World Bank (World Bank)
Close on 28 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 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). 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

Poverty and Equity Global Practice:

The Poverty and Equity Global Practice (GP), part of the Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions (EFI) 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, engages in policy dialogue with country authorities, and supports operational solutions. The practice is organized into seven regional units. The advertised vacancy is in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. The practice takes the lead in two corporate priority areas: (a) Data for Goals; and (b) Systematic Country Diagnostics; in addition staff typically have expertise in two or more of the following thematic areas: (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.

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 work experience and strength in working at the country level in at least two of the four thematic areas noted above covered by the poverty global practice; familiarity with the development strategy(ies) and programs and policies pursued by developing countries where extreme poverty has fallen significantly would be a major asset;
• 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.