Institutional and Governance Indicators Consultant

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Technical Support
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2100001161 Requisition #

Background of this search:

The Fiscal Management Division (IFD/FMM) is looking for an economist, political scientist, public administrator, or related profession, to research and produce policy documents in multilateral or international organizations.

The objective of this consultancy is to hire an international consultant, with experience in fiscal and public management indicators in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to support the Bank's team in the preparation of the fourth joint IDB-OECD publication of the "Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean" scheduled for launch in 2023. The publication aims to provide reliable and internationally comparable information on the practices, performance, and results of the governments of LAC countries and OECD countries. The consultant will support the production, translation from English to Spanish, and application of surveys; the compilation of public and fiscal governance indicators applied to the countries of the region; the organization of the database and coordination with the OECD and other IDB specialists; and the drafting of the corresponding analyses.

The institutional capacity of Governments is fundamental to their economic and social development. To do this, they need reliable public and fiscal management indicators that favor analyses of the performance of public policies. To continue supporting the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the production of public and fiscal management indicators, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with the support of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), plans to prepare the fourth edition of Government at a Glance LAC 2023. The interest and importance of this publication for LAC countries are very significant, considering the large participation in the previous editions and surveys, and the large volume of downloads of the publications on the Bank's website (145 thousand from the 2017 edition, and 117 thousand from the 2020 edition). In the fiscal domain, the 2023 publication will focus on public finances and the economy, budgetary practices and procedures, and public procurement. Within the area of governance and public management, the analysis will focus on public employment, center of government, human resource management in the public sector, open government and digital government, infrastructure governance, and regulatory governance. Key institutional actors in these sectors in LAC countries will coordinate data collection and then use the indicators produced as a basis for their own policymaking, including evaluating fiscal and public management modernization projects, allowing policymakers and citizens to analyze the performance of governments in the region and compare them with a wide range of countries. In the 2023 edition, in addition to the 2020 themes, some new indicators will be included, such as "green budgeting", infrastructure governance, among other topics.

The team’s mission:

IFD/FMM coordinates the development and dissemination of knowledge on fiscal affairs and prepares and supervise the execution of loan projects in these areas.

What you’ll do:

  • First activity: Surveys. Support the review, translate into Spanish, and send approximately nine surveys[1] to LAC countries that will be part of a comparative analytical framework between LAC countries and OECD member countries: (i) Support the Project Team to inform representatives in the IDB's country offices about the project, check the interest of countries in participating in the publication, identify a focal point in each country, and prepare the list of respondents for each of the surveys, (ii) Coordinate with the OECD the entry of the survey’s results in its electronic system, generating usernames and passwords for the respondents; (iii) Send surveys, instructions, and supporting materials to respondents, serving as the IDB's technical counterpart during the data collection process; and (iv) Coordinate calls for clarification of doubts with respondents.
  • Second activity: Data validation. Apply the data validation guidelines prepared by the IDB and the OECD, verifying the data provided by the respondents using the evidence provided by them, data from previous years, and secondary sources where possible. Verify the internal consistency of the answers provided.
  • Third activity: Database. Collect, sort, tabulate, diagram and verify the consistency of the data from the surveys (data cleaning). Create a database obtained from each survey to establish a metric for comparing variables to be used in the support of the publication. Organize data from other secondary sources, such as from the IMF and the International Labor Organization.
  • Fourth activity: Knowledge. Collect, organize, and analyze documents, data and academic literature relevant to public and fiscal management to strengthen the section of bibliographic references. Support in eventual sectoral knowledge work of the Fiscal Management Division on issues related to publication, among other activities.
  • Fifth activity: Writing. Co-writing in English of the two-pagers that are based on the data collected through surveys, editing, review with counterparts in the IDB and with the OECD, translation into Spanish and revision of the publication "Government at a Glance Latin America and the Caribbean 2023"; including in addition to the two pages: preface, executive summary and other chapters, in accordance with the methodologies and standards agreed between the IDB and the OECD. Support the production and printing of the publication.
  • Sixth activity: Coordination. Attend meetings and possible working missions between the Bank and the OECD. Support activities of an institutional and legal nature (notices to the Bank's Representatives in the Country Offices, coordination with counterparts in the governments of the LAC countries, contracts and co-publishing agreement with the OECD, among others).

 

 

 

[1]    Initially planned surveys: Government Procurement, Green and Gender Budgeting, Expenditure Reviews, Composition of the Public Administration Workforce, Public Service Leadership and Skills, Open Government, Government Open Data, Public Communication (Centers of Government) and Infrastructure Governance.

What you will need:

Core and Technical Competencies:

  • Skills to revise surveys and indicators on governance and fiscal areas; translate into Spanish and send to LAC countries; apply the data validation guidelines; collect, sort, tabulate, diagram and verify the consistency of the data and other documents; and co-writing in English and Spanish the two-pagers based on the data collected and review with counterparts in the IDB and with the OECD.

Opportunity Summary:

  • Type of contract: Consultant Full Time (CNS).
  • Length of contract: 20 months.
  • Location: IDB headquarters in Washington, DC; or remotely at your place of residence.
  • Responsible person: the consultancy will be at the Fiscal Management Division (IFD/FMM) under the coordination of the Principal Specialist, IFD/FMM.
  • Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.

 

 

Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.

Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply.

About us: At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.

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