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AFRIK-IT April 1998

Subject:

Re: infoDev/World Bank Y2K Positions

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"Watermeyer, Henry" <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 29 Apr 1998 08:55:35 +200

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=Date:          Mon, 27 Apr 1998 18:20:04 -0400
=Reply-to:      Aaron Hirsch <[log in to unmask]>
=From:          Aaron Hirsch <[log in to unmask]>
=Subject:       infoDev/World Bank Y2K Positions
=X-To:          [log in to unmask]
=To:            [log in to unmask]


Reading these ads I now know we are in serious trouble.

If the World Bank is only now attempting to fill these posts which
call for, amongst other things the development of a tool kit how can
they hope to actually have enough time to avert serious problems in
the countries they are planning to work with?

Equally if the senior post is the first senior post created for this
project then I can only comment that the bureacratic naivety about
which so much has been written must be worse than I thought.

Also striking is the inherent assuption that once the year 2000 has
started the problems will all go away. Given the lateness of the
start up and the likelihood that there will be protracted problems
resulting from the failure to achieve any kind of success with two
people my guess is that the cleanup will continue for a long time
after May 2000.

It seems to me that the UK would have done better with its grant just
to wait and use it as wipe up money to rescue the poor unfortunates
who have not been listening to the y2k experts because the amount of
success they can possibly achieve with grandiose schemes of this type
must be limited.

Also interesting is the requirement for French and Spanish, does this
mean that the English speaking countries are believed to be in less
trouble or that they will eventually get round to them?


To who ever gets the jobs, Good luck.

We will help you if we can.

Henry Watermeyer


=(436.3 7-23-1997))  id 852565F3.007BA96D ; Mon, 27 Apr 1998 18:30:42 -0400
=X-Lotus-FromDomain: WORLDBANK
=
=The infoDev program of the World Bank seeks to fill two positions for its
=Year 2000 initiative. The positions are for a two-year fixed-term period.
=Detailed program and position descriptions are below. To apply, please
=submit a resume in electronic format to [log in to unmask] or by fax:
=202-522-3186 by May 8, 1998. Due to resource limitations, infoDev may not
=be able to respond to all applicants. Final decisions will be made by June
=15. Applicants who have not heard from infoDev by then should assume that
=the position has been filled. Telephone inquiries are discouraged.
=
=-------------------------  -----  -----  ---------------  ----------------
= The World Bank Group              JOB #   : 9805014
= Job Announcement              Closing Date: 5/8/98
=---------------------------------------------------------------------------
=Position Title   : Coordinator, Y2K Initiative
=
=Dept/Div         : IENIN                     Staffing Officer: Pradhan,
=Rajesh
=Supervisor's Name: Carlos Braga
=
=NOTE: This assignment is for a two year fixed term period.
=---------------------------------------------------------------------------
=
=Language Preference: FRENCH (Desirable)  , SPANISH (Desirable).
=
=Duties :
=
=The Information for Development Program (infoDev) is administered by the
=World Bank as a special program in the Energy, Mining and
=Telecommunications Department (EMT) in the Finance, Private Sector and
=Infrastructure Network.  infoDev promotes the use of information and
=communication technologies (ICT) to meet social and economic development
=goals.  The program provides grants that encourage innovative applications
=of ICT in developing countries, as well as awareness raising initiatives
=dealing with ICT for development. infoDev has identified five key areas in
=which ICT can play a catalytic role:
=
= Creating market-friendly environment to accelerate global access to
=  information and communication;
= Reducing poverty and exclusion in low-income countries and groups;
= Improving education and health;
= Promoting improved protection of the environment and natural resources;
=  and,
= Increasing the efficiency, accountability, and transparency of
=  governments.
=
=The infoDev program has begun a major initiative of providing assistance to
=developing countries in the context of the Year 2000 (Y2K) problem.  The
=Y2K problem arises from the common practice of computer program designers
=to store dates as two digits rather than four in computer software and in
=the chips, which are at the core of modern information infrastructures.  A
=representation of 00, however, may not be interpreted as the year 2000,
=causing systems to fail or behave in unpredictable ways.  This is a
=significant problem for business and government operations throughout the
=world and if left untreated may seriously disrupt government and private
=sector operations at all levels.
=
=Principal Responsibilities
=
=The Coordinator, Y2K Initiative, will be responsible for the implementation
=of the Y2K initiative under infoDev.  This initiative is being funded with
=resources from the Department for International Development from the UK.
=It aims to equip developing country officials with awareness of the extent
=of the problem, provide materials for planning and management of the
=problem, and funds for carefully targeted remediation and testing
=activities.  The program includes:
=
= Development of a ?toolkit? of materials on management of the Y2K problem.
=This material will be used as the basis for workshops and seminars, and
=disseminated in printed form and by Internet.
= Organization of awareness raising and planning seminars in developing
=countries for senior level government officials.
= Technical assistance to selected developing countries for the drafting of
=national plans, and for proposal development of infoDev grant applications.
= A program of grants for selected remediation and testing activities on a
=highly leveraged basis.
=
=Detailed Responsibilities
=
=The Coordinator, Y2K Initiative, will be responsible for the overall
=coordination of the infoDev Y2K initiative, reporting to the infoDev
=Program Manager.  This includes:
=
= Management of the grant for development of the infoDev ?toolkit.?
= Facilitation of a dialogue between recognized Y2K experts and developing
=country officials, leading to an evaluation of the preparedness of
=developing countries and the selection of candidate countries for seminars.
= Coordination of the workshops and seminars in conjunction with World Bank
=resident representatives.
= Implementation of the technical assistance activities.
= Implementation of remediation and testing grants, including:
=- Calls for grant applications.
=- Design of an application evaluation program.
=- Coordination of task managers assigned to the grants.
=- Revision of original materials and seminars on the basis of lessons
=learned.
= Operate as task manager for grants in selected countries.
=
=
=Selection Criteria :
=
=a) Graduate degree in a related discipline and a minimum of ten years of
=relevant experience.
=
=b) Demonstrated strong skills in the management of complex programs with
=several separate activities.
=
=c) Expertise in the field of Y2K problems.
=
=d) Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well with a matrix
=organization in a team environment, and to liaise effectively with Bank
=staff, donors, and developing country officials.
=
=e) Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally, to judge
=priorities, and to organize work for timely delivery of output.
=
=f) Experience with World Bank operations and processes (including grant
=programs).
=
=g) Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable, but not essential.
=
=
=
=
=-------------------------  -----  -----  ---------------  -----------------
=The World Bank Group           JOB #   : 9805016
=    Job Announcement       Closing Date: 5/8/98
=---------------------------------------------------------------------------
=Position Title   : Program Officer, Y2K Initiative
=
=Dept/Div         : IENIN                     Staffing Officer: Pradhan,
=Rajesh
=Supervisor's Name: Carlos Braga
=
=NOTE: This assignment is for a two year fixed term period.
=---------------------------------------------------------------------------
=
=Language Preference: FRENCH (Desirable)  , SPANISH (Desirable).
=
=Duties :
=
=The Information for Development Program (infoDev) is administered by the
=World Bank as a special program in the Energy, Mining and
=Telecommunications Department (EMT) in the Finance, Private Sector and
=Infrastructure Network.  infoDev promotes the use of information and
=communication technologies (ICT) to meet social and economic development
=goals.  The program provides grants that encourage innovative applications
=of ICT in developing countries, as well as awareness raising initiatives
=dealing with ICT for development. infoDev has identified five key areas in
=which ICT can play a catalytic role:
=
= Creating market-friendly environment to accelerate global access to
=  information and communication;
= Reducing poverty and exclusion in low-income countries and groups;
= Improving education and health;
= Promoting improved protection of the environment and natural resources;
=  and,
= Increasing the efficiency, accountability, and transparency of
=  governments.
=
=The infoDev program has begun a major initiative of providing assistance
=to developing countries in the context of the Year 2000 (Y2K) problem.  The
=Y2K problem arises from the common practice of computer program designers
=to store dates as two digits rather than four in computer software and in
=the chips, which are at the core of modern information infrastructures.  A
=representation of 00, however, may not be interpreted as the year 2000,
=causing systems to fail or behave in unpredictable ways.  This is a
=significant problem for business and government operations throughout the
=world and if left untreated may seriously disrupt government and private
=sector operations at all levels.
=
=Principal Responsibilities
=
=The Program Officer, Y2K Initiative, will assist the Coordinator, Y2K
=Initiative, in management of the Y2K activities for infoDev. The Y2K
=initiative is being funded with resources from the Department for
=International Development from the UK.  It aims to equip developing country
=officials with awareness of the extent of the problem, provide materials
=for planning and management of the problem, and funds for carefully
=targeted remediation and testing activities.  The program includes:
=
= Development of a ?toolkit? of materials on management of the Y2K problem.
=This material will be used as the basis for workshops and seminars, and
=disseminated in printed form and by Internet.
= Organization of awareness raising and planning seminars in developing
=countries for senior level government officials.
= Technical assistance to selected developing countries for the drafting of
=national plans, and for proposal development of infoDev grant applications.
= A program of grants for selected remediation activities on a highly
=leveraged basis.
=
=Detailed Responsibilities
=
=The Program Officer will be responsible for the day to day operation of the
=infoDev Y2K program, reporting to the Coordinator, Y2K Initiative.  This
=includes:
=
= Monitoring of the performance of the grantee preparing the infoDev
=?toolkit.?
= Provide back-up support for use of the infoDev toolkit, including
=management of the Y2K help desk on the infoDev website.
= Assist in organizing dialogue between recognized Y2K experts and
=developing country officials.
= Provide Bank office support to organizers of the workshops and seminars,
=including coordination with World Bank resident missions in countries where
=workshops will be held.
= Logistic support for technical assistance and grant programs for Y2K
=activities, including:
=- Processing of requests for technical assistance support.
=- Dissemination of calls for grant applications for remedial work and
=testing.
=- Evaluation of proposals and coordination of peer-reviewers.
=- Coordination of a grant monitoring program through use of task managers.
=- Revision of background materials and seminars and preparation of reports
=on lessons learned.
=
=
=Selection Criteria :
=
=a) Undergraduate degree in a related discipline with at least five years of
=relevant experience.
=
=b) Experience in computer technology in the field of Y2K problems, and the
=management of web pages.
=
=c) Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well with a matrix
=organization in a team environment, and to liaise effectively with Bank
=staff, donors, and developing country officials.
=
=d) Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally, to judge
=priorities, and to organize work for timely delivery of output.
=
=e) Experience with World Bank operations and processes (including grant
=programs).
=
=f) Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable, but not essential.
=
=
=
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