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International Organisation hiring Head of Centre for Financial Reporting Reform

Austria, 11 February 2016


The Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR) in Vienna, Austria, provides a range of knowledge, convening and capacity development services in support of financial reporting reform, institutional strengthening and the dissemination of good practice in the area of financial reporting and auditing. Part of the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice, CFRR supports client countries in Europe and Central Asia to adopt and implement high-quality financial reporting standards as a key element of strong corporate governance systems.

Duties and accountabilities

Reporting to the ECA PRMM Practice Manager, the Head of CFRR is expected to lead, manage and make a substantial contribution to the smooth functioning of the Centre, to the embedding of Bank operational policies and procedures in the functioning of the Centre and aligning these with the innovative and complex nature of many of the Centre's activities, and to the ongoing supervision of the Centre's activities.

The Head of CFRR will be responsible for:

Coordinating the overall implementation of the Centre's work program. Responsibilities will include:

  • In liaison with programme coordinators and various staff concerned, ensuring proper planning and preparation of annual work plans as well as resource allocations for the various activities

  • Monitoring the implementation of programs and activities, including ensuring the full use of results frameworks as monitoring tools and identifying implementation delays and agreeing on corrective measures

  • Overseeing HR administration issues and the procurement process for hiring of consultants

  • Coordinating preparation of programs' progress reports

  • Ensuring compliance with the Bank's processes and policies as well as obligations and agreements with respect to donors and client countries

  • Providing operations support to the team in terms of design, development and implementation of programme activities, and understanding of and compliance with Bank's processes and policies

Contributing to the technical activities of the Centre. The following are the specific key responsibilities of the Head of CFRR:

  • Design, implement, and maintain appropriate management information systems, integrated with those for ECA as a whole, to plan and coordinate the Centre's work program; to monitor the status, progress and quality of the Centre's operational activities; and to report to donors’ fee-for-service clients. Ensure the regular and timely review of the reports provided, coordinate the resolution of issues arising, and support the effective implementation of follow-up actions.

  • Ensure the proper application of all relevant Bank operational policies and procedures to the activities of the Centre through the development of appropriate guidelines for Centre staff, the provision of related learning and mentoring support, the coordination and organization of operational learning programs for Centre staff, liaison with the ECA Quality unit, monitoring of Centre activities, and overseeing HR administration issues and the procurement process for hiring of consultants.

  • Provide technical leadership to Centre staff on quality issues of project programme design, performance indicators, results, and monitoring and evaluation, complementing colleagues' subject matter expertise with relevant insights in the field of development effectiveness.

  • Assist in the development of new methodologies, approaches, and operations to meet demand for Bank assistance, with a special emphasis on fee-for-service and donor-financed AAA activities.

  • Contribute to the development of strategies for corporate sector financial reporting activities.

  • Lead teams carrying out specific advisory services and analytics, and project tasks (in particular Accounting and Auditing ROSC Assessments and related policy advice, support for follow-up action planning, and assistance with reform and institutional development implementation), ensuring their technical quality and timely delivery, and contribute to such tasks led by other Centre colleagues.

  • Develop guidance to staff and clients on knowledge management and sharing activities such as Communities of Practice (CoPs).

  • Support the maintenance of the Centre's knowledge base in the field of financial reporting and related fields, including through engagement in external partnership activities; assist in the timely dissemination of relevant developments to Centre staff, client counterparts, and other Bank units; and facilitate the identification development of opportunities for cooperation in the delivery of services to client countries.

  • Provide technical mentoring support to other Centre colleagues and, as requested by the Head of the Centre, undertake technical quality assurance of the work of these colleagues.

  • Contribute to relevant Bank global solutions groups, communities of practice, external committees, working groups, and task forces.

  • Build relationships with internal partners so as to promote effective collaboration across Global Practices, Regions and IFC to ensure the advancement of financial reporting agenda.


Deadline: 18 February 2016

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