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Accountability Mechanism


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The World Bank Accountability Mechanism

The World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM) is an independent complaints mechanism for people and communities who believe that they have been, or are likely to be, harmed by a World Bank-funded project.

The World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM) Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) offers highly-motivated young professionals from the global south an opportunity to be exposed to the mission and work of the World Bank Accountability Mechanism.

Location: Washington, DC

Cost: Fully funded

Duration: Six months

Expected Start Date: as soon as possible (latest from April 8, 2024)

Visa: Support will be provided to successful candidates to obtain the necessary work visa for the period of the internship.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Gathering information from inside (World Bank Group) and outside sources (including media, NGOs, and Borrowers) on projects, current events, activities, research, articles on issues related to Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) activities.
  • Providing background research on dispute-related development issues pertaining to the environment, gender equality and indigenous identity.
  • Support DRS staff with case related activities including research, case filing, note-taking and analysis of DRS cases.
  • Upload case-related information to the Case Management System (CMS) and ensure all relevant and important case points are recorded on the CMS, including correspondence, call and meeting notes, documents under the guidance of DRS staff.
  • Provide logistical support and substantive input to DRS staff in the management of cases, presentations, and outreach events. Attend and document internal and external meetings as required.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality regarding all work undertaken with the Accountability Mechanism and the Dispute Resolution Service.

Selection Criteria

  • Degree in a relevant subject, such as law, social science etc, with relevance to dispute resolution work or accountability in an international context. Advanced academic qualifications or relevant professional experience will be considered an asset.
  • Professional interest in community-level development and social and environmental issues.
  • Keen interest in working in an international environment and understand complex geopolitical and cultural differences.
  • Strong organizational and research skills.
  • A team player with a demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues.
  • Excellent English communication skills. Please include a tailored cover letter with your application, which outlines why you should be considered a suitable candidate for the position.
  • Additional language skill is desirable (e.g., French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Swahili or any other language relevant the work of the Accountability Mechanism)
  • Flexibility with travelling and working hours.

Application and Selection Process:

You can view the Term of Reference (ToR) here.

2024 Cycle- Closed Application.

Internship positions will be subject to annual recruitment cycles. For the 2025 cycle, recruitment will commence in November 2024. Position will be advertised in a timely manner.