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E T Consultant- Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab Internship USA (The World Bank)
Africa GIL is hiring an ETC Economist to lead research on Africa gender Innovation , entrepreneurship, capital access, labor markets, and childcare. Ideal candidates have strong technical skills, teamwork orientation, and English proficiency, with a preference for French and/or Portuguese. The position is based in Washington, DC and starts immediately.
Institutional Context: The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) is housed within the Africa Region Gender Impact Evaluation Unit, mapped to the Africa Chief Economist’s office. The Economist will work within this unit and will also provide research uptake support to operational colleagues in select World Bank Global Practices.
Impact Objective: The Africa Gender Innovation Lab (AGIL) aims to increase gender equality in Africa, focusing on women’s empowerment and economic growth. It does this by producing evidence and a compelling narrative for policymakers to inform gender-informed policies and practices in the region.
Regional Orientation: AGIL’s work is focused exclusively on Sub-Saharan Africa, where the team is currently working with the aim of building an evidence base with lessons for the region.
Sector Specific: AGIL conducts research to close gender gaps in earnings, assets, and agency, focusing on six thematic areas: agriculture, private sector development, property rights, social norms, social protection, and youth employment, with cross-cutting factors like care and skills.
Impact Evaluations:AGIL is currently working on over 80 impact evaluations, with additional work in the pipeline, and requires a core team of economists to conceptualize, coordinate, and implement each study in collaboration with partners.
Influencing Policies and Practices that Matter for Gender Equality: AGIL partners with influential projects to conduct impactful research, disseminating findings through various channels to shape development projects and policies. It aims to promote effective programs, improve data availability, and enhance evidence-based decision-making.
Duties and Accountabilities in E T Consultant- Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab:
The ETC Economist will work under the supervision of the Africa Gender Impact Evaluation Unit Leader, Michael O’Sullivan. Key responsibilities will include:
Provide technical support on the design and implementation of selected impact evaluations.
Work with task teams, including government and World Bank country and project teams, in selected African countries, to identify and develop innovative pilot interventions and impact evaluations that target and test potential solutions to the underlying constraints that hinder women’s productivity.
Design interventions and impact evaluations to capture the impacts of these pilot programs, as well as broader programs, on a range of social and economic outcomes.
Provide support to impact evaluations of ongoing interventions, including designing baseline and follow-up surveys, undertaking data analysis, and writing relevant reports.
Build and manage teams comprised of external researchers, government and NGO collaborators, field staff, data analysts, and survey teams.
Conduct descriptive research and synthesis analyses.
Prepare project work plans, budgets, etc.
Present on work as well as provide technical workshops to government counterparts, project teams and other select audiences; organize training and workshop sessions and deliver selected contents; prepare documents, including policy reports, intended for external release.
Conduct data analysis using STATA;
Provide support on the preparation of progress reports to management and other corporate gender reporting requirements;
Support country teams on gender assessment policy notes and integrating gender into strategies;
Support the team’s fundraising efforts by preparing fundraising proposals, liaising with trust funds department and preparing reports for donors;
Assist on ad hoc requests: project appraisals, consultant selection, contract processing, and portfolio reviews.
Minimum of Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in economics, international development or related field;
Minimum of five years of relevant professional and/or academic experience, gender and impact evaluations (preferred);
Experience (or demonstrated interest) in working on gender and entrepreneurship, access to capital, labor markets, and/or childcare;
Fieldwork experience in Sub-Saharan Africa executing impact evaluations, including survey design and implementation;
Excellent analytical and quantitative skills, including a strong econometrics background and the ability to use STATA;
Excellent project management skills;
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;
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 and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts;
Teamwork, collaboration, and inclusion – Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and ability to influence and network across organizational boundaries. Collaborates with team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view. Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and motivate teams and group efforts across organizational boundaries;
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 – Able to take personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so;
Knowledge-sharing, 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. Strong written and oral presentation skills required. Strong ability to distill relevant recommendations/lessons for clients and target audience;
Business judgment and analytical decision-making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound logical decisions regarding own and others’ work;
Fluent in English. Strong language skills in French and/or Portuguese preferred; and
Willing and able to undertake frequent international travel.