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The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. Visit www.worldbank.org.

World Bank Group Context
Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG): the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.
Regional Context
The East Asia and Pacific Region presents a dramatic illustration of the principal global dynamics, opportunities and risks of the 21st century. After making the fastest progress in growth and poverty reduction of any region around the world in the last quarter century, some countries in the region are poised to become middle-income, and others are preparing to join the small group of high-income countries. Such rapid transformation is leading to the largest shift in rural-to-urban population in human history, generating rising inequality within and across countries, while leaving some countries, sub-national regions and groups behind. The continuing global financial crisis also threatens the sustainability of the gains with countries across the region being forced to address the resulting impacts on macroeconomic stability, economic growth, employment and poverty.
Unit Context
The BMPT Country Management Unit (CMU), manages the World Bank’s programs in Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, four dynamic countries in Southeast Asia. There is considerable variation in the program across the four countries – the Philippines continues as an IBRD Borrower with a strong analytical and technical assistance program; Thailand has a new and growing RAS program and a number of trust funded operations; Malaysia is the home of a Malaysia-government financed WBG Knowledge and Research Hub and an established RAS program; and Brunei is a high-income country with an emerging RAS program. The common thread is the importance of the knowledge partnership among the Bank and the host governments and other partners. This knowledge partnership is vibrant and innovative and has exciting potential to bring the development experience of all four countries to the

Thailand Context:

Over the last four decades, Thailand has made remarkable progress in social and economic development, moving from a low-income to an upper middle-income country in less than a generation. As such, Thailand has been a widely cited development success story, with sustained strong growth and impressive poverty reduction. Thailand’s economy grew at an average annual rate of 7.5% in the boom years of 1960-1996 and 5% during 1999-2005 following the Asian Financial Crisis. This growth created millions of jobs that helped pull millions of people out of poverty. Gains along multiple dimensions of welfare have been impressive: more children are getting more years of education, and virtually everyone is now covered by health insurance while other forms of social security have expanded.
However, the growth prospects from the export-led model that not long ago powered so much of Thailand’s economic growth seem to have diminished significantly, owing to a stagnation in productivity. Average growth in total factor productivity (TFP) stagnated from a high of 3.6% per annum during the early 2000s to just 1.3% during 2009–2017. Private investment declined from more than 40% in 1997 to 16.9% of GDP in 2019, while foreign direct investment flows and participation in global value chains have shown signs of stagnation.
Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to the economy, aggravating the structural challenges. In 2020, the economy contracted by 6.1%. This is sharply steeper than the decline that occurred during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (0.3% in 2008) and second only to the 7.2% contraction in 1998, the sharpest full-year economic contraction in the past 25 years. A rapid phone survey by the World Bank implemented from April to June 2021 estimated that more than 70% of households experienced a decline in their income since March 2020, with vulnerable groups being hit hardest.
Thailand has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty from 58% in 1990 to 6.8% in 2020 driven by high growth rates and structural transformation. But 79% of the poor remain in rural areas and mainly in agricultural households. Thailand’s poverty reduction slowed from 2015 onwards with poverty increasing in 2016, 2018 and 2020, mirroring a slowing economy, stagnating farm and business incomes and the COVID-19 crisis. It finds that in 2020, the poverty rate was over 3 percentage points higher in rural areas than in urban zones and the number of rural poor outnumbered the urban poor by almost 2.3 million. The distribution of poverty has also been uneven across geographic regions with the poverty rate in the South and in the Northeast almost double the poverty rate at the national level.
During the past two decades, Thailand has made progress towards reducing its significant levels of inequality. Yet inequality remains high. In 2021, with an income Gini coefficient of 43.3 percent, Thailand still had the highest level of income-based inequality in EAP, and it ranked as the 13th most unequal of the 63 countries for which income Gini coefficients are available. Inequality is particularly high when considering the concentration of income and wealth, as over half of the country’s wealth is held by the richest 10 percent of the population.

According to the East Asia and Pacific Economic Update April 2024, growth is projected to accelerate from 1.9 percent in 2023 to 2.8 percent in 2024. The outlook for 2024 is weaker than previously projected due to dimmer export and public investment prospects. Tourism and private consumption will be key drivers. Goods exports are expected to grow due to favorable global trade despite the slowing Chinese economy. Tourism recovery is projected to return to pre-pandemic levels in mid-2025. Tourist arrivals are projected to reach 90 percent of pre-pandemic levels in 2024. Thailand’s fiscal response to COVID-19 significantly mitigated the impact of the crisis on household welfare. Poverty is, however, projected to rise to 6.6% in 2022 from 6.3% in 2021 as the COVID-19 relief measures start to be phased out amid elevated inflation. Additional shocks, including a renewed spike in energy prices, may further erode fiscal space unless more targeted and cost-effective social assistance measures are introduced.

DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
The Team Assistant carries out the full range of office support work, including managing processes and monitoring schedules related to their team’s/unit’s products and tasks. With supervision ranging from close to minimal, the TA works directly with other staff within the unit to make a contribution to the overall achievement of the unit’s work program.
TA will provide a wide range of support support to the Unit. Her/his duties and responsibilities will include, but not limited to, the following:

• Uses word processing or desktop publishing skills to produce complex text, reports, figures, graphs, etc., according to standard Bank formats and distribution
• Coordinates schedules taking priorities into account, monitors changes, and communicates the information to appropriate staff, inside and outside the immediate work unit, including officials outside the Bank Group
• Solves non-routine problems
• Assists in preparation and logistical planning for various events, e.g. conferences, workshops, negotiations, etc.
• In conjunction with and under guidance from staff in a specific discipline (i.e., Resource Management, etc.) monitor specific activities, (i.e., task, budget, etc.) within their teams or clusters.
• Maintains current distribution lists, phone/address lists of project/product contacts, and distributes documents for the team
• Maintains up-to-date work unit project and other files (both paper and electronic)
• Assists team or work unit by translating/drafting a variety of routine documents, applying effective proofreading and grammar skills in English and Thai
• Performs tasks which rely upon systems and processes unique to the World Bank, including SAP
• Serve as an information resource on status of project/products (e.g. procurement, disbursement, audit, trust fund/co-financing, and legal issues) and draft a variety of standard project-related correspondence
• Suggests ways to enhance work organization and effectiveness

 

Selection Criteria

 

We are looking for a proactive candidate who is committed and driven to deliver quality outputs. The key selection criteria for this position are:
Minimum Education/Experience at recruitment/selection
• At least High School diploma. Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Economics or other related field an advantage.
• A minimum of 3 years of professional working experience in related field
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to command both written and spoken of Thai and English
• Computer literate
Specialized Knowledge/Skills/Competencies
• Proficient in standard Microsoft Office application (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)
• Strong client responsiveness/service orientation
• Ability to work as an integral part of the team’s work and program
• Good knowledge of and some experience in specialized administrative/operational support functions (e.g., database management, knowledge management, task management, major event/course planning, etc.) and ability to assist in applying relevant procedures, processes and systems
• Ability to analyze and apply practical problem-solving skills and resourcefulness in performing tasks
• Ability to manage several tasks at once and know where to obtain relevant information
• Ability to retrieve, gather and obtain information from various sources (Internet, etc.) and pull them together in a usable format
• Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under time pressures
• Ability to make sound and rational decisions in a consensual manner, understanding of boundaries of responsibility for decision making and discernment to know when to seek guidance
• Strong inter-personal skills and commitment to work in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment
• Ability to prepare presentation materials using various software packages with some guidance.
• Strong English and Thai language skills (verbal and written), including ability to draft standard correspondence and edit basic materials using proper grammar, punctuation and style

 

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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET appointment of three years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their third-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

Bangkok, Thailand
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