The Poverty Global Practice is a family of integratively-oriented and versatile empirical microeconomists with deep expertise in household surveys and poverty measurement, and broad experience in using household and other “micro” data to inform the design and implementation of policies and programs to reduce poverty and enhance shared prosperity. We work with government and external partners, at the country-level and globally, in ensuring that their efforts to eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity are enhanced by integrative empirically-grounded analyses of household welfare. Internally, we work with country, regional and global teams across all practices to operationalize the twin goals of the WBG—to reduce poverty and enhance shared prosperity—by providing a more robust evidence base and analytics using micro data. This entails a variety of engagement around strengthening monitoring and evaluation as well as entire statistical systems.
The country-level work of the poverty global practice typically falls under one or more of the following three streams:
● Laying the foundations for evidence-based policy by strengthening data on household welfare and statistical systems: this is the foundational work, mostly delivered through Technical Assistance and occasionally through statistical capacity-building investment operations, to support the design and implementation of surveys, provide advice on best-practice methodologies for estimating household welfare, poverty, and shared prosperity, and build capacity and strengthen country systems for collecting data on and monitoring household welfare more generally.
● Defining the agenda through integrative analysis and dialogue: this stream of work has focused on using the household-level data, wherever available, to undertake integrative analyses to inform the policy dialogue and advance the poverty reduction and shared prosperity agenda and priorities at the regional, national and occasionally sub-national levels.
● Delivering operational solutions: this stream of work focuses on collaborating with internal and external partners to translate the upstream analytics into concrete implementable measures and support the implementation of particular interventions aimed at reducing poverty.
In Nepal, the development vision articulated in the Government’s planning documents as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) impose significant demands on the country’s statistical systems. For each of the indicators, data gaps will identified and filled, targets have to be benchmarked and routinely monitored. In order to respond to this in a holistic way, the country is in the process of finalizing its National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) to make its statistical system more robust, comprehensive reliable, transparent and better coordinated.
The candidate selected for this position will report to the Practice Manager who manages the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) and South Asia (SAR) and work on the Nepal program to help strengthen statistical capacity to help finalize and implement select parts of the NSDS as well as contribute to the other streams of poverty work in the country.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current 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 term appointment.
• Work closely with other global practices to enhance the poverty and shared prosperity focus of the country program;
• Lead the overall micro-monitoring effort and any poverty-related policy and programmatic interactions with internal and external clients (e.g., development partners);
• Mentor and guide junior members of the team;
• Contribute to the global knowledge base of the poverty practice by participating in and contributing to the work of at least one of the four thematic lines.
• Master’s or PhD degree in economics, statistics or related field with at least eight (8) years of relevant professional experience
• Programme management skills and experience – someone with hands on delivery skills.
• Experience of working in government statistical systems, especially in national accounts and/or survey work.
• Good relationship management skills and experience of working within government.
• Strong analytical skills and experience of policy influencing/engagement.
• Demonstrated strength in each of the three streams of work around which the poverty global practice’s country-level programs are structured
• General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills – Possesses Cross-country knowledge in economic specialty and demonstrates ability to link the macro, institutional, and micro-level behaviors; able to support findings/policy recommendations with credible analysis and tools.
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.
• Policy Dialogue Skills – Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.
• Integrative Skills – Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
• Technical and Quantitative Skills as an Applied Development Microeconomist – Able to lead/participate in projects related to poverty and inequality reduction, poverty and welfare measurement, national development strategies, monitoring, information and evaluation systems, impact evaluation, and related areas.
• Written and Verbal Communication – Demonstrates the ability to influence and persuade others to accept ideas and suggestions (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers)
• Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions with others.
• Deliver Results for Clients – Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.
• Make Smart Decisions – Recommends and takes decisive action.
• Demonstrates ability to coordinate, participate in, and act as a catalyst for, strategic cross-practice dialogues within country teams, promoting integrated evidence-based development solutions