Job Title: Economist
Organisation: The World Bank
Location: Washington DC, USA
Closing Date: 20 September 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Yes
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.
Role and Responsibilities
We are looking for two Economists to join the MENA team, based in Washington, DC, with a particular focus on the West Bank, Gaza, Djibouti as well as the Mashreq region (Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon). Like all members of the Poverty GP, you will also be encouraged to support the regional and global knowledge base of the practice. In particular, you will have the following duties:
Participate and lead analytical work on poverty, gender, labor markets, and equity, including diagnostics of mobility, vulnerability, multi-dimensional poverty, and agency and voice
Support the development of statistical systems through close collaboration with National Statistical Offices and the implementation of Bank-financed statistical projects
Provide technical assistance to survey data collection (phone surveys; household surveys) and statistical modernization
Lead analytical work on fiscal incidence and its welfare consequences (CEQ: Commitment to Equity)
Lead the overall micro-monitoring effort and any poverty-related policy and programmatic interactions with internal and external clients (e.g., development partners)
Work closely with other global practices to enhance the poverty and shared prosperity focus of the country program; collaborate with operational teams on aspects of targeting and enhancing operational efficiency through improved monitoring
Play an active role in the engagement (including technical assistance, capacity building and policy dialogue) with government officials and development partners, encouraging them to adopt an evidence-based approach to policy-making
Contribute to the global knowledge base of the poverty practice by participating in and contributing to the work of at least one of the four thematic lines
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
We are looking for an imaginative and innovative applied micro-economist or statistician with a demonstrated track record of sound analytical work and excellent judgement.
Master's degree in Economics, Public Policy, Statistics or other related field, with a strong quantitative background and at least five years of relevant professional experience.
Technical and Quantitative Skills as an Applied Development Microeconomist - Has experience in micro-econometrics and statistical modeling using STATA or R, designing, implementing household surveys & performing complex econometric analysis independently
Has published in peer reviewed journals
Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively within teams, and to listen and integrate ideas from diverse sources, governments, humanitarian agencies, NGOs and donors, while being respectful and sensitive to cultural, political and gender issues
Experience with primary data collection and policy analysis
Experience in collaborating with statistical agencies, statistical capacity building and statistical modernization
Ability to work with staff from all levels and to mentor, coach and motivate more junior staff and consultants
Willingness to travel extensively, including to fragile countries
Fluent in English with an ability to write comprehensively and convincingly. Fluency in French is highly desired; fluency in Arabic is a plus but not a necessity
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