International / Multinational

World Bank Group Job Recruitment in Abuja, January, 2020

The World Bank Group – 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.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

Job Title: Agriculture Economist

Job #: req5666
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Agriculture
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment


  • We are on a mission to change the world; do you want to join us where it matters the most? Invest in your personal and professional development and acquire the skills that are vital for a global career in international development.
  • A role in an FCS (Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations) location will be a truly impactful experience!

Agriculture Global Practice

  • Our unit in the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank covers 13 countries in West Africa, including Nigeria. The unit comprises approximately 20 staff, two thirds of which are based in Country Offices in West Africa and the rest in Washington DC.
  • The Nigeria program is the largest of our programs in West Africa and includes a range of investment projects and analytical work at national and sub-national level, reflecting the diverse development challenges that the country is facing.
  • Agriculture is an essential pathway to meeting the World Bank Group’s (WBG) twin goals—eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity. Food production must increase by at least 35 percent to meet the needs of the rising global population.
  • Thus, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity cannot be achieved without more and better investment in agriculture, food security, and nutrition. Meeting today’s challenges on the food and agriculture agenda will require major strides in agricultural innovation and climate smart agriculture, efficiency in food production and distribution systems, promoting environmentally and socially sustainable production practices, strengthening agricultural policy and institutions, supporting agribusiness value chains, and joint private- and public- sector action.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Stay abreast of relevant developments for Nigeria’s agri-food sector and effectively communicate them to the country team;
  • Remain current with relevant major pieces of analytical work in the profession. Participate in strategic analytical work in Nigeria;
  • Represent the World Bank in fora involving the community of development partners;
  • As necessary, represent the World Bank at events with sectoral focus that take place in the field;
  • Develop strong client relations and partnership, including with the International Finance Corporation, on operational matters and policy dialogue;
  • Maintain a high level and quality of engagement and dialogue with key stakeholders, including government, civil society, private sector and research/academic community on strategic and policy issues concerning the agri-food sector in Nigeria;
  • Contribute as core team member to the preparation and implementation of selected operations, assuring quality in all stages of the project cycle;
  • Serve as the focal point for liaison with key counterparts and other partners for colleagues working with the Nigeria program;
  • Identify opportunities for addressing agricultural issues in Nigeria as part of the World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework, country policy dialogue, sector investment operations, budget support operations, and other multi-sectoral projects;

The selected candidate will report to the Agriculture GP’s Practice Manager (SAFA1). S/he will coordinate closely with the Nigeria Country Management Unit, and with the Sustainable Development Program Leader.

Selection Criteria

  • Masters, MBA or PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, or in a relevant discipline;
  • At least five years of experience on agricultural development issues (three years if PhD);
  • Strong technical and analytical skills in the range of issue of relevance to agriculture;
  • Team player able to function in a fast-paced, multi-sectoral and multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and team skills with ability to find balanced, pragmatic and implementable solutions also in a multi-disciplinary context;
  • High level of energy, ability to work under pressure, and willingness to travel and work under challenging conditions;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to present complex issues to World Bank management and senior Government representatives, as well as to non-specialist audiences.


  • Project Design for Impact and Sustainability – Contributes to the design of projects and programs based on an understanding of the country and sector context.
  • Sector Dialogue – Able to conduct a dialogue with the client including on complex issues, based on a solid understanding of the sector.
  • 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 (Collaboration) 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 – Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.
  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills – Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.
  • Integrative Skills – Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
  • Agricultural economics – Deep understanding of concepts used in agricultural economics, with significant experience in their application.
  • Agriculture Policy, Strategy and Institutions – Solid understanding of agriculture policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.

N.B: The World Bank Group Core Competencies:


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Water Resources Management Specialist

Job #: req5679
Location: Abuja,Nigeria
Sector: Water/Sanitation
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment


  • We are on a mission to change the world; do you want to join us where it matters the most? Invest in your personal and professional development and acquire the skills that are vital for a global career in international development.
  • A role in an FCS (Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations) location will be a truly impactful experience!

Water Global Practice

  • Globally, the World Bank Group finances water supply and sanitation projects, as well as projects related to irrigation and water resource management. Apart from water supply and sanitation (WSS) and water resources management (WRM), the Water GP also seeks to ensure that water issues are effectively addressed in all related sub-sectors, including such as agriculture (ensuring sustainable water availability for irrigation), climate change and disaster risk management, and energy (hydropower). In each sub-sector, an integrated approach is adopted which considers investment alongside issues such as governance, institutions, and policies.
  • The WSS projects include rural and urban water and sanitation services, hygiene behavior, improving the efficiency of utilities, and provision of services to the poor. The WRM projects include integrated water resource management, including groundwater management, dam safety, and flood management.
  • The Water GP is led by a Global Director, supported by nine regional Practice Managers and a Manager for Global Solutions. In addition, the GP Leadership team includes five Global Solutions Groups (GSGs) focusing on water supply and sanitation, water security/resilience; water resources management; water and agriculture; and water, poverty, and the economy, that work across all regional programs.
  • The water challenges of the world are tremendous. For human development, livable cities, food security, and energy security the need for better water resources management is growing. Even today, 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, of which 1 billion people practice open defecation. Poor sanitation, including inadequate wastewater collection and treatment, impacts health, education, the environment, and industries such as tourism. At least 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
  • The lack of access to safe water and sanitation results in significant economic losses in many countries. This is further exacerbated by climate change, water pollution, and water scarcity in a fast-changing world.

Water global practice in the heart of Africa:

  • The hiring unit has an active portfolio of projects in Nigeria under preparation and implementation, focusing on water supply and sanitation.
  • In all cases, these require intensive engagement with government counterparts and other stakeholders to ensure local ownership, capacity and sustained focus on implementation for results. As a result, The World Bank is locally recruiting one Water Resources Management Specialist based in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Within the Africa Region, the hiring unit is responsible for ensuring the translation of the World Bank’s Africa Regional Strategy and the Water Global Practice’s Water Security Strategy into practical results relevant to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Specifically, the unit supports the definition and achievement of these results through analytical, policy, and investment activities.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
The assignment requires an extensive understanding of the state’s issues, as well as a solid base of experience in working with global, regional, and country clients and partners. Under the supervision and guidance of Senior Water Resources Specialists, the Water Resources Management Specialist will work as part of the country and task teams with a specific focus on:

Strategies, Planning, and Policies:

  • Participate in policy dialogue, together with other development partners, with key stakeholders in the country;
  • As appropriate, with the Bank team, advise government counterparts on policy, institutional, and technical matters associated with the Bank’s water program; and
  • Prepare reports, summaries, briefs, and talking points on water-related projects and programs, business plans, and strategies.
  • Assist in the process of formulation of country sector strategies in the water and sanitation sector. Participate in the reviews of different sector policies, legal and regulatory frameworks for the water and sanitation sector;
  • Assist in the identification and preparation of projects;
  • Liaise with and support teams from other GPs of the World Bank (e.g., human development, urban, environment, energy, agriculture) to ensure that water-related issues are addressed consistently across various programs in the Bank;

Projects implementation:

  • Working closely with client institutions to support effective implementation of WB supported programs;
  • Maintaining effective relationships with relevant governmental, non-governmental, donor and other stakeholders;
  • Carry out the planning and organization of workshops on Bank procedures and deliverables; and
  • Encourage clients to use disruptive technology and ICT to speed up project implementation.
  • Participate in the design, preparation, and implementation of water activities in Nigeria which will include incorporating key cross-cutting issues such as gender and climate change;
  • Participate and assist multidisciplinary supervision missions covering all phases of the project cycle;
  • Identify implementation issues related to projects/programs in the sector;

Institutional and analytical work:

  • Participating in and eventually leading task teams for production of analytical studies and preparation and implementation support to investment and policy-oriented projects;
  • Identifying and sharing with client, relevant expertise and examples within and outside the World Bank; and
  • Identifying and supporting water sector linkages to the Bank’s country strategy and the work of other sectoral teams.
  • Support the design, preparation and implementation of sector strategies, studies, analytical work, policy work, and advisory activities;
  • Staying informed on the status of the water sector and its institutions, as well as relevant donor, private sector and NGO initiatives;

Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • Ensure prompt preparation of quality and consistency related to sector portfolio management, including quality control; and
  • Prepare timely reports on project implementation and progress.
  • Monitor and assess the implementation of sector portfolio;

Selection Criteria

  • Knowledge of water resources management (WRM) and water supply and sanitation services delivery (WSS), utility/institutional reform and public-private partnerships, sector coordination and policy dialogue, private sector participation and pro-poor strategy and program development;
  • Prior work experience and results on the ground and hands-on experience with Government counterpart agencies;
  • Ability to think innovatively and strategically in dealing with technical and/or policy issues while maintaining a strong client focus;
  • Effective verbal, analytical and written communication skills in English and a demonstrated ability to produce high-quality documents and analytical reports;
  • Sound knowledge of the water sector issues in Nigeria;
  • Knowledge of cross-cutting issues related to the water sector: climate change, environmental and social issues, inclusion, and poverty reduction;
  • A high degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent teamwork skills; and
  • Ability to use new information technologies.
  • At least a Master’s degree in Water Resources, Hydrology, Hydraulics, Sanitation, Environment, Civil Engineering, or a related discipline with a focus on water supply and sanitation;
  • Recognized technical, operational, and/or policy-oriented expertise, and at least 7 years of relevant work experience. This experience may include work in governments, academia, private companies, consulting firms, and multilateral institutions;

The World Bank Group Core Competencies:


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 10th February, 2020

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