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The” class=”redactor-autoparser-object” rel=”noopener noreferrer nofollow”>TheWBGs core values are impact, integrity, respect, teamwork and innovation. The core values reflect what the WBG stands for, how staff treat each other, and how the WBG treats is partners and clients. The WBGs Internal Justice System (IJS) plays an important role in helping to embed the WBG core values in the WBGs programs, processes and culture.
Under Staff Rule 9.03, adopted in 2009, the Peer Review Services Secretariat (PRS) is one of the units of the IJS. PRS serves the mission of the WBG and its core values by providing an impartial and independent venue for the review of employment-related grievances. PRS is headed by the Executive Secretary, who is independent and for administrative matters, reports to the Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the WBG.
PRS has two lines of business:
(1) The Peer Review. The Peer Review is committed to the non-legalistic, non-judicial, and non-adversarial resolution of employment disputes. The Peer Review is currently composed of 115 staff members from across the WBG who volunteer their services to review employment disputes ranging from non-selections for a position to termination of employment. One of the Peer Review volunteers acts as Peer Review Chair. When employment disputes cannot be mediated, these are reviewed by Panels of three Peer Reviewers, through hearings or written proceedings. The PRS Secretariat is an independent and impartial information resource for staff and panels whom it also assists in PRS proceedings, for example by bringing to panels attention pertinent precedents, and in drafting various documents throughout the process. The PRS Secretariat ensure the Peer Review remains confidential, impartial and objective.
(2) The Performance Management Review. This Program was established in 2016 to streamline the review of grievances on performance evaluations and performance ratings among others. The PRS Secretariat oversees this Program under Staff Rules 9.03 and 9.07.
PRS ensures that PRS and PMR proceedings comply with due and fair process in treating both parties with equal respect and neutrality.
Under the Peer Review, staffs disputed employment matters are reviewed in Panels of three. The role of a Panel is to assess if the disputed employment measure was based on observable and demonstrable reasons, fair and not improperly motivated, and complied with WBG Staff Rules, policies and procedures. During a hearing, each party can present to the Panel his or her side of the story and ask questions of each other. The Panel can also ask questions of the parties and witnesses. The Panel then recommends to senior management how best to resolve the employment dispute. A Peer Review Panels recommendation can include financial compensation for the staff based on its findings and conclusions in the case. It can also recommend that management adopt measures to address systemic issues identified by the Panel during its review of a case.
In addition to the above, and in collaboration with other IJS units, the PRS Secretariat delivers training and outreach to any participants in PRS Proceedings and other stakeholders, and participates in other joint IJS initiatives.
The PRS Secretariat is seeking to recruit a Counsel. The Counsel must have a proven record of being thorough, fair and objective with attention to detail, timeliness and cost control and can adapt easily to working in a diverse and multicultural work environment. The Counsel also must have a proven record of demonstrating the WBG core values in his/her professional experience. The position may require travel and posting outside the United States.
Duties and Accountabilities:
Under the supervision and overall guidance of the PRS Executive Secretary, the Counsel will carry out the following duties and accountabilities:
1) PRS and PMR case management:
Provide accurate and timely guidance to staff members inquiring about the Peer Review and PMR processes.
2) Knowledge Sharing and Raising Awareness about the IJS, PRS and PMR:
Participate in outreach activities organized by IJS/PRS including BBLs and clinics to share lessons learned and discuss thematic issues and trends.
Master’s degree in law, HR, or another pertinent field.