E T Consultant – Washington, DC

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

The WBG sees the closing of key gaps between men and women, and expansion of voice/agency for women and girls as critical to its goals of eliminating poverty and boosting shared prosperity. The WBG has made large strides in addressing these issues over the past 20 years. Under IDA 18, as well as with the recent capital increase, the WBG has committed to an ambitious corporate push on new targets and strategic frontiers, and the current WBG gender strategy commits Regions and Global Practices to draw on strong, evidence-based gender analysis to inform policy and program priorities. The WBG seeks stronger and better-resourced efforts to address gender inequalities in human development, access to good jobs and control over productive assets, and services that meet the needs of both women and men, especially the poorest, and focus also on areas that could have transformational impacts.

POSITION CONTEXT

As part of the WBG’s gender strategy, the WBG maintains a Gender Data Portal which is the WBG’s comprehensive open data source for historical and current data broken down by sex. This data site provides open access to over 600 indicators compiled from officially-recognized international sources—including the World Bank Group’s own data—covering demography, education, health, access to economic opportunities, public life and decision-making, and agency. Data can be viewed in tables, charts, and maps or downloaded in one of several open formats. The Gender Data Portal is one of the most popular data platforms and the “go to” place for reliable data broken down by sex.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The World Bank Gender Data team is inviting applications for a ET Consultant to contribute to the World Bank Gender Data Portal agenda which includes data dissemination, data management, data journalism, visualization and storytelling in order to make existing gender gaps—including gender data gaps—more visible to international development stakeholders. This effort will expand the scope and impact of the Gender Data Portal by making the data more accessible to a larger audience. Packaging gender data and extensive research in coherent stories and appealing visuals can make gender data more relatable and actionable. This activity seeks to spark policy discussions to close gaps between men and women, boys and girls across the globe.

This task entails working with world class development economists, gender specialists, and data scientists who are doing some of the most interesting development research and data work in the world. The applicant will bring in a wide range of skills including experience in development economics research, project management and data management, and new analytical skills to inform audiences about the challenges and progress being made around the world in gender inequality, debunk myths about gender statistics, and bring to the fore the stark gaps in the availability of sex-disaggregated data.

This is a one-year role suited to someone with a strong portfolio of work in development data and research, an interest and specialization in gender issues, and development economics and experience in data management and analysis.

The ET Consultant will work closely with the World Bank Gender Data team to:

Gender data research

  • Conduct research and review of existing gender data and analytical work to enhance the gender statistics database
  • Conduct select country case studies to evaluate how gender data is used by the target audience and policy makers to inform policy discussion in closing gaps between men and women, and boys and girls
  • Identify and research gender topics for building stories, visualizations, and short videos, including essential, “zombie”, novel/revealing statistics, and non-traditional data sources
  • Conduct literature review to inform evidences of gender gaps and issues
  • Research and create a catalog of existing surveys, data sources, including external sources, methodological studies and research programs on gender statistics


Portal design and user experience research

  • Identify and analyze key performance indicators for the gender data portal to inform the website design
  • Strategize data dissemination in order to redesign the gender data portal to improve the user experience. This will include research on user experience of the existing portal with targeted audience and advocacy advisory group through feedback surveys and focus group discussions
  • Draft strategic and technical plans to revamp the Gender Data Portal and work closely with a vendor and the Gender Data Team to implement proposed changes


Communications and project management

  • Engage in the content creation process for the Gender Data Portal. This may involve coordinating with external and internal experts, data wrangling and analysis, and exploring data collection opportunities
  • Build a communication strategy to disseminate gender data and, especially, the portal, effectively; develop outreach and publicizing plans to reach targeted audiences
  • Coordinate all efforts internally and liaise with website vendors, external partners, and advocacy advisory group
  • Represent the World Bank Gender Data Team at selected local, national, regional, and/or global events to showcase World Bank data-driven flagships and work.

Selection Criteria

  • Education: at least a master’s degree with a minimum 2 years of relevant work experience. Relevant disciplines include economics; public policy; social sciences; statistics; computer science; data science; mathematics; or the equivalent, with a strong quantitative background.
  • Analytical skills: ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze, interpret and integrate data information from varied sources into clear conclusions and recommendations.
  • Experience in data management and analysis with skills in design and problem formulation, data wrangling and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of modern econometrics, statistics, and Stata.
  • Communication skills: communications strategy, data visualization and strong storytelling.
  • Excellent social skills; ability to collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams, and to listen and integrate ideas from diverse sources, while being respectful and sensitive to cultural, political and gender issues.


Preferred

  • Familiarity with scripting and programming languages such as R, and Python and associated software libraries is preferred but not essential.
  • Familiarity with data visualization principles and tools and presentation and communication of results in an engaging and reproducible manner is an advantage.
  • Familiarity with gender research is a plus.


Competencies

  • Deliver Results for Clients. Proactively addresses client’s stated and unstated needs.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries. Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly received diverse perspectives.
  • Lead and Innovate. Develops innovative solutions.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge. Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
  • Make Smart Decisions. Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.

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. This is why we continually search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe. 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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