World Bank

Research Analyst (Spatial Database)

World Bank

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Research Analyst, Spatial Database.

Job #: req10459 Organization: World Bank Sector: Economics Grade: GE Term Duration: 2 years 0 months Recruitment Type: International Recruitment Location: Washington, DC,United States Required Language(s): English Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 1/11/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC Description

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. Visit Regional context The South Asia Region (SAR) comprises eight countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) that range in size from India (with a population of over 1 billion) to Maldives (with 0.4 million people). By 2030, an additional 315 million South Asians will call cities their home, the number of megacities in the region will have increased from seven to nine and the number of large cities will have almost doubled. This spatial transformation is a key driver of development for the region in the coming decades. A solid knowledge base is needed to turn urbanization challenges into economic, social and environmental gains. Geo-referencing data and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been embraced by planners and scholars to manage, interpret and present data. The use of mobility data and other forms of Big Data are increasingly used in our advice to policy makers in South Asia as they pursue Economic Growth and address inequalities. HIRING UNIT The South Asia Chief Economist's (SARCE) Office is the principal Advisor to the regional Vice President. The Office provides a range of analytical resources to the regional front office and represents it in internal and external meetings of specialists. It collaborates with researchers and policymakers in the countries and promotes local debate on policy issues through the discussion of evidence-based analyses.

Our Office leads the preparation of flagship publications of the region, delivers a bi-annual publication on current economic developments, and produces several self-standing volumes every year on topics of interest! SARCE has responsibility for Analysis and research on regional issues including economic integration. It also leads all aspects of the analytical work of the Vice Presidency, providing guidance and inputs. Our team provides support to country teams as needed, interacting with Global Practices and Cross Cutting Solution Areas on behalf of the region. We also assist on policy advice, supporting the preparation of selected credits and loans on demand. Our team cooperates closely with researchers in the region, maintains a network of academics and practitioners, and organizes workshops and conferences. Responsibilities You will maintain and expand the Spatial Database and contribute to research linked to spatial and big data issues. You will report to the regional Chief Economist. On a daily basis, you will work directly under the supervision of one of the senior or lead economists in the team. Your will: Contribute to the maintenance and expansion of regional databases with a spatial dimension. Identify, compile, curate, organize and document existing geo-referenced data from countries in South Asia. Explore Data Collection opportunities offered by the expansion of the digital economy in the region. Compile and review specialized literature on spatial issues and economic geography in South Asia, with a focus on data and methodology aspects. Contribute to the preparation of technical papers and policy notes, either in a supporting role or as co-author with other members of the Office. Collaborate to the external dissemination activities. Provide inputs on regional and corporate products, both operational and analytical, which have a spatial or digital economy dimension. Undertake other analytical activities in collaboration with colleagues in the team and assist with other activities of the Office as needed. var boomerang_ip =''var boomerang_ip =''var boomerang_ip =''var boomerang_ip ='' Selection Criteria

Minimum Master's degree in economics, statistics, Data Science, or information technology with 2-3 years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong analytical and conceptual skills and demonstrated experience with managing and analyzing large databases. Experience in statistical programming in languages such as STATA, R, Python and familiarity with Machine Learning and remote sensing imagery. Knowledge of web-based programming in languages like PHP and SQL will be a plus. Ability to deliver results effectively in support of the team, taking personal responsibility to meet deadlines and quality standards. High motivation, initiative, a positive attitude, team spirit, and the capacity to work comfortably in a diverse environment. Ability to work under pressure and work flexibly on a range of assignments, to adjust to changing needs, and to prioritize among evolving tasks. For information about WBG Core Competencies, please visit: boomerang_ip =''var boomerang_ip =''var boomerang_ip ='' 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.
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