World Bank

Senior Economist (Digital Development)

World Bank

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Senior Economist - Digital Development

Job #: req11348 Organization: World Bank Sector: Digital Development Grade: GG Term Duration: 4 years 0 months Recruitment Type: International Recruitment Location: Washington, DC,United States Required Language(s): English Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 4/9/2021 (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. For more information, visit Infrastructure Practice Group

Globally, 840 million people live more than 2 kilometers from all-weather roads, 1 billion people lack electricity, and 4 billion people lack Internet access. Access to basic infrastructure services is critical for creating economic opportunities for the poor. The Infrastructure (INF) Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies. The INF Vice Presidential Unit (VPU) currently consists of four global practices (GPs): Energy & Extractives (EEX), Transport, Digital Development (DD) and Infrastructure Finance, PPPs and Guarantees (IPG).

Digital Development (DD) Global Practice DD plays a critical role in enabling the achievements of the Twin goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Digital technologies are transforming firms, governments and people's lives; and with the digital economy growing at a rate significantly higher than that of the global economy, it offers emerging economies a unique opportunity to leapfrog traditional paths for development through digital solutions. Collaborating across technical, geographic and institutional boundaries, the Digital Development team helps Design and deliver Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-enhanced solutions to a diverse range of clients. The team supports clients (i) through advisory assistance to establish policy and regulatory environments that allow the widespread use of technology and create a trust environment; (ii) investment operations by building infrastructure to connect the unconnected, or enabling digital government shared platforms (cloud, digital, identification, etc.).

The DD Global Practice is led by a Director supported by three Practice Managers with specific regional responsibilities and two Practice Manager with global responsibilities. The IDD05 Unit is responsible for developing Global Knowledge and Expertise in the area of Digital Development. This includes research, policy, knowledge, Coordination with other units within the World Bank, dialogue and collaboration with other organizations working in this field and supporting DD management functions.

The IDD05 Unit is looking for a Senior Economist to be based in Washington DC (USA). The Senior Economist will report to the Practice Manager.


As Senior Economist, you will : Research, Analysis and publications

  • Lead the conceptual design and planning of economic research and studies in the area of Digital Development.
  • Carry out original research and analysis into a broad range of issues relating to Digital Development.
  • Develop and apply methodologies for analysis of high priority policy areas for the World Bank in the context of digital development (e.g. Climate Change, new technology, private-capital mobilization etc.)
  • Carry out analysis, develop insights and prepare written reports/presentations relating to WB activities in the Digital Development area.
  • Manage teams working on research, analysis and reports in the above areas.
  • Work with other institutions outside the World Bank (e.g. universities, research institutes, governmental agencies, multi-lateral agencies etc.) in the area of research and policy design in digital development
  • Contribute to written reports and publications generated by other members of the Digital Development Unit.
  • Review and contribute to research, policy analysis and written reports led by other Global Practices (GPs) and regional teams within the World Bank.
Working with clients, WB teams and external stakeholders
  • Contribute and share knowledge and insights on current developments in areas of digital development.
  • Provide inputs and advice to other members of the Digital Development team and to other GPs.
  • Make oral presentations and actively participate in meetings to discuss and identify suitable solutions and approaches on a wide range of economic issues in the field of Digital Development.
  • Prepare presentations for senior management meetings and to support dissemination and communication of progress on key initiatives.
  • Participate in policy dialogue with senior officials of client countries, regional institutions and development partner agencies.
  • Represent the DD Unit and the World Bank at events relating to Digital Development, economics, sector policy and regulation.
Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree or higher in economics with 8+ years of post-graduate experience in one or more of the following areas: industrial organization, public policy, infrastructure, economic regulation, competition regulation, technology and innovation.
  • Excellent conceptual skills, including: a)An ability to think about the economics of the digital sector, including in new areas of focus (e.g. advanced technology, innovation, risks etc.) b)An ability to think strategically about the role of ICT / Digital Technologies in other sectors and (more generally) the economy c) An ability to think about the role that digital plays in the broader economic and social development agenda.
  • Skills in data and quantitative analysis relating to the economics of the digital sector.
  • Experience of application of economics to public policy issues through work in one or more of the following contexts: regulatory authorities, government body, policy research institutes (think tanks), consulting firms.
  • Excellent presentation skills, using charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists.
  • Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated in a proven track record of effectively delivering technical information in appropriate language to clients, the international development community, academia, and internal working groups.
  • Proven ability to participate in and lead teams working on analytical and policy issues. Ability to function effectively as a member of multi-disciplinary teams, mentor staff, and resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Ability to work independently under general direction of unit manager, and guide and mentor junior staff.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, in particular an ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential.

  • Training in applied economics with a focus on industrial organization, public policy, technology and innovation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the digital sector, industry structure, the role of digital in Economic Development, particularly in low and middle-income countries.
  • Knowledge and understanding of technology and innovation, its role in economic development, public policy issues arising from technology and innovation.
  • Applied quantitative methods, particularly in the fields of industrial organization, regulation, innovation and other public policy fields.
  • Data process and management, including large datasets and quantitative analytical techniques.
  • Writing skills, in both academic and policy contexts.
  • Understanding of economic development and policy development in the context of low and middle-income countries.
  • Proven ability to translate complex technical subjects in an intuitively understandable way.
  • Proven ability to interact with non-technical audience in the areas of Economic Policy.

  • Lead and Innovate - Develop innovative solutions with others.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Achieve results and identify mission-driven solutions for clients
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiate collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and bring differing ideas into the forefront;
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Create, apply and share knowledge from across and outside the WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions
  • Make Smart Decisions - Recommend and take decisive action
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