Data Fellow: World Bank Development Data Group

Position: Short-Term Consultancy (up to 150 days through June 2020 to start, with opportunity to convert to extended-term / full time position).

Job Title: Data Fellow

Hiring Manager: Umar Serajuddin, Manager, Development Data Group

The World Bank Program Manager: Craig Hammer, Program Manager, Development Data Group, The World Bank

To apply: Please email: (i) your updated CV; (ii) a 1-page cover letter; (iii) any links to relevant examples of your work; and (iv) contact particulars for at least 2 professional references to by Monday, September 30 at 5pm EST.

Background. The World Bank’s Development Data Group is inviting applications for a Data Fellow join our team, and bring their experiences of data journalism, visualization and storytelling to the field of international development. Why are we looking for a Data Fellow? Because improving society’s fact-based view of the world is vital for progress. We know that our role as an international organization can’t stop at publishing databases or releasing research papers. We need to tell the stories of what these data and research are showing us. And we need to use smart approaches to engage, inform and delight audiences around the world.

Do you want to work with world class economists and data scientists who are doing some of the most interesting development research and data work in the world? Do you want to apply your reporting, editorial and technical skills inform audiences about the challenges and progress being made around the world in everything from technology, healthcare and education, to finance, climate change and marine protection? This is a short-term consultancy to start (with the opportunity to convert to an extended term / full time role), suited to someone with a strong portfolio of work, an interest in economics and international affairs and experience in a news organization working on data-driven journalism.

Scope of work. The Data Fellow will work closely with the World Bank Development Data Group to:

● Generate and implement forward-thinking design, visualization, and content ideas for compelling data-driven stories for global, non-specialist audiences (for example, stories on safe water access, early childhood development, gender-based violence and waste management). Work will involve field travel.

● Apply this forward-thinking design and data visualization creativity to the development of the next iteration of the World Bank’s flagship Atlas of Sustainable Development: A Visual Guide to the SDGs.

● Devise a new editorial style and content strategy, plus key pieces of content, for the new online edition of the World Bank’s World Development Indicators.

● Represent the World Bank Development Data Group at selected local, national, regional, and/or global events to showcase World Bank data-driven flagships and work. Selection criteria. The selected candidate should have:

● Education: at least a Master’s degree with a minimum 2 years’ relevant work experience. Relevant disciplines include data journalism; computer science; statistics; mathematics; economics; or the equivalent with a strong quantitative and computational background.

● Communication skills: strong storytelling and data presentation skills, including data visualization.

● Analytical skills: ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze, interpret and integrate data information from varied sources into clear conclusions and recommendations, including an understanding of the pros and cons of different methods of visualizing data.

● Technical skills include demonstrable experience with: ○ Data science, with strong skills in design and problem formulation, data interpretation, and data analysis; ○ Modern statistics, scripting and programming languages such as STATA, R, and Python and associated software libraries; ○ Visualizing data, using either scripts or tools, such as R/ggplot, ,D3, Carto, QGIS, and Tableau; and ○ Presentation and communication of results in an engaging and reproducible manner. The World Bank’s Core Competencies. All World Bank staff and consultants are asked to role model the following core competencies:

● Deliver Results for Clients. Proactively addresses client’s stated and unstated needs.

● Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries. Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly received diverse perspectives.

● Lead and Innovate. Develops innovative solutions.

● 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.