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Senior Economist

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The World Bank
Washington, DC - United States
S: Competitive

Duties and Accountabilities:

• Lead and support knowledge generation, sharing, and learning, the development of innovative knowledge tools, products and operational solutions, and work with regional teams of the Education Global Practice to facilitate that country programs and projects in education are informed by good practices and experiences globally;
• Lead and provide technical support on designated areas of the GEAK work program, including in tools development, survey design and implementation, data analysis, report writing, presentations, pipeline development, policy dialogue, progress reporting and quality control.
• Lead and/or support the creation and deployment of knowledge for incubation of innovative operational solutions in the education Global Practice, with hands on technical support to regional unit teams in the preparation, approval, implementation, and evaluation of relevant World Bank projects and policy advisory in education.

• Lead and/or provide significant contributions to global or regional flagship studies, forge strategic partnerships and alliances to contribute to the WBG corporate knowledge agenda in education.
• Oversee education related work in a designated area of the GEAK work program within the World Bank, across regional departments, relevant Global Practices, and other units as appropriate.
• Support as appropriate core business functions of GEAK, including management of team members/consultants, fiduciary oversight and over all trust fund management in collaboration with the RM staff and Trust Fund administration.
• Oversee and contribute to the development of policy briefs, the design and delivery of learning events, workshops and other forms of knowledge exchange within the WBG and among member countries and other partners.
• Liaise as needed with international partners, including the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, bilateral agencies and foundations, represent the GEAK unit in various fora, internally and externally, and support resource mobilization.

Selection Criteria:

Specific Selection Criteria:
• Ph.D. in economics, economic development or public policy and a minimum of 8 years of relevant and substantive policy research, development policy and/or operational experience, combined with a solid broad knowledge of the role of education in economic development and the World Bank's strategic directions.
• Recognized deep technical knowledge and experience in at least one to two of the core areas of focus of the education GP, particularly: Early Childhood Development, curriculum, instruction and learner assessments and policies to develop foundational cognitive and socio-emotional skills, analysis of skills mismatches, education spending analysis, pre-employment training and adult learning programs.
• Strong analytical and quantitative skills, and significant experience with rigorous micro data analysis of household surveys in education or other social sectors, and impact evaluation of programs.
• Excellent communication (oral and written) skills to convey complex technical ideas to a non-specialist audience, and lead substantive policy dialogue with clients and stakeholders.
• High levels of energy, initiative, innovative drive, resourcefulness and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements. Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to internal and external client requests, and set priorities for self and others.
• Superb inter-personal skills with demonstrated capacity to mentor and guide more junior staff, and work seamlessly multi-sectorally and in diverse teams.
• Significant experience with policies and interventions in the education sector, including skills development programs, and familiarity with World Bank's operations and business processes.
General Competencies:
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Analytical Decision Making – Strong quantitative skills, experience with large datasets, demonstrated capacity to analyze and interpret empirical evidence, and ability to deduce clear policy advice.
• Drive for Results - Demonstrated ability to multi-task and to effectively carry out multi-disciplinary analyses and a diversity of tasks within a rapidly changing and demanding environment on short deadlines.
• Demonstrated combination of analytical rigor and practical and solution oriented approaches; understanding of the political economy of reforms.
• Excellent Policy Engagement Skills - written and oral - to engage decision makers around analytical findings. Leads in the sharing of best practice and knowledge. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Superior client orientation and inter-personal skills with proven ability to work cooperatively with multi-disciplinary country teams and staff and managers at all levels.
• Lead and innovate- Develops innovative solutions.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries- Communicate own perspective and be respectful of diverse perspectives.
• Make Smart Decisions- Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
• Proficiency in English, meaning the ability to work (converse, read and write) in the language (French desirable);

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

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The World Bank


Washington, DC, United States







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12th July 2017

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2nd August 2017

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