E T Consultant
World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 10 Apr 2020
Location: Washington (United States)
Grade: EC1
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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA) – and is part of the World Bank Group. It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.

Poverty Global Practice

The Poverty and Equity Global Practice, part of the Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions vice-presidency, plays a key role in supporting the World Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. It generates knowledge and dialogue and supports operational solutions, focusing on poverty monitoring and statistical capacity building, markets and institutions, fiscal and social policy, and resilience to shocks and sustainability. The practice is organized into seven regionally-oriented units—EAP, ECA, LAC, MNA, SAR and two in AFR—each managed by a Practice Manager. The development and flow of global knowledge within the practice is facilitated through four cross-cutting thematic lines, each of which is led by a thematic Lead Economist. These are: (1) data for policy analysis; (2) markets and institutions for poverty reduction and shared prosperity; (3) fiscal and social policy for poverty reduction and shared prosperity; and (4) welfare implications of climate change, fragility and conflict risks. Every member of the practice is affiliated with, participates in and contributes to the work of at least one of the thematic lines. In addition, the practice takes the lead in two corporate priority areas: (a) Data for Goals; and (b) Systematic Country Diagnostics.

The ETC will primarily work on the Bangladesh Poverty and Equity program and the Cox’s Bazar analytical program. The ETC is expected to support the following themes of work:

1. Cox’s Bazar Inclusive Growth Diagnostic and follow up analytical work

The Poverty GP has recently initiated work to undertake a rapid growth diagnostic for Cox’s Bazar, to understand the growth and development constraints and opportunities. This is part of a larger effort to respond to the need for more disaggregated analysis to inform sub-national development strategies. The rapid assessment will complement existing findings on economy-wide, macro challenges, through analysis of household surveys and census data to identify (i) how the macro-constraints and opportunities apply to this context; and (ii) micro-constraints and the potential for the development of local sources of growth and job creation. The assessment will also attempt to understand how the influx of displaced Rohingya and accompanying humanitarian assistance has affected the local economy. One of the outputs of the assessment is expected to be the identification of data and evidence gaps and follow-up analytical work.

2. Targeted Analytical Work

The team will be undertaking targeted analytical work on specific topics to inform the Government of Bangladesh policy dialogue on the medium-term Rohingya response. Topics for these just-in-time, focused analytical briefs will be developed based on needs identified in consultation with the country team, and are likely to include assessments of mobility and connectivity challenges, and social cohesion.

3. SCD update

The Poverty GP is contributing analytical inputs and new analysis as part of the update for the Bangladesh systematic country diagnostic, and other core country diagnostics.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be part of a team and will

1. Assist in the analysis of macroeconomic and micro data and drafting of reports/briefs for each of the three activities.
2. Bridge macro- and micro- analytical narratives in analytical work
3. Travel to Bangladesh to consult on preliminary findings and drafts
4. Participate in the design of new data collection instruments following the Cox’s Bazar rapid diagnostic, and undertake analysis of the resulting data.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for an ET Consultant with a record of sound analytical work, good judgment, demonstrated experience in tailoring analysis and conveying advice in weak capacity contexts, strong client engagement skills and effectiveness in working collaboratively with teams from multiple practices/teams.

• Master's degree with 2-years of relevant experience.

• Strong quantitative and analytical skills and experience in the following areas:

• Growth and country diagnostics using macro data and frameworks along with micro data;
• Econometrics and quantitative analysis of household surveys including panel data;
• Computer programming (STATA required, R and Python preferred); spatial data presentation (ARCGIS; TABLEAU).
• Good understanding of advanced econometric methods, particularly those relevant to the analysis of household and firm-level data;
• Capacity to work independently, willingness to seek guidance as needed, ability to maintain good working relationships with clients, ability to follow up effectively on various issues as required;
• Proven writing and editing skills, and ability to convey complex ideas in a creative, clear, direct, and lively style.
• Ability to prioritize, work well under pressure with many team leaders, and capably handle multiple tasks within tight deadlines.
• Demonstrated experience working across boundaries, sharing own perspective and willingly considering diverse perspectives.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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.