World Bank

Consultant (Economist)

World Bank

Job Description


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The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) of the World Bank’s Africa Gender Impact Evaluation Unit, which is mapped to the Africa Region Chief Economist’s Office, conducts impact evaluations of development interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa, seeking to examine the gender gap between men and women when it comes to economic growth and empowerment. With the results of the impact evaluations, the GIL aims to support the design of innovative, scalable interventions to address gender inequality in productive economic sectors across Africa. The impact objective of GIL is to increase take-up of effective policies by governments, development organizations, and the private sector in order to address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, and through that promote growth.


Institutional Context: The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) is housed within the Africa Region Gender Impact Evaluation Unit, mapped to the Africa Region Chief Economist’s office.

Impact Objective: The Gender Innovation Lab has a clear and actionable impact objective: to increase take-up of effective policies that can address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, particularly in terms of women’s economic and social empowerment, and through that promote growth. GIL aims to do this by strengthening knowledge, in particular, by producing and delivering a new body of evidence and developing a compelling narrative, geared towards policymakers, on what works and what does not work in promoting gender equality. This new evidence will deepen capacity for gender-informed policymaking throughout the Africa region, including policies created and enacted by governments, as well as common practices and program models of private firms, civil society, and development agencies.

Regional Orientation: GIL’s work is focused exclusively on Sub-Saharan Africa, where the team is currently working in 20+ countries with the aim of building an evidence base with lessons for the region.

Sector Specific: GIL is focused on conducting rigorous research in order to generate evidence on how to close the gender gap in earnings, productivity, assets, and agency. GIL’s work is grouped into four categories: Agricultural Productivity; private sector development; land and property rights, and youth employment.

Impact Evaluations: GIL is currently working on over 50 impact evaluations, with additional work in the pipeline, and requires a core team of DC-based staff to coordinate.

Influencing Policies and Practices that Matter for Gender Equality: GIL engages in rigorous research by partnering with high-profile, large-scale, innovative and/or potentially influential projects and project partners on its impact evaluations. GIL then uses its results, which are disseminated in papers, presentations, policy briefs, blogs, and in other ways, in order to influence how development projects and policies are conceived and run. GIL aims to help direct funding to the most effective programs and policies, increase the availability of good data to inform programs and policies that target gender inequalities, and increase the use of evidence to inform program and policy decisions.

GIL’s internal organization and staffing: Each impact evaluation is led by a Coordinator and other GIL team economists and research assistants, often in collaboration with external researchers. GIL Economists split their time between Washington, DC and field sites. The project to be evaluated by each IE is implemented by external partners, and Data Collection is carried out by external firms who are generally monitored in the field by GIL-affiliated Field Coordinators. The GIL is led by a practice leader and advised by a steering committee. The Gender Innovation Lab is led by Markus Goldstein.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Economist will work under the supervision of the Africa Gender Impact Evaluation Unit Leader, Markus Goldstein. Key responsibilities will include:

• Provide Technical Support on the design and implementation of selected impact evaluations.

• Work with task teams, including government and World Bank country and project teams, in selected African countries, to identify and develop innovative pilot interventions and impact evaluations that target and test potential solutions to the underlying constraints that hinder women’s productivity.

• Design interventions and impact evaluations to capture the impacts of these pilot programs, as well as broader programs, on a range of social and economic outcomes.

• Provide support to impact evaluations of ongoing interventions, including designing baseline and follow-up surveys, undertaking data Analysis, and writing relevant reports.

• Build and manage teams comprised of external researchers, government and NGO collaborators, field staff, data analysts, and survey teams.

• Prepare project work plans, budgets, etc.

• Present on work as well as provide technical workshops to government counterparts, project teams and other select audiences; organize training and workshop sessions and deliver selected contents; prepare documents, including policy reports, intended for external release.

• Conduct Data Analysis using STATA;

• Provide support on the preparation of progress reports to management and other corporate gender reporting requirements;

• Support country teams on gender assessment policy notes and integrating gender into strategies;

• Support the team’s fundraising efforts by preparing fundraising proposals, liaising with trust funds department and preparing reports for donors;

• Assist on ad hoc requests: project appraisals, consultant selection, contract processing, and portfolio reviews.

• Help create new partnerships between GIL and external research collaborators, in academia, NGOs, and government, by supporting GIL’s calls for proposals and new partners, and the subsequent review of expressions of interest, and concept note creation for possible new impact evaluations.

Selection Criteria

I. General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills - Possesses a demonstrated track record of working with economic and sectoral data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.

II. Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.

III. Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.

IV. Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.

V. Gender-related Economics and Integrative Skills - Is working to develop a stronger integration of gender issues in the current sector, at the analytical and operational level.

VI. Written and Verbal Communication - Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup

VII. Client Orientation - Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.

VIII. Drive for Results - Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so.

IX. Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.

X. Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.

XI. Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.

Selection Criteria

I. Minimum of Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in economics, international development or related field;

II. Minimum of five years of relevant professional and/or academic experience, gender and impact evaluations (preferred);

III. Fieldwork experience in Sub-Saharan Africa executing impact evaluations, including survey design and implementation;

IV. Experience working on financial sector projects

V. Knowledge of Innovative Finance

VI. Knowledge of and experience with Financial institutions and women entrepreneurs

VII. Excellent analytical and quantitative skills including a strong econometrics background, and the ability to use STATA;

VIII. Excellent project management skills;

IX. Behavioral competencies that facilitate dialogue with country partners and country teams, including listening skills, Capacity Development skills, and ability to adapt advice to the local institutional realities;

X. Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and ability to influence across organizational boundaries;

XI. Excellent analytical and quantitative skills including a strong econometrics background, and general economic knowledge and analytical skills. Demonstrated track record of working with economic data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.

XII. Fluent in English

XIII. Willing and able to undertake frequent international travel.

XIV. Experience with projects in Nigeria and or Ethiopia preferred.

Remuneration will be set according to standard World Bank rates, commensurate with experience. The position starts as soon as possible and will be based in the World Bank's headquarters in Washington DC.

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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