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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. 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, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 130 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.

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 World Bank Group (WBG): to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 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 has approved a strategy for the organization. This strategy leverages 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 the establishment of fourteen Global Practices and five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas that, in concert with the WBG Regions, will design solutions that address clients’ most pressing developmental challenges, and ultimately, enable the WBG to meet its twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity

Regional Context Western and Central Africa is a region with diverse cultures, beliefs, languages, and lifestyles – marked by contrasts of stability and conflict, affluence, and poverty. Home to about half a billion people, it encompasses 22 countries stretching from the westernmost point of Africa across the equator and partly along the Atlantic Ocean to the Republic of Congo in the South. The sub-region is rich in resources and brimming of opportunities. It made impressive progress in regional cooperation and includes two monetary unions - the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) that cover 13 countries between them.

Yet these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought back to the forefront the risks posed by weak health systems and poor surveillance. Many countries in the region that learned difficult lessons from the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014 are applying some of the lessons and using all existing instruments and expertise to curb the pandemic while prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable people.

The World Bank Western and Central Africa Region, comprised of approximately 1,139 staff mostly based in about 22 country offices, is committed to helping countries to realize their considerable development potential and become more competitive in the global economy by focusing on the following priorities: • Creating Jobs and Transforming Economies: We are working with countries across Africa to stimulate job creation and economic transformation by leveraging all sources of finance, expertise, and solutions to promote investment. • Building up the Digital Economy: We are supporting Africa’s vision to ensure that every African individual, business, and government is connected by 2030. • Institutions more Efficient and Accountable: Our support is helping governments strengthen public policy processes, manage resources effectively, and reinforce fair and reliable delivery of public services. • Investing in People: We are at the forefront of helping African countries accelerate human capital gains and empower women by improving their access to education and skills acquisition, sexual and reproductive health services, and employment opportunities. • Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption: In the face of increasing climate-related risks, we are working with African countries to advance efforts to adopt renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, and green infrastructure. • Addressing the Drivers of Fragility, Conflict and Violence: Given the cross-border nature of conflicts in Africa, we are employing an approach that simultaneously focuses on the drivers of fragility while also supporting well-targeted regional initiatives to create opportunities for peace and shared prosperity. • Building Partnerships and Working across the African Continent: We are scaling up our work on regional integration, taking a holistic view of the continent that covers both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Unit Context The Resource Management Unit of the Africa Regions (BPSAF) is responsible for business planning, budgeting, work programming, deliverables reporting, and financial reporting for all the departments in the World Bank Eastern and Southern Africa Region and World Bank Western and Central Africa Region. In addition, in country offices, BPSAF staff performs accounting, payment processing, cash management and administration functions. Overall, BPSAF ensures that each department maintains cost efficiency and effective controls over all financial transactions and provides support for effective management and monitoring of deliverable. Building on WFA’s recent Quality Assurance Review and the Scorecard report, this ET Consultant (ETC) - Resource Management Analyst (RMA) position is in the Mauritania Country Office within the Country Department covering Senegal, Mauritania, Cabo Verde, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. The ETC - RMA will handle accounting, resource management, internal controls, and administration for the country office.

The ETC - RMA works independently under the oversight of the Country Manager and the overall supervision of the HQ-based Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Sr. Resource Management (RM) Officer. The ETC - RMA’s functions range from primary responsibility for accounting transactions and vendor payments, to performing compliance reviews and reporting to central control units, to setting/ streamlining procedures in the office while ensuring appropriate controls are in place and supporting and advising staff on a host of RM topics. Also, the ETC - RMA plays a key role in the administration and dissemination of RM policies of the Bank. The ETC - RMA is expected to be innovative and deliver quality work, striking a balance between RM technical excellence and client focus. The incumbent must have strong teamwork within and outside the unit, and the ability to work independently on RM projects with other members of the broader RM team. Initiative and excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills are a must.

Roles and Responsibility: The key accountabilities of the ETC - RMA are as follows: Financial Management of Country Office Work Program and Resources • Accountability: Under the supervision of the Country Representative and the Sr. RM Officer and the general direction of the CAO, responsible for the effective financial management of country office expenses. Oversee the country office accounting function, including preparation of Monthly Submission Report, commercial bank account reconciliation, petty cash replenishment. • Budget Planning & Monitoring: Work closely with the CMU RMO or HQ Budget Officer in planning of expenses for day-to-day running of the country office, and report to the Sr. RM Officer and Country Manager on expenses throughout the FY. • Cost Analysis and Effectiveness: In coordination with the CMU RMO/HQ Budget Officer, compile and analyze cost data at the country office level, measuring effectiveness and proposing solutions as needed. Undertake comparison of costs among different providers, seeking the best value for the Bank. • Cash Balance: Ensure that unit has optimum cash balance in commercial bank. Prepare cashflow projections. Review accounting transactions, reconciliation reports, open-item reports, monthly accounting reports, scorecards, quality assurance reports. • Payments: Calculate, prepare, and make payments for the country office against all expense categories, for IBRD and IFC. Financial Control and Fiduciary Responsibilities • Support internal controls framework of financial transactions and business operations to ensure financial integrity is maintained, including review of effectiveness of the internal control systems and monitoring, and providing advice for strengthening framework. • Work with Country Representative to ensure a strong control environment in the office. • Provide guidance, advice, interpretation and recommendations to Country Representative and staff on RM policies and procedures. • Ensure that audits and Quality Assurance Review (QAR) recommendations are implemented. • Coordinate preparation of WFA Scorecard responses and implement recommendations. • Maintain consistency in the application of accounting rules and procedures, including safeguarding of cash and checks.

General Administration • Collaborate with GCS Project Managers for facilities concerns. • Collaborate with IT Analyst for facility management to ensure smooth operation of office facilities on a daily basis, seeking opportunities for improvement where appropriate. • Ensure that the Bank’s assets and inventories are appropriately recorded and safeguarded. • Oversee the local administrative procurement of supplies, goods, and services. • Help in development of administrative policies and practices in consultation with other units for the efficient and effective operation of the country office. • Liaise with local commercial house bank.

Analysis, Monitoring, Reporting and Communicating • Proactively establish and maintain interface with the client, providing high caliber support. • Review accounting transactions, reconciliation reports, open items report, monthly accounting reports. • Monitor and review country office budget and expenses, identifying/resolving issues and discussing them with the HQ Budget Officer / CMU RMO and country office management. • Maintain financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, and other day-to-day transactions. • Ensure effective back-up arrangement and timely submission of tasks/outputs. • Provide support to manager and staff in accessing management reports available in SAP and other information systems. • Analyze costs, prepare Monthly Management Report (MMR), handle expenses projection in BPC with best forecast of year-end budget status. • Ensure compliance with specific institutional and regional guidelines.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: • Responsible for HR Benefits for local and international staff. • Maintain the PeopleSoft/local interface with particular focus on financial assistance and IRS staff housing modules. • Communicate staff rules and procedures to all staff on a regular basis. • Maintain interaction with suppliers to enhance purchasing conditions. • Handle all administrative procurement actions, including liaising with GSD as needed, for example vehicle purchases. • Collaborate with GCS Project Manager for facility management in handling office building including remodeling of the offices, procurement of furniture and equipment, establishing and maintaining office services, facilities, utilities, etc. • Liaise with HR Business Partner.

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. 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, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 130 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.

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 World Bank Group (WBG): to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 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 has approved a strategy for the organization. This strategy leverages 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 the establishment of fourteen Global Practices and five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas that, in concert with the WBG Regions, will design solutions that address clients’ most pressing developmental challenges, and ultimately, enable the WBG to meet its twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity

Regional Context Western and Central Africa is a region with diverse cultures, beliefs, languages, and lifestyles – marked by contrasts of stability and conflict, affluence, and poverty. Home to about half a billion people, it encompasses 22 countries stretching from the westernmost point of Africa across the equator and partly along the Atlantic Ocean to the Republic of Congo in the South. The sub-region is rich in resources and brimming of opportunities. It made impressive progress in regional cooperation and includes two monetary unions - the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) that cover 13 countries between them.

Yet these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought back to the forefront the risks posed by weak health systems and poor surveillance. Many countries in the region that learned difficult lessons from the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014 are applying some of the lessons and using all existing instruments and expertise to curb the pandemic while prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable people.

The World Bank Western and Central Africa Region, comprised of approximately 1,139 staff mostly based in about 22 country offices, is committed to helping countries to realize their considerable development potential and become more competitive in the global economy by focusing on the following priorities: • Creating Jobs and Transforming Economies: We are working with countries across Africa to stimulate job creation and economic transformation by leveraging all sources of finance, expertise, and solutions to promote investment. • Building up the Digital Economy: We are supporting Africa’s vision to ensure that every African individual, business, and government is connected by 2030. • Institutions more Efficient and Accountable: Our support is helping governments strengthen public policy processes, manage resources effectively, and reinforce fair and reliable delivery of public services. • Investing in People: We are at the forefront of helping African countries accelerate human capital gains and empower women by improving their access to education and skills acquisition, sexual and reproductive health services, and employment opportunities. • Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption: In the face of increasing climate-related risks, we are working with African countries to advance efforts to adopt renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, and green infrastructure. • Addressing the Drivers of Fragility, Conflict and Violence: Given the cross-border nature of conflicts in Africa, we are employing an approach that simultaneously focuses on the drivers of fragility while also supporting well-targeted regional initiatives to create opportunities for peace and shared prosperity. • Building Partnerships and Working across the African Continent: We are scaling up our work on regional integration, taking a holistic view of the continent that covers both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Unit Context The Resource Management Unit of the Africa Regions (BPSAF) is responsible for business planning, budgeting, work programming, deliverables reporting, and financial reporting for all the departments in the World Bank Eastern and Southern Africa Region and World Bank Western and Central Africa Region. In addition, in country offices, BPSAF staff performs accounting, payment processing, cash management and administration functions. Overall, BPSAF ensures that each department maintains cost efficiency and effective controls over all financial transactions and provides support for effective management and monitoring of deliverable. Building on WFA’s recent Quality Assurance Review and the Scorecard report, this ET Consultant (ETC) - Resource Management Analyst (RMA) position is in the Mauritania Country Office within the Country Department covering Senegal, Mauritania, Cabo Verde, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. The ETC - RMA will handle accounting, resource management, internal controls, and administration for the country office.

The ETC - RMA works independently under the oversight of the Country Manager and the overall supervision of the HQ-based Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Sr. Resource Management (RM) Officer. The ETC - RMA’s functions range from primary responsibility for accounting transactions and vendor payments, to performing compliance reviews and reporting to central control units, to setting/ streamlining procedures in the office while ensuring appropriate controls are in place and supporting and advising staff on a host of RM topics. Also, the ETC - RMA plays a key role in the administration and dissemination of RM policies of the Bank. The ETC - RMA is expected to be innovative and deliver quality work, striking a balance between RM technical excellence and client focus. The incumbent must have strong teamwork within and outside the unit, and the ability to work independently on RM projects with other members of the broader RM team. Initiative and excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills are a must.

Roles and Responsibility: The key accountabilities of the ETC - RMA are as follows: Financial Management of Country Office Work Program and Resources • Accountability: Under the supervision of the Country Representative and the Sr. RM Officer and the general direction of the CAO, responsible for the effective financial management of country office expenses. Oversee the country office accounting function, including preparation of Monthly Submission Report, commercial bank account reconciliation, petty cash replenishment. • Budget Planning & Monitoring: Work closely with the CMU RMO or HQ Budget Officer in planning of expenses for day-to-day running of the country office, and report to the Sr. RM Officer and Country Manager on expenses throughout the FY. • Cost Analysis and Effectiveness: In coordination with the CMU RMO/HQ Budget Officer, compile and analyze cost data at the country office level, measuring effectiveness and proposing solutions as needed. Undertake comparison of costs among different providers, seeking the best value for the Bank. • Cash Balance: Ensure that unit has optimum cash balance in commercial bank. Prepare cashflow projections. Review accounting transactions, reconciliation reports, open-item reports, monthly accounting reports, scorecards, quality assurance reports. • Payments: Calculate, prepare, and make payments for the country office against all expense categories, for IBRD and IFC. Financial Control and Fiduciary Responsibilities • Support internal controls framework of financial transactions and business operations to ensure financial integrity is maintained, including review of effectiveness of the internal control systems and monitoring, and providing advice for strengthening framework. • Work with Country Representative to ensure a strong control environment in the office. • Provide guidance, advice, interpretation and recommendations to Country Representative and staff on RM policies and procedures. • Ensure that audits and Quality Assurance Review (QAR) recommendations are implemented. • Coordinate preparation of WFA Scorecard responses and implement recommendations. • Maintain consistency in the application of accounting rules and procedures, including safeguarding of cash and checks.

General Administration • Collaborate with GCS Project Managers for facilities concerns. • Collaborate with IT Analyst for facility management to ensure smooth operation of office facilities on a daily basis, seeking opportunities for improvement where appropriate. • Ensure that the Bank’s assets and inventories are appropriately recorded and safeguarded. • Oversee the local administrative procurement of supplies, goods, and services. • Help in development of administrative policies and practices in consultation with other units for the efficient and effective operation of the country office. • Liaise with local commercial house bank.

Analysis, Monitoring, Reporting and Communicating • Proactively establish and maintain interface with the client, providing high caliber support. • Review accounting transactions, reconciliation reports, open items report, monthly accounting reports. • Monitor and review country office budget and expenses, identifying/resolving issues and discussing them with the HQ Budget Officer / CMU RMO and country office management. • Maintain financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, and other day-to-day transactions. • Ensure effective back-up arrangement and timely submission of tasks/outputs. • Provide support to manager and staff in accessing management reports available in SAP and other information systems. • Analyze costs, prepare Monthly Management Report (MMR), handle expenses projection in BPC with best forecast of year-end budget status. • Ensure compliance with specific institutional and regional guidelines.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: • Responsible for HR Benefits for local and international staff. • Maintain the PeopleSoft/local interface with particular focus on financial assistance and IRS staff housing modules. • Communicate staff rules and procedures to all staff on a regular basis. • Maintain interaction with suppliers to enhance purchasing conditions. • Handle all administrative procurement actions, including liaising with GSD as needed, for example vehicle purchases. • Collaborate with GCS Project Manager for facility management in handling office building including remodeling of the offices, procurement of furniture and equipment, establishing and maintaining office services, facilities, utilities, etc. • Liaise with HR Business Partner.

Selection Criteria

• Minimum Education: A relevant Advanced Degree at least 5 years university study (e.g., Finance, Accounting, Business), preferably MA/MBA (e.g., Finance, Accounting, Business, etc.) OR relevant bachelor’s degree (e.g., Finance, Accounting, Business, etc.) plus an internationally recognized professional accounting qualification (e.g., CPA, CA, ACCA) OR completion of the RM Board-sponsored Supplementary Education Criteria Program (SEC). • Minimum Years of Relevant Experience: 5 years of experience in a relevant field, e.g. accounting, finance, business. • Language skill: French – Proficiency level and working knowledge to proficiency level of English. • Demonstrated expertise in management and/or financial accounting disciplines. • Demonstrated expertise in financial reporting, budget monitoring and internal control. • Demonstrated competency in people leadership.

General Competencies • Integrity and Independence: Prepares accurate reports, ensuring that pertinent facts are fairly presented, shares information freely. • Statutory and other Stakeholder Reporting: Can produce pro-forma financial statements and reports; familiar with disclosure requirements and accompanying notes, and management and auditor's reports. • Internal controls and corporate procedures: Can analyze data and business processes to determine the viability of controls and procedures and identify any issues or areas of risk. • Governance: Able to interpret the fundamental resource management requirements of a client's governing structures and to provide basic budget analysis. • Planning and Budgeting: Can produce standard reports and budgets and analyze budget information; understand the entity's funding structure and sources. • Performance Evaluation and Reporting: Able to determine the information needs of users and present information that supports management decision making. • Management Information and Tools Design: Able to analyze management information needs, accurately define requirements and ensure the quality of information produced. • Financial Strategy: Understands what impacts the strength and integrity of the entity's income statement and balance sheet, and the Bank's lending products and basic pricing structures. • Tasks and Workflow Management: Has excellent workflow management and task organization skills; able to take responsibility for all aspects of coordination of the workflow of assigned responsibilities. • Transactions Processing and Quality Control

Core Competencies • Client Orientation: Take personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success. • Drive for Results: Take personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed upon results and has the personal organization to do so. • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion: Collaborate with other team members and contribute productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view. • Knowledge, Learning and Communication: Actively seek knowledge needed to complete assignments and share knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner. • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making: Analyze facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.

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