Senior IT Officer
World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 25 Sep 2020
Location: United States
Grade: GG, Mid-level Professional
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Introduction to the World Bank Group

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 www.worldbank.org

Information and Technology Solutions (ITS) enables the World Bank Group (WBG) to achieve its mission of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner by delivering transformative information and technologies to its staff working in over 130 client countries.

ITS services range from: establishing the infrastructure to reach and connect staff and development partners; providing the devices and agile technology and information applications to facilitate the science of delivery through decentralized services; creating and maintaining tools to integrate information across the World Bank Group, the clients we serve and the countries where we operate; and delivering the computing power staff need to analyze development challenges and identify solutions. The ITS business model combines dedicated business solutions centers that provide services tailored to specific World Bank Group business needs and shared services that provide infrastructure, applications and platforms for the entire Group.

The digital transformation of the World Bank Group is a journey, and the ITS Strategy focuses on enabling new ways to work internally and help client countries take advantage of transformative technologies for better development outcomes. The ITS Strategy was developed through extensive consultations with business partners throughout the World Bank Group. It aligns information and technology resources in support of Bank Group objectives and priorities and facilitates digital innovation for a growing portfolio of client engagements.

Our goal is to transform how the Bank Group accomplishes its mission through information and technology. In this fast-paced, ever-changing world, the formulation and implementation of the ITS strategy is an ongoing, iterative process of learning and adaptation. Implementation of the strategy is guided by three core principles. The first is to deliver solutions for business partners that are customer-centric, innovative, and transformative. The second is to provide the Bank Group with value for money with selective and standard technologies. The third principle is to excel at the basics by providing a high performing, robust, and resilient IT environment for the organization.

The ITSDA Unit (Data & Analytics) within the ITSOC department (Operations & Corporate) department in ITS is seeking a Senior IT Officer for Solution Delivery. The Senior IT Officer will provide focus on three areas: (i) Technical leadership to build and support a large modern, cloud-based data platform infrastructure, including choice of different technologies; (ii) Day to day operational responsibility of the modern data platform to meet various needs; (iii) Team building and management in an innovative, creative, and agile environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in the design and engineering of data platforms that are flexible, scalable, secure, and cost effective, both on-premise and in the cloud, to meet the growing needs of the World Bank’s data landscape.
  • Lead a team – co-located in Washington, DC, Sofia, Bulgaria, and Chennai, India – to engineer, implement, review and recommend cost effective infrastructure architecture solutions, develop code for automation of various aspects of infrastructure management, and maintain day to day operational responsibility of the platform (such as software upgrades and technical troubleshooting).
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and establish a cloud-based data platform that will accommodate both “traditional” structured data sources and “non-traditional” data sources, support current and emerging needs, and is capable of integrating high velocity data sources from IoT based streamed data covering satellite imagery, drone footage, pictures, sensor data, and integration with ML/AI toolkits.
  • Design, deploy, and manage a secure advanced analytics platform that supports the application of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to a diverse range of business problems.
  • Ensure the smooth operation of ITSOC multi-technology hybrid platforms, spanning both on-premise and cloud technologies. They must be highly available, with HA/DR architecture and well-established resiliency testing.
  • Ensure the design, architecture, and security reviews of the ITSOC data platform are in line with industry best practices, ITS standards, and represent good practices
  • Ensure alignment and partnership with internal stakeholders and vendors, establishing strong linkages with their service and product teams to support ITSOC activities, covering on-premise and cloud technologies such as AWS and Azure PaaS services, Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS), Tableau, Tibco Data Virtualization, Informatica Data Discovery, One Trust Privacy Software, Collibra, Informatica MDM, SAP Business Objects, and PowerBI.
  • Ensure compliance with ITIL and other processes such as Process and Access Management, implement process improvements, and provide recommendations for addressing systemic issues. Document and update cloud platform management procedures for ITSOC, as required.
  • Ensure ITSOC data platform components comply with enterprise security requirements.
  • Work closely with other supporting roles including Design, Solution Architects, and Quality Assurance to achieve the best outcomes.
  • Adapt to competing demands, take on new responsibilities, and adjust plans to meet changing priorities.
  • Maintain a positive, constructive approach to problem-solving internally and during client interactions with a focus on timely and accurate issue resolution.

Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree with 8 years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree with 10 years relevant experience in discipline such as Computer Science or Electrical Engineering.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in each of the following areas: (i) developing options, roadmaps and architectures; (ii) large enterprise systems, integration, application development; (iii) experience in managing teams; (iv) experience in managing procurement processes (i.e. RFPs)
  • Good working knowledge of cloud platforms covering Azure and AWS cloud environments and on-premise platforms covering traditional data management databases, data governance tools, and visualization software
  • Experience in establishing new teams - staffing, skills development, organizing and operationalizing teams to deliver value.
  • Experience in developing options, roadmaps, evaluations, decision frameworks for complex enterprise solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience of working and navigating in large and matrixed organizations with multi-layered governance structures, complex IT landscapes, and a diverse client base.
  • Excellent grasp and knowledge of industry best practices in the technology management domain, with experience in successfully implementing theory to practice in complex IT and business environments.
  • Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
  • Organized, agile, persistent, and proactive with the ability to work and juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication, writing/documentation and facilitation skills. Delivers information effectively in support of team.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with other team members across boundaries and contribute productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
  • Strong diplomatic, interpersonal, and teamwork skills to cultivate effective, productive client relationships and partnerships across organizational boundaries.
  • Able to take personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results.
  • Able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, and the maturity to participate in multiple complex programs at the same time in an agile environment.

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.