The World Bank

World Bank in Washington, United States

Senior Economist/Senior Public Sector Specialist (Tax)

Job #: req19028

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Economics

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): French, Spanish, Portuguese

Closing Date: 10/3/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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. Visit (link)


Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal 2021, IBRD committed $30.5 billion to client countries, and IDA committed $36.0 billion on grant and highly concessional terms to the poorest countries.

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). The World Bank is organized into seven client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and eighteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

The Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Practice Group

The Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Practice Group (EFI) is one of the World Bank Group’s four Practice Groups. EFI’s mandate is “Growth, Finance, and Institutions for all.” Our approach is to leverage public and private sector expertise, together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), to support a data-driven reform agenda. EFI supports clients in advancing evidence-based structural reforms to build the foundations for inclusive and sustainable growth.

EFI is composed of four Global Practices (GPs), the Prospects Group, and CGAP: The Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (MTI) GP provides broad macroeconomic analysis in support of countries’ economic programs, including the analysis of macro-financial risks, and macroeconomic modelling services to the rest of the WBG. MTI supports sound fiscal frameworks and fiscal risk management as well as better institutions and capacity on debt management to improve efficiency of public spending and bolster macroeconomic stability.

The Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) GP, consisting of two directorates (the Finance directorate, and the Trade, Investment and Competitiveness (TIC) directorate) aims to support client countries to create an enabling environment in which financial stability, efficiency and firm-level solutions are provided in an integrated way to crowd in the private sector, support the creation of markets, and accelerate equitable growth.

The Governance GP (GOV) helps countries build capable, effective, accountable, transparent and inclusive institutions that deliver citizen-centric services, facilitate private-sector growth and build trust in government; and provides fiduciary support to all Bank operations.

The Poverty and Equity GP (POV) consists of micro, labor and development economists to build the evidence base, provide advice and operational support to ensure country policies and WBG interventions are inclusive.

The Prospects Group provides analysis on global economic and financial developments and their impact on emerging market and developing countries. It is responsible for the publication of the Global Economic Prospects report, the Commodity Markets Outlook and Global Monthly.

CGAP is a global partnership of more than 30 leading development organizations that works to advance the lives of poor people through financial inclusion.


The Fiscal Policy & Sustainable Growth Unit (FPSG) in the MTI Global Practice assists internal and external clients in developing strategies and balancing risks and trade-offs in their public expenditures and domestic resource mobilization efforts in order to advance the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. FPSG also supports the development and mainstreaming of macro-economic policies for climate resilient, low carbon economic growth and economic stability.

This work includes:

  • Providing knowledge products, tools, and data to speed-up and improve project quality, analytical work, and policy dialogue.
  • Supporting World Bank operations, including by undertaking tax diagnostics.
  • Mobilizing resources to support task teams working on taxation (e.g., with US$60m raised through the Global Tax Program), macro related aspects of climate change, and fiscal policy.
  • Supporting the corporate agenda through analytical inputs, briefs, and monitoring of the Bank’s corporate commitments on tax (e.g., under IDA and Financing for Development) and climate change (e.g., the Paris Accord and the Helsinki Principles).
  • Collaborating with clients and partners such as the IMF, OECD, UN, and donor agencies to give voice to developing countries in international fora and establish partnerships such as the Platform for Collaboration on Tax and the Prosperity Collaborative.

There are two openings.

The FPSG unit is looking for two Senior Economists/Senior Public Sector Specialists (Tax) with strong technical skills and hands-on experience with addressing tax policy issues in developing countries. The Senior Economists/Senior Public Sector Specialists (Tax) are expected to work on tax issues in high profile engagements across regions and World Bank instruments (Advisory Services and Analytics and Lending), contribute to the unit’s interaction with senior management and partners, and make contributions to research and knowledge development.


This is a position for a Senior Expert in Tax Policy and Administration in the Fiscal Policy and Sustainable Growth Unit. The staff will lead, supervise, and support the unit’s work program on taxation including public expenditure reviews, domestic revenue mobilization, fiscal federalism, public investment management and quality of spending, fiscal policy and tax institutions, and related work on tax and revenue management across countries covered by the unit. In this regard, the Senior Economist/ Senior Public Sector Specialist will lead and be a team member of development policy operations, analytical and advisory programs, technical assistance, and results-based operations across the unit across the region. She/he will also be part of cross-GP teams with a focus on institutional reform and transformation.

The selected candidate will be expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Participate actively in the EMFTX program including by providing support to analytical tasks and lending operations in different regions of the World Bank with a focus on tax policy and tax administration.
  • Develop tailor made solutions and cutting-edge global analytical pieces on issues related to tax policy and tax administration and other fiscal issues, including through the production of working papers as well as the dissemination of knowledge through learning activities.
  • Work with country teams on tax gap analysis, tax expenditure analysis, and tax incidence analysis.
  • Prepare country-specific tax policy and administration reviews in collaboration with country teams and counterparts.
  • Lead and contribute to technical inputs to analytic work and advisory services, and/or supervising the preparation of analytical products (ASA) and other relevant technical reports to clients in close collaboration with the CMUs, Program Leaders, relevant Task Team Leaders and sector experts within and outside the Bank.
  • Contribute as team member and lead components of a broad range financing operations, including integrative and cross-cutting work such as tax and fiscal policy for green growth and human capital development.
  • Contribute to internal and external partnerships related to tax.
  • Support the Practice Manager in meeting work program objectives and deliverables, coaching staff, contribute to the development of the overall World Bank and EFI strategies and work program of the unit, and the region, and oversee its implementation as appropriate.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be a professional with extensive experience on analytical, advisory and operational work in economics, law, fiscal management, or macroeconomic issues, as relevant for this position.

Technical Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum Master’s degree (PhD. Preferred), in Economics, Law, Taxation, Public Policy/Administration, Business Administration, International Development or equivalent.
  • At least eight years of work experience covering tax policy and tax administration. Experience of work in the public sector (including advisory work) on taxation would be an advantage.

  • Demonstrated analytical and operational skills in public sector economic and institutional reforms and practical experience working with different Bank instruments (e.g., Investment Project Financing, Program for Results, Development Policy Operations and Trust Funds) in the design and delivery of projects and/or studies in areas key to tax reforms in developing countries.
  • Authored or co-authored reports/publications showing analysis of tax policy and tax administration on topics such as: a) tax macro analysis, b) tax incentives analysis, c) tax system reform, d) tax administration reform, etc.
  • Built or used tax models for policy work, such as: a) tax macro models such as OLG models, macroeconomic growth models, b) microsimulation models, c) tax gap models, or d) Marginal Effective Tax Rate (METR) models, will be an advantage.
  • Experience with broader macro-fiscal reform and integration of tax issues in that context.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to work in teams across organizational boundaries within a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required. Fluency in French and/or Spanish, Portuguese would be an advantage.

Required Competencies

  • General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills – Possesses a track record of intellectual leadership and ability to integrate economic-specific knowledge and specific micro/sector fields of expertise; provides quality assurance and assesses technical soundness of work/reports.
  • Knowledge and Experience in the Development Arena – Influences the design and execution of major policy and/or research initiatives; conceives and promotes innovations in development policies, project design, organization and management to improve operational and sector work.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills – Has a track record of conducting effective policy dialogue with country counterparts; communicates and defends difficult issues and positions to senior bank management and government officials.
  • Integrative Skills – Possesses in-depth understanding of Bank resources in all areas of work in the Practice Group, and proven fungibility.
  • Macroeconomic Skills and Country Economics Experience – Has strong record of task leadership of complex policy-based lending operations, major economic reports or other published work relating to macro-economic, fiscal, growth, structural policy and poverty issues.
  • Written and Verbal Communication – Demonstrates a strong command of all forms of communication and delivers messages in a consistently effective, timely and engaging manner.
  • Lead and Innovate – Inspires and influences others to drive innovation.
  • Deliver Results for Clients- Acts as a trusted, strategic advisor, partnering with clients to deliver results.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Leads collaboration across WBG and with partners drawing on robust professional networks.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Establishes an environment where knowledge is created, applied and shared.
  • Make Smart Decisions – Makes timely decisions that have a broad impact.

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.

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