Hiring at the World Bank: 4 sectors to watch

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim with staff members in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo by: Dominic Chavez / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

Upcoming changes in the World Bank’s contracting protocol, which includes an emphasis on open-ended rather than fixed-term contracts, are geared toward the discovery of new talent, including consultants who have little to no experience working with the bank.

But consultants face a special challenge when job seeking: Do you use the organization-wide application to show your full range of skills, or do you focus on one area of expertise based on your knowledge of the organization’s work? Especially when applying for a consulting contract at a wide-reaching institution like the World Bank, it’s difficult to know which areas to emphasize, particularly for those consultants who work across sectors.

The key is context, according to World Bank Senior Recruitment Manager Roberto Amorosino. Even if you’re familiar with an organization’s work, it’s important to take their temperature from time to time to get a sense of the organization’s needs at that moment.

Devex spoke with Amorosino to find out where in the bank he sees the resources and potential to staff up in the near future.

“We’ve been told we’re attracting the best talent because people are not rejecting our offers,” he told Devex, “but we don’t know about people who are not even applying.”

The contract changes will allow the bank to access untapped talent, he explained, like consultants who thrive with a more flexible end date.

“We’re not able to monitor or measure the people that aren’t applying, and providing open-ended contracts will hopefully encourage those who didn’t find the fixed-term contracts attractive to apply,” he said.

As for sectors to watch, Amorosino highlighted four areas: fragile, post-conflict states; public-private partnerships; climate change; and gender. He told Devex that among the wide range of services provided by the bank, these sectors seem to hold the most promise for job seekers.

Keeping in mind the bank’s pivot toward a stronger international presence should also color applicants’ goals, Amorisino said. Successful applicants to the bank are often open to working internationally to meet the bank’s goal of having at least 50 percent of its workforce overseas.

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    Molly Anders is a U.K. Correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.