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Feb 012018
 

Organization: World Bank
Country: Mali
Closing date: 12 Feb 2018

Short-Term Consultancy, Based in Bamako, Mali: Remote Supervision and Geospatial Analysis of World Bank Projects in Mali and the region

A. Background: World Bank operations in Mali and Project Supervision in Insecure environments

  • The political and security situation in Mali has been volatile in recent years. Particularly the northern half and central areas of the vast country have faced significant Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV). In order to reach its goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, the World Bank Group (WBG) needs to expand its operations in areas affected by FCV, to reach some of the populations most in need. However, the WBG’s mission to deliver development is jeopardized by high levels of insecurity that imply significant access constraints. Given these constraints in the field and the resulting limited data availability, creative approaches to supervising development projects will be paramount for the success of World Bank interventions.

  • These approaches include remote supervision and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) using handheld ICT tools; remote sensing; Iterative Beneficiary Monitoring (IBM); Third-Party Monitoring (TPM); or Third-Party Execution (TPE) with UN agencies. TPM is defined as monitoring by parties that are external to the project’s direct beneficiary chain or management structure to assess progress on outputs, outcomes, and impacts. The overarching goal of the using these approaches for remote supervision is to ensure that insecurity does not dictate where and how the World Bank operates, and whom it can assist.

A. The Relationship between ICT, Geospatial Analysis and Project Supervision

  • While technology cannot fully compensate for lack of access, ICT tools and geospatial methods such as remote sensing and ‘geo-enabling’ of projects can significantly enhance project design and supervision by:

  • Facilitating more targeted and timely programming;

  • Empowering implementing agencies to more efficiently and effectively track project progress while strengthening their institutional capacity;

  • Encouraging and tracking beneficiary engagement and feedback;

  • Helping the WBG execute its due diligence functions, including verifying and accounting for results;

  • Enhancing reliability and accountability while decreasing costs of project supervision.

  • The main pillar of direct ICT support provided by the WBG’s FCV Group consists in customized capacity-building to geo-enable operations for remote project supervision, M&E, and TPM. In this regard, the team supports efforts to systematically “geo-enable” the portfolios in client countries facing fragility and conflict. Geo-enabling relates to the use of simple ICT tools (smart phones/tablets) for the collection and direct integration of rich, geo-tagged field data into project M&E systems. The preferred open source platform used in this regard is ODK/KoBo Toolbox. Upon in-field collection, the project data is integrated in interactive analysis platforms and static maps.

B. Objective and Scope of Work: Leveraging ICT to Enhance Project Supervision – World Bank in Mali

  • The FCV Group is looking to hire a short-term consultant (STC) that will support the Mali Country Team in leveraging ICT and geospatial analysis for supervision, Iterative Beneficiary Monitoring (IBM), and mapping of the project portfolio.

  • The consultant will be based in Bamako and provide direct operational support to the Mali Country Management Unit (CMU) as well as project Task Team Leaders (TTLs) and client representatives. A major task will be to implement the geo-enabling methodology across the WBG portfolio in Mali, Niger, Chad and Guinea. This will require the consultant to be based in Bamako to guarantee a close collaboration with CMU colleagues, Program Leaders, and project Task Teams. Besides overseeing the roll-out of the geo-enabling method across projects, the consultant will also work on geo-spatial mapping of the gathered data, training of team members in the use of GIS, and exploring further options for leveraging ICT to support operations in the CMU’s client countries.

C. Deliverables

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

  • Deliver geo-enabling capacity building training to project task teams, client Project Implementation Units, and select partners in Mali, Niger and potentially Chad & Guinea.

  • Train members of the CMU in the use of GIS and geospatial analysis.

  • Oversee the sustainable application of the geo-enabling method across the CMU’s portfolio and ensure that gradually all projects are integrated in the system.

  • Support the CMU in leveraging the system for the Iterative Beneficiary Monitoring (IBM) method.

  • Digitize questionnaires for implementation of the Iterative Beneficiary Monitoring system.

  • Produce static and interactive maps of projects in the portfolio as well as contextual indicators and other relevant data.

  • Explore options for collaboration on GIS data exchange and analysis with partners in the region.

D. Selection Criteria

  • The ideal candidate will have a primary expertise in M&E, FCV, and ICT as well as advanced GIS skills. S/he will be familiar with ways in which technology can be applied to monitor the outputs and outcomes of development projects and will meet the following selection criteria:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in either (i) engineering, geography, or computer science; or (ii) development studies, international relations, public policy or a related field. In both cases, specific experience in using ICT and GIS to boost development effectiveness will be crucial.

  • At least 5 years of experience in issues related to M&E, ICT, geospatial analysis and development/humanitarian work, with a clear demonstration of the ability to apply technologies to solve the challenges of development/humanitarian interventions;

  • Knowledge of M&E systems, especially as they apply to fragile contexts, demonstrated through publications and/or field experience;

  • Advanced skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis, and experience in the creation of both static maps and interactive mapping applications.

  • Knowledge of fragile states/crises management is preferred, but not required;

  • Excellent communication skills, with an ability to adapt to an audience that is operational, but not necessarily knowledgeable of ICT issues;

  • Fluent French and English language skills, enabling the consultant to conduct interactive technical training in French and to work on a day-to-day basis with colleagues in Bamako and World Bank headquarters as well as clients in the region.

  • Excellent workflow management skills and a proactive attitude.

E. Administrative Arrangements

  • The selected consultant will be contracted by the Mali CMU and the FCV Group for a period of about 100 days, at a fee to be negotiated with the supervisor. The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of assigned staff at the Bamako CMU. S/he will also directly collaborate with the World Bank’s FCV Group and the Geospatial Operational Support Team (GOST), based in Washington DC, and with other relevant teams, as needed.

  • The contract will begin as soon as possible and initially comprise the Fiscal Year 2018 (until June 30, 2018), with the option of extension. The consultant will be based in Bamako, but may be expected to travel to other countries in the region, in particular Niger, Chad and Guinea, as well as Washington DC.

  • To apply, please send your CV and a 1-page letter of motivation to: ataptue@worldbank.org and ict4fcv@worldbank.org

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and a 1-page letter of motivation to: ataptue@worldbank.org and ict4fcv@worldbank.org

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