E T Consultant
World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 10 Apr 2020
Location: Washington (United States)
Grade: EC2
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Description

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

Background: The Jobs Group is a Cross Cutting Solutions Area (CCSA), which is charged with leading the Bank’s work on the jobs agenda, in close collaboration with the appropriate Global Practices (GPs) and under the technical supervision of the Jobs Steering Committee (JSC), composed of Global Directors from 10 GPs and the IFC. The International Income Distribution Database (I2D2)[1] is a key underlying element of the new Global Jobs Indicators (JOIN) database, housed in the Development Economics VPU (DEC), and created with the support of the Jobs Group. JOIN is central to the development of better measurement of economic transformation, as requested by IDA donors in the context of the IDA 19 Jobs and Economic Transformation (JET) special theme. The growing importance of JET has underlined the significance of institutionalizing I2D2, which standardizes household datasets on labor income and related variables to facilitate cross-country comparisons on labor market outcomes. I2D2 was originally created as part of the technical background work specifically for the Jobs WDR (2013) but it has never been adequately institutionalized in the Bank. The Jobs Group and the Poverty GP have now agreed that the Jobs Group should house and maintain I2D2 as a key input to JOIN. They have also agreed to continue to collaborate closely on getting new datasets from national statistical offices.

To support this effort, the Jobs Group now wishes to hire an Extended Term Consultant (ETC) who will lead our work to institutionalize I2D2 as part of JOIN.

Duties and Expected Outputs
The candidate will:

• Obtain and harmonize household survey data using the World Bank I2D2 (GMD/GLD) survey harmonization protocol. This will involve identifying, collecting and harmonizing household surveys in coordination with the Poverty Global Practice to expand the I2D2/GLD survey data repository.
• Perform data quality checks. The candidate will apply the World Bank q-check methodology on the micro-data level as well as on the level of jobs indicators (in parallel to Jobs Diagnostic output generation, see next).
• Maintain the online I2D2/GLD survey repository for WB staff access. This will involve the maintenance and regular updating of the online I2D2/GLD central survey repository and the provision of survey access through WB staff through the current technical solution (sever datalibweb). The updates will include improvements to the harmonization of surveys as well as changes to the variable definitions over time.
• Run standardized Jobs Diagnostic Labor Market supply side tools on the survey data. Based on validated and harmonized survey data, the candidate will run the Jobs Diagnostic tools for household survey data and file the outputs in a dedicated repository as well in the Global Jobs Indicators database (JOIN).
• Identify comparator and aspirational countries for country benchmarking. Using the World Bank methodologies on the identification of comparator and aspirational countries, the candidate will perform country benchmarks of Jobs Diagnostic outputs for comparator and aspirational countries.
• Interpret Jobs Diagnostic results. Following the generation of standardized Jobs Diagnostic outputs for a country over time and in comparison, the candidate will provide summary (“storyline”) slides for labor supply-side and macro-economic analysis. If requested and data permitting, this will also include firm-level (‘demand-side’ analysis). The candidate will also liaise with colleagues for comprehensive Jobs Diagnostic interpretations.
• Contribute to the development of jobs indicators, data processing protocols, as well as data standards and variable definitions to enlarge and improve the global repository of jobs data. In coordination with World Bank efforts e.g. in DEC’s LSMS team, the • Gender Group, and the Poverty GP but also external partners such as the ILO, a further development of this task will ensure that the base for Jobs Diagnostic going forward will remain updated and reliable. It will incorporate the application of the changing definitions of work and employment following the 19th International Conference of Labor Statisticians (ICLS).
• Maintain and expand the Jobs Diagnostic tools for country-level Jobs Diagnostics and Global repositories. This will involve the expansion of standardized tools to a wider set of data types such as panel, cross-seasonal, spatial, or census data.
• Develop future Jobs Diagnostic online tool. The candidate will develop a new proof-of-concept online tool for providing practitioners of Jobs Diagnostics with instant and customizable access to analytical outputs on jobs. This will expand the current STATA and spreadsheet (MS Excel) based Jobs Diagnostic outputs as well as the static online interface of the Global Jobs Indicator database (JOIN) with an online interface that dynamically generates Jobs Diagnostic outputs as per user queries (‘statistics online’).
• Provide training. To expand the pool of users of Jobs Diagnostic Tools and demonstrate the use of jobs indicators to a wider audience, training material on Jobs Diagnostics will be expanded and provided in dedicated workshops.
• Work with consultants for harmonization and analytical support. For larger projects, the candidate will work with consultants on the joint harmonization and analysis and ensure the quality and timeliness of the work.

The candidate’s outputs will be in two distinct areas each taking about 50 percent of the staff time:

Country specific technical work: The candidate will clean, validate, harmonize, perform quality checks and then process and interpret household survey and macro level data as a contribution to country analytic work as assigned by Jobs Group TTLs.
Based on the harmonized household level and macro data, the key deliverables for each country are; (i) standardized jobs indicators which would be added to the Global Jobs Indicators database; (ii) a full set of tables, charts and regressions for use in the country jobs diagnostic; (iii) slides for presentations with a storyline on the findings of the labor market supply-side as well as macro-economic findings from the Jobs Diagnostic.

Cross-country or global level statistics, analytics and training: the candidate will: (a) harmonize and process household survey data from the World Bank’s Global Monitoring or Global Labor Databases (previously International Income Distribution Database (I2D2)) for past years as available, so as to maintain a global Jobs Indicators database; (b) support the Jobs Group’s multi-country analysis and research in economic transformation, human capital, labor mobility, and waged employment, (c) support analysis of jobs and growth using the episodes data base, and (d) provide support the delivery of training and presentation material for workshops and dissemination events in the use of Jobs Diagnostics standardized analysis. Training material should be understandable by a general audience.

The outputs provided by the candidate should satisfy high standards in terms of quality, accuracy, and timeliness. The candidate will provide all data and computer scripts used in the analysis along with their documentation.

Timeframe

• The country outputs to be delivered will be subject to individually agreed deadlines per item listed above over the fiscal year.
• Additions to I2D2/GLD will be processed on a rolling basis over the fiscal year, depending on availability. The Global Jobs Indicators database will be handled twice yearly, working with DEC and the Poverty GP.
• Cross country analytic work should be timed to fit into annual Jobs Group ASA and knowledge products and will include write-ups.

Resources

• The candidate is expected to be hired for a World Bank ETC position in FY21. The candidate’s ETC contract will be established in accordance with the World Bank’s procedures and standards for the level of the work required.
• Administrative arrangements.

Selection Criteria

• The candidate should hold a Master’s degree in Economics or a related field and should have comprehensive experience with labor market data analysis and econometrics.
• S/he must have a strong background in using and interpreting the results of analytical statistics tools and programs such as STATA, MATLAB, or R and ideally have experience with designing and conducting or using household surveys.
• Furthermore, knowledge of programming in Python, Visual Basic Script or HTML are a plus.
• The candidate is expected to be fluent in English and have excellent analytical, programming, writing, and communication skills.
• Preference will be given to candidates who have published in academic journals and/or conducted research on topics in development economics or data science, particularly on issues related to labor markets using household survey or firm level data.

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.

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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.