The objective of the Extended-Term Consultant is to support the Education Team in Brazil in operations with national and subnational governments and on the ongoing analytical work conducted by the World Bank Group.
The Latin America Education Global Unit in Brazil works to deliver evidence-based projects to federal and local governments to improve learning in most vulnerable areas and promote efficient spending in education. Ultimately, it aims to make every child able to learn, foster innovative policies, cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reduce the learning poverty.
Some areas of action include:
– Support implementation of education reforms in Brazil.
– Advise and dialogue on education policy, propose solutions to persistent challenges and disseminate evidence-based policy to counterparts.
– Analytical reports on the main education bottlenecks in Brazilian Education (learning poverty, Hybrid Model, teacher training and career, inclusive education, efficient spending).
Additionally, the Education Global Practice has a rich portfolio in Brazil, including federal, state and municipal engagements in all levels of education. The World Bank supports the federal government on a comprehensive Upper Secondary Reform; in primary education, the Education team also supports two ambitious projects promoting human development in the Municipality of Salvador (Bahia). A new engagement is under preparation in Mato Grosso. Additional to these activities, the education team is engaged in several multi-sectorial projects in Alagoas, Rio Grande do Norte, Piauí, and Acre.
In general, the Education team works in some strategic groups:
* Upper Secondary Reform. The reform of the upper secondary curriculum brings new challenges in terms of design, implementation and scale. The World Bank recurrently engages with national and subnational governments to support its implementation and share the international experiences.
* Primary and Lower Secondary Programs. A priority lies on inclusive learning, fight against learning inequalities, early dropout and age-grade distortion. Effective action needs to start at the earliest stage of education.
* COVID-19 Response on Education. The COVID pandemic impacts on learning threatens the recent gains obtained in Brazil. To recover to pre-pandemic levels, a multifaceted response from governments is essential. The World Bank is proposing a set of evidence-based responses (Hybrid Models, Scholarships to students conditional on returning to school, adaptative tutoring, Early Warning Systems and so forth).
* Efficiency on Education Spending. The fiscal deterioration in states and municipalities will invariably require robust reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public spending. Supporting the states and municipalities to make public spending more efficient and augment their management capacity is a priority during post-COVID periods. For this reason, the World Bank is promoting a package of school management systems, helping to design the ICMS “Quota-Parte” reforms and deeply involved in the reformulation of the new FUNDEB.
* Analytical Work. The Education team is developing a comprehensive set of reports to foster policy dialogue in education. One example is the Brazilian Human Capital Review, the first national report which builds on the Human Capital Project, which discusses the magnitude of talent lost in Brazil due to less than optimal education and health. This agenda is complemented by two random evaluations, studies on education financing reform, reports on Hybrid Models in Brazil and the dissemination of Ceará/Sobral cases.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The LAC Education GP in Brazil seeks an extended-term consultant (ETC) to support its operational and analytical portfolio. The ETC reports to the Latin American Education Global Practice Manager and is expected to be part of the Brazilian Education Team. She/he will take part in advisory tasks and operations at the country level and in multiple states, including education projects related to the implementation of school network management systems, upper secondary reform and the COVID-19 response in education. The ETC will also support analytical work on education reforms, hybrid learning strategies, and similar topics.
The ETC will:
– Contribute to the state- and country-specific operations (led by the education practice and cross-sectorial)
– Contribute to analytical reports in education (involving microdata analysis, literature review, supervision of consultants’ outputs, design of instruments for surveys, etc.).
– Support World Bank TTLs in policy dialogue, coordination, and capacity building of governments in light of evidence-based results.
– Organize datasets, produce analysis, reports and PPTs.
– Adapt the analytical work to the development of operational responses to the COVID-19 crisis in education and its medium-term consequences.
– Once the health conditions allow, the work will also entail participation as a member in World Bank missions and joining selected discussions and policy dialogue with client representatives in English and Portuguese.
– Once the health conditions allow, the ETC will also be likely to travel to states where the World Bank has operations. Travel to Washington D.C may also be required for training related activities.
* At least a master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Education, Sociology, or related social science.
* At least 2 years of relevant experience in policy analysis and education policy.
* Work experience with policy implementation in Brazil is desirable.
* Knowledge of academic literature on education is an advantage.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills in Portuguese and English is desirable.
* Computer skills (STATA, R, MS Office) with experience in the analysis of microdata.
* Proven ability to work in a team and multicultural environment, with minimal supervision.
Benefits (as of July 2020)
Extended-Term (ET) appointments are for a minimum of 12 months, renewable for an additional 12 months.
ET staff are eligible for:
1) Two personal days of leave for each full month of service.
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.