Report Launch-- Her Home: Housing Finance for Women
Jan 29, 2020 - 03:30 PM
IFC Auditorium
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Location : IFC Auditorium
Begin Date : Jan 29, 2020 - 03:30 PM
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FCV Jobs Fair
Feb 3, 2020 - 09:00 AM
MC Atrium
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Location : MC Atrium
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WBG Cybersecurity Forum
Feb 5, 2020 - 09:00 AM
Preston Auditorium
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Location : Preston Auditorium
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​Join us for Ethics at Work: How Organizational Systems Can Make or Break Honesty
Feb 11, 2020 - 12:30 PM
B1-080, J – Building
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Location : B1-080, J – Building
Begin Date : Feb 11, 2020 - 12:30 PM
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Launch Date : Jan 29, 2020
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​​​An information session for staff on the Coronavirus with WBG HSD Director Dr. Brian Davey and colleagues from the EAP region, Corporate Security and HR will be held Thursday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m.

The session will be livestreamed online via the intranet and recorded.  Staff unable to attend the session are encouraged to submit their questions on the LiveChat ahead of the briefing.

This session complements existing guidance that is being continuously updated on HSD's website.

Coronavirus General Information Briefing for WBG Staff

Thursday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Online via the LiveChat and in the Preston Auditorium​

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Launch Date : Jan 29, 2020
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Cyril Muller, Regional Vice President, Europe and Central Asia (ECA), and Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development (SD) Practice Group, have informed me of their decisions to retire from the World Bank after decades of remarkable service. Both Cyril and Laura have been key members of our senior management team and strong contributors to the Bank's agenda.  Throughout their careers, they have helped bring about positive change in our client countries by leveraging their deep knowledge of Bank operations and understanding of the evolving challenges faced by the people and communities we serve around the world.  

Laura Tuck will be retiring on March 31, 2020, after over 32 years of service to the institution.  Laura joined the Bank as a Young Professional in 1987.  In the early years of her career, she worked as an Economist and Sr. Economist in the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region.  She joined the ECA Region first as Sr. Economist, then was promoted to Lead Economist in 1996. In 1999, she was appointed Sector Manager for Agriculture and Rural Development in the same region. Her extensive experience in sustainable development includes a decade leading the Bank's work in this area, as Director for Sustainable Development, first in the ECA region between 2002 and 2006, and then in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region from 2006 to 2011.  Laura's other leadership roles include Director of Strategy and Operations in the MNA region between 2011 and 2013, and a term in the same position in ECA.  Before taking on her current role as Vice President of Sustainable Development in 2015, Laura served as Vice President for the ECA region from 2013 to 2015. During this period, ECA's lending and advisory services increased substantially, stepping up support for programs and projects aligned with the goals of reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity. In her current role as VP SD Practice Group, Laura has shown strong leadership, developing a strategy for one of the Bank's largest practice groups and leading a diverse, complex and global work program critical to the achievement of our twin goals. Laura managed some of the key priorities of the institution such as climate change, agriculture development and environmental sustainability, helping our client countries advance their development priorities.

I am pleased to let you know that I have appointed Juergen Voegele to the role of Vice President, Sustainable Development Practice Group.  Juergen, a German national, joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1991.  He has since held several technical and managerial positions including:  Economist, Sr. Economist, Principal Agriculture Economist, Lead Agriculture Specialist, Sector Manager, Sector Director, and Senior Director.  He is currently the Global Director for Climate Change. With Juergen's appointment, I am confident that we will continue to deliver cutting edge global expertise on development issues that have a tremendous impact on outcomes in our client countries. Juergen's appointment is effective April 1, 2020.


Cyril Muller will be retiring on April 30, 2020, after almost 25 years of service.  Cyril joined the World Bank in 1991 as a Financial Analyst in the Resource Mobilization Department working on the IDA10 Replenishment.  Throughout his career at the Bank, he has held various key positions in finance, operations, and corporate functions. Cyril joined the newly created ECA Region in 1993 and assumed different roles including economist and country officer throughout the 1990s.  He took a leave of absence in 2000 to join SGS, an inspection, verification, testing and certification company, as Vice President for Business Development.  In 2005, Cyril returned to the World Bank as Manager, Europe, in the External Affairs Vice Presidency.  Between 2008 and 2010, Cyril was the World Bank's Special Representative to Europe, based in Paris. He became Director for Banking and Debt Management in the Bank's Treasury in 2010.  In September 2011, he was appointed Vice President for External Affairs where he led communications, engagement with stakeholders, and relations with Part 1 countries including the EU institutions, the OECD, and the United Nations. As Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, he oversaw the engagement with Europe, North America, and Japan until December 2016 coinciding with the completion of the IDA18 replenishment process.  In ECA, Cyril has shown strong strategic leadership, effectively managing client relationships, evolving country programs to embody the WBG goals and emerging priorities, adapting the business model for more advanced clients, and promoting Group-wide approaches.

I am pleased to let you know that I have appointed Anna Bjerde to the role of Regional Vice President, Europe and Central Asia. Anna, a Swedish national, joined the Bank as a Young Professional in 1997.  She has since held several technical and managerial positions.  Anna developed her technical career in the Sustainable Development and Infrastructure sectors working with clients in ECA, MNA, Africa and the LAC regions.    She was promoted to Manager for the Urban and Social Sectors in the Middle East and North Africa region in 2008 and has since held several Director positions both in Practice Groups and Regions, with her most recent position being Director of Strategy and Operations in the Middle East and North Africa region. Between 2013 and 2014, Anna worked as Director in the Managing Director's Office supporting the oversight of the Bank's operational complex. She also served as the Chair of the Peer Review Services.  Anna's appointment is effective May 1, 2020.

 

Both Anna and Juergen bring extensive operational, corporate and leadership experience.  They have a proven record for managing large and complex development programs and for delivering on the Bank's corporate priorities.  Their appointments are a result of the Bank's ongoing talent management review process, which seeks to recognize consistently high-performing staff.

On behalf of the leadership team and the World Bank Group staff, I would like to express our deep appreciation to Laura and Cyril for their service to the Bank and for their steadfast commitment to development. Both are known for their dedication to the mission of the institution and for their quality engagements with staff and clients. 

Please join me in thanking Laura and Cyril and in wishing their successors the best of luck in their new assignments.

David Malpass 
President 



Launch Date : Jan 28, 2020
Description :

Due to the increasing possibility of disruptions to travel and to our business related to the containment of the novel coronavirus outbreak, non-essential travel to China is restricted until February 17, 2020.  Essential travelers should seek authorization from the World Bank and IFC China Country Office, and contact HSD at travelhealth@worldbank.org for a health briefing and additional guidance.  Management continues to monitor the situation and will update staff as it evolves.

HSD's continuously updated health alert is available here. HSD is also reaching out to staff living in or traveling to and from the region with specific guidance. There are simple preventive actions everyone should follow to help limit the spread of illness. Details on preventive measures and advice for travelers is available here.  


Related information: Travel Advisory​




Launch Date : Jan 28, 2020
Description :

​Message sent by email to WBG staff

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share the results of the 2019 WBG Engagement Survey, conducted in December 2019. It is critical for the voices of staff to be heard on a regular basis and the survey is an important instrument to gauge the sentiment of staff on a range of topics important to all of us.

Thank you to those nearly 13,000 staff (77%) who completed the survey during a busy holiday season, which speaks highly of your dedication and commitment to our mission, our clients, and one another.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the WBG Engagement Survey results, linked here. Over the next weeks, WBG Senior Leadership will work together to further understand the results and address your feedback accordingly. Below are a few of my initial reactions:

I am pleased that 91% of you said that you are proud to work at the WBG and that you feel a strong sense of belonging to the institution (75%). Compared to the pulse survey conducted in 2018, I am pleased to see that we have made inroads in creating an inclusive work environment. The Inclusion Index increased by 3% points and several items within the index, especially those related to management taking action to improve diversity and inclusion, showed further progress.

The survey results also tell us that we can do better in other areas. For example, making institutional decisions in a timely manner, helping manage your career and performance, and providing staff with timely feedback.

I have confidence that collectively we can tackle these issues as we continually look for ways to improve our work environment in service of good country outcomes.

Sincerely,

David



Launch Date : Jan 29, 2020
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Launch Date : Jan 29, 2020
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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nicolas Peltier as Practice Manager, Transport for the Latin American & Caribbean Region (LCR).

Nicolas, a French national, joined the Bank in 2002 as a Young Professional in the North Africa and Middle East Transport and Urban unit. He has since held various positions as an Infrastructure Economist and Senior Infrastructure Economist in Latin America and Africa, and as a Portfolio Assistant in the Office of the World Bank Group President (EXC).  Since 2015, Nicolas has been serving as Practice Manager in the Transport Global Practice in charge of various geographic areas with his most recent assignment being to West and Central Africa.

In this new position, Mr. Peltier's top three priorities will be to (i) provide strategic and technical leadership to the LCR transport program; (ii) strengthen the development impact of the Transport portfolio facilitating the delivery of work programs and corporate commitments and supporting peer-to-peer collaboration with other Global Practices and Regional teams; and (iii) develop, manage, and motivate staff to support the Transport and connectivity agenda and its diversification.  ​

Nicolas was selected to this position as part of the Bank's policy for strategic reassignment. His appointment is effective July 1, 2020. 

 

Makhtar Diop

Vice-President

Infrastructure Practice Group​



Launch Date : Jan 28, 2020
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Launch Date : Jan 28, 2020
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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Doina Petrescu as Operations Manager, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan, based in Addis Ababa. 

Ms. Doina Petrescu, a Romanian national, joined the Bank as a Consultant in 1994 and has since then held various assignments in Europe and Central Asia, South Asia, Africa and Latin America regions, with her most recent assignment as Operations Manager, Brazil in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. 

In her new position, Ms. Doina Petrescu's top priorities will be to: (i) Actively work with the Country Director, Country Manager, Resident Representative and other relevant parties in the CMU in the formulation of country strategic products (CPF, PLR, CEN) and as an active catalyst in planning and implementing CPFs that are attuned to client demand and country context; (ii) Oversee all aspects of portfolio quality, trust fund and quality assurance in coordination with Regional and Global Practice development effectiveness units as well as provide operational guidance and quality assurance from the CMU perspective to the CD and operational and task teams; and (iii) Take responsibility for the day-to-day management and operation of the Ethiopia country office including resource management, security, external and internal communications and facilities management (in collaboration with GCS, BPS team, security specialist, and facilities assistant).   

Ms. Petrescu was selected to this position through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process. Her appointment is effective April 1st, 2020.

 

Hafez M. H. Ghanem

Vice-President

Africa Region




Launch Date : Jan 27, 2020
Description :

​As one of a series of efforts on behalf of staff in grades GA through GD, the World Bank Group recently constituted an organization-wide A2D Learning Council, with broad representation from IBRD, IFC, MIGA, and ICSID. Members represent a cross-section of VPUs, functions, and roles, ranging in grade from GB to GI. The Council's mandate is to:

  • ​Strengthen A2D representation on learning
  • Ensure A2D staff are building "portable" skills
  • Create partnership opportunities for development

To fulfill this mandate, the Council will launch a WBG-wide learning survey of staff and their managers to gain an organizational perspective on current and future learning needs, priorities, and challenges. Council members will also reach out in coming weeks within their units and VPUs for more local feedback.

The launch of the A2D Learning Council is one in a series of A2D initiatives underway during FY20. Over the summer, a new A2D Career Enrichment Toolkit was finalized. Additional updates will be shared at an upcoming staff event to be hosted by HR Vice President Ousmane Diagana on February 24, 2020.

For more information on the A2D Learning Council, please contact your organizational representative.


Launch Date : Jan 27, 2020
Description :

​​​Message sent by email to WBG staff


Dear Colleagues,

I hope most of you had the opportunity for a good break and that 2020 is off to a productive start.

I am looking forward to seeing more of our work in countries this year, including Kenya in March. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting communities closer to home, where we work and live, through the FY20 Community Connections Campaign.

Your generosity set new records. With the Bank Group's 100% match, I am pleased to announce that we raised more than $8.6 million. In HQ, staff participation reached a record 87%.

Our Country Offices saw the most growth with 126 Country Offices participating in the Campaign. The introduction this year of a more inclusive giving platform meant that all staff and consultants in all offices were able to participate for the first time.

This campaign would not be possible without the participation of hundreds of volunteers from across the World Bank Group. I want to thank Sandie Okoro and Sergio Pimenta for leading this effort as our FY20 Campaign Co-Chairs. Thanks as well to our Community Connections Board members for your dedication and time and our Community Connections team for your work.

The Community Connections Campaign is one of the many programs at the Bank Group that demonstrates our personal dedication to living our values. Thank you to all who contributed their time and resources to the FY20 Campaign.

Sincerely,

David Malpass
President