Thursday, August 12, 2010

Interesting WASH position in Dakar

Impact Evaluation Coordinator/Research Fellow (STC)

WSP’s Handwashing program , Senegal

Job Description:

The World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) seeks a qualified applicant for a consultant position (STC) of Coordinator/Research Fellow for the impact evaluation of WSP’s handwashing program in Senegal. This position is located in Dakar.

In response to the preventable threats posed by poor sanitation and hygiene, the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) launched two large-scale projects, Global Scaling Up Handwashing (HWWS) and Global Scaling Up Rural Sanitation (TSSM), to improve the health and welfare outcomes for millions of poor people. Local and national governments are implementing these projects with technical support from WSP.

The Handwashing Behavioral Change project will expand and improve existing hygiene behavior change efforts with innovative and new approaches including commercial marketing to deliver HW messages; broad and inclusive partnerships of government, private commercial marketing channels, and concerned consumer groups and NGOs. These innovative methods will be combined with tried and proven community-level interpersonal communications and outreach activities.

A major component of this project is to document the magnitude of health impacts and relevant project costs of these interventions. To measure impacts, the project is implementing a randomized-controlled trial of the TSSM and Scaling-Up Handwashing Behavior interventions in the six countries, using household surveys to measure the levels of key outcome indicators.

The Impact Evaluation Coordinator is expected to work closely with WSP staff, academic researchers and a survey firm to perform a variety tasks including, but not limited to: managing the survey firm, overseeing logistic planning, overseeing field work and training, piloting of survey questionnaires, running pilot exercises, introducing project to and negotiating with country counterparts and government officials, following up status of implementation and compliance with impact evaluation experimental design, checking and analyzing data, cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in writing the project final impact evaluation report (or co-authoring, depending on qualifications and experience), financial accounting, procurement processes, and other administrative tasks.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

• Graduate degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.
• Experience with household survey data collection and analysis, including field work experience
• Familiarity with randomized controlled trials.
• Very high level of proficiency in French and English.
• Advanced coursework in econometrics, advanced knowledge of Stata or similar program or experience with data management.
• Willingness to travel frequently within Senegal.
• Strong oral and written communications skills.
• Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently.
• Experience or interest in economics or social science research.
• Cultural sensitivity, and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies.
• Developing country experience (preferred)

Compensation is commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience, in accordance to World Bank scales. We are looking for a commitment period of at least 6 months for this position, with starting date between October 2010 and January 2010.

To Apply:

Subject: Senegal Impact Evaluation Coordinator/Research Fellow Consultancy Water & Sanitation Program

email: ltsegaye (AT)


Lakech Tsegaye
Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
The World Bank

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