World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 25 Sep 2020
Location: United States
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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

Poverty and Equity 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— and one global unit, 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.

Duties and Accountabilities:

We are looking for an international-recruited Economist to join our team, based in Washington, DC. Like all members of the Poverty GP, you will also be encouraged to support the global knowledge base of the practice. In particular, you will have the following duties:

- Participate and lead teams working on poverty, gender, labor markets, and equity, including diagnostics of mobility, vulnerability, multi-dimensional poverty, and agency and voice.

- Contributes to advice to country and sectoral teams on how to address poverty, equity, gender issues and promote evidence-based decision making.

- Use and develop new frameworks, instruments and technologies to monitor poverty, equity and gender trends.

- Analyze the distributional impact of fiscal, social and other sector policies and investments.

- Support the development of statistical public goods and initiatives for data sharing and analysis.

Selection Criteria


We are looking for an imaginative and innovative micro-economist with a demonstrated track record of sound analytical work and excellent judgment.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in Economics, Public Policy, Statistics or other related field, with a strong quantitative background and at least five years of relevant professional experience.

Other Selection Criteria:

• Demonstrated strength in at least one of the three streams of work around which the poverty global practice’s country-level programs are structured. Experience in more than one of those work streams is desirable;

• Technical and Quantitative Skills as an Applied Development Microeconomist - Has experience in micro-econometrics and statistical modeling - designing, implementing household surveys & performing complex econometric analysis;

• Superb interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams, and to listen and integrate ideas from diverse sources, governments, NGOs and donors, while being respectful and sensitive to cultural, political and gender issues;

• Ability to work with staff from all levels and to mentor, coach and motivate more junior staff.

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.