The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low and middle income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects. It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group. The World Bank's most recently stated goal is the reduction of poverty
|Term Duration:||3 years 0 months|
|Recruitment Type:||Local Recruitment|
|Required Language(s):||English, Nepali|
|Closing Date:||1/31/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC|
Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.
The South Asia Region comprises eight countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) that range in size from India (with a population of over 1 billion) to Maldives (with 0.3 million people). The region has experienced a long period of robust economic growth, averaging 6% a year over the past 20 years. It was the second-fastest growing region in the world in the aftermath of the global crisis. This strong growth has translated into declining poverty and impressive improvements in human development. The percentage of people living below the poverty line fell in South Asia from 56% to 16% between 1981 and 2013. Still, the region remains home to a third of the world’s poorest, with 216 million people living below $1.9/day.
The South Asia Region: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/sar
The Sustainable Development Practice Group
The Sustainable Development (SD) Practice Group (PG) helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy, Environmental and Social Framework, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, and Water.
Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice:
The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice (SSI GP) helps countries tackle deep-rooted social problems stemming from fragility, climate change, exclusion, and the digital age with people-centered solutions that build on local values and institutions. The GP engages with citizens, communities, and governments to deepen resilience, build inclusion, and empower vulnerable and marginalized groups to have influence and voice. The GP prioritizes participatory, multi-sectoral approaches that build on norms and informal institutions to address social challenges and to build more inclusive, empowered communities. It also works across the Bank’s portfolio to implement the Environment and Social Framework (ESF) standards and strengthen inclusive development.
The Social Sustainability and Inclusion (SSI) GP team in Nepal is responsible for: (i) undertaking social analysis during project preparation and implementation to mainstream social sustainability and inclusion issues throughout the World Bank’s (WB’s) work in Nepal; (ii) ensuring compliance with the WB’s social safeguards policies and the implementation of the ESF; (iii) undertaking analytics in the form of thematic studies on social development issues; (iv) leading the preparation and supervision of lending operations that promotes inclusion of vulnerable groups including women and youth; and (v) facilitating partnerships and dialogue with civil society through outreach and engagement. A key responsibility of the group is to provide professional expertise and operational support to other GPs to implement the World Bank safeguards policies and the ESF to deliver sustainable development results that ensure that any adverse impacts of WB interventions are limited and mitigated and to promote opportunities for social inclusion and benefit sharing.
The work on inclusion of vulnerable and excluded groups covers, among others, issues related to ethnic minorities, Indigenous Peoples, marginalized castes, people with disabilities, sexual orientation and gender identity, migrant and displaced populations. Work on gender is aligned with the implementation of the World Bank Group Gender Strategy (FY 2016-2023) and guidelines including on gender in operations.
The South Asia SSI Unit (SSAS1) is recruiting a local Social Development Specialist to provide support in meeting the Bank’s expanding and complex social safeguards, ESF and sustainability agenda as well as SSI’s agendas on inclusion, resilience and empowerment. The selected individual will be expected to work closely and collaboratively with the Nepal SSI Team, country unit and task teams working on the Nepal portfolio. The position will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The specialist will be responsible for providing ESF and safeguards advice to ensure compliance with World Bank’s ESF and safeguard policies. More specifically, s/he will:
The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
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