Analyst Research & Quantitative Analysis

The World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab (GIL), located within the Africa Region Chief Economist’s Office, conducts impact evaluations to generate evidence on how to close gender gaps in earnings, productivity, assets, and agency, and then uses this evidence to support the design of innovative, scalable interventions to address gender inequality across Africa. The impact objective of GIL is to increase the take-up of effective policies by governments, development organizations, and the private sector in order to address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, and through that promote growth.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The Analyst will work under the supervision of the Africa Gender Impact Evaluation Unit Leader, Michael O’Sullivan. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide support to impact evaluations of ongoing interventions, including with the designing of baseline and follow-up surveys, undertaking data analysis, and writing relevant reports.
  • Provide technical support on the design and implementation of selected impact evaluations.
  • Prepare large community, household, firm and farm-level data sets for analysis.
  • Inspect, perform logic and consistency checks on, clean, merge, and transform raw data.
  • Work with survey firms to troubleshoot data problems and ensure that data collection and entry follow specified protocols.
  • Conduct descriptive and econometric analysis of data.
  • Provide inputs (tables, graphs) for inclusion in impact evaluation reports, academic articles and policy briefs.
  • Draft written summaries of analysis and academic literature, as needed.  
  • Conduct statistical power calculations and assist in survey sample design.
  • Assist as needed in the design of interventions and impact evaluations, including in the preparation of concept notes.Support the monitoring and oversight of interventions being tested under GIL impact evaluations.
  • Assist with data documentation and the public release of data.

Selection Criteria:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in international development or related field;Minimum of four years of relevant professional and/or academic experience in private sector, gender and impact evaluations;Fieldwork experience in Sub-Saharan Africa executing impact evaluations, including survey design and implementation;Good understanding of the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs and farmers in Africa;Excellent analytical and quantitative skills including a strong econometrics background, and the ability to use STATA;Strong project management skills;Behavioral competencies that facilitate dialogue with country partners and country teams, including listening skills, capacity development skills, and ability to adapt advice to the local institutional realities;Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and ability to influence across organizational boundaries;Demonstrated track record of working with economic data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.
  • Teamwork, collaboration, and inclusion – Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and ability to influence and network across organizational boundaries.
  • Collaborates with team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and motivate teams and group efforts across organizational boundaries.
  • Client orientation - Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests, or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
  • Drive for results – Able to take personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
  • Knowledge-sharing, learning, and communication – Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills required.
  • Strong ability to distill relevant recommendations/lessons for clients and target audience.
  • Business judgment and analytical decision-making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.
  • Fluent in English required and strong command of French preferredWilling and able to undertake frequent international travel.