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E T Consultant

Job #: req11275
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Infrastructure
Grade: EC2
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Arabic, French
Closing Date: 4/15/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Description

African and African Diaspora candidates are citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries or those who hold the citizenship of other countries but trace their ancestry to Sub-Saharan Africa, such as African-Americans, Afro-Latin-Americans, and others.

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. Visit http://www.worldbank.org/.

The World Bank’s Infrastructure Vice Presidency (INF VPU) is keen to increase recruitment of highly-qualified, early and mid-career African and African Diaspora (A&AD)[1] staff for careers in transport, energy, digital development, infrastructure finance and infrastructure economics. To this end, the INF VPU has created two branded recruitment programs: (i) the A&AD Infrastructure Fellows Program; and (ii) the A&AD Infrastructure Mid-Career Professionals program. The present recruitment process is carried out under the A&AD Infrastructure Fellows program. 

The Infrastructure Practice Group is in charge of developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies. This is done by scaling up investments in critical infrastructure sectors, leveraging innovations that drive impact and promote integration across sectors and regions at a scale that encourages the participation of the private sector. Our infrastructure interventions make a difference to outcomes in human capital, economic inclusion and climate change, and promote stability in fragile and conflict affected states. There is a strong emphasis on private sector resource mobilization and catalyzing financing from commercial and other sources of development and climate finance.

The MENA Infrastructure Department (IMNDR) is responsible for project lending and policy advisory work in the energy and transport sectors and oversees the delivery of global units (DD, IPG, Extractives) activities in the region. The department presently comprises two units: (i) an energy unit (IMNE1) and (ii) a transport unit (IMNT1). We have a total complement of about 46 staff, of which 50% are field based. The department is led by a Regional Infrastructure Director (RD), who reports to the MENA Regional Vice-President (RVP). The RD and PMs are part of the MENA Regional Management Team, and are also part of the Infrastructure Practice Group (PG) leadership management team led by the Infrastructure Vice President (INFVP). The department recently finalized a strategy which advocates for smart, green, inclusive and sustainable infrastructure development solutions to transform and leapfrog MENA economies. The strategy is built around three pillars: (i) national and regional connectivity; (ii) transition towards low carbon and digital economies and (iii) reforms and private capital mobilization.

Roles and Responsibilities

Through the Infrastructure African and African-Diaspora (A&AD) Fellows Program, the MNA Infrastructure Department is hiring an Extended Term Consultant (ETC). The ETC is expected to work with the Regional Director Infrastructure MNA Front Office Team (IMNDR) and provide analytical and operational support. He/She is expected to work in close partnership with the Senior Executive Assistant and Senior Operations Officer supporting the Director. He/She will be expected to provide literature reviews and undertake quantitative analysis on a range of subjects related to the Unit’s work program and agenda. Under the supervision of the Director, the ETC is expected to carry out responsibilities including but not limited to:
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analytical work on topics related to Infrastructure economics and finance, with relevance to MENA countries. 
  • Manage communications activities of the MNA Infrastructure Front Office.
  • Prepare draft blogs on salient topics or issues to position or further disseminate WBG messages and approaches in Infrastructure development.
  • Help draft meeting minutes; talking points; draft slides/PowerPoint for the Regional Director for internal meetings and external outreach events at which the Director represents the Bank.
  • Work with IMNDR Senior Executive Assistant and Senior Operations Officer on the department program and portfolio review.
  • Support the day-to-day efforts of the front office in managing the global unit, including responding to requests from various business units that pertain to strategy, budget, operations, and other areas relevant to the work program of the ETC.
  • Provide support on any subjects as assigned by the Regional Director.
The contract will be for 1 year (with possibility to extend to a second year), based in Washington, DC. The ETC will report to the MNA Infrastructure Regional Director.

[1] African and African Diaspora candidates are citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries or those who hold the citizenship of other countries but trace their ancestry to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in an economics-related field related to infrastructure economics, infrastructure finance, program / project planning and evaluation, and in a related field (economics, international development, international relations).
  • 5 years of professional experience either before, during or after graduate school, with exposure to transport/logistics and development.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills and ability to synthesize complex material into easily digestible formats. 
  • Excellent communications skills, both in oral presentations and in written sections of papers, briefs, independent reports, etc.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to apply these in carrying out research tasks, identifying issues, presenting findings/ recommendations.
  • Advanced experience with computer programs useful for operational analysis, such as spreadsheets, databases, and graphics. 
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work quickly and flexibly on a range of assignments and prioritize a variety of complex evolving tasks.
  • Extensive experience in data collection and analysis.
  • Work independently, seeking guidance and instruction on new, unusual or complex assignments.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, professionalism, a keen eye for detail and a self-starter.
  • Integrity and discretion in handling sensitive information.
  • Proactive team player with ability to work under pressure to deliver timely and high-quality products in the relevant areas of responsibility.
Core Competencies
For information about WBG Core Competencies, please visit: https://bit.ly/2kbIA7O.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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