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Research Analyst

The World Bank

Other, Research | Entry-level | Full-time
Date posted: 06-05-19

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 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.


An effective and accountable governance framework, in the form of functioning institutions, is a necessary precondition for sustainable poverty reduction. Fragile, ineffective or inexistent institutions are at the root of the relative underperformance of economies. Cross-country empirics have confirmed that higher institutional quality is correlated with higher levels of per capita income and greater economic growth. Thus, governance mechanisms and institutions are critical to sustained growth and poverty alleviation. The World Bank’s Governance Global Practice (GGP) brings together professionals in public sector management, financial management, procurement, digital governance, taxation, transparency and accountability, law and development, and anticorruption, to develop innovative, integrated solutions to pernicious institutional problems. The Practice utilizes a problem-driven diagnostic approach, combining global comparative knowledge of reform successes and failures with keen understanding of the institutional challenges and opportunities of developing countries.

The GGP has the following thematic areas:

•         Strengthening Public Policy Processes.

•         Managing Resources Effectively.

•         Strengthening Public-Private Interface.

•         Supporting Service Delivery.

•         Understanding Underlying Drivers and Enablers of Policy Effectiveness.

The GGP interventions range from diagnostics, technical assistance, and advisory services; learning, innovation and knowledge management; preparation of financing operations and provision of project implementation support, monitoring and reporting. An important part of its responsibilities is to deliver operational support to other Practices, including through inputs for policy-based operations, hands-on implementation advice, and direct fiduciary due diligence of investment financing.


The World Bank Strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean is grounded in a three-pillar strategy: (i) promoting inclusive growth; (ii) investing in human capital; and (iii) building resilience. This includes encouraging better governance and economic integration and leveraging the private finance necessary to address the region’s pressing development needs. The World Bank is also focusing on improving the lives of the most vulnerable, including historically excluded groups such as women, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous Peoples. Partnering with the many different voices of society is key to these efforts.

The GGOLP Unit covers all eight country management units (CMUs) in Latin America and the Caribbean. The GGOLP portfolio includes lending instruments (PforR, IPF-DLI, IPF), Trust Funds (TFs), Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA), and Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS). The GGOLP team also collaborates with other GPs to enhance governance in sectors and achieve digital economy goals.

Selection Criteria

The position requires a highly-motivated professional with the following competencies: 

Minimum Education/Experience: Master's degree with 2 years’ experience, or bachelor’s degree with at least 4 years of relevant experience.

Excellent communications skills, both in oral presentations and in writing sections of papers, briefs, independent reports, etc.

Knowledge of internal policies and procedures of the WBG.

Portfolio Management – ability to assist and/or organize portfolio reviews, prepare portfolio monitoring reports, and provide follow-up of portfolio review recommendations.

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; analyzes and identifies portfolio cross-cutting issues.

Experience in a developing country, possibly in LAC, is a plus.

Advanced computer programs useful for operational analysis, such as spreadsheets, databases, and graphics. Statistical software knowledge is a plus.

Fluency in Spanish required, and knowledge of Portuguese or French is desirable.

Behavioral Competencies

Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.

Drive for Results - Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.

Teamwork and Inclusion - Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.

Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Leads in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Serves as a trusted advisor to others on their decisions, ensuring alignment across units and optimal impact on the organization.

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is 6/14

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