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Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2017, the WBG committed $59 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $19 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. For more information, please visit

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 global development community is at an auspicious turning point in history. Thanks to the success of the past few decades and favorable economic growth, developing countries now have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation. This is the vision of the WBG: to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.90 a day to 3 percent by 2030, and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country.

To achieve this vision, the WBG Board of Governors approved a strategy for the organization in 2013. This strategy leverages, for the first time, the combined strength of the WBG institutions and their unique ability to partner with the public and private sectors to deliver customized development solutions backed by finance, world class knowledge and convening services. The strategy has three components: (1) maximizing development impact by engaging country clients in identifying and tackling the most difficult development challenges; (2) promoting scaled-up partnerships that are strategically aligned with the goals; and (3) crowding in public and private resources, expertise and ideas.

The architecture underpinning the strategy and instrumental to its success is an operating model introduced in July 2014 based on fourteen Global Practices (GPs) five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs). Since July 1, 2015 these 14 GPs are organized under 3 Practice Group Vice Presidencies: Sustainable Development (SD); Economics, Finance and Institutions (EFI); and Human Development (HD).


The Global Practice for Macro Trade & Investment (MTI) comprises about 320 staff working across more than 100 countries. The Practice houses the Bank’s country economists as well as professional staff with expertise in macroeconomics, fiscal policy, growth, and statistics. About fifty percent of MTI professional staff is decentralized to the field working very closely with the CMUs and in proximity to clients. MTI professionals most often work across sectors helping carry out key integrative functions. In this context, MTI professionals are responsible for the preparation and delivery of the majority of the Bank’s Development Policy Operations using both IDA and IBRD resources. MTI professionals also lead or participate in a wide variety of AAA and client advisory work requiring an integrative function that add to the core MTI expertise.

As such MTI staff often lead or participate in the preparation of Strategic Country Diagnostics, Country Economic Memorandums and cross sector Public Expenditure Reviews. An important additional element of engagement in macroeconomic and fiscal policies is carried through work on debt management supported by the Debt Management Facility. Knowledge and learning is a central part of MTI with work focused on 5 thematic areas: (a) macroeconomics; (b) fiscal policy; (c) growth; (d) economic management in resource rich environments; and (e) statistics.

Job Summary


The MTI practice is looking for an outstanding Country Economist for Afghanistan, to be based in Kabul.
The MTI Team in Afghanistan is responsible for macro-economic analysis, economic and fiscal policy dialogue, technical advice and capacity building support in the areas of macro-economic and fiscal management, and budget reform in close collaboration with the Government of Afghanistan. In addition to regular economic monitoring mandate, we are managing a rich program consisting two policy-based financing operations, including the ARTF Incentive Program, and two large, complex programmatic analytic work programs which include the delivery of analytical and advisory products as well as technical assistance and training activities. All of our tasks are cross-sectoral in nature and are integral to the policy dialogue of the country program. Within the country program, we manage half of the ARTF resources through the Incentive Program.

The selected candidate will the core member of the Afghanistan MTI team and will be expected to contribute to the analytic and operational work of the team. He or she will report to the MTI Practice Manager covering South Asia, who is based in Bangkok.

Job Details

Date Posted: 11 Oct 2018 Reference: req743
Closing Date: 05 Nov 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Economic Growth Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Fixed-term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

The Country Economist will:

• Contribute to MTI GP’s Analytical and Advisory Activities (AAA) and Technical Assistance (TA) in the areas of macroeconomic and fiscal management, macro modelling and data work, and economics of the public sector;
• Contribute to the design of the operational and analytical work in alignment with the growth and poverty alleviation objectives of the country;
• Establish partnerships with other bilateral and multilateral agencies, increasing cooperation and leveraging Bank resources in analytical and operational work;
• Monitoring and assessing the macroeconomic and sectoral reform developments in Afghanistan and contribute to the World Bank’s ongoing policy dialogue and lending programs;
• Participate in the Bank’s dialogue with senior government officials;
• Prepare periodic reports and notes on economic issues for Afghanistan and the South Asia Region;
• Serve as a task leader or a team member for country-specific financing operations and/or analytical and advisory services;
• Collect, analyze and maintain economic and financial data and information related to Afghanistan’s economy, and communicate findings in concise form, namely through statistical tables and charts, and short analytical notes.
• Develop, update and manage statistical models for specific programs or projects.
• Contribute chapters, sections, and annexes for World Bank’s reports and documents; and
• Work with colleagues in other sectors (human development, private sector development, infrastructure etc) as required; and support the general work of the World Bank office in Afghanistan.


Required Competencies
• General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills– Possesses a demonstrated track record of working with economic and sectoral data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena–Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
• Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.
• Integrative Skills – Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
• Macroeconomic Skills and Country Economics Experience – Demonstrates basic macroeconomic modeling skills and knowledge; understands how different accounts in an economy fit together and links among real, monetary, trade, debt and balance of payments accounts.
• Written and Verbal Communication – Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup
• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others.
• Deliver Results for Clients – Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries –Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Make Smart Decisions – Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.


Selection Criteria
• Minimum of a Master’s degree in economics (PhD preferred), with 5 years of experience. A PhD would be considered as equivalent to 3 years of work experience;
• Strong background in macro modelling, public finance and macro policy analysis;
• Close familiarity with Afghanistan's development problems and issues and some research and working experience in the above areas;
• Familiarity with relevant local institutions, economic research work and the sources of economic data in Afghanistan;
• Excellent analytical and communications skills and ability to write clearly and concisely;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team-based environment and under tight time constraints;
• Ability to provide the full range of operational assistance with independent responsibility. Demonstrated ability to carry out research and analytical tasks and to contribute to resolution of sector and country issues.
• Ability to build effective working relations with clients and colleagues;
• Excellent knowledge of English is essential; fluency in Dari is required; fluency in Pashto is preferred.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Masters Degree, Economic Growth

Submission Guideline

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