World Bank, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th October, 2019

Job Description


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. 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. For more information, Poverty and Equity Global Practice

The Poverty GP plays three key –leading and supportive– roles: sectoral integrator at country level; generator of knowledge and dialogue; and operational solutions supporter. The country-level work of the Poverty and Equity global practice typically falls under one or more of the following three streams:

  • Laying the foundations for evidence-based policy by strengthening data on household welfare: this is the foundational work, mostly delivered through TA and occasionally through statistical capacity-building investment operations, to support the design and implementation of household surveys, provide advice on best-practice methodologies for estimating household welfare, poverty, and shared prosperity, and build capacity and strengthen country systems for collecting data on and monitoring household welfare.
  • Defining the agenda through integrative analysis and dialogue: this stream of work has focused on using the household-level data, wherever available, to undertake integrative analyses to inform the policy dialogue and advance the poverty reduction and shared prosperity agenda and priorities at the regional, national and occasionally sub-national levels.
  • Delivering operational solutions: this stream of work focuses on collaborating with internal and external partners to translate the upstream analytics into concrete implementable measures and support the implementation of particular interventions aimed at reducing poverty. This includes supporting the preparation of Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Frameworks, as well as the analysis of poverty and social impacts of Bank operations.

Global Solutions Group 1 (GSG1): Data for Policy Analysis

The development and flow of global knowledge within the practice is facilitated through five cross-cutting global solution groups, each of which is led by a thematic Lead Economist.

These are:

  • Data for Policy Analysis,
  • Markets and institutions for poverty reduction and shared prosperity,
  • Fiscal and social policy for poverty reduction and shared prosperity, and
  • Welfare Implications of Climate Change, Fragility and Conflict Risks.

The main objective of Global Solutions Group 1 (GSG1) – Data for Policy is to support empirically-based policy advice at the country-level on questions important to understanding broad development and equity issues.

GSG1 has defined three strategic areas of engagement:

  • Generating solutions for data collection;
  • Improving methodologies for using data for policy analysis; and,
  • Strengthening systems for data use for planning, monitoring, and evaluating of government policies and programs.

Duties and Accountabilities:

  • The selected candidate will support the co-leads of GSG1 in the organization and implementation of program activities.  Activities may include, but are not limited to, the list below.
  • Solutions to improve the frequency, reliability and comparability of data collection
  • Participate as a junior co-author in the development of best practice notes on new methods of data collection and analysis, including machine learning, geo-spatial data analysis, and small area estimation.
  • Compile a report reviewing the results frameworks of previous Statistical Capacity Building (StatCap) Operations and develop a set of guidelines for pipeline project.
  • Assist in the organization and support an active StatCap Community of Practice.
  • Organize Quality Enhancement Reviews (QER) of innovative methods for poverty measurement and monitoring.

Methods of data analysis for policy advice and operational support

  • Develop a technical note on reviewing the literature on options for correcting missing values on welfare values at the top of the distribution.
  • Support the organization on BBLs, summer university, and other GSG1-sponsored training activities.

 Support overall coordination and management of GSG1

  • Coordinate the meetings and other activities of the Household Survey Working Group.
  • Facilitate the dialogue with other GSGs on data.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD in Economics, Economic Policy, Data Science or equivalent, or MA plus additional experience;
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Technical and Quantitative Skills as an Applied Development Microeconomist / Data Scientist - Has experience in micro-econometrics and statistical modeling – including model building and performing complex econometric analysis.  Experience in small area estimation and the integration of geospatial data into economic analysis is highly desirable.
  • Experience with operational programs (including capacity building) for poverty reduction, labor markets, and gender equity is strongly desirable.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of household surveys in developing and/or transition countries is desirable.
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical background with a record of high-quality analytical work in the areas outline above.  Publications in peer reviewed journals are desirable.
  • Advanced programming skills in at least two of the following statistical analysis packages: Stata, R, Python.
  • Superb interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams, and to listen and integrate ideas from varied sources, governments, NGOs, and donors, while being diplomatic and sensitive to cultural, political, and gender issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.  Knowledge of one or more of the working languages of the World Bank (Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese) is highly desirable.

Required Competencies:

  • General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills – Demonstrated track record of working with economic and survey data and analytical tools and models to conduct applied micro-economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying economic and statistical concepts. 
  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy issues relevant to client countries and policy-making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders. Contributes to policy dialogue of other sectors through cross-support.
  • Integrative Skills – Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
  • Applied Microeconomic Skills and Experience – In-depth knowledge and skill in one or more areas: welfare measurement, data and statistical systems; welfare analysis, encompassing the range of pathways and risks to poverty reduction and shared prosperity; ex-ante and ex-post analysis of distributional impacts of policy reforms. Has hands-on experience in micro econometrics and statistical modeling with large micro data-sets. Coding skills in Stata, R, or other statistical analysis package required.
  • Written and Verbal Communication – Delivers information effectively in support of team or work group.
  • Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions with others.
  • Delivers Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
  • Make Smart Decisions – Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.


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