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Robert S. Chase

Practice Manager, Practice Manager for Social Protection and Jobs

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Robert S. Chase is Practice Manager for Social Protection and Jobs in the World Bank’s East Africa Region.  In that role, Rob has responsibility for a portfolio that supports vulnerable people and promotes resilience with social safety nets and jobs programs.  With client countries from Sudan to Mozambique, his team frequently seeks to strengthen the humanitarian-development nexus, collaborating with Governments, humanitarian actors and bilateral development agencies to provide urgent support in crises and build shock responsive social protection systems.  He has held positions across regions and sectors within the World Bank, including Manager for Strategy in the Operations Policy and Country Services Vice Presidency; field postings in New Delhi and Addis Ababa managing human development operations and analysis; and leader of the Community Driven Development and Social Capital communities of practice.  Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a member of the economics faculty of Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), coordinating the development economics program.  He was Olin Post Doctoral Fellow of International Security Studies at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, and graduated from Williams College with a BA in Political Economy.