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E T Consultant

Job #: req14554
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Economics
Grade: EC3
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 1/25/2022 (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 www.worldbank.org.

About Development Impact Evaluation (DIME):


The Development Impact Evaluation group (DIME) is a department of the World Bank's Development Economics Vice-Presidency.  DIME's purpose is to increase the use of impact evaluation (IE) in the design and implementation of public policy and to develop institutional capacity and motivation for evidence-based policy.

DIME’s work focuses on:
• Evaluating programs at scale to answer policy-relevant questions; 
• Developing innovative data systems and data analytics tools for real-time decisions;
• Using causal inference analysis to identify mechanisms to improve results;
• Building capacity to strengthen country institutions for evidence-based policymaking. 

DIME aims to overcome the challenge in identifying true cause-and-effect relations in policy programs. By linking researchers to policymakers and feeding results back into policies, DIME fosters systematic use of evidence, which informs adoption, mid-course corrections, and scale-up of policies. Through workshops and clinics with operational staff and government clients, joint research teams, active field coordination, as well as research products such as seminars, papers, and policy briefs, DIME builds capacity while forming a wider community of practice. 

DIME accompanies impact evaluations during their entire life-cycle. It starts with assessing demand, identifying research questions, as well as supporting project implementation, high quality data collection, analysis, and dissemination of results.

With a portfolio of more than 170 impact evaluations, DIME operates across all sectors in about 50 countries spanning the globe. The IEs test a variety of interventions and mechanisms to understand why policy succeeds or fails and how to improve policy design and implementation to obtain better results. By working proactively in collaboration with clients, DIME employs experimental methods to infer causality whenever possible (79% of the portfolio). 17% of DIME IEs utilize non-experimental methods, while 4% use a combination of the two. More information can be found at http://www.worldbank.org/dime.

Roles and Responsibilities

DIME is seeking to hire an Extended Term Consultant with substantial experience in client-facing, policy-driven impact evaluation. The candidate will have a strong track record of working with multiple partners across diverse settings to design and execute research projects and related activities in the context of complex government operations. They will be highly adept at building and managing teams and relationships, negotiating common ground between divergent interests, and strategically communicating to various audiences to advance an agenda. Specific responsibilities will include: 

• Leading the design and execution of research projects in DIME’s Infrastructure and Climate Change portfolio.
• Leading the expansion of DIME’s portfolio in Kenya and building local collaborations within the country.
• Acting as a principal or co-principal investigator on a selected set of impact evaluations related to Infrastructure and Climate Change. 
• Promoting policy uptake based on intermediate and final IE-related analyses and outputs.
• Representing DIME in internal and external policy forums, including working with development partners and donors to scale up research and maximize policy impact of DIME work.
• Managing teams and providing mentoring and guidance to junior staff.
• Promoting and disseminating DIME’s work through contributing to research papers, reports, presentations, briefs, blogs, and other dissemination channels.
• Contributing to training and capacity building of clients on impact evaluation and DIME’s co-production model, including through international workshops and country/client-focused training.

Selection Criteria

• PhD in economics, public policy, or a related field with a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in impact evaluation, empirical research, and development policy and program design.
• Solid technical and analytical skills and relevant experience with a track record of delivering impact evaluation-related products. Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and manage all stages of the IE cycle including research design, fundraising, client engagement, data collection, analysis, dissemination, and capacity building of clients to incorporate knowledge outputs into policy-making.
• Record of publishing in top economics journals.
• Demonstrated experience/expertise in leading impact evaluations in Infrastructure and Climate Change related work, with flexibility and ability to engage across sectors. 
• Demonstrated experience in testing innovative interventions at scale and testing mechanisms at the forefront of economics research. 
• Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and working across sectoral and organizational boundaries.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, with ability to tailor communications appropriately for different audiences. Ability to work in other languages relevant to DIME’s portfolio is an advantage. 
• Experience managing and supervising teams and day-to-day interactions with clients. Mentoring, coaching, conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to work flexibly, creatively, and to multitask as the need arises. High degree of self-motivation, positive attitude, commitment, and drive.
• Willingness and ability to travel.
• Willingness and ability to co-manage a multi-sectorial portfolio of impact evaluations.

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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.