Summer 2021 Fellow: Manar Barsi, ‘22 (Economics)

Office Description:

The World Bank, a member of the World Bank Group, is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

The World Bank’s ‘Bureaucracy Lab,’ is a joint effort of the Governance Global Practice (GGP) and the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) that aims to transform global knowledge on the administration of the public sector by developing the evidence base for public sector reform by understanding the characteristics of public officials and the systems and organizations in which they work. It has created new datasets and analytical tools that aim to inform the World Bank’s operations and advisory services.

Potential Projects:

The Bureaucracy Lab focuses on the creation and analysis of new datasets, including administrative data and micro-level data on the perceptions and experiences of public officials and the organizations in which they work to inform the operational design of the public sector. In addition, the Lab is undertaking experimental work to generate an evidence base on reforms that improve the productivity of the public sector.

The Bureaucracy Lab has conducted large-scale surveys in 12 countries, interviewing 20,000 public officials in Ethiopia, Ghana (twice), Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Philippines, Indonesia, and Pakistan. In 2019 surveys will be conducted in Liberia, Philippines, and Romania.

The Bureaucracy Lab is looking to hire a fellow to support the development, implementation, and analysis of its civil servant surveys, and other activities of the Bureaucracy Lab. For example, s/he will support the design and implementation of survey work, lead analysis of country-level personnel data, undertake analysis of methodological experiments undertaken in surveys, and will assist in the reporting of analysis to Bank staff and government policymakers.

Desired Skills:

Preference will be given to candidates who have an established interest or research profile in  the study of the public sector, fluency in Stata, experience of survey design and fieldwork, and/or have worked in the public sector.

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