Food and Security Update

AT A GLANCE
The agricultural, cereal, and export price indices were stable over the past 2 weeks.

Domestic food price inflation remains high around the world. High inflation continues in almost all low
income and middleincome countries, and the share of highincome countries with high inflation is also
increasing sharply.

Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to free more than 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in Ukraine’s Black
Sea ports.

The war in Ukraine threatens poor countries with overlapping food and debt crises.

The Horn of Africa is suffering its worst drought in more than 40 years.

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Job: Junior Professional Associate

Junior Professional Associate

Job #: req12469
Organization: World Bank
Grade: Ungraded
Term Duration:  2 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Global based on business need
Required Language(s): English

Description

Junior Professional Associates – Program Description

The Junior Professional Associate (JPA) program is a unique opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience and first-hand exposure to the challenges – and rewards – of international development. 

 
Are you a recent graduate? Do you have passion for and commitment to helping others? Are you looking for a solid, two-year entry-level work experience in a multicultural environment? If so, you may be interested in the the World Bank’s JPA program.
 
 
In your JPA assignment, you’ll use your strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, your knowledge of technology and your research abilities – working with more senior colleagues and project teams in their work both in operations and in corporate functions. You’ll have an opportunity to hone your skills and acquire new ones while gaining first-hand exposure to the challenges of reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Your experience as a JPA may be used as a steppingstone to a career in government, consulting, the private sector, academia or other development agencies.
 
 
What are we looking for?
 
 
Your academic achievements are superior and place you in the top portion of your graduating class. Your analytical and research skills extend to areas of specialization such as: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment (climate, blue economy), infrastructure, private sector development, as well as other related fields, including corporate and administrative functions (IT, legal, accounting, communications, etc.).

You are fluent in English and, preferably, in at least one other Bank language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, or Chinese). You love technology and integrate it in your work.

 
What are we offering you?
 
 
We will provide you with the opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience in a premier development institution, on a two-year, non-renewable Extended Term Consultant (ETC) contract with benefits.
 
 
Eligibility Criteria
 
 
The following are minimum requirements to be eligible for the JPA program: 

     – Be 28 years of age or younger on your first day of service

     – Hold the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree with a superior academic record

     – Be fluent in English

     – One or more of the Bank’s working languages is a plus: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish 

 
Since this employment program is highly competitive, applicants under active consideration for employment may be asked to submit academic records as well as references. The World Bank will contact only those applicants whom hiring managers wish to interview.
 
 
Positions may be located in any of the World Bank’s offices across the world.
 
 
A JPA assignment is not an entry point for a career at the World Bank and employment beyond the two-year contract will be prohibited for a period of two years after the end of the contract. However, some former JPAs may rejoin the organization later in their careers after gaining experience elsewhere and becoming experts in their professional fields.
 
 
Recruitment and hiring for this employment category is ongoing throughout the year.
 
 
How do I apply?
 
 
Interested candidates may apply online. (Please take care to provide required information where indicated). Please note that applications will be kept active in our database for a period of six months. Should you still be interested in JPA program after six months, you will need to re-apply. Only those identified for an assignment will be contacted to discuss their interest and availability. Candidates are selected by the hiring manager on a highly competitive basis.
 
 
The World Bank continually searches for qualified individuals with a diverse set of backgrounds from around the globe. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.
 
 
Individuals with disabilities may be provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential functions and support in receiving other workplace accommodations. Please contact the Disability Accommodation Fund at disabilityfund@worldbank.org for further information and support.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

 

 

 

Long before the asphalt is laid, making sure roads work for everyone

Roads are fundamental to economies and social well-being. They connect people with Meghalayatopopportunities and everyday essentials. But despite their essential nature, one billion people globally still live more than 2 kilometers from an all-season road. The need for roads is immense and building them requires strategic planning. 

Long before the asphalt is actually laid, the right choices need to be made regarding road construction. One tool that helps authorities make critical decisions is The Highway Design and Maintenance Standards Model (HDM), a software package developed by the World Bank and partners that is as important to road projects as asphalt or medians. 

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World Bank Scales Up its Financing for Food Security with Additional $315 Million to Strengthen the Resilience of Food Systems across West Africa

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2022 – Some additional 2 million people will benefit from a second ghana-food-securityphase of the West Africa regional Food Systems Resilience Program (FSRP-2) approved today for a total amount of $315 million in International Development Association (IDA*) financing. FSRP-2 will support Chad, Ghana and Sierra Leone to increase their preparedness against food insecurity and to improve the resilience of their food systems. This comes at a moment where it is projected that approximately 38.3 million people in West Africa are projected to be in food security crisis.

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World Bank Group Outlines Global Crisis Response Package to Help Developing Countries Navigate Multiple, Compounding Crises

WASHINGTON, August 3, 2022 – The World Bank Group (WBG) today announced details of its global crisis response package to help developing countries navigate multiple, compounding crises that are hitting the poor and most vulnerable the hardest.

“Multiple crises – including rising inflation, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, large macroeconomic imbalances, and the shortages of energy, fertilizer and food – are hammering developing countries” said World Bank Group President David Malpass. “The World Bank Group is responding with speed, scale and impact with financing to respond to food insecurity, protect people, preserve jobs, strengthen resilience, and restore growth.”

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Women, Business and the Law 2022

Women, Business and the Law 2022 is the eighth in a series of annual studies measuring9781464818172.pdf the laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies. The project presents eight indicators structured around women’s interactions with the law as they move through their careers: Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entrepreneurship, Assets, and Pension. Amid a global pandemic that threatens progress toward gender equality, ‘Women, Business and the Law 2022’ identifies barriers to women’s economic participation and encourages reform of discriminatory laws. This year, the study also includes pilot research related to childcare and implementation of the law. By examining the economic decisions women make throughout their working lives, as well as the pace of reform over the past 50 years, Women, Business and the Law makes an important contribution to research and policy discussions about the state of women’s economic empowerment. The indicators build evidence of the critical relationship between legal gender equality and women’s employment and entrepreneurship. Data in ‘Women, Business and the Law 2022’ are current as of October 1, 2021.

 

 

 

What You Need to Know About the Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) of Carbon Credits

A wide array of programs and markets around the world offer to deliver, buy, and sell  emissions reduction credits (ERCs) —commonly known as carbon credits—with mixed reactions and results. How can buyers know that the carbon credits they purchase are real? And how does the World Bank ensure that its emission reductions programs are fully inclusive and benefit the people and communities participating in them? We asked Andres Espejo, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist in the World Bank’s Climate Change Fund Management Unit, to explain the role of Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) in calculating carbon credits.

What is MRV and why is MRV important to mitigation efforts?Climate-Explainer-Series-banner-with-WBG-COP27-branding

Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) refers to the multi-step process to measure the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduced by a specific mitigation activity, such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, over a period of time and report these findings to an accredited third party. The third party then verifies the report so that the results can be certified and carbon credits can be issued.

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The Future of Government: What does it mean for infrastructure finance?

Recognizing that governments across the globe find themselves at an important inflectionsolar_porwe_wb point—with overlapping crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and other conflicts, sharp economic slowdown, and the effects of climate change that will touch us all—the World Bank recently launched a report on The Future of Government.

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