The East Asia and Pacific Region Human Development Sector Unit (EASHD) is seeking to engage a Human Development Specialist/Economist in the Hanoi office to support the human development (education, health, social protection and labor) team in policy-oriented analytical and operational work and the policy dialogue with Government and development partners, in particular in education and social protection and labor. The HD Specialist/Economist would formally report to the Education Sector Manager for the East Asia and Pacific Region who is based in Washington, DC and would seek guidance from the Social Protection Sector Manager where appropriate. He/she will work under the day-to-day supervision of the Hanoi-based Human Development Sector Coordinator and will be expected to frequently interact with colleagues in human development and other departments in Vietnam, Washington, DC and other countries. The position is GF level renewable term for a period of 2 years.
Human Development is an important and growing part of the World Bank’s lending and analytical program in Vietnam, reflecting the importance of human development in Vietnam’s development agenda as a lower middle income country. The program ranges from innovative analytical work and policy-oriented research to policy dialogue and lending support for investments in health, education and social protection and labor. For example, the World Bank is supporting the Government of Vietnam in improving education outcomes to equip Vietnamese workers with the skills that are required to stay competitive in global environment. It focuses on helping to strengthen health systems to improve the quality and distribution of health outcomes and it is supporting Government efforts to strengthen social protection instruments to reinforce sustainable poverty reduction, help poor and vulnerable households respond to economic shocks and address challenges related to population aging.
The World Bank’s human development lending portfolio in Vietnam consists of 9 active operations (6 in health and 3 in education), and a further 6 operations (4 in education, 1 in HNP and 1 in SP) are under preparation. Specifically, in education this includes operations focused on promoting access to preschool and primary education for disadvantaged children and supporting reforms in governance, financing and quality assurance in higher education, while also investing into quality improvements and equipment of universities. A new operation will concentrate on strengthening science and technology, research and innovation. The program in health has been supporting essential health infrastructure, basic medical training, subsidized access to services and efforts to address single diseases and is transitioning towards national level health policy and institutional capacity strengthening. A new operation in social protection will focus on strengthening the social safety net system. The Human Development team has multi-year, programmatic analytical and advisory tasks in education, health and social protection and labor. The portfolio also includes several grants and trust funds.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year renewable term appointment.
The Human Development Specialist/Economist will:
• Contribute to the identification, preparation and supervision of knowledge and analysis-based lending operations;
• Interact on a day-to-day basis with Government and other counterparts on operational and analytical tasks;
• Contribute to the World Bank’s analytical and policy work in education and social protection and labor in Vietnam;
• Prepare and contribute to formal World Bank reports as well as informal technical and policy notes.
Human Development Specialist/Economist
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