have not fully captured the benefits of urbanization and poorly managed urbanization have exacerbated existing infrastructure challenges, resulting in increased inequality, urban poverty, proliferation of informal settlements and vulnerability to hazards. Adverse natural events present a serious obstacle for achieving sustainable social and economic development, particularly in vulnerable regions as Sub-Saharan Africa. Disaster affects the poor most severely; unplanned human settlements, unsafe building practices, high population densities, economic growth, and accumulations of assets in risk prone areas has dramatically increased exposure to hazards and increased disaster loss. Climate changed has the potential to significantly worsen the situation.

To this end, the AFR Urban, Resilience and Land Unit brings together a wide range of important and interrelated development and financing instruments to support national and sub-national clients to: harness urbanization and enable effective land management in support of both growth and poverty reduction; foster social inclusion of marginalized groups; support the responsiveness and fiscal, financial, and management capacities of local governments – cities, municipalities, and rural districts – to deliver local infrastructure and decentralized services; strengthen resilience and disaster risk management related to natural disaster s; reduce conflict and violence; scale-up access to finance for sub-national governments; and reduce the carbon footprint of cities.

Position context

The SAWU1 unit is looking for an Extended Term Consultant with excellent analytical and data management skills to work and contribute to its main analytical tasks and product lines as well as specific multi-sector engagement of the AFW SD units

Roles & Responsibilities:

The ETC – Economist is expected to provide technical and operational expertise to implement and develop the SAWU1 and AFW SD units program in Africa . The candidate is expected to carry out specific duties under the direction of Task Team leaders and Technical Lead Specialists and work on the following tasks which will include, but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to cross-sectoral engagements, assist regional teams in regional flagship studies on urbanization and the linkages to growth, prosperity and resilience, and assist country teams in the inclusion of the URL and SD agenda in Country Climate and Development Report, Strategic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Strategies or other strategic and sectoral frameworks (RRA/PRA);
  • Contribute to the preparation and execution of lending and trust funded activities, including economic analyses and inputs to: (i) Project Concept Notes (PCNs), Project Appraisal Documents (PADs), Implementation Completion Reports (ICRs) and other related project preparation documentation; (ii) terms of reference; (iii) project briefs; (v) funding proposals; and (v) presentations.
  • Provide critical input in the design and execution of selected policies, TA, ASA and research initiatives; and conceive, and promote innovations in Bank policies and sector strategies in the areas of urban development, land and disaster risk management and SD in general;
  • Participate in task teams to prepare flagship analytical activities, policy dialogue and just-in-time advisory services, innovative knowledge products, and conceptualize new avenues/business lines within the URL practice in the following business lines – urbanization and growth; competitive cities (local economic development) and jobs, urban poverty and vulnerability; Cities and CC; territorial development/lagging regions, conflict, urbanization and service delivery
  • Contribute to knowledge generation and sharing activities for the SD practice Group as well as with external partners, and participate in professional development activities
  • Contribute to and lead the execution of lending and trust funded projects, including: (i) lead or participate in missions and developing mission documents; (ii) Develop Project Concept Notes (PCNs), Project Appraisal Documents (PADs), and other related project preparation documentation; (iii) prepare and review terms of reference; (iii) prepare implementation status and results reports; (iv) prepare project briefs; (v) develop funding proposals; and (v) presentations.
  • Participate in field missions and site visits in the areas of specialization, provide technical inputs and guidance to client counterparts as required by operational and analytical task team leaders.
  • Draft technical notes, reports, Terms of Reference and policy documents; and

  • Participate and support knowledge sharing activities across countries in the region and contribute specific knowledge both within the assigned countries and in the World Bank.

Selection Criteria

  • MA/MS in Economics, urban Economics, Economic Geography, Statistics, or related field with minimum of 2 years relevant experience.
  • Familiarity with econometric tools, data analysis, spatial analysis and quantitative methods.
  • Statistical methods, and concepts for, macroeconomic, financial, or other economic data.
  • Data management, visualization, analysis, and reporting. Ability to interpret and communicate statistical information in a clear and analytically rigorous manner.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Written and spoken fluency in French is required
  • Works independently, seeking guidance on complex issues from senior specialists.
  • Attention to detail and can be relied on to complete task requiring competency to the Bank standard.
  • Proven track record of delivery of high-quality outputs while working under pressure, in a multi-sector environment, and within tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of World Bank operational policies, practices and procedures is an asset.
  • Excellent and effective command of English and French (both written and oral) is required.

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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two 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 second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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