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The Poverty & Equity Global Practice
To help achieve the twin goals, the institution is organized around fourteen global practices (GP) and five cross-cutting solution areas (CCSA), one of which is the Poverty & Equity Global Practice (Poverty GP).
The Poverty GP plays three key –leading and supportive– roles: sectoral integrator at country level; generator of knowledge and dialogue; and operational solutions supporter. The country-level work of the Poverty and Equity 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: this is the foundational work, mostly delivered through TA and occasionally through statistical capacity-building investment operations, to support the design and implementation of household 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.
● 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. This includes supporting the preparation of Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Frameworks, as well as the analysis of poverty and social impacts of Bank operations.
The development and flow of global knowledge within the practice is facilitated through four cross-cutting global solution areas, each of which is led by a thematic Lead Economist. These are: (i) Poverty monitoring and statistical capacity building, (ii) Markets and institutions for poverty reduction and shared prosperity, (iii) Fiscal and social policy for poverty reduction and shared prosperity, and (iv) Resilience to shocks and sustainability of poverty reduction and shared prosperity.
This job description describes the responsibilities of an Extended-term consultant to be hired by the South Caucasus team in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice to support the delivery of the joint SIDA-WB program in Georgia.
The Poverty & Equity Global Practice team in the South Caucasus
Following widespread gains in household welfare over the past two decades, countries in the South Caucasus aspire to become high level incomes societies. This goal is prominent in the development plans of each of the countries of the South Caucasus, as they seek to sustain progress in poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Reaching these ambitions will require equipping people with the assets, access to basic services, and markets needed to contribute productively to economic growth, while generating economic security and stability sufficient to reduce people’s risk of falling back into poverty.
The South Caucasus team in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice has a work program that is aligned with the aspirations of the region, and the challenges in each of the three countries. Due to client demand, collaboration on welfare monitoring, and policies regarding data sharing, the current core of the program concentrates on Georgia and Armenia, while engagement in Azerbaijan is limited due to the data constraints. Nonetheless, the team uses a regional approach to achieve economies of scale in ongoing activities and seeks to deepen engagement in Azerbaijan. Broader engagement is important for ensuring the strong links of the World Bank’s portfolio to the Twin Goals. The development objective of the WB Poverty Program in the South Caucasus is to support policies for reducing poverty and improving equity in the region.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Support the implementation of the SIDA poverty reduction program in Georgia, maintaining constant communication with, and providing briefings to, the Country Management Unit, the Poverty & Equity Global Practice and the clients.
• Prepare analytical, technical, and policy reports for both clients and other team members.
• Prepare distributional and poverty impact estimations for key reforms.
• Perform the monitoring and evaluation of the program activities.
• Lead/contribute to the preparation of analytical work in the South Caucasus, including, but not limited to Poverty and gender assessments, prioritization of investments, opportunities for development of economic reform policies, etc.
• Contribute and coordinate with other units and practice groups.
• At least 5 years of relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Advanced (at least Master’s) degree in relevant discipline such as public policy, economics or statistics.
• At least 3 years work experience with poverty and social impact evaluations, fiscal incidence analysis and households’ surveys.
• Demonstrated strength in at least one of the three streams of work around which the poverty global practice’s country-level programs are structured. Experience in more than one of those work streams is desirable.
• Proven analytical and writing skills.
• Experience with operational programs (including capacity building) for poverty reduction, labor markets, and gender equity is a plus.
• Ability to identify and develop potential areas for future World Bank initiatives to enhance analytical capacity for better evidence-based policy design.
• Good knowledge of quantitative methods and statistical software (R or Stata, SPSS)
• Superb interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams, and to listen and integrate ideas from varied sources, governments, NGOs and donors, while being diplomatic and sensitive to cultural, political and gender issues. Excellent written and communications skills in English.
• General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills – Demonstrated track record of working with economic and survey data and analytical tools and models to conduct applied micro-economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying economic and statistical concepts.
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy issues relevant to client countries and 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. Contributes to policy dialogue of other sectors through cross-support.
• Integrative Skills – Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
• Written and Verbal Communication – Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup.
• Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions with others.
• Delivers Results for Clients – Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
• 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.
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