ET Consultant – Digital Development Analyst – Digital Development

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Digital Development Global Practice

The Digital Development (DD) Global Practice is part of the Bank’s Infrastructure Practice Group. It plays a critical role in enabling the achievements of the Twin goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Digital technologies are transforming firms, governments and people’s lives; and with the digital economy growing at a rate significantly higher than that of the global economy, it offers emerging economies a unique opportunity to leapfrog traditional paths for development through digital solutions.  
Collaborating across technical, geographic and institutional boundaries, the Digital Development team helps design and deliver ICT-enhanced solutions to a diverse range of clients.  The team supports clients (i) through advisory assistance to establish policy and regulatory environments that allow the widespread use of technology and create a trust environment; (ii) lending operations by building infrastructure to connect the unconnected, or enabling digital government shared platforms (cloud, digital, identification, etc.). 
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The DD Global Practice is led by a Director supported by seven Practice Managers and Program Managers with specific regional responsibilities and global responsibilities. The IDD02 Unit is responsible of the Digital Development activities and portfolio in the Western and Central Africa region, including lending, supervision and analytical work. 

The IDD02 Unit is looking for a Digital Development (DD) Analyst under an Extended Term Consultant (ETC1) contract to be based in Washington, DC. English is essential for this position, and French would be an advantage. The DD Analyst will report to the IDD02 Practice Manager.  

Duties and responsibilities:

The ET Consultant will be responsible for:

• Participate in developing and implementing digital/ICT sector strategy, reform roadmaps and assists in country-specific policy work and implementation plans.
• Gather and analyze country, technology and markets facts and data to support sound decisions and inputs to Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks and other 
• Participate to a range of digital economy and ICT sector assessments, financial and business case analyses, and best practice notes.
• Provide technical expertise on selected ICT policy and regulatory issues and contributing to the design, preparation and supervision of World Bank Group financed digital development related investment and policy reform programs in client countries with a particular emphasis on aspects such as stimulating development of digital connectivity infrastructure through PPPs and regulatory/policy reforms, facilitating development of digital government IT infrastructure, platforms and services, and promoting development of digital skills and innovation as well as on addressing corporate requirements (e.g. climate change, gender,….).
• Liaise and coordinate with colleagues working in other sectors (including agriculture, health, education, energy, financial services, transport, etc.) on how to leverage digital technologies to improve public service delivery and efficiency in the respective sectors.  
• Perform economic and financial analysis (market models, business models, etc.) to inform decisions on project designs, PPP schemes, financing plans, etc.
• Support data management activities including data inventory process, open data initiative, data collection and any other data related matters in the context of digital transformation activities.
Supporting tracking of operational engagements operationalizing the Digital Economy for Africa initiative  (investment operations and development policy operations) and progress against targets and commitments as needed.
• Work independently in providing operational, analytic or other professional support to senior professionals and seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior professionals.

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree in telecommunications, engineering, computer science, law, economics, public policy or related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience in ICT / Digital Economy policy and regulation and/or ICT / Digital Economy project design and implementation, or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Working knowledge of the ecosystem of inter-related policies, strategies, institutions, laws and regulations relevant to the ICT sector and digital transformation of economies and societies 
• Strong conceptual and analytical skills, including using metrics and indicators to determine targets for digital transformation, take stock of developments over time, and use data driven results monitoring as an instrument to advance policy reforms and investments.
• Firm understanding of digital technologies, digital transformation of society, and digitally enabled business model trends relevant to socio-economic development in Africa (and in particular in Western and Central Africa) context and enthusiasm to stay abreast of new innovations.
• Good client engagement skills, taking responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or project success.
• Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills in English (French would be an advantage). Solid presentation skills, using charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists in a clear, easily understandable and effective manner.
• Proficiency in office software such as Power Point, Excel, Database management, etc. Proficiency in advanced level in excel is an advantage.
• Strong drive for results, taking personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results.  
• Strong business judgment and analytical decision making, analyzing facts and data to support sound and logical business decisions.
• Proven ability to function effectively as a team member of multi-disciplinary teams.
• Willingness and ability to travel.

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