E T Consultant
|Term Duration:||1 year 0 months|
|Recruitment Type:||Local Recruitment|
|Location:||Washington, DC,United States|
|Closing Date:||11/12/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC|
Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group (WBG) provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org
1.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
On 9 March 2023, the Office of the World Bank Chief Statistician was established to : (i) lead and promote the adoption of standards and best practices for data and statistics across the World Bank, including development of a World Bank policy framework for data and statistics quality assurance; (ii) champion data innovations by advising Senior Leadership on the implementation of major data and statistics initiatives, identifying strategic priorities for World Bank data governance, and fostering collaboration among partners on data and statistics priorities; and (iii) represent the World Bank in global discussions and deliberative fora on data and statistics.
To achieve these objectives, the World Bank Data Quality Assurance framework is being defined as the policy and procedures for implementation of data quality assurance Bank-wide. This will be supported by guidelines, tools, platforms, and processes to enable staff to improve the quality, management, discovery, and visibility of World Bank data. The Development Economics Group Indicators and Data team is responsible for implementation and adoption of these tools, platforms, and processes for quality assurance in data management.
This position will be based in the Indicators and Data team (DECID) of the Development Economics Data Group (DECDG). DECDG houses the World Banks main data team, together with the Secretariat for the Data Council and the Office of the Chief Statistician. Its mission is to put data to work for development, by increasing country capacity to produce, disseminate, and use data of all kinds; improving accessibility, management, and dissemination of the WBGs own data assets, and by producing high quality statistical indicators and data products to help improve development outcomes. The work of the department calls for extensive partnership with other international organizations, with member countries statistical offices, and, with regions, global practices, and other units.
Within DECDG, the Indicators and Data team produces high quality data outputs (such as the World Development Indicators database) and manages business processes and data quality procedures relating to data collection, transformation, and dissemination. The team manages a portfolio of key institutional data management and dissemination platforms including the World Bank Data Catalog, Microdata Library, Data Collection System and Databank and various websites such as World Bank Open Data (https://data.worldbank.org).
The teams responsibilities are expanding to support the Office of the Chief Statistician, particularly in the implementation of the World Bank Data Quality Assurance framework and its roll-out across the institution. This will include development of standards, guidelines and tools for data and metadata management and data quality assurance guidance, processes and metrics.
2.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
DECDG is seeking a dynamic individual to implement our data management outreach, training, and internal communication initiatives. The ideal candidate will excel at building relationships, both within the organization and externally, and clearly communicating technical topics to non-technical audiences. Joining the team as an Extended Term Consultant (ETC), they will assist in reimagining, developing and rolling out the next generation of data management and data quality tools for the World Bank. This position will require both well-rounded technical & data science skills, and the ability to engage and work with diverse teams to identify business requirements and develop innovative solutions for their data management needs. We are looking for a candidate who can passionately advocate for improvements in data quality and management and support teams to effectively adopt new approaches, tools, and solutions. Specific duties will include:
Developing and maintaining automated extract/transform/load (ETL) flows to ingest and transform data from a variety of sources for both internal and external use.
Developing tools and processes that provide simple and effective methods for ensuring data and metadata quality.
Curating datasets and documenting and automating curation processes to ensure data is updated regularly, data quality and accuracy is maintained, and metadata are created and managed in accordance with set standards.
Creating, documenting, and maintaining tools (Python, R) that simplify current data management tasks.
Developing and improving guidance and best practices for metadata, data management processes, data quality assurance, storage and dissemination of data for both internal and external use.
Supporting dissemination of data and data products via visualization, APIs and other means.
Outreach, Training and Support
Creating and updating data management guidelines, ensuring adherence to industry best practices, and promoting data governance standards throughout the organization.
Developing strategies and coordinating outreach efforts to raise awareness about the importance of data management, as well as conducting training sessions to equip our staff with the necessary skills to handle and utilize data effectively.
Directly advising and supporting Bank teams in documenting, managing, and disseminating datasets using best practices to ensure transparency and reproducibility.
Developing training materials on data management, curation, metadata, storage, transformation, and dissemination.
Masters Degree with a minimum of 4 years experience in computer science, statistics, economics, mathematics, or related field.
Minimum of four years of professional experience focused on data management, data production, change management, technical communications, or business analysis.
Technical experience in various aspects of data science - a creative problem solver with strong skills in design and problem formulation; data curation; data acquisition, cleaning, and management; data interpretation, analysis; and the presentation and communication of results in an engaging and reproducible manner.
Outstanding data wrangling skills, including experience working with semi-structured data (JSON, XML) and APIs.
Experience developing robust, well documented Python or R packages.
Strong understanding of metadata and familiarity with metadata standards (e.g. DDI, ISO19139/19115) and schemas.
Experience working on production systems and familiarity with agile development practices and issue tracking tools (eg. JIRA, TFS), version control (e.g. Git) and collaborative development (e.g. Github) is essential.
Strong team work and interpersonal skills is a must. The selected candidate will have to interact effectively with a range of clients and colleagues.
Communication skills: strong ability to work with, and convey technical information to, non-technical audiences. Ability to engage and build relationships with different types of teams. Excellent oral presentation and written communication skills in English.
Self-starter: ability to take the initiative and work independently.
Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, development work.
World Bank Group Core Competencies
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET appointment of three 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 third-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.