Operations Officer 170072

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 11 January 2017
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2017

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In mid-2013 the main actors within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) split into two - the Government faction, led by President Salva Kiir, and the SPLM-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), led by Riek Machar. War broke out between the two factions in December 2013. The nearly two-years of conflict in South Sudan has eroded development gains, worsened humanitarian situations, and deepened vulnerabilities. It has left thousands dead, around 2 million people, or close to one fifth of the population displaced, with some 200,000 still residing in shelters in UN bases, and 4.6 million in ‘emergency’ or ‘crisis’ levels of food insecurity. The conflict has damaged infrastructure, destroyed propertied, limited livelihood opportunities, and obliterated personal assets.

In August 2015, the parties signed the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict. This Agreement created a framework for the creation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TG) to lead the country over the next 30 months to national elections in 2018. In April 2016, the return of Riek Machar to Juba as First Vice President (FVP) led to the appointment of a new power-sharing TG cabinet and the launch of the transitional period. This was halted when from July 8-11, fighting broke out between opposing SPLA (Government) and SPLA-IO forces in Juba. Riek Machar fled the city with his forces and now resides in South Africa. Taban Deng from the IO was appointed as FVP by the President on 26 July. Various reports have estimated that over 200 soldiers died and some 40,000 civilians were displaced. The July events in Juba were a major set-back to the peace process

The WBG recognizes the enormous needs, particularly with the recent jump in poverty rates to 66 percent of the population. Some 4.8 million people are severely food insecure, and about 2.5 million are displaced. The current macroeconomic crisis is further exacerbating the situation with increasing inflation and the widening fiscal deficit. In the last two years (2014-2015) the Bank support to the country program amounted USD 105 million. The current portfolio accounts for USD 212 million for five key projects: Local Governance and Service Delivery Project; South Sudan Health Rapid Results Project; South Sudan Rural Roads Project; Safety Net and Skills Development Project; and Statistical Capacity Development Project. We have an active undisbursed portfolio of $140 million in programs focused on poverty alleviation, livelihood support and provision of basic services for the most vulnerable.

The World Bank, South Sudan office, requires the services of a highly organized professional, capable of operating effectively and discreetly in a very demanding, fast-paced and culturally diverse environment, to work as an Operations Officer.

An Operations Officer typically provide substantive operational, research, statistical and other analytic support to the Country Manager and other Task Team Members with respect to portions of the country/sector work program activities ranging from project preparation, appraisal, implementation, and supervision. S/he may also undertake responsibilities for costing, financing and disbursement aspects of projects, drafting implementation arrangements, etc. The selected individual will work under the supervision of the Country Manager in South Sudan.

The Operations Officer (OO) position is based in Juba, South Sudan Country Office with primary responsibility for supporting the Country Manager and Country Program Coordinator (CPC) with respect to the performance of the existing portfolio and ensuring its strategic alignment with the CEN. The Operations Officer (OO) supports the CM, CPC and the Program Leaders to conduct country-specific monitoring and reporting on the existing lending and TF portfolio, and to identify and resolve country-specific implementation issues. The Operations Officer (OO) maintains up-to-date information on portfolio performance (IDA and trust funds) for Juba, South Sudan in close collaboration with the CPC based in Washington.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Specific duties include:

Coordinates and leads the quality control of the preparation of a Monthly Portfolio Report. The report monitors lending, non-lending activities, TF, and other key portfolio performance indicators. The report is shared with the government and the Country Team. Monitors and facilitates timely delivery on various milestones during the project cycle, including with respect to project closing and reporting. Support the implementation Support Team (comprising of FM, Procurement and safeguards specialists) by organizing its regular meetings with project TTLs and program leaders to discuss and find solutions to the ongoing concerns and to anticipate potential future problems/bottlenecks. Follow-up with government on recommendations in close consultation with the CM. Follow up on the Portfolio Action Plan as formulated in the Country Portfolio Performance Review (CPPR), with special focus on portfolio-wide actions in the areas of FM, procurement, safeguards, and M&E. Prepare the TTLs periodic meetings. Review, and draft comments on Implementation Status Reports for the CM Provides inputs to or prepares diverse operational products/outputs (e.g. country briefings, background reports, case studies, portfolio performance reviews, etc.). Provide continuous case-by-case support to teams and the Implementation Support Team. Interact directly with TTLs and provides operational support for problem or risky operations. To the extent possible, participate in operational missions and meetings and assist teams in resolution of difficult issues. The OO works closely and mentor junior/ACS staff on issues of portfolio management and monitoring. The OO will provide support to the management team Review, comment on, and clear all out-going correspondence; manage in-coming correspondence. Provide support in the Country Strategy Implementation program Support the CM in implementation of the Country Engagement Note and provide assistance in preparing CEN Progress Report and Completion Report, particularly regarding portfolio implementation.
Selection Criteria:
• MA/MS with minimum 5 years’ relevant experience; a post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, finance, business administration, social sciences, or other field related to development) will be an added advantage.
• Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
• Effective verbal and written communications skills.
• Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix environment.
• Good understanding of Bank policies, procedures and system.
• Recognized by peers and/or managers for ability to identify and pro-actively solve operational issues and problems.
• Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the CMU's annual reporting, budgeting, and business planning.
• Ability to coordinate mechanisms to ensure efficient and effective procedures for routine workflow in the Country office.
• Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
• Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
• Shares 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.

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