JOE - March 2013

World Bank
Financial and Private Sector Development
Competitive Industries
Research Manager: Policy Implementation
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Research Manager: Policy Implementation
Section: 6 -- Other Nonacademic (Temporary, Part-Time, Non-Salaried, Consulting, Etc.)
Location: Washington, DC, USA
JEL Classifications:
B5 -- Current Heterodox Approaches
H -- Public Economics
L -- Industrial Organization
N4 -- Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation
O2 -- Development Planning and Policy
R5 -- Regional Government Analysis
Z1 -- Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
Keywords: Industrial organization, industrial policy, political economy, policy implementation, developmental state, public management, political science
Deadline Date: 03/15/2013

JOE ID Number: 201303_398600

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Full Text of JOE Listing:
The Competitive Industries ("CI") Practice at the World Bank is about to ramp up its research activities on the implementation of industrial policy. This research is oriented towards political economy, particularly understanding how industrial policy instruments interact with it to shape their evolution and impact.

The purpose is to compile thick cases and comparisons and draw from them implications for how such programs can be better fitted to the local political economy and thereby improve their chances of success.

To deliver this research, involving a number of tasks running in parallel, we are seeking to hire a research manager as an extended term consultant (1 year).

To support the delivery of the Implementation Knowledge Program, through process management of its activities, as well as enabling a continuous flow of new knowledge on the field to active practitioners.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
This person would have three tasks:
1. Roughly every fortnight find a new paper or piece of knowledge relevant to 'industrial policy implementation', distribute it, and potentially organize a mini-seminar with the author.

2. Manage a large, ambitious research program on grants (R&D, matching, innovation, etc) in federal countries. Identifying researchers; organizing design seminars and working sessions; and hiring and basic supervision of identified researchers.

3. Ad-hoc activities to support the research program, e.g., dissemination events (seminars and workshops) and identifying potential conferences at which to present. This is likely to include basic administrative tasks.
Application Instructions:

For this position we are seeking a highly motivated individual, who can operate independently, and who combines knowledge and curiosity with program management abilities.

Specifically, candidates must be:

- Deeply familiar with a substantial subsection of relevant literature, with a thorough knowledge of potential knowledge sources.
- Able to connect new research to ongoing program concerns
- Good at managing and delivering complex tasks.
- Intellectually curious, with a desire to connect intellect to practice.

It is expected candidates would, for example, have recently obtained a PhD or other advanced degree in political science, economics, public policy or a related degree, combined with demonstrated program or project management either during, prior to or after their studies. In particular, a prior background in public management itself would be highly desirable.

Interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and their CVs, highlighting relevant experience.

Email for Applications:

More Application Contact Details
Luke Jordan, c/o Imtiaz Sheikh
Mailstop F 4P-402
World Bank
1818 H Street
Washington, DC USA 20433

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