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E T Temporary

World Bank

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E T Temporary

Job #: req24728
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Economics
Grade: ET4
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic
Closing Date: 11/1/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

Description

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
Summary

The World Banks Vice Presidency of Development Economics (DEC) seeks to recruit a Reproducible Research Assistant (Extended Term Temporary) to support the project Improving Reproducibility in the World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series. The Research Senior Assistant will support DEC efforts to increase reproducible research practices and to verify the computational reproducibility of submissions to the Policy Research Working Paper Series (PRWPS).

We seek a candidate who is passionate about reproducible research and open science and has excellent data skills. The candidate will have expertise in a variety of statistical software and data science tools and familiarity with development economics research. Since most of the data analysis in papers published to PRWPS is done with Stata or R, proficiency in both software and programming languages is strongly preferred; advanced skill in either one or the other is required. Proficiency with GitHub is strongly preferred as we use the platform to conduct the checks. Familiarity with other languages such as Python, MATLAB, SAS, SPSS, Fortran, and Julia is a plus.

Description

The Reproducible Research Senior Assistant will be mapped to the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) department and will be part of the DIME Analytics team. DIME Analytics creates tools that improve the quality of impact evaluation research for all. They take advantage of the concentration and scale of research at DIME to develop and test solutions to ensure high quality of data collection and research quality across our portfolio, and to make public training and tools available to the larger community of development researchers who might not have the same capabilities. DIME Analytics objective is to ensure that DIMEs analytical work is high-quality, transferable, and replicable and to improve research quality globally through out public goods.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for implementing reproducibility verifications for World Bank research. S/he will verify that the packages are complete, that the code runs, and that the outputs exactly match those provided in the research paper. In case they do not match, the Research Assistant will try to troubleshoot. S/he will work closely with the Research Analyst managing the reproducibility verification process. The Research Assistant will support development and delivery of trainings to promote reproducible research and open science across the WBG.

Role & Responsibilities:

The Reproducible Research Assistant will have the following responsibilities:

1.Implement reproducibility checks to verify the computational reproducibility of research submitted to the PRWPS

2.Publish reproducibility packages in the new reproducible research repository, entering metadata and coordinating with the authors and publication team to release the package

3.Support occasional more in-depth code reviews and provide feedback to researchers on ways to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and transferability of their code.

4.Support and actively promote the adoption of reproducible research and open science practices by World Bank researchers.

5.Contribute to the development and maintenance of public goods to support reproducible research and high-quality coding practices.

Time division

Activity

Percent of time

Reproducibility verification

70%

Publication of reproducibility packages

20%

Support with capacity building (trainings, outreach, technical support)

10%

Selection Criteria

Bachelors degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, data science or related field with strong quantitative component

Proficiency in Stata, R and Git highly desired. Advanced skills in either Stata or R required.

Demonstrated interest in reproducible research and familiarity with best practices

Strong analytical skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail

Proficiency in Python or other programming languages such as MATLAB, SPSS, SAS, Fortran, Julia, and others are a plus. Knowledge of form programming languages such as ODK and SurveyCTO also a plus.

Demonstrated experience teaching statistical software or similar technical content is a plus

Strong oral and written communication skills in English are required. Fluency in other working languages of the World Bank is a plus

Proven ability and willingness to work as part of a team in a collaborative multicultural environment

General Development Knowledge and Analytical Skills: Demonstrates knowledge of cross-country information and the ability to link the macro, institutional, and micro-level behaviors; able to support findings/policy recommendations with credible analysis and tools.

Drive for Results: Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries initiates collaboration beyond the team.

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge Proactively and regularly shares knowledge.

Make Smart Decisions Identifies information needed to support decisions.

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making: Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

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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


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