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World Bank-Senior Education Specialist

South Africa

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Job Description

8+ Year
Male, Female, Both
PhD Degree
South Africa

About Organization

The World Bank Group is a distinctive global partnership, consisting of five organizations working to find long-term solutions that lessen poverty and foster shared wealth in developing nations. It has 189 member countries, employees from more than 170 countries, and offices in more than 130 places.

The goal of the World Bank is to promote shared wealth by raising the wages of the lowest 40% of people in every nation and to end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of the global population that lives in extreme poverty to 3% by 2030.

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About World Bank-Senior Education Specialist

With a focus on improving foundational learning and the development of career-relevant skills and eliminating disparities across gender, geographic regions, and socioeconomic groups, the incumbent will lead (and support) policy dialogue with the client on important issues in the areas of early childhood development, basic and secondary education, and post-secondary education and training. The incumbent will be required to direct or collaborate on analytical work that will help guide policy debates and the investigation of potential new engagement opportunities. Additionally, he or she will take the lead in developing new lending programs and offer implementation help to a few chosen lending operations.

Responsibilities of the World Bank-Senior Education Specialist

Building client capacity and engaging in policy dialogue

Talk about complicated challenges at various educational levels in a sectoral policy discussion with customers at the highest levels, paying special attention to learning outcomes, skill development, and productivity. Find and foster chances to contribute to the nation’s larger policy debate on both the education sector and human capital development in general. Develop the client’s ability to apply the results of policy research and analytical work while creating new policies.

Technical guidance on significant sectoral challenges and suggested development paths for the nation’s educational system:

Bring in pertinent research and experience from around the world to help with the development of local solutions for problems like early childhood education, the use of ICT in the classroom, teacher quality and management effectiveness, STEM, infrastructure, TVET, and skills in priority areas, quality improvement and financing of higher education, and public-private partnerships.

Work in analysis and non-lending services:

Design and oversee the creation of “cutting edge” technological products that address the client’s top policy concerns and have an influence on operational and policy design. Lead both extended analytical reports and high-quality “just in time” notes. Participate in the nation’s diagnostics and other essential analytical activities. Create “think pieces” and synthesis papers to add to the unit’s analytical work.

Requirements of the World Bank-Senior Education Specialist


  • A Ph.D. or Doctorate in Economics, Education, or a related discipline is necessary, as is a Master’s Degree (in the same fields) and at least 8 years of experience.


  • English proficiency is a must.

Other Requirements

  •  Demonstrated expert-level knowledge of and experience in addressing education issues. Deep technical knowledge and experience in one or more areas of education of relevance to the country is required plus demonstrated ability to identify, mobilize and supervise high quality international expertise to develop local solutions. Demonstrated combination of analytical rigor and practical/ solutions-oriented approaches.
    • Ability to conduct high level policy dialogue with sophisticated clients, including Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance and other stakeholders
    • Excellent writing ability to write short just-in-time notes, briefing papers as well as typical Bank operational and analytical products.
    • Extensive experience with preparation and supervision of Bank projects; extensive experience in conducting and leading analytical work; experience in working across regions would be a plus.
    • Prior field experience in low-income or middle-income country would be desirable but is not essential.
    • Ability to lead and mentor a team of professionals with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively across within and across sector boundaries, inspire commitment to excellence and teamwork, and to liaise tactfully as a member of a multicultural team.
    • High levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements
    • Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to country and management requests, and set priorities for self and other


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