Ethiopia Employment Promotion and Protection (EPP) Impact Evaluation Job

Work with us in Ethiopia on an exciting impact evaluation and implementation support for the Employment Promotion and Protection pilot! This position is based in Addis Ababa, with frequent travel to refugee hosting areas in Asosa, Jijiga, and Shire.

Please send your application with a cover letter and resume to Victoria Strokova (vstrokova@worldbank.org), Christian Meyer (christian.meyer@nuffield.ox.ac.uk), and Thomas Ginn (tginn@cgdev.org). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Contents

  1. About the World Bank Group (WBG) Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice
  2. Program Background
  3. Duties and Accountabilities
  4. Selection Criteria

Terms of Reference (World Bank Group Short-Term Consultant)

About the World Bank Group (WBG) Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice

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 Social Protection & Jobs (SP&J) Global Practice of the World Bank delivers operational approaches and evidence-based solutions to help individuals and families manage risk, cope with chronic/transitional poverty, and access better livelihoods and jobs.

These include:

  • Strategy, analysis, financing and design of programs delivering social safety nets/social assistance in the form of cash transfers, public works programs, and fee waivers.
  • Advisory and analytical services on design and delivery of contributory transfers (including old-age pensions, unemployment insurance, disability and survivor benefits), and their fiscal sustainability (including budget support for transitions).
  • Analysis, design and delivery of labor market and youth employment programs (with a focus on supply side interventions and intermediation policies), as well as policy advice on labor market regulations and interventions.
  • Strategy, analysis, financing and design of integrated social protection delivery systems (e.g., payments, identification, registries, systems assessments) as underpinnings of effective social programs that can help cope with climatic shocks or underpin fiscal reforms.
  • The Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) Global Practice has a large portfolio in Ethiopia, which includes flagship safety net programs in the form of the Productive Safety Net Program, and the Urban Productive Safety Net Project (UPSNP), as well as programs supporting basic decentralized social service delivery, including the Program for Results (PforR) on Enhancing Shared Prosperity for Equitable Services (ESPES) and the Ethiopia Social Accountability Program (ESAP).

In addition, SPJ has a growing portfolio of analytical and advisory services (ASA) in the area of social safety nets and labor markets. Currently, SPJ co-leads several analytical pieces on jobs aimed at providing evidence base to support the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the design and implementation of policies and programs aimed at improving jobs outcomes and inform preparation of World Bank operations.

Program Background

Ethiopia hosts approximately 900,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers and is the second largest refugee-hosting country in Africa after Uganda. Ethiopia has had an open-door policy for refugees since its present government came to power in 1991, permitting refugees and asylum seekers the right to reside in Ethiopia in officially designated camps managed by the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian partners. Most refugees are of Somali, Eritrean, Sudanese, and South Sudanese origin and live with very limited socio-economic rights in underdeveloped peripheral regions, in some cases surviving entirely on humanitarian aid.

The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has recognized the difficulty of this situation, including the limitations of continuing humanitarian aid and has proposed measures to promote self-sufficiency. In September 2016, the GoE has made an ambitious commitment toward a more comprehensive refugee response through nine government pledges, constituting a policy shift from a focus on encampment to more sustainable management of refugee situations. In February 2017, Ethiopia became one of the first countries to initiate the implementation of the UN-supported Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework

Analysis by the WBG indicates that refugees face significant constraints toward accessing productive employment such as low skill levels, language barriers, childcare responsibilities, remote location of camps and lack of desire to move far from camps.

To help support refugees in overcoming some of these barriers, the WBG will support a pilot program which will provide a package of services to help connect refugees to economic opportunities. A pilot program, called the Employment Promotion and Protection (EPP), targeting up to 10,000 refugees, will be delivered for a total of two years by 1-2 service providers across four refugee hosting areas (Addis Ababa, Asosa, Jijiga, and Shire). The providers will be contracted with outcome-based payments tied to placement and sustained employment (not service inputs); focusing the program on results and encouraging innovation. The package of services for each refugee will be personalized, but it is likely to entail: initial engagement and screening; goal setting; supported job search and matching; psycho-social support, including functional language and soft skills; short, demand-led vocational training or business planning; assistance with legal requirements; relocation support, settling-in allowances or the purchase of tools, and particularly intensive early in-work support. The service providers will be procured by the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) and pilot implementation lies with the GoE, specifically, the program coordination unit (PCU) established at EIC to coordinate EOP activities and EPP implementation, among other duties.

The EPP pilot program is supported by WBG staff led by Task Team Leader (TTL) Victoria Strokova, Senior Economist with the Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice (collectively “project team”).

The EPP pilot will be accompanied by a comprehensive impact evaluation (IE) that aims to understand program effects on beneficiaries and host communities. This IE is led by two external academic principal investigators (PIs) and supported by the World Bank team (collectively “Research Team”).

Duties and Accountabilities

The primary objective of this consultancy (position) is to support the EPP pilot program and its IE through a combination of planning, coordination, outreach, and research support. This would require close coordination with the Government of Ethiopia, development partners, other stakeholders, the project team, and the research team.

Because the IE is tightly integrated into the broader EPP pilot program, this position involves a unique combination of operational work and academic field research. We are looking for a creative self-starter who is looking to gain extensive hands-on experience in program management and research in an extremely dynamic environment. This position is well-suited for individuals looking to pursue a professional career in international development and/or advanced studies in economics, political science, public policy, public health, or related fields.

Start date is as soon as possible, with some flexibility over the next 2 months. The successful candidate will be offered a World Bank short-term consultancy (STC) contract for up to 90 days, with the possibility of extension based on candidate interest, performance, and business need. The position is likely to start as part-time and potentially evolve into full-time when the field work commences.

This position is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with frequent travel to refugee hosting areas in Asosa, Jijiga, and Shire, which are part of the EPP pilot. The successful candidate will need to undergo a comprehensive safety and security training by World Bank Group Corporate Security. The World Bank will cover one round-trip, economy class ticket from their current location to Ethiopia, if needed. Consultants are responsible for all other expenses during their time in Ethiopia. The cost of local travel for business purposes will be covered as well following World Bank travel reimbursement policies.

The Consultant is expected to have the following responsibilities:

EPP and EPP IE Implementation Support

  • Coordinate and liaise with the stakeholders of the EPP Program and the EPP IE, including the Governments of Ethiopia, academia, NGOs, and development partners and ensure good flow of information and collaboration;
  • Identify new opportunities for collaboration and cooperation with stakeholders of the EPP IE;
  • Work with the EPP project team and the EPP IE research team to support and monitor interventions;
  • Liaise frequently with the EIC PCU on matters related to EPP and provide technical support related to EPP implementation, in consultation with TTL, when needed;
  • Provide frequent updates on the EPP program and the EPP IE.

EPP IE Planning and Data Collection

  • Provide logistical and administrative support to the research team in the planning, design, and implementation of the EPP IE and all related data collection activities;
  • Participate actively in the procurement of all IE data collection work: due diligence on market options, development of terms of reference, review of deliverables;
  • Obtain necessary ethical and bureaucratic clearances for data collection;
  • Assist in the design of survey instruments;
  • Pilot survey instruments;
  • Develop data collection protocols;
  • Supervise all stages of data collection work, from enumerator training to fieldwork and survey audits;
  • Ensure compliance with all protocols and procedures;
  • Conduct qualitative research to inform impact evaluation design and data collection.

EPP IE Analysis and Reporting

  • Participate in data cleaning and analysis;
  • Contribute to reports and policy briefs.

Communication and Dissemination

  • Monitor, share, and create knowledge on emerging issues relevant to the scope of the EPP and the EPP IE;
  • Support the communication and dissemination of IE findings to internal and external audiences, by developing materials, including presentations, reports and other media, and by assisting in the organization of dissemination events;
  • Ensure strong coordination, communication and teamwork between the project team and the research team, within each team, and with external stakeholders;
  • As needed, organize and conduct outreach and capacity-building workshops and other events to support and strengthen the EPP program and EPP IE.

The consultant will report directly to the TTL Victoria Strokova (WBG SPJ GP) and to the two academic PIs Thomas Ginn (Center for Global Development) and Christian Meyer (University of Oxford).

Selection Criteria

Academic specialization

  • Graduate degree in economics, public policy or related fields with strong quantitative research skills, preferably with a concentration in development economics, impact evaluation or applied micro-econometrics.

Experience

  • Technical expertise in policy research, impact evaluation, and work experience on complex projects with multiple stakeholders;
  • Experience in working directly with governments in Ethiopia or elsewhere highly desirable;
  • Previous work experience in the region and/or fragile, conflict, and violence (FCV) settings highly desirable;
  • Previous work experience on labor market programs and/or research projects highly desirable;

Technical Ability

  • Excellent and proven ability to adapt international professional knowledge and technical skills to analyze, diagnose and propose solutions in a specific country context
  • Stata and SurveyCTO experience highly desirable

Language

  • Superior written and oral communications skills in English essential;
  • Amharic and/or Tigrinya and/or Somali language skills highly desirable.

Team work

  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with proven ability to work in an intercultural environment with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to contribute to larger Bank engagement on labor market integration of refugees and forced displacement agenda more broadly.

Client orientation

  • Ability to maintain client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge
  • Ability to advise, influence and promote consensus among different stakeholders.

Project management:

  • Ability to independently undertake diverse and complex assignments with minimal supervision and be accountable for outcomes and results;
  • Good organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to proactively approach and resolve issues of competing demands and priorities;
  • Proven track record of multi-tasking, managing competing demands and effectively time-manage tasks.