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WBI and apps for EITI data: Competition Management short term consultant needed

28/02/2012

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WBI Apps Competition Management Short Term Consultant

Deadline to Apply March 9

The World Bank Institute is seeking applications for a short-term consultant to manage an upcoming apps competition related to the extractive industries. This position will be especially well-suited to someone with communications and outreach experience, as well as project management and some familiarity with the extractive industries.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to Jim Duncan (jduncan@worldbank.org) by March 9, and will be reviewed as they are received.

 

Introduction and background

The importance of the extractive industries sector is growing – oil, gas and mineral revenues in some countries contribute more to the national budget than development aid, and high commodity prices make exploitation attractive in areas that were not considered profitable before. There are often conflicting views of the contribution of the extractive industries sector to development, and therefore a need exists for citizens to better understand the effects of the oil, gas and mining sector. This involves both improving awareness of the issues and the roles that the sector plays in individual countries and presenting information in ways that are useful for local communities, policy makers, academics, etc.

There is a substantial amount of information collected by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) that is relatively underutilized. In countries that join the EITI, independent reconcilers collect information from companies about the type and size of payments made to host governments, as well as information from governments on how much they received from companies. These data are then compared to identify any discrepancies. The nature and aggregation level of the data can vary widely from country to country, but several countries provide data disaggregated to the level of individual projects. Combining this data with other relevant information (e.g. government expenditures, production data, socioeconomic data) in a competition can lead to interesting and unanticipated uses and mashups of the data such as games or interactive visualizations.

To increase the visibility and utilization of the EITI data and to increase public awareness of the nature and impact of the extractive industries, the World Bank Institute is partnering with the World Bank’s Oil, Gas and Mining Unit and the International Secretariat of the EITI to host a competition for software applications that highlight available extractive industry datasets and make that data usable, consumable and interesting. The goals of this competition are to 1) increased use of available extractive industries data, 2) generate high-quality apps for future use, 3) generate innovative combinations of available extractive industries datasets with other relevant data and 4) increase public awareness of the EITI process and data. The consultant will be responsible for working with the partners and the competition services vendor to run the competition from the final design stage to the awards ceremony, including launching, marketing and running the competition.

Scope of Work

The consultant will:

  • Take the lead in coordinating the planning and execution of the apps competition with the competition partners and vendors;
  • Develop and implement outreach and communications plans for 1) publicizing the competition leading up to the launch, 2) encouraging submissions during the competition, and 3) running a successful awards ceremony;
  • Help promote the adoption of winning apps by both internal and external partners;
  • Contribute to the design of marketing content for print, websites and social media.

Reporting Arrangement

The consultant will report to Mr. Michael Jarvis, WBIOG

Timeline

The work assignment is expected to require 70 days from February 15th to June 30th, 2012, with possible extension into the 2013 fiscal year.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and competencies:

  • Masters degree of higher in communications, natural resources or a related field;
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills;
  • Proven experience in developing and executing communications and outreach plans
  • Strong interpersonal skills, experience working with complex organizations, managing projects across units and ability to build effective working relations with internal and external clients;
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and under tight deadlines;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English; Spanish or French language skills a plus;
  • Familiarity with the extractive industries, software development and/or data management and manipulation a plus

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