Senior Economist - AFEGI at World Bank Group (Washington DC)

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Senior Economist - AFEGI

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World Bank



Term Duration:
1 year 0 months

Recruitment Type:
International Recruitment

Washington, DC,United States

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Closing Date:
2/21/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) of the World Bank's Africa Gender Impact Evaluation Unit, which is mapped to the Africa Region Chief Economist's Office, conducts impact evaluations of development interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa, seeking to examine the gender gap between men and women when it comes to economic growth and empowerment. With the results of the impact evaluations, the GIL aims to support the design of innovative, scalable interventions to address gender inequality in productive economic sectors across Africa. The impact objective of GIL is to increase take-up of effective policies by governments, development organizations, and the private sector in order to address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, and through that promote growth.


Institutional Context: The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) is housed within the Africa Region Gender Impact Evaluation Unit, mapped to the Africa Region Chief Economist's office.

Impact Objective: The Gender Innovation Lab has a clear and actionable impact objective: to increase take-up of effective policies that can address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, particularly in terms of women's economic and social empowerment, and through that promote growth. GIL aims to do this by strengthening knowledge, in particular, by producing and delivering a new body of evidence and developing a compelling narrative, geared towards policymakers, on what works and what does not work in promoting gender equality. This new evidence will deepen capacity for gender-informed policymaking throughout the Africa region, including policies created and enacted by governments, as well as common practices and program models of private firms, civil society, and development agencies.

Regional Orientation: GIL's work is focused exclusively on Sub-Saharan Africa, where the team is currently working in 20+ countries with the aim of building an evidence base with lessons for the region.

Sector Specific: GIL is focused on conducting rigorous research in order to generate evidence on how to close the gender gap in earnings, productivity, assets, and agency. GIL's work is grouped into several categories: agricultural productivity, private sector development, land and property rights, and youth employment, and social norms.

Impact Evaluations: GIL is currently working on over 50 impact evaluations, with additional work in the pipeline, and requires a core team of DC-based staff to coordinate

Influencing Policies and Practices that Matter for Gender Equality: GIL engages in rigorous research by partnering with high-profile, large-scale, innovative and/or potentially influential projects and project partners on its impact evaluations. GIL then uses its results, which are disseminated in papers, presentations, policy briefs, blogs, and in other ways, in order to influence how development projects and policies are conceived and run. GIL aims to help direct funding to the most effective programs and policies, increase the availability of good data to inform programs and policies that target gender inequalities, and increase the use of evidence to inform program and policy decisions.

GIL's internal organization and staffing: Each impact evaluation is led by a coordinator and other GIL team economists and research assistants, often in collaboration with external researchers. GIL Economists split their time between Washington, DC and field sites. The project to be evaluated by each IE is implemented by external partners, and data collection is carried out by external firms who are generally monitored in the field by GIL-affiliated field coordinators. The GIL is led by a Lead Economist Markus Goldstein and advised by a steering committee.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Senior Economist will serve as the Deputy Head of the Gender Innovation Lab and work under the supervision of the Africa Gender Impact Evaluation Unit Leader, Markus Goldstein. Key responsibilities will include:
• Work with task teams, including government and World Bank country and project teams, in selected African countries, to identify and develop and test potential solutions to the underlying constraints that hinder women's productivity.

o Lead impact evaluations and knowledge activities on gender in the productive economic sectors (property rights, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and social norms)

o Build and manage teams comprised of external researchers, government and NGO collaborators, field staff, data analysts, and survey teams.
• Lead conceptualization and execution of GIL research uptake strategy within the World Bank and with selected external partners

o Lead team of GIL research uptake specialists and support thematic leaders and economists on all aspects of research uptake engagement, including with World Bank country and sectoral teams and key donor partners

o Assist in the preparation of GIL policy briefs and other research uptake materials

o Support GIL Country Labs with research uptake activities
• Support Gender Innovation Lab leader on execution of GIL strategy, team management, partnerships, and corporate requests

o Advise Gender Innovation Lab leader and RM team on strategy, staffing, and team management

o Ensure timely, high-quality responses to regional and corporate requests

o Support GIL fundraising activities that contribute to GIL's strategic priorities

o Represent GIL and share GIL findings at World Bank and external partner events and meetings

o Contribute to and selectively lead the development and continual refinement of GIL systems and processes

o Assist South Asia Gender Lab and other regional GILs with technical and admin guidance

o Review WBG knowledge and operations products and share team's research findings

o Support GIL working groups on team public goods (knowledge management, technical methods, onboarding)
• Manage the professional development and growth of GIL team members

o Supervise, mentor, and provide feedback to team of GIL research uptake specialists and GIL research analysts

o Provide mentoring and operational and technical guidance to DC-based and overseas team members

Selection Criteria

General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills - Possesses a demonstrated track record of working with economic and sectoral data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.

Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.

Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.

Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.

Gender-related Economics and Integrative Skills - Is working to develop a stronger integration of gender issues in the current sector, at the analytical and operational level.

Written and Verbal Communication - Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup

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 - Takes 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.

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.

I. Master's degree in economics, international development or related field. Strong preference for PhD

II. At least 8 years relevant professional and/or academic experience with a focus on gender and impact evaluations

III. Fieldwork experience in Sub-Saharan Africa executing impact evaluations, including survey design and implementation

IV. Thematic experience specifically in property rights, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and social norms

V. Experience both conceptualizing and executing research uptake and dissemination strategies

VI. Experience with program wide proposal writing and relationship building with external donors.

VII. Strong experience managing and mentoring colleagues

VIII. Excellent project management skills

IX. Behavioral competencies that facilitate dialogue with country partners and country teams, including listening skills, capacity development skills, and ability to adapt advice to the local institutional realities

X. Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and ability to influence across organizational boundaries

XI. Excellent analytical and quantitative skills including a strong econometrics background, and general economic knowledge and analytical skills. Demonstrated track record of working with economic data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses (including STATA)and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.

XII. Fluent in English and proficiency in French required

XIII. Willing and able to undertake frequent international travel.

Remuneration will be set according to standard World Bank rates, commensurate with experience. The position starts as soon as possible and will be based in the World Bank's Office in Washington, DC

This internal requisition is open to WBG and IMF staff only (including short-term and extended term consultants/ temporaries). External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will not be considered.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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