JOB OPPORTUNITY – Rwanda (Impact Evaluation Field Coordinators in Agriculture)

DIME is currently seeking Masters graduates with experience in data collection work to fill the positions advertised below. Field locations include (but are not restricted to): Rwanda, Mongolia, Niger, Bangladesh, and Haiti.

The position in Rwanda will require relocation early December 2011.

The DIME Secretariat works with networks and regions towards the adoption of effective mechanisms for the implementation of programs of impact evaluation that meet the objectives of the Bank-wide initiative. In addition the DIME Secretariat leads the implementation of seven thematic programs. As part of the Agriculture and Rural Adaptation program (AADAPT), DIME has recently entered a partnership with the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to implement the impact evaluations of their global portfolio. To coordinate this new set of impact evaluations, DIME is seeking a Consultant with interest in coordinating and implementing a client-led program of impact evaluations in Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Consultant will work in the DIME Secretariat (Development Impact Evaluation Initiative) and coordinate in-country field activities under a thematic impact evaluation program: the DIME AADAPT – GAFSP partnership (Agricultural Adaptation – Global Agriculture and Food Security Program).

The GAFSP and DIME have recently agreed to work together to mainstream impact evaluation as an operational tool to promote evidence-based policymaking in agricultural and food security operations around the world. Hence, GAFSP-financed operations will receive technical assistance from DIME under its AADAPT (Agricultural Adaptations) program of impact evaluations. Under this collaboration, implementing agencies will receive the best possible technical advice to find out, during the life of their projects, what works and how and deliver higher results on the ground.

The Consultant will work in close partnership with the GAFSP Secretariat and its donors, the ARD Network and Regional departments as well as with Government counterparts to build capacity for evidence-based policy-making in the rural sector through the implementation of rigorous, policy-driven impact evaluations.

DIME is seeking to fill one position in Rwanda (specific Terms of Reference are attached) starting in December 2011, as well as four positions in Mongolia, Niger, Bangladesh, and Haiti starting early 2012.

Tasks

The Consultant would work in the DIME Secretariat under the direct supervision of the Head of the DIME initiative, the Head of the Agricultural Adaptation program, and in close relation with the GAFSP secretariat. The consultant will prepare regular progress reports, communicate on an ongoing basis with the joint government-WB team, and provide day-to-day support on technical and operational tasks, including but not restricted to those listed below:

(i) Work with the joint government-WB team on the elaboration of a rigorous impact evaluation identification strategy. This includes identifying the key questions to be addressed, the results framework indicators to be used, data sources and sample sizes (including sampling framework and field procedures), timeline and budget
(ii) Agreement on the implementation protocol for the impact evaluation in close coordination with the DIME secretariat for quality insurance. In particular, as a research analyst will be appointed within DIME to review and advise on survey instruments and data collection protocols, the field coordinator will make the link between this person and the project team.

(iii) Participate actively on the procurement of the data collection work

i) Finalize the terms of reference for data collection and other documents that might be necessary for initiating the procurement of the data collection work on the World Bank side
ii) Participate in the procurement of the baseline survey, including the negotiations with the firm, finalization of the TOR and review of the inception report. This will include review of and compliance to in-country protocols for survey work

(iv) Monitor the entire data collection process, from manual drafting, training of enumerators to data entry, to ensure data quality
(v) Build capacity for data collection, data management and data analysis within the Ministry of Agriculture

(vi) Work with the project staff to prepare periodic progress reports, including key-stage reports jointly with the project team and the research team

Skills Required
· Academic specialization: At least a Master’s degree in economics, public policy or related field with strong quantitative research skills is essential, preferably with a concentration in development economics, impact evaluation and applied micro-econometrics.
· Experience: The candidate must have technical expertise in impact evaluation and econometric analysis (including proficiency in STATA), and experience working with governments. Ideally, the candidate will have some teaching experience.
· Capacity Building Skills: Demonstrated ability and experience in designing and delivering training and capacity building activities
· Language: Superior written and oral communications skills in English are essential; working knowledge of French is an advantage.
· Interpersonal skills: Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively in teams and with government counterparts.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence
Selection Process

All interested candidates will send their CVs and concise letter of interest by email, with subject line "Application material for DIME-GAFSP FC Position in <<COUNTRY NAME>>" latest by November 2 for the Rwanda position, and by November 18 for all other location to :

Florence Kondylis, DIME Economist, fkondylis@worldbank.org
Maria Ruth Jones, DIME Research Analyst, mjones5@worldbank.org
Silvia Velez Caroco, DIME Operations Coordinator, svelezcaroco@worldbank.org

A short list committee formed of 3 technical staff will review all duly received applications, and the short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a panel of IE specialists during the week of November 7 for the Rwanda posting, and subsequently for the other field locations.

The successful candidate for the Rwanda posting is expected to relocate to Kigali and start December 1, 2011.

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