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Recruitment an Economist for World Bank

World Bank recruits an Economist – req5732


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. For more information, visit

Poverty and Equity Global Practice

The Poverty and Equity Global Practice, part of the Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions vice-presidency, plays a key role in supporting the World Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. It generates knowledge and dialogue and supports operational solutions, focusing on poverty monitoring and statistical capacity building, markets and institutions, fiscal and social policy, and resilience to shocks and sustainability. The practice is organized into seven regionally-oriented units—EAP, ECA, LAC, MNA, SAR and two in AFR—each managed by a Practice Manager. The development and flow of global knowledge within the practice is facilitated through four cross-cutting thematic lines, each of which is led by a thematic Lead Economist. These are: (1) data for policy analysis; (2) markets and institutions for poverty reduction and shared prosperity; (3) fiscal and social policy for poverty reduction and shared prosperity; and (4) welfare implications of climate change, fragility and conflict risks. Every member of the practice is affiliated with, participates in and contributes to the work of at least one of the thematic lines. In addition, the practice takes the lead in two corporate priority areas: (a) Data for Goals; and (b) Systematic Country Diagnostics.

Duties and Accountabilities

We are looking for a locally-recruited Economist to join our team, based in Dakar, Senegal. You will work primarily on Cabo Verde and Guinea Bissau, but also participate in strategic work of the team working in other countries in the Senegal CMU (Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal). Like all members of the Poverty GP, you will also be encouraged to support the global knowledge base of the practice. In particular, you will have the following duties:

  • Participate and lead teams working on poverty, gender, labor markets, and equity, including diagnostics of mobility, vulnerability, multi-dimensional poverty, and agency and voice.
  • Contributes to advice to country and sectoral teams on how to address poverty, equity, gender issues and promote evidence-based decision making.
  • Use and develop new frameworks, instruments and technologies to monitor poverty, equity and gender trends.
  • Analyze the distributional impact of fiscal, social and other sector policies and investments.
  • Support the development of statistical public goods and initiatives for data sharing and analysis.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for an imaginative and innovative micro-economist with a demonstrated track record of sound analytical work and excellent judgment.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in Economics, Public Policy, Statistics or other related field, with a strong quantitative background and at least five years of relevant professional experience.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated strength in at least one of the three streams of work around which the poverty global practice’s country-level programs are structured. Experience in more than one of those work streams is desirable;
  • Technical and Quantitative Skills as an Applied Development Microeconomist – Has experience in micro-econometrics and statistical modeling – designing, implementing household surveys & performing complex econometric analysis;
  • Superb interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams, and to listen and integrate ideas from diverse sources, governments, NGOs and donors, while being respectful and sensitive to cultural, political and gender issues;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in both English & French.
  • Ability to work with staff from all levels and to mentor, coach and motivate more junior staff.

The WBG Core Competencies:

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.

Job details

  • Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
  • Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
  • Required Language(s): English, French
  • Closing Date: 2/5/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

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