Senior Economist, Washington, United States At The World Bank

Closing date: Monday, 19 June 2023

Senior Economist

Job #: req22984

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Economics

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English, French

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 6/19/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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The Office of the Chief Economist in the Africa Region generates timely and relevant knowledge on policy and institutional reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa. It produces research articles and reports on the most pressing development issues facing the continent and fosters a community of economists interested in Sub-Saharan Africa, within the World Bank and on the continent. Since July 1, 2020, the office supports the two Vice-Presidencies for Sub-Saharan Africa (AFE and AFW).

Work in the Office of the Chief Economist in the Africa Region is organized around 6 pillars: 1. Production of periodical Macro-monitoring and outlook (“Africa’s Pulse”, Africa Weekly Economic and Financial Monitoring); 2. Knowledge generation: Regional Studies done in collaboration with Global Practices and Research papers; 3. Linking knowledge to operations: mainstreaming regional studies and ASA’s findings into DPOs, and review of selected investment projects; 4. Knowledge Management and Client engagement: Seminar Series, outreach to internal and external clients, conferences, etc.; 5. Quality control/review: Comments for corporate and regional products ASAs and Operations; 6. Knowledge uptake, capacity building/mobilization in client countries: Work with African research networks, think tanks, and Chief Economists of Government.

Duties & Accountabilities

The Senior Economist will work under the supervision of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for the following areas of work:

  •  Co-lead/Contribute to the preparation of Regional studies.
  •  Conduct high quality independent and policy-relevant research targeting peer reviewed economics publications in top general interest and field journals
  •  Generating original Economic research insights, via background papers, focused policy notes and other knowledge outputs of the Chief Economist’s Office.
  •  Contribute to comments on Corporate Flagship Reports, including WDR, GEP, Peer review other work and undertake other assignments as per the Chief Economist request.
  •  Help advance the goals and priorities of the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa region.

Selection Criteria

The applicant should meet the following requirements:

  •  A PhD in economics or closely related field;
  •  At least 8-10 years of relevant professional experience in economic policy, research or related areas, either internal or external to the World Bank Group;
  •  A proven track record in peer-reviewed economic research, with leadership experience in areas relating to economic policy.
  •  Ability to synthesize complex research findings for a policy or operational audience;
  •  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;
  •  Leadership experience in areas relating to economic development, economic policy making in Africa, and/or capacity building for senior government officials;
  •  Experience leading complex programs and projects;
  •  Excellent writing skills and attention to detail;
  •  A proven track record in economic policy and research, relating to the topic of relevance to the World Bank Group and the countries of sub-Saharan Africa;
  •  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;
  •  Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and ability to influence across organizational boundaries;

If the selected candidate is a current World Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year 0 months term appointment.

  •  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 development economics.
  •  Written and Verbal Communication – Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup

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