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The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development. Its mission is to support client countries to eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG): the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.
Development Economics Global Institute. The Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) is the Bank’s central hub for knowledge generation and the production of research and data public goods. DEC is at the global forefront in producing high-quality data and research on development. To ensure that the full value of World Bank’s knowledge is realized through greater utilization and uptake, the World Bank is establishing the Development Economics Global Institute (hereafter DEC Global). DEC Global will maximize the impact and policy relevance of World Bank research and data by partnering research and training institutes in the Global South to produce and deliver knowledge products to key stakeholders in client countries.
DEC Living Standards Measurement Unit (DECLS). Within DEC, is also the Living Standards Measurement unit (DECLS). Through the work of this unit, the World Bank supports governments and national statistical agencies globally in building capacity for the production and use of high-quality household survey data to inform policy. DECLS develops, designs, and validates innovative survey methods, uses new technologies to improve survey data quality, and develops analytical tools to facilitate the use and analysis of the data collected. Among DECLS’s vast portfolio is the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS), the World Bank’s flagship household survey program focused on strengthening household survey systems in client countries and on improving the quality of microdata to better inform development policies.
Under the DECLS, the Rome-based Center for Development Data (C4D2) spearheads an extensive work program in line with the overarching objectives of the Unit, with a mission to facilitate, through capacity building and technical assistance programs, the production of high-quality, timely, and relevant data on poverty, inequality, agriculture, climate, resilience, and rural development. Collaboration with multiple Rome-based agencies enables the comprehensive agenda of the C4D2, including the 50×2030- Data Smart Agriculture Initiative.
The 50×2030 Initiative is a joint effort with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to support 50 low- and lower-middle income countries (L/LMICs) across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America by 2030 in scaling up household and farm survey programs to close gaps in data required for tracking the SDGs. The implementation of the initiative is carried out under three components, data production, methods and tools development, and data use, thereof the latter implies to build the capacity and motivation of decisionmakers to use data, to strengthen data producers to align with decisionmaker needs, and to improve data sharing and open data.
To support the work of DEC Global and related activities under C4D2 and 50×2030, the World Bank is seeking a senior consultant to contribute to advancing the work program of the Institute, including by providing operational and technical inputs to the research, training and data activities on climate, resilience, and natural resource management.
The World Bank is seeking to recruit a senior consultant to perform three interrelated duties: (1) Support the DC-based Senior Manager in the coordination of the Rome-based activities of DEC Global; (2) Lead the Resilience and Climate work program of DEC Global, contributing to its implementation; (3) ensure coordination between DEC Global program of work and the activities of other Rome-based WBG teams (C4D2 and 50×2030) and of the UN Rome-Based Agencies (RBAs) on capacity development, and on the development of metrics around climate change and its socio-economic impacts. In particular, the consultant will perform the following activities:
(i)Support the Senior Manager in the coordination of the Rome-based activities of the DEC Global Institute, contributing to their programming and implementation, liaising with host country counterparts, as well as with think tanks and training Institutes in Global South, and WBG staff in other locations. Contribute to the overall programming, coordination and monitoring of DEC Global Institute activities.
(ii)Contribute to the conceptualization and operationalization of the resilience and climate change thematic component of the Development Economics Global Institute (DEC Global) with the aim of increasing the use of DEC’s knowledge on resilience and climate change and making it actionable at scale.
(iii)Lead the implementation and coordination of the resilience and climate change thematic component work program of DEC Global, with a focus on the following activities:
Engaging with the development community to identify and prioritize knowledge gaps that require further research in the areas of resilience, climate change, natural resource management, inclusivity and equity in climate action and ensuring streamlining in DEC’s research, methods, training, and data agenda.
Contributing to the development of a user-centric curation system to scale up the utilization and impact of DEC’s resilience and climate-related development knowledge products.
Working with the Learning team, design and oversee the execution of DEC Global capacity building program to enhance the capacity of client countries to use climate-related data, research and tools produced by DEC to accomplish their development objectives.
Coordinate and provide substantive technical inputs to research and data teams contributing to the resilience and climate change thematic component as needed to accomplish the work program’s objectives and have data and research products developed and delivered in a timely manner.
(iv)Ensure the coordination with the program managers of C4D2 and 50×2030 and the integration of the above tasks with other capacity development, research and technical assistance activities on resilience and climate change managed by other teams in DEC and particularly those based in the WBG Rome office (C4D2 and 50×2030); explore and operationalize opportunities for collaboration on capacity development, technical assistance and research activities on resilience and climate change with those of the Rome based agencies of the United Nations.
(v)Perform other related duties as required.
- Master’s degree in economics, statistics, international development, or other relevant field and 8+ years of experience. A PhD is considered a strong asset.
- Strong organizational, programming and coordination skills. Proven experience providing leadership and management inputs to complex work programs in the context of international organization or other multilateral organizations.
- Familiarity with the literature and policy debates on natural resource management, resilience, and the impacts of climate change on livelihoods.
- Familiarity with the design and use of socio-economic micro data on climate changed adaptation and mitigation, resilience, and natural resource management.
- Previous experience working with international institutions (such as the World Bank, UN,
- etc.), government agencies, and statistical institutes considered an asset.
- Familiarity with UN agencies, particularly Rome-based UN agencies, and their work
- programs in areas of relevance to the position considered an asset.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently in a multi-cultural environment and under
- Willingness and ability to travel frequently and on short notice.
Location and Duration of the Consultancy
This Extended Term Consultancy is a local appointment based in the Rome, Italy. The appointment will be initially for one year, renewable as per World Bank Group policies.
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