SDI Specialist: Go...

SDI Specialist: Good Practice Country Case Study on Spatial Data Infrastructure for Monitoring Development Outcomes, Brazil

Transform Program - Deadline: February 25, 2010


The Consultant will contribute to an 18-month project that builds on an emerging area of interest for the clients of the World Bank Group, the analysis of spatial data for modeling and monitoring development outcomes.  The recently published World Development Report 2009, Reshaping Economic Geography, demonstrated the policy relevance and use of economic analysis based on geo-referenced data, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data.  The 2009 World Development Report  has spurred a wealth of studies of economic geography using GIS, which have been welcomed by Bank clients. 

With the increased generation and use of GIS data comes, however, the need for standardizing them, organizing them, storing them, managing them, and sharing them better.  As the user base and the range of uses expand, the opportunity costs of operating GIS in a silo fashion become significant.  Increasingly aware of the material and opportunity costs of bad GIS management practices, developing countries are now approaching the Bank for advice on how to develop sound Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) – that is, the technology, policies, standards, and human resources necessary to acquire, process, store, distribute, and improve utilization of geospatial data.

The project to which the Consultant will contribute is intended to synthesize lessons from global experience on how countries can manage GIS in support of their development programmes, including those financed with World Bank Group operations. On the basis on these lessons, technical assistance will be provided to countries who have expressed a keen interest in this service.  The project is focused on the application of GIS and the use of SDIs for monitoring development outcomes and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The knowledge gained from the study would have much wider application, for instance in climate change adaptation, food security, transport management, location of innovation clusters etc. Specifically, one of the intended outcomes of the project will be a manual (“how to” guide) on the development of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) at a national level.

The project is co-managed by two programs in the World Bank: the Finance, Economics and Urban Department (FEU) and infoDev.  FEU is an analytical and advisory unit that has housed many of the Bank activities related to GIS and spatial analysis for development.    infoDev ( is a research, capacity building and advisory program, coordinated and served by an expert Secretariat housed in the Global ICT Department (GICT) of the World Bank Group.  It helps developing countries and their international partners use innovation and information and communication technologies (ICT) effectively as tools for poverty reduction and sustainable social and economic development. infoDev is a thought leader in technology-enabled small business incubation. infoDev’s global incubation network reaches close to 300 business incubators, more than 20,000 small and medium enterprises and has helped create over 200,000 jobs across 87 developing countries.


The Consultant will be in charge of generating a self-standing report on the situation regarding Geographical Information (GI), use of GIS and the position regarding SDI in Brazil.  The report will be included in this project as one of two “good practice” SDI cases in the developing world, the other being in relation to the Republic of Korea.  The outline of the report and the process necessary to produce it will be agreed in advance with the Joint TTLs for the project, Marisela Montoliu Munoz (FEU) and Tim Kelly (infoDev), and will be structured to ensure the country case study’s completeness and comparability across case studies.

Scope of Services

The Consultant will undertake the following specific tasks:

1.   Produce Inception, Interim, Final and Assignment Completion Reports, as well as brief monthly progress reports, according to formats agreed with the TTLs in advance.

2.   Research the current Brazilian situation regarding GI/GIS/SDI in relation to the following issues: policy environment (strategies, programmes etc), legislation, organizational/institutional arrangements, funding/financing, data (including metadata), standards, expertise availability, network services, data and network services access issues (eg IPR, privacy etc) and  such other issues as may be agreed between the TTLs and the consultant.

3.   Research historical trends in the use and development of GI/GIS/SDI, identifying in particular how GIS and SDI have assisted in monitoring development outcomes, bottlenecks/blockages and how they have been overcome, the main drivers of change in the GI/GIS/SDI field and such other issues as may be agreed between the TTLs and the consultant

4.   Identify and document good/best practice examples of the use of GI/GIS/SDI in addressing development challenges, in particular noting where they have been used to monitor development outcomes in relation to issues set out in the MDGs

5.   Specify lessons learned and insights gained which if applied (particularly in a developing country context) could promote the wider and more effective use of GI/GIS and the successful development of SDIs. 

6.   Establish communication with key GI/GIS/SDI stakeholders in Brazil, and if feasible develop collaboration as a co-authorship project with in-kind contribution from counterparts.

Timetable, Reports, Outputs, and Resource Envelope

The following reports should be prepared and submitted by the Consultant:

Reports                                                                 Due date

                                                                       (month from start)

Inception report                                                           1

Interim report                                                               3

Final report                                                                     5

Assignment Completion Report                                 7

Monthly progress reports (max. two pages)       Monthly

There would be a detailed review period after the submission of each phase of the work, to enable full discussion of findings and draw on a wide peer review group. Reports would be prepared initially in draft, and finalized within three weeks following receipt of comments; these would generally be provided within two weeks of receipt of the report.


The Consultant should bring the following qualifications to the assignment:

1.   Master’s or higher degrees in Economics, Geography, Planning, Geospatial Information Management/Science or another related discipline;

2.   At least 5 years working experience in GIS and Information management related to SDI;

3.   Strong working experience in Brazil, in GIS/SDI related projects, and demonstrable familiarity with Brazil’s relevant organizations and actors in the area of GIs/SDI;

4.   Strong analytical and research skills;

5.   Excellent communication skills, and good writing skills in English; and

6.   Demonstrable good understanding of the technical and governance issues of GIS/SDI.

If you wish to respond to this invitation, send a copy of your CV no later than Thursday, February 25, 2010 (midnight US Eastern Time) to the Task Managers for this activity, Marisela Montoliu Munoz ( and Tim Kelly (, who can also respond to any inquiries.

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