[World Bank Senior Operations Officer - Forced Displacement (Trust Funded) Jobs in Uganda

World Bank Senior Operations Officer - Forced Displacement (Trust Funded) Jobs in Uganda

Job #: req4078
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Operations
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Required Language(s): English


Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.


There is a window of opportunity for improving the management of the refugee crisis in the Horn of Africa. The region has been hosting the largest number of refugees in Africa, and hosting countries have applied a range of approaches and policies, from the progressive settlements of Uganda to the camps of Kenya and Ethiopia. There is now a new momentum, and an increasing acceptance of the need to move to greater socio-economic inclusion of refugees across the region. This is reflected in the adoption of the 2016 New York Declaration for Migrants and Refugees, in the commitments made by the governments of the region at the September 2016 Leaders’ summit and the ‘Nairobi Declaration and Action Plan’ and the ‘Kampala Declaration on Refugees’. Uganda is one of the pilot countries for the new Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which is the foundation for the upcoming Global Refugee Compact to be adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2018.

The Forced Displacement Agenda

An estimated 65 million people are forcibly displaced, of whom about 24 million refugees and 41 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). This is raising important development-related challenges for the forcibly displaced, host countries and communities, and the international community at large. Forced displacement is an issue of increasing strategic importance in several regions, including AFR and MNA, as well as at corporate level, and the FCV CCSA is strengthening its engagement.

Over the next three years, the FCV CCSA’s overall objective is to articulate and help operationalize a global development response to forced displacement, in partnership with others and as a complement to humanitarian efforts. The FCV CCSA’s objective work program is organized around four main business lines: (1) support strategic and operational country dialogue; (2) provide continued global intellectual leadership; (3) further strengthen selected partnerships; and (4) advance the corporate agenda.

Uganda Forced Displacement Context

Uganda is the largest refugee hosting country in Africa and the third largest in the world currently hosting 1.2 million refugees and asylum seekers. Uganda has been recognized globally for having one of the most progressive refugee policies and an adequate protection framework through the Refugee Act 2006 and the 2010 Refugee Regulations.

Uganda is also well advanced in the implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and is experiencing both protracted and on-going forced displacement trends. These protracted situations, as well as the recent influx of refugees from South Sudan and DRC, has strained the resources of the humanitarian system, posing challenges to cover all assistance needs. The new refugee inflows have also overstretched the economy and put enormous pressure on host communities, including access to land and essential services such as water, sanitation, health and education. The continued influx has also had a negative impact on the environment and natural resource base through the removal of trees and vegetation cover.

The WBG engagement on forced displacement is facilitated by Uganda’s access to the IDA 18 window for refugees and host communities. Uganda became eligible to access the IDA 18 window for refugees and host community given its progressive policy environment.

The proposed overall objective of the IDA18 forced displacement program in Uganda is to secure the sustainability of Uganda’s progressive policies and practices by (i) boosting resilience to refugee shocks; (ii) enhancing
self-reliance for refugees and host communities; (iii) building the human capital of the next generation; (iv) strengthening emergency preparedness and synergizing humanitarian and development interventions and (v) promoting sustainable solutions for protracted refugee situations. The proposed program is selectively focused on activities that are supportive of government efforts and complement ongoing or planned WBG policy dialogues and interventions.

Roles and responsibilities:

The effective implementation of the proposed program will require the appointment of a senior staff to help make “things happen” and ensure that the various parts of the program proceed effectively. The Senior Forced Displacement Specialist will report to the Uganda Country Manager and maintain a close relationship with the FCV CCSA Team Leader on Forced Displacement - so as to allow for both an effective engagement as part of the Uganda CMU team and a strategic alignment of the Uganda program with the Bank-wide forced displacement initiatives, especially under IDA18.

In particular, the Senior Forced Displacement Specialist will:

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership on the forced displacement agenda in Uganda;
  • Provide operational support to the ongoing and pipeline IDA 18 operations;
  • Facilitate and coordinate the Knowledge, Analytics and Assessments activities;
  • Support the government through a solid and continuous policy dialogue;
  • Manage the dialogue with key counterparts, including but not limited to UNHCR, UN Country team, the humanitarian actors and key bilateral development partners;
  • Co-chair the CRRF Development Partners Group (CRRF DPG) and help strengthen the CRRF process in country, ensuring that WBG programs, including projects financed under the IDA 18 sub-window, are an integral part of the broader external effort;
  • Coordinate program design and processing with relevant GPs;
  • Provide guidance to the various task teams to ensure activities best respond to the situation on the ground;
  • Support project implementation, including possible mid-course adjustments as may be needed based on evolving circumstances;
  • Lead the preparation of selected country-level analytical pieces (especially on the transition from humanitarian aid to development)
  • Coordinate maintain and foster partnerships with bilateral donors, humanitarian and development partners;
    The Senior Forced Displacement Specialist may be assigned other tasks and deliverables as deemed appropriate by the Country Manager in consultation with the FCV CCSA Team Leader on Forced Displacement.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition to the WBG-wide core competencies listed below, the successful candidate will have the following qualifications, experience, skills and personal attributes:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (Masters or PhD), and a minimum of 8 years of relevant operational experience.
  • Solid understanding of forced displacement issues. Demonstrated capacity to understand the political economy and local context of forced displacement situations.
  • Proven ability to think strategically, connect the dots easily across a range of topics to develop a broader coherent approach; ability to analyze and integrate information into conclusions and recommendations.
  • Client orientation and results focus; pragmatism and effectiveness.
  • Sound operational judgment. In-depth understanding of Bank operations, including CMU-GP relationships, SCD / CPF processes, projects, and analytical work, dialogue with clients and other development partners. Prior experience as a TTL.
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work in teams. Experience in working across disciplinary boundaries and with multiple stakeholders. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication. Able to synthesize, analyze, and effectively present material from a wide range of sources. Articulates ideas, verbally, and in writing, using the most effective means of delivery.
  • Integrity, tact and discretion.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments, experience in working in developing countries

    WBG Competencies:

  • Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.

    Closing Date: 10th September,2019

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