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E T Consultant
Job #: req4316
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,USA
Required Language(s): English
Closing Date: 10/13/2019 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
About the World Bank Group:
Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.
The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
The ETC will work with the macroeconomic modelling team of the Global Macro and Debt Unit if the Macro, Trade, and Investment Global Practice. The team produces macro-structural, Computable General equilibrium and microsimulation models for a diverse set of clients, including World Bank staff and client-country Ministries of Finance, Economics and Planning. In addition, it coordinates and provides the models that underpin the World Bank’s twice-yearly Macro Poverty outlook exercise.
The CGE work of the team is mainly client driven and responds to the needs and requirements of internal World Bank clients and those of client-governments. The bulk of the team’s CGE work uses the GAMS programming language and the country level (MANAGE) CGE framework, as well as the global ENVISAGE models from which it derives. Work tends to focus on macroeconomic issues, with variety of foci, including climate change, labor markets, fiscal, energy, gender, trade, infrastructure and development policies. The work program includes developing customized social accounting matrices (SAM) using maximum cross entropy and highest posterior distribution approaches; designing and implementing policy scenarios, and customizing models according to the needs of the specific client or project. In addition to analytical papers and work, the team also provide training on the use, interpretation and construction of CGE models to both internal and external audiences.
The team cooperates closely with clients within and outside the World Bank to develop a better understanding of their needs and to disseminate the modelling results as well as to train them to use or understand the modelling work and results. The team’s main outputs are policy notes, technical reports, working papers and journal articles.
In support of these efforts the team is looking for a high-energy detail-oriented short-term consultant to assist with the SAM building and CGE Analysis tasks supporting the model development process and responding to requests from the team.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The successful candidate will be expected to familiar with GAMS programming language and the SAM building process. S/he will be expected to rapidly become familiar and expert with the MANAGE and ENVISAGE frameworks. The successful candidate will be expected to their leverage a solid background in macroeconomics economics and excel at building SAM’s and customized versions of the MANAGE system in collaboration with and under the supervision of more senior colleagues. In addition, they may be asked to perform other tasks requiring the manipulation of large data sets and advanced quantitative methods.
The ideal candidate will typically have:
• Ph.D. Degree or be a Ph.D. candidate in Economics or related area, with a focus on quantitative methods and macroeconomic analysis OR at least 3 years of experience on CGE modelling with a Masters degree in Economics or related area.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of CGE models, SAM building and problem-solving skills.
• A solid knowledge of GAMS, including capacity to debug and modify existing model code, analyzing model results, and develop reporting tools for model results
• Experience with statistical software (Eviews, R, STATA) and other CGE platforms would be an asset.
• Familiarity with the macroeconomic and fiscal policy issues, and climate change modelling in a developing and resource-rich country context.
• Proven record of published work that presents technical content to non-technical audiences
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and to build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues.
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.
Poverty has no borders. Neither does excellence. This is why we continually search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
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