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- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
The Middle East and North Africa Region (MNA) at the World Bank serves 21 client countries with a total population of about 335 million, with the vast majority living in middle-income economies, except for Djibouti and Yemen.
The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies. As part of the Infrastructure Practice Group, the Energy & Extractives (EEX) Global Practice (GP) focuses on providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to meet the needs of fast-growing economies, ensure universal access to modern energy services for people in client countries, strengthen policy and institutional frameworks to promote transparent and equitable growth of the extractives sectors for public benefit. There is a strong emphasis on private sector resource mobilization and catalyzing financing from commercial and other sources of development and climate finance.
The Energy unit for MNA, comprises more than 20 staff handling a diverse portfolio of active projects across 18 client countries, as well as numerous knowledge products, supporting: (a) reforms to improve energy services and promote the long term financial sustainability of the energy sector, through pricing incentives; (b) the enhancement of service delivery including the development of national and regional electricity and gas markets, as well as reliable transmission and distribution systems, and (c) the diversification of generation mix, including the scale up of renewable energy and energy efficiency investments.
Our engagement in Egypt includes project supervision of existing lending in the Gas Distribution sector, development of new lending operations focusing on Utility reform, Regional Energy trade and sector financial sustainability. The energy sector is one of the focus areas for Technical Assistance to enhance financial sustainability, increase the efficiency of service delivery and improve regulatory processes and governance.
Duties and Accountabilities
The selected candidate will lead or co-lead the Energy GP engagement in Egypt and other countries including work on sector reforms, electricity generation, transmission and distribution projects, mid- and downstream natural gas projects; Renewable Energy, public-private partnership (PPP) projects and technical assistance in both electricity and gas sectors.
She/he will participate in overseeing implementation of energy operations with the aim to enhance quality and accelerate implementation and will play an active role in Bank’s policy dialogue with the authorities, development partners, and other stakeholders on strategic energy issues and implementation of ongoing energy sector reforms.
The MNA Energy team is a key contributor towards the WBG strategy for “Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) with the objective to help countries maximize their development resources by drawing on private financing and sustainable private sector solutions. The Sr Energy Specialist will support the team in applying MFD principles and working towards achievement of development objectives.
The Senior Energy Specialist will work under the supervision of the Practice Manager of the MNA Energy Unit (IMNE1).
Other responsibilities will include technical support to lending and non-lending programs:
Lead the preparation and supervision of investment operations in the energy sector – including in energy efficiency and renewable energy, public-private partnership investments in infrastructure projects; and reforms with the aim to enhance quality, efficiency and pro-poor focus and accelerate implementationLead the drafting and inputs for sector and country briefings, analytical and advisory reports and studies on utility reform, transmission and distribution, renewable energy; energy efficiency, and other programs within the MNA Energy portfolio, and potentially other regional energy programs, with particular focus on current and prospective engagements in EgyptCarry out research efforts and support analytical products related to sustainable energy use, such as strategy papers, market assessments, policy and program reviews, emerging lessons and good practicesLead or co-lead energy sector strategy development and policy dialogue
Master's degree in engineering, energy planning/economics, business administration, or equivalent areas relevant for energy/extractives sector developmentAt least 8 years of combined experience in the World Bank, other international institutions and/or companies, government agencies, and/or power sector utilities with demonstrated track record of successful engagement with sophisticated projectsDemonstrates proven understanding of energy/extractives policies, technologies or strategies, Private sector participation, and institutional development needed to support development and for the success of project and analytic workStrong experience in planning, designing, and implementing power infrastructure projects including renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution, and on-grid and off-grid electrification projects would be preferredExperience leading and/or playing key roles in policy dialogue with clients and stakeholdersExperience working on World Bank or other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) I) lending and non-lending operations is desirableDemonstrates active listening skills and the ability to influence the audience (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers)An excellent track record in carrying out high quality and timely analytical reports and activities would be advantageousHands-on experience with infrastructure projects with power sector utilities will be a distinct advantageExperience working with large global teams, to produce high-quality results and outputs with minimal supervision is requiredHigh level of excitement, ability to work independently, taking initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirementsExcellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, different stakeholders and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multi-cultural environment with virtual teams located in different countriesDemonstrates strong understanding and translate technical analyses into policies, operations and/or research of at least one of relevant thematic business lines such as Energy Access; Economics, Markets & Institution; Oil & Gas; Mining; Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Energy Finance; Hydropower; Power Systems & TechnologiesGood written and oral communication skills in English (required) and Arabic (required), including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients
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