Announcements


Launch Date : Sep 16, 2019
Description :

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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Renaud Seligmann as Country Director for the Russian Federation.


Mr. Seligmann, a French national, is currently Practice Manager in the Governance Global Practice in the Middle East and North Africa Region. He also oversees the Digital Governance Community of Practice. Mr. Seligmann joined the Bank in 2007 as Senior Financial Management Specialist in the Africa Region. He has since held various positions, including Practice Manager in the Governance Global Practice, and Public Financial Management Sector Leader, both in the Africa Region.


In his new position, Mr. Seligmann’s top three priorities will be to (i) manage the strategic dialogue with the Russian Federation; (ii) oversee the implementation of the existing portfolio and guide the Reimbursable Advisory Services program; and (iii) lead the country team and develop, manage and motivate staff in the country office.


Mr. Seligmann was selected to this position through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process.  His appointment is effective October 15, 2019.


Cyril Muller

Vice President, Europe and Central Asia Region



Launch Date : Sep 16, 2019
Description :

​​Have questions about Trust Funds? 

Look no further!!  The Development Finance (DFi) VPU is pleased to announce the launch ​of the One-Stop-Shop, as part of the Trust Fund Reform process. In the spirit of the “Agile” Bank, this is a fundamental re-imagining of how DFi, in collaboration with our IG&A partners (BPS, ITS, LEG, OPCS, and WFA) and IFC, provides support to operational staff working on trust funds and programs.

Adopting best practices from private companies, DFi together with colleagues from other IG&A partners have developed a multi-tiered support system that uses corporate IT platforms (the Intranet, Chatbots, Incident Management, etc.) to provide answers to the many pressing questions you have across the lifecycle of these financial instruments.

The One-Stop-Shop uses a comprehensive web resource (see http://OSS or http://TF ) filled with information organized around the trust fund lifecycle and topics of interest. A new AnswerBot (chatbot) answers questions by searching through a growing wealth of FAQs and other materials. This is integrated with our Help Desk platform (ServiceNow) to ensure that you can open tickets and receive answers from our dedicated experts, or those of the other Central Unit Help Desks. Finally, you can always interact via the TF Community Yammer Group and send us your queries via AskTF@worldbank.org.

This is our first release and we have big plans to further develop the One-Stop-Shop going forward. We will continue to enrich its content which already includes interim guidance on the new Umbrellas 2.0 Programs and Standalone TFs. As we proceed with the TF Reform process, we will update all trust fund policy documents and make them easily accessible via the Platform. Based on your AnswerBot queries and searches as well as feedback, we will continue to refine the content and search capabilities of the platform. We aim to integrate with many of the online systems you use as you process your Umbrellas, TFs and Grants. We also aim to add more case examples, scenarios, and good practices. Let us know what you think by emailing us at AskTF@worldbank.org.

To learn more about the One-Stop-Shop, please join us at the launch event (alongside the 2018-19 Trust Fund Annual Report) on Wednesday, October 23rd at 2 pm in MC2-800. Calendar invites for the launch event will be shared Bank-wide prior to the event. 


To learn more about the One-Stop-Shop, please join us at the launch event (alongside the 2018-19 Trust Fund Annual Report) on Wednesday, October 23rd at 2 pm in MC2-800. Calendar invites for the launch event will be shared Bank-wide prior to the event. 

Please send comments to Imran Ali or David Gray.


Launch Date : Sep 16, 2019
Description :

​​HR is hosting an information session on G4 visa and other immigration topics on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm in JB1-080.  

Counsels from the international law firm specializing in immigration law, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LL, will make a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session. The opportunity for brief one-on-one consultations with a lawyer will also be available. 

Appointments for in-person consultations (http://myhrscheduler/) are also available with HR Operations:

  • Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at G2- 2nd Floor
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the IFC building (2P-124)

Staff can also call x32222 or email hroperations@worldbank.org. For additional information on G visa go to myHR, http://visa/


Launch Date : Sep 12, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available
Launch Date : Sep 12, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available
Launch Date : Sep 12, 2019
Description :

​​​Pension Administration is organizing the first ever Pension Expo in Washington, D.C.  The 3-day expo will offer seminars on various topics including pension, financial planning, benefits on ending employment. Information booths will be staffed with experts on immigration, taxes, estate planning, and much more.  You will also have the opportunity to receive a personalized pension speed counseling.  

See the full agenda and details here: http://knowyourpension/.

The seminars are intended primarily for Net Plan participants (staff who joined on or after April 15, 1998). Spouses and domestic partners are welcome to attend. 



Launch Date : Sep 11, 2019
Description :
​​Staff are invited to Staying Safe at Work and on Mission, on Thursday, September 12, 11am – 3pm in the MC Atrium in Washington, DC.      

Representatives from GCS Corporate Security and HSD will be on hand to discuss several new programs and products aimed at staff safety and security including: Staff Road Safety, Trav​el Advisory, AED/CPR Program, Fire Life Safety, Security Training and HQ Security. 

In particular:​

  • Learn how the new 2019 Staff Road Safety Directivesupports staff safety – road crashes are a major hazard for all staff.
  • Test your driving abilities on the Driving Simulator.
  • Try on the "Drunk Buster" googles to experience impairment under the influence of alcohol.
  • Get assistance with using the redesigned Travel Advisory site (FURL: traveladvisory/) and the new Travel Advisory mobile app.
  • Sign up for AED/CPR training and watch a resuscitation demonstration.
  • Understand how and when calling the Emergency Line (+1 202-458-8888; or x88888 from a desk phone) could help you or a colleague in a crisis.
  • See the correct technique to extinguish a fire and learn more about equipment and training available in our offices.
  • Watch Tammy, the explosives-detection dog, sniff and detect a suspicious backpack.
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For more info on this event go to: mySecurity: Staying Safe at Work and on Mission​.



Launch Date : Sep 11, 2019
Description :

The process of applying for work authorization can take a long time. For many spouses this can mean a great deal of frustration in their search for a job that they are qualified for.

This seminar will identify how to best address the roadblocks and challenges of the work authorization process.

Please email Familynetwork@worldbank.org to reserve your seat for this informative session.


Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Venue: World Bank J Building, 701 18th Street NW, Room J1-050

Guest Speaker: Robert Marson and Anne-Catherine Mutsinzi Kalinka, WBG HR Operations



Launch Date : Sep 11, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available
Launch Date : Sep 11, 2019
Description :

​​The 1818 Society will hold a memorial event on September 23, 2019, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, in JB1-080 to honor Ernie Stern who passed away last June. Ernie will be remembered as one of the most consequential leaders during his nearly 25 years of service (1971-1994) in the World Bank. WBG Staff are welcome to join. Details can be found on the Society's website www.wbgalumni.org​.