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ETC - Education Economist

Job #: req12624
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Education
Grade: EC2
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English & French
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 7/30/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC




Are you a passionate advocate for education? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children in the world’s poorest countries? The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat (GPE) would like to hear from you.

Who we are

GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world’s learning crisis. It is the only global partnership and fund dedicated entirely to helping children in lower-income countries get a quality education, so they can unlock their potential and contribute to building a better world. With nearly 20 years’ experience helping partner countries to get more girls and boys in school and learning, we convene teachers, civil society, donors, United Nations agencies, development banks, businesses and philanthropists behind partner country leadership to finance and support solutions so that no child is left behind.

What we do

GPE convenes partners and mobilizes funds to help governments in 76 lower-income countries build and finance strong and sustainable education systems that deliver quality learning to more girls and boys, especially those who are marginalized by poverty, gender, disability, or displacement. GPE focuses on driving transformation at scale to get the most vulnerable girls and boys in school, improve teaching and learning, and build resilient education systems capable of withstanding shocks and adapting to new challenges. GPE’s approach achieves lasting impact by convening partners behind country leadership. We support government efforts to advance teaching and learning for the 21st century, mobilize more and better financing, and scale up proven solutions for the world’s poorest and hardest-to-reach girls and boys.

GPE recently approved a new strategy and operating model, GPE 2025, which is grounded in a “system transformation” approach and seeks to support and sustain education reforms with the potential for impact at scale. Within this framework, it was agreed to work with developing country partners to catalyze progress in four system transformation enabling factors:  Equity, efficiency, and the volume of domestic financing of education; Gender responsive sector planning, policy, and monitoring; Use of data and evidence; and Sector coordination.

Raise Your Hand

GPE is currently calling on world leaders to “Raise Your Hand” and pledge at least US$5 billion to help GPE transform education in up to 87 countries, which are home to more than 1 billion children. Over the next five years, this funding will help ensure that 175 million children can learn and enroll 88 million more children in school. In the longer term, this investment could add $164 billion to economies in the developing world, lift 18 million people out of poverty, and protect two million girls from early marriage.


With over 100 staff, the GPE secretariat is hosted by the World Bank and has headquarters in Washington D.C and Paris plus an office in Brussels. The selected candidate will be based in Washington, DC.

GPE has committed to becoming an evidence-based learning partnership as part of its 2021-2025 strategy.  To support this effort, GPE has developed a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) framework, that outlines how data and evidence will be generated and used across the partnership through both efforts at the country level and a specific Secretariat five-year work plan on: a results framework; a monitoring and data system; an annual results report; a portfolio of reviews and evaluations; a program of knowledge management and learning; and the management of a strategic partnership that provides advisory and capacity development support to countries for evaluations.  For details, see:

Also see the evaluation policy:  GPE evaluation policy. May 2021 | Documents | Global Partnership for Education

Results and Performance (R&P) team within the GPE Secretariat leads on the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) framework and helps the partnership learn from evidence generated through MEL.  R&P is directly responsible for the following work program:

• Produce annual results reports, reviews, and analyses of GPE data. 
• Generate results framework country-level data, including profiles which are published on the external website.
• Develop guidelines and templates for grant and compact monitoring and results reporting.
• Manage a portfolio of corporate evaluations.
• Stimulate learning from the monitoring and evaluation evidence generated at global and country levels, among the Partnership and within the Secretariat. 
• Manage strategic relationships with technical partners related to data and evidence.

Job Description

GPE is seeking to hire an Education Economist to support the team’s work program and to lead on specific items in the work program, including:

• Analyze education data available from public sources (e.g., UIS, World Bank surveys, UNICEF, and so forth).
• Assist with reviewing evaluation designs and evaluation outputs (e.g., data collection instruments, data collection protocols, draft reports, etc.).
• Organize GPE materials for use in evaluations.
• Review GPE documents (e.g., grant, financial, education sector analyses) to analyze relevant information for synthetic reviews (qualitative and quantitative).
• Assist with writing analytical reports.
• Contribute to developing, piloting, and socializing GPE’s grant monitoring mechanisms.
• Contribute to designing and organizing learning activities from the monitoring and evaluation program.
• Assist with other team tasks, as needed.

Selection Criteria

The Education Economist is expected to have the following education background and demonstrated skills and competencies:

• A Master’s degree in economics (or related social science field) with five years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• A strong background in quantitative skills.
• Ability to understand and work with education data.
• Proficient in the use of spreadsheets (e.g., Excel) and data analysis software (e.g., stata).
• Proven proficiency in writing clear analytical reports.
• Proficiency in English and French. 
• Excellent communication skills.
• Ability to work in a diverse team environment. 
• Ability to work flexibly in a fast-paced environment.

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.

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.