We’re Seeking 18 Dynamic Leaders to Help Us Meet Our Goals


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The World Bank Group is searching internally and globally for 18 experienced and driven professionals to help achieve two ambitious goals: reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3% by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40%. These leaders will be crucial to our plan to improve the way we work, so we can deploy the best skills and expertise to our clients everywhere, to help tackle the most difficult development challenges around the world.   

Last month, the Bank Group’s member countries endorsed our new strategy which for the first time leverages the combined strength of the WBG institutions and their unique ability to partner with the public and private sectors to deliver development solutions backed by finance, world class knowledge and convening services.

Instrumental to the success of our strategy is the establishment of Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, which will bring all technical staff together, making it possible for us to expand our knowledge and better connect global and local expertise for transformational impact. Our ultimate goal is to deploy the best skills and expertise to our clients at the right time, and become the leading partner for complex development solutions.

We are accepting applications for the Global Practice senior directors who will lead these pools of specialists in the following areas: Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance and Markets; Governance; Health, Nutrition, and Population; Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management; Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Trade and Competitiveness; Transport and Information Technology; Urban, Rural, and Social Development; and Water.

We are also looking for a senior director to lead the Gender cross-cutting solutions area, and three directors to lead the cross-cutting solutions areas that are focused on Fragility, Conflict, and Violence; Jobs; and Public-Private Partnerships.

The new Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas offer exciting opportunities to design solutions that will help developing countries address their most pressing challenges and meet the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.  

As the new Global Practices Vice Presidents, we are honored to be part of this effort to improve the use of our talent and expertise so that we can better serve our clients, wherever they are located.

Learn more.


Nena Stoiljkovic

Business Advisory Services Vice President, IFC <br />Global Practices Vice President, World Bank Group

Join the Conversation

S K Sundararajan
November 28, 2013

I would like to know more about the strategy, precisely I would like to know the take that we will have on Capitalism VS Socialism, Communism and the like, take on Education, and its role, Ethics and Values, the governmental policies, more importantly the way in which you define poverty, beyond GDP, GNP and NI, and our process for peace. as we all know, just by increasing the per capita income, not all problems shall be solved, in fact even poverty cannot be solved this way, it takes a much broader outlook, how do we plan to go about it?

id mohammad
November 28, 2013

By profession I am an finance assistant but had experience in NGOs. I am from Nepal n have seen n faced proverty closely. I support the cause and want to fill my cadidature.

Kim Chang Young
November 30, 2013

I would like to have opportunities related to your projects to make use of
my diversified fields of research for a long time.
Any positions are welcomed,but innovation fields including online support.

December 01, 2013

Each country in the 3rd world has its own unique problems that has led to the continuous existence of poverty. If you must achieve these 2 goals, they (countries) must be looked at individually and treated same, because one solution for all will not fit into all.
Your goals are good and I hope you can achieve them.

Ramez Sobhi Aziz Ibrahim
December 01, 2013

I have twelve years banking experience and i can help because i really care about this issue, how can i send my C.V as soon as possible

December 23, 2013

I am yearning for such work)

Chidi Obihara
December 02, 2013

The role requires candidates with a mix of public and corporate backgrounds; but you may want to look outside of the box and recruit candidates that are entrepreneurial but empathetic to the needs of a widening client base in a fast changing world. The combination of new skills and long experience is what i'd recommend.
If you are brave enough to hire a candidate who is critical of the status quo. You may even pleasantly surprise your clients and make new progress.
If so ....You'll find my application interesting.

December 02, 2013

I wonder what percentage of people living at $1.25 a day want or need more to survive? The research I have seen shows most people living in poverty are concentrated in the urban areas. Is your organization and other NGO's selling a "False Dream?"
People have survived by fostering their special skills, whether that is their ability to learn and consumer information, thereby expanding their perspective or some physical skill - or a combination of head and hand. Personally, I believe the World Bank should not make a blanket statement around a specific dollar amount, rather they should make a statement around the quality of life initiative - what $1.25 a day buys in some areas of the world is much more than $100,000 in other parts.

Sanchita Banerjee
December 03, 2013

Last 28 years serving for the poorest of the poors in the area of Community-Health, Nutrition and Diaster Risk Reduction. Am interested and available to contribute for the great cause as a team member of World Bank. Thanks and Regards.

Valerian Agbaw-Ebai
January 15, 2014

I am a policy analyst with a background in journalism with wide experience in Africa. Having worked with African civil society groups on a continental level, I hold the view that the Bank can take the lead in saving Africa from poverty not by changing its core philosophy as a bank; but by changing the way the Bank does its business in Africa.
More than any other institution, the Bank stands in a unique position to fast-track the economic integration of Africa along the lines of the EU. This will create a common market of 600 million people; more than the USA and EU combined, and second to China and India. The Bank should re-orientate its lending portfolio to African countries towards building the infrastructure -highways and railway lines that will link the continent from Cape to Cairo. Absent the political will by African leaders, the Bank should stop dealing with individual African nation states which have remained haphazardly placed economic pockets; isolated from each other and unable to take advantage of globalization and economics of scale. The economic imperatives for African continental unification will engender powerful currents that will take the wind off the sails of power struggles at the center; which has led to violence and civil wars because the understanding is that; he who controls the machinery of government controls the resources of the state. If a farmer in Cameroon knows that his perishable produce will get to the market in Nigeria on time, he will be less inclined to wage war in order to seize power in Yaounde.
Africa’s underdevelopment is traceable to wrong policies and ideological disorientation. The tragedy that has befallen the African continent for centuries demands a new orientation from the Bank to the asymmetry evident in a continent abundant in valuable natural resources but lacks the wherewithal to turn these resources into wealth for the people.
The Bank should adopt a holistic approach towards Africa by, for example; amalgamating the funds in its lending portfolio for all African countries into one giant pool; from which resources will be drawn to finance the infrastructure that will integrate the continent economically. Only the Bank has the leverage to do this; and it can be done through an open international bidding process for contracts to build Africa's infrastructure. The policy of giving loans to corrupt African governments who promise to build these same infrastructure but end up embezzling the funds has not served the Bank's interests as it is forced to either cancel the debts or impose austerity that only further aggravates poverty.
It is a fitting paradox that virtually all the resources for the world’s technological development abound on the African continent. Africa harbors 42% of the world’s bauxite, 38% of the world’s uranium, 42% of its gold, 73% of its platinum, 88% of its diamond and 10% of its oil. If Africa is this resource rich, why is it so backward and economically poor?
The hackneyed narratives of underdevelopment often times blame the parlous state of the continent on the Externalist position that African development is hinged on the structural dependence brutally imposed on the continent by the West; notably through the Bank and the IMF. It argues also that this imposition is responsible for the postulation of an economic growth regime that is at variance with the sub-human existence on ground.
There is also the Internalist position, however, which urges Africans to take a hard and unsentimental look at the mirror. Notwithstanding the patchy development indices witnessed in countries like Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, among others, and which the international development community have attributed to transparency, Africa, this position maintains, has been infiltrated by ‘opportunists’, who, working for a dubious capitalistic world economy, collude with local scavengers, to overlook the disregard for rule of law and gloss over the profligate leadership of African rulers and politicians. By so doing, these opportunists foster a partnership that relishes the already disproportionate distribution of power and wealth between the rich developed world and the poor African continent.
Such partnerships have come in varying nomenclatures, the most recent being the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Since its establishment in 2001, as the African ‘Marshal Plan’ that would launch the continent onto a coveted renaissance, NEPAD has been all sound and no fury. Nearly 13 years on, and one year to its 2015 deadline, when it is expected to transform Africa by fostering economic growth and development, NEPAD has remained a child that is trying to run; without first learning how to walk!
Given the graft and poor leadership credential of its leaders, the abject poverty and corruption pervading the length and breadth of Africa, there is little hope for the African continent, unless institutions like the Bank break the dependence syndrome; one that gravitates to systematic slavery and overwhelming hopelessness of Africa and its peoples.
An economically united Africa will break the aid jinx, reduce corruption, check capital outflows and reverse the image of Africa as a mere outpost of the global economy and a bargain basement for raw materials. Africa MUST unite or perish!
This is the topic of my Doctoral thesis and I can share one or two insights from my past experience working at the African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC).

Sanjeev Nandwani
February 28, 2014

I would be extremely keen. I am sorry I saw this message late. Sanjeev nandwani from India