GIS, M&E, and Mobile Data Collection Specialist | Washington, DC or Capital City in Latin America | Fluency EN & ES

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: United States of America
Organization: World Bank
Closing date: 2 Dec 2020

A. Background: COVID19, ICT for operational efficiency and the GEMS initiative

COVID19 has tremendous health, social, and economic impacts around the world, including in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC region). The World Bank and its clients are operating in an unprecedented context, which makes it difficult to fulfill their respective supervision and monitoring duties. In order to mitigate these difficulties, it is urgent that Project Teams and Project Implementation Units (PIU) learn to adopt relevant technology solutions which can be used in this specific operational context. Such technology can include leveraging AI, drones, remote sensing, GIS, as well as information and communication technology (ICT).

The main pillar of ICT support provided by the World Bank's FCV group is to systematically implement the GEMS initiative in fragile states and elsewhere in the world, to geo-enable operations for remote project supervision, M&E and third-party monitoring.

Development objective: The GEMS method enables project teams to use open source tools for the collection in the field of structured digital data that are automatically fed into a centralized M&E system. Integrated data can include any type of indicators, based on custom forms; photos, audio, videos; date and time stamps; and GPS coordinates that allow automated geographic mapping of information. Using these tools consistently enables operations to improve M&E transparency and accuracy and increase third-party monitoring accountability (TPM). Furthermore, the GEMS method provides WBG GPs and CMUs with a platform for remote supervision, real-time safeguards monitoring and portfolio mapping for coordination between projects and partners.

GEMS method approach: The core of the GEMS methodology is an interactive face-to-face or online training with 2 main objectives:

a) Develop M&E capacity among government agencies, WBG Teams and Country Teams to use the GEMS methodology independently and sustainably, customized according to the specific needs of your project.**

b) Implement the method systematically throughout the portfolio, to allow the supervision and coordination of operations in real time through a centralized platform that places all field data on an interactive map.**

After the training, each participant should have acquired the necessary skills to use the tools and methods independently to benefit the M&E system and the monitoring needs of the portfolio. Additionally, country teams will have access to a central digital platform to monitor the portfolio in near real time.

Using GEMS for the COVID-19 response: During the COVID-19 response, GEMS can be leveraged for operational monitoring and remote oversight of WBG-funded projects during readiness and implementation, including for:

· Creation / enhancement of digital portfolios / project tracking platforms for response operations.

· Structured geographic mapping and baseline data recording in the existing service infrastructure.

· Monitoring of operational indicators through components, projects and programs.

· Remote supervision of activities (for example, construction of infrastructure, training of health personnel, etc.)

· Real-time monitoring of the delivery of medical equipment (for example, through the barcode registration system).

· Monitoring of social protection activities (eg LIPW / THIMO, psychosocial support, etc.).

· Real-time monitoring of compliance with environmental and social / ESF safeguards.

· Participation of beneficiaries or multiple stakeholders (eg, perception or feedback surveys, etc.).

B. Objective and scope of work: take advantage of ICT to improve M&E, supervision and citizen participation

The FCV Group is looking to hire a Short-Term Consultant (STC) to join the GEMS initiative. The consultant will be based in the Washington, DC and will be fully integrated into the GEMS team. The consultant will work under the guidance of a TTL and in close coordination with the LAC Region coordination team. The consultant will also work closely with other WBG units, particularly with the World Bank's Geospatial Operations Support Team (GOST).**

The main objective will be to supervise the implementation of the GEMS method in the entire portfolio by the client and the LAC Region, for operational supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation, monitoring of safeguards and mapping of the portfolio. An important task will be to oversee the GEMS supervision system and implement the method across the entire WBG portfolio in the region. In this sense, the STC will be responsible for managing the Region’s digital data collection and analysis platform and conducting customized geospatial analyzes, as well as training workshops according to the CMU's needs. The focus will be to support operational M&E, project supervision, environmental and social risk / safeguards monitoring, and promote the mapping of operational portfolios in the WB. **

The consultant will be responsible for regular follow-up and technical support to clients, as required. This may include the delivery of GEMS capacity development training to PIUs, WBG project task forces, safeguards and procurement specialists, and selected partners. Additionally, this may include reviewing and writing project documents such as Project Assessment Documents (PAD), M&E frameworks, TOR, etc. and any document necessary for the complete deployment of the GEMS method in a project, sector or administration.**

The consultant will provide GIS and mapping support to internal and external clients. An additional role of the consultant will be to support the LAC Region and the project teams with the creation and management of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related data platforms, as well as maps and spatial data analysis. This includes the responsibility to proactively liaise with technical counterparts, collect and process geospatial information, and create technical visualizations and analysis. It is highly recommended to be familiar with data collection platforms such as KoBoToolbox, Enketo, OpenDataKit (ODK), SurveySolutions, or SurveyCTO. In-depth knowledge of geodatabases and GIS platforms, such as QGIS or ArcMap, is required.**

The consultant will directly support the ministries and government agencies of the LAC Region, as well as donors and other partners, if there is interest, in the creation of data collection, exchange and coordination systems. To leverage the GEMS system as an interagency coordination tool, the consultant will also build capacity with stakeholders outside of the World Bank. To this end, the consultant will work closely with government agencies, donors, UN agencies and other partners to leverage GEMS tools and method for monitoring and coordination. In this regard, the consultant will oversee technical cooperation in terms of leveraging the GEMS tool, develop strategies for joint data analysis, and create data collection questionnaires in agreement with partners.**

The consultant will also support the broader technology for development and territorial development agenda. In this regard, the consultant will work with the LCR Remote Supervision Focal Points for the overall coordination of remote SPN/PREP; maintenance and update of LAC Sharepoints, and promotion of other remote technological tools. The consultant will explore and apply field-appropriate complementary ICT tools and procedures to improve spatial targeting, effectiveness, and operational engagement accountability. ICT-based approaches to be explored include, but are not limited to (a) the use of mobile networks and SMS-based systems for citizen participation, beneficiary feedback, and complaint resolution mechanisms; (b) leverage 'big data', such as social media monitoring, call detail logs, and other data sources for complementary monitoring tasks; (c) rely on geospatial data, including satellite earth observation and remote sensing using drones and sensor technology for initial assessments and monitoring activities. The above list is not exhaustive and can be expanded during the implementation of the activity.**

C. Deliverables

The selected STC will be responsible for the following main deliverables:

· Coordinate the continuous implementation of the GEMS methodology in the LAC Region.

· Manage the GEMS system in the LAC region, based on a KoBo Toolbox platform.

· Provide GEMS capacity building trainings to project task teams, client's Project Implementation Units and selected partners in the LAC Region.**

· Leverage GIS and on-demand geospatial analysis from LAC Region.

· Train World Bank staff in the GEMS method (training the trainers approach).

· Monitor the sustainable application of the GEMS method across the entire LAC Region portfolio and ensure that all projects are gradually integrated into the system.**

· Support the administrative tasks necessary for the systematic application of the GEMS method throughout the WBG portfolio.**

· Provide follow-up support to clients, LAC Region and project teams to ensure the system is used sustainably.**

· Review or support digitization of questionnaires and data collection methods for specific clients and projects.

· Explore options for collaborative data sharing and analysis with partners.

· Produce practical guidance material and utilize field appropriate complementary ICT tools and procedures for operational engagement in the LAC Region.**

· Prepare a monthly information note on the implementation of GEMS in the entire portfolio.**

D. Selection criteria

The ideal candidate will have primary experience in M&E, FCV, GIS, ICT, and digital data collection systems, as well as a thorough understanding of World Bank operations, policies, and procedures. You will be familiar with the ways in which technology can be applied to monitor projects and other dynamics on the ground and will meet the following selection criteria:

a. Fluent in Spanish, allowing the consultant to conduct interactive technical trainings and produce high-quality written results in Spanish. **

b. Proficiency or fluency in English is preferred. Proficiency or Fluency in Portuguese is a plus.

c. Master's or doctorate in (i) engineering, geography, or computer science; or (ii) economics, development studies, international relations, public policy, or a related field. In both cases, specific expertise in using ICT to drive development effectiveness will be crucial.**

d. At least 5 years of experience in topics related to M&E, ICT, geospatial analysis or development / humanitarian work, with a clear demonstration of the ability to apply technologies to solve the challenges of development / humanitarian interventions.

e. Advanced GIS skills and proven experience with geospatial data and analysis (via ArcMap, QGIS, R, and / or Python).**

f. Ability to manage databases and large data sets.

g. Proven experience using mobile data collection tools such as KoBoToolbox, ONA, SurveyCTO, SurveySolutions, etc.

h. Knowledge of M&E systems, especially in their application to fragile contexts, demonstrated through field experience.**

i. Experience working with household surveys / census / business data is an advantage.**

j. Knowledge of data analysis programs such as R, SPSS, Stata or Python is an advantage.

k. Knowledge of the Bank's operating policies and business practices is an asset.

l. Initiative, leadership skills, innovation and drive for results, including the ability to perform a variety of tasks in a demanding and rapidly changing environment on short notice.**

m. Excellent communication skills, with the ability to adapt to an operational audience, but not necessarily knowledgeable about ICT issues.**

n. Advanced skills in MS Office applications, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.

o. Excellent work management skills and proactive attitude.

E. Administrative arrangements

The selected consultant will be hired by the FCV group for a period of 150 days, at a rate to be negotiated with the supervisor. The Consultant will report to a Task Force Leader based in Washington, DC or in Latin America (to be discussed). Will collaborate closely with colleagues from the LAC Region, including all CMUs and Global Practices, as well as the Geospatial Operational Support Team (GOST) with based in Washington DC, and with other relevant teams, as needed.**

The contract will cover Fiscal Year 2021 (until June 30, 2021). The consultant will be based in Washington DC but can be expected to travel within the country and to other client countries in the region once travel restrictions are lifted.**

How to apply:

Interested applicants should send their resume and one-page motivation letter in English describing how their background and experience fit the requirements. Please send applications by email to and add as subject line "Application for GEMS team member in LAC". Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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