Principal Economist
World Bank (World Bank)
Location: Washington (United States)
Grade: GG, Mid-level Professional
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Closed on 4 Mar 2020
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, visit

Development data – data and statistics that improve our knowledge of development. The mission of the Development Data Group (DECDG) is to put data to work for development. DECDG delivers development indicators, datasets, standards, and tools for data work; and it supports data governance, internal use and management of development data. DECDG prizes innovation and partnership: validating and incorporating new technologies, and serving as an interface to the statistical and development data communities. DECDG is organized into six units: Data Analytics and Tools (DECAT); Economic and Debt Statistics (DECES); International Comparison Program Global Office (DECIC); Indicators and Data Services (DECIS); and Data Production and Methods (DECPM).

DECDG is looking for a Principal Economist/Statistician with experience within the global data community to lead its economic statistics work program.

Key Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the DECES Program Manager, the Principal Economist/Statistician will lead the delivery of these functions:

- Lead the compilation of, and provision of quality control for, national accounts and other economic statistics for dissemination through the World Development Indicators and related open data products.

- Lead the production of the annual Income Per Capita for Operational Purposes paper to the Board.

- Update the analytical classifications of countries on an annual basis.

- Lead the continuing improvement of the quality, timeliness and user experience of economic statistics.

- Contribute to the further development of the System of National Accounts and other economic statistics standards, as well as compilation methods, in collaboration with partner organizations.

- Represent the World Bank Group in international standard setting bodies and working groups such as the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on National Accounts.

- Lead/manage collaborations on economic statistics with partner organizations.

- Lead contributions to the improvement of client countries’ capacity to produce high-quality and timely national accounts and economic statistics by conducting country assessments and providing advisory services and technical assistance, including on improvements in source data, in close collaboration with World Bank Group operational units.

- Provide training and technical advice to World Bank Group staff on national accounts and other economic statistics.

- Lead and mentor junior staff members.

- Represent the World Bank Group in relevant global data initiatives and international fora.

- Advise and contribute to other business areas of DECDG’s work program.
Perform other duties as required.

Selection Criteria

- Master’s degree in economics, statistics or other relevant fields, and ten years of directly relevant experience in positions of increasing complexity and responsibility, preferably with a national statistical office, or an equivalent combination of education and years of experience.

- Recognized expertise in economic statistics, with specific knowledge and experience in national accounts compilation.

- Track record of technical leadership in methodological and standards development, and the provision of technical advisory services.

- Experience with the global statistical and data community, with a clear understanding of country needs and requirements in economic statistics.

- Track record of effective coordination and collaboration with partners in economic statistics-related initiatives.

- Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and mentor a team of economists, statisticians, and data analysts.

- Excellent people skills and proven ability to work in a collaborative environment with team members and other colleagues across organizational boundaries.

- Strong commitment to promote innovation, knowledge sharing and staff development.

- Strong communication skills, including the ability to write and speak persuasively and present ideas clearly and concisely.

- Fluency in English; good knowledge of French desired.

WBG Core Competencies for all staff

. Client orientation

. Drive for results

. Teamwork, collaboration and inclusion

. Knowledge, learning and communication

. Business judgment and analytical decision-making.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

About World Bank

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

World Bank's mission is to end extreme poverty by reducing the share of the global population that lives in extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity by increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent of people in every country.