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E T Consultant

Job #: req11220
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Infrastructure
Grade: EC2
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): spanish, french, portuguese
Closing Date: 4/15/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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

The World Bank’s Infrastructure Vice Presidency (INF VPU) is keen to increase recruitment of highly-qualified, early and mid-career African and African Diaspora (A&AD)[1] staff for careers in transport, energy, digital development, infrastructure finance and infrastructure economics. To this end, the INF VPU has created two branded recruitment programs: (i) the A&AD Infrastructure Fellows Program; and (ii) the A&AD Infrastructure Mid-Career Professionals program. The present recruitment process is carried out under the A&AD Infrastructure Fellows program.

The Transport Global Practice seeks to connect people, goods and services to jobs, schools, hospitals, local, regional and international markets, using faster, cheaper, safer and more efficient solutions, while keeping traffic fatalities, congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and local air pollution in check. It responds to the needs of developing countries and transition economies for modern and reliable transport solutions.

Within the Infrastructure Vice-Presidency, the Transport Global Knowledge Unit (ITRGK) is responsible for the strategic leadership of the knowledge program across the transport global practice, and providing cross-support to the regional operational units through a number of Global Leads, and Global Solutions Groups (GSG), shaping the agenda around critical areas such as green transport, development corridors and regional integration, and urban mobility. The Transport Connectivity and Regional Integration (TCRI) GSG encompasses five Solution Areas: (i) Economic Corridors and regional integration; (ii) Railways; (iii) Aviation; (iv) Maritime and Inland Water Transport; and (v) Freight and Logistics.

The Transport Global Knowledge Unit (ITRGK) is seeking an Economist with interests in transport and logistics and to contribute to a dynamic and emerging research and data agenda work program. The position is based in Washington DC and will be supervised by the Practice Manager of the ITRGK. 


The successful candidate will be an integral part of the ITRGK team, working closely with other units across the World Bank. The candidate will be based at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

The responsibilities of the proposed ETC position include contributing to the ITRGK Economics/Logistics and Research Program. These activities range from collecting, organizing and analyzing data, to reviewing literature, to drafting research papers and shorter briefs or blogs. All tasks are undertaken in a highly collaborative team environment.

The ETC selected for this assignment will be expected to:

1. Contribute to the ITRGK Research Program by identifying and scoping out suitable research projects in the area of logistics and transport, collaborating in the development of specific research papers, presenting results of research at various fora.
2. Undertake data analysis; including data cleaning, exploratory data analysis, graphical analysis of data, spreadsheet-based data analysis, econometric analysis of data. This work will entail the use of standard econometric packages and other programming software (such as Stata, Matlab, Python, R etc.), with a particular emphasis on analysis of geospatial data and big data. Experience in Factor Analysis and PCA would be an advantage;
3. Summarize data and results of empirical analysis effectively using tables, graphs and charts (through Excel, Powerpoint).
4. Contribute to the production of research papers by undertaking literature reviews, developing conceptual and theoretical frameworks, discussing the significance of empirical results, and providing clear policy interpretations of research findings.
5. Draft briefs, short notes, and sections of relevant operational documents including Project Concept Notes, funding proposals, minutes of meetings, etc.
6. Prepare presentations for senior management meetings and to support dissemination and communication of progress on key initiatives.
7. Make oral presentations and actively participate in technical meetings to discuss and identify suitable solutions and approaches on a wide range of economic issues.
8. Assist in the organization of knowledge-dissemination events such as conferences, workshops, and seminars to promote technical discussion of ITRGK/TCRI work and to expose ITRGK/TCRI to recent leading-edge research in academia.

The selected candidate will report to the Global Practice Manager for Transport, and work closely with other ITRGK/TCRI team members and consultants, as well as collaborating across boundaries to deliver joint projects with DECRG, other Chief Economist Offices, and academia.

Selection Criteria

Do you meet the following selection criteria? If so, we encourage you to apply:

The position calls for a highly-motivated individual who is able to work seamlessly with teams and independently completes tasks assigned to her/him. The successful candidate shall already have a master’s degree and should either have a doctorate in economics or be close to completing one. The candidate will be expected to have co-authored his/her own academic quality research papers. It is expected that Doctoral research and/or any previous or subsequent research activity would evidence an interest and some technical background in transport, and ideally logistics. A developing country research focus and/or professional experience in developing countries is preferred.

Other specific skills include:

• Master’s degree in an economics-related field related to transport/logistics, as well as a Doctorate that is either completed or close to completion.
• 5 years of professional experience either before, during or after graduate school, with exposure to transport/logistics and development;
• Proven ability to analyze complex data sets and translate results into easily readable and policy-relevant materials (e.g. tables, graphs, ppt, summary notes, papers).
• Track record of writing research papers, either as sole author or co-author, as evidence of strong writing skills and the ability to think analytically about research problems.
• Knowledge and Experience of Economics of transport and logistics – Understands key economic concepts relating to the sector; applies them to addressing practical policy challenges;
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients;
• 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;
• Drive for Results - Able to take personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so;
• 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;
• 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; and
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, in particular ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders.

Core competencies

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1)African and African Diaspora candidates are citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries or those who hold the citizenship of other countries but trace their ancestry to Sub-Saharan Africa, such as African-Americans, Afro-Latin-Americans, and others.

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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