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Regional Context
We in MNA Region are implementing an ambitious enlarged strategy towards that end by a focus on four pillars – “the 4 R’s” – Renewing the social contract; Regional cooperation; Resilience to migration shocks; and Reconstruction and recovery. We are helping countries develop new models for sustainable and inclusive growth in a dynamic and increasingly knowledge-based global economy. The World Bank expanded the focus of the MENA regional strategy to include improving human capital outcomes, enhancing digital technologies, and opening-up business environments for the private sector to compete in free and fair market.
The Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice combines expertise in the financial sector with expertise in private sector development to foster private sector led growth and help build markets in client countries. FCI’s core lines of business are: (a) Financial Stability & Integrity; (b) Financial Inclusion, Infrastructure & Access; (c) Firm Capabilities & Innovation; (d) Long-Term Finance; (e) Climate & Risk Management; (f) Markets and Technology; and (g) Investment and Competition.
The FCI MENA West unit wishes to hire an experienced and highly motivated Private Sector Specialist for its Djibouti Office. 
Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct policy dialogue with counterparts on issues relating to private sector development with a focus on SME support for innovation and technology adoption, SME finance, value chains development, SOE reform, green competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and business environment. Manage the day-to-day dialogue for the implementation of FCI operations in Djibouti. Solve issues related to procurement, operations, financial management, E&S risk management. Lead the production of self-standing pieces of regional analytical work, including technical notes in the areas of private sector development, and financial sector development.Represent the unit in client meetings and consultations and interact with government counterparts, the private sector, civil society and other donors.Business Development: cultivate strategic relationships with country clients and Country Management Units. Coordinate technical discussions with senior clients to determine the appropriate response to their request.Interact with colleagues within and external to the unit, to ensure the integration of relevant financial and private sector issues in country policy dialogue, country strategies, and work programs.

Selection Criteria

Master’s degree in Economics, Business, Public Policy, Finance, or similar; with a minimum of 5 years of substantive and sustained work experience in business, management, economics, finance, or related field.Experience in the following topics are highly desirable: entrepreneurship, SME access to finance, SME innovation, trade facilitation, business environment and investment climate, investment policy and promotion, regulatory governance, competitive industries and sectors, and competition policy.Strong expertise in financial and private sector development, with the ability to conceptualize and deliver high-quality lending, technical and analytical work.Proven ability to develop and cultivate relationships with clients and other partners.Capacity to contribute to the dialogue with senior counterparts and influence policy discussions at the country level and the sub region on private sector development issues.Excellent writing and presentation skills in English and French.Able to work flexibly on a range of assignments, adjusting to changing needs, and prioritizing among evolving tasks.

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