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The World Inequality Lab is hiring a data manager

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Job Offer - May 2021
Data Manager, World Inequality Lab

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PRESENTATION OF THE WORLD INEQUALITY LAB

The World Inequality Lab (WIL) is a leading economics laboratory that conducts research on global inequality. Its main mission is to update and expand the World Inequality Database (WID.world), which is the most extensive database on the historical evolution of income and wealth inequality around the world. The WIL publishes reports and working papers, including the World Inequality Report, which highlights and analyzes the findings and new insights that the World Inequality Database has gathered. The WIL is based at the Paris School of Economics (see below). For more information on the WIL and the database, visit our website.

PRESENTATION OF THE POSITION

Duration: Full-time position, start date early as possible
Contract: CDI
Location: 48 boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris
Working languages: English ; French (not required)
Remuneration: Competitive remunerations will be discussed early in the selection process based on qualifications and experience

The WIL is looking for a data manager to join our central team, based at the Paris School of Economics. The central team is responsible for maintaining and updating the Word Inequality Database. It overviews the process of collecting data from researchers, transforming it to match the requirements of the database, documenting and disseminating the results on WID.world’s online data interface (wid.world).

The data manager plays a central role in this process. Her/his role involves writing code to import, clean and combine the data; to import them into the online database; to check for code issues and fix them. This manager also works closely with inequality researchers, web developers and communication managers to ensure smooth transfer of data and the efficient implementation of new developments of the database. Eventually, as they become more familiar with the overall structure of our database and website, we expect the data manager to take on a more supervisory role with more responsibilities. They would be in charge of coordinating the different tasks, making sure that the updates and upgrades of the database are carried out smoothly and in a timely manner.

The World Inequality Lab is a friendly, dynamic and stimulating environment, made up of dedicated people from all over the world, who are using their skills to create a free, open, global statistical public good. The WIL works with over a 100 inequality researchers over the world. The central team based in Paris is small and flexible (about 20 people including researchers, data, administration, communication, direction). People who come work for us get to contribute to the project in a direct and palatable ways, and have the opportunity to gain responsibilities quickly. We are looking for a candidate with an interest in the project and who can work with a lot of autonomy.

PERSONAL QUALITIES WE LOOK FOR

  • Organization, attention to details.
  • Ability to make decision and work with a lot of autonomy.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with other people.
  • Ability to identify (and, when possible, anticipate) problems, and resolve them in a coherent and systematic way.
  • Interest for inequality topics.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Typically, a master’s degree or equivalent in a quantitative field (e.g., data science, statistics, quantitative social sciences, economics…). Candidates with less qualification but with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.
  • Experience working with data (importation, cleaning, transformation) in research or in industry.
  • Knowledge of Stata programming. Strong candidates with knowledge of other types of statistical software and who are willing to learn Stata will also be considered.
  • Generally at ease with programming and IT topics.
  • Fluency in English (the WIL is a very international environment and most of our work is conducted in English).

SKILLS DESIRED BUT NOT REQUIRED

  • Knowledge of economics and inequality-related topics and concepts.
  • Some general understanding of the key principles behind database management and web development.
  • Understanding of the principles and good practices for data visualization.
  • Knowledge of other programming languages (notably R).
  • Knowledge of GitHub.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send a resume and a cover letter (in English) to Thomas Blanchet & Rowaida Moshrif: thomas.blanchet wid.world; rowaida.moshrif psemail.eu
Candidates are also invited to submit examples of their work involving computer programming (work-related, personal or student projects, contribution to open source projects, etc.) as well as any material that showcases their skills.