Senior Energy Specialist 170572

  • Added Date: Monday, 20 March 2017
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 10 April 2017

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Duties and Accountabilities:

The Sr. Energy Specialist will be responsible, to supervise, prepare, appraise, negotiate energy projects in the Comoros and eventually in other countries. These include utility reform project, public-private partnership projects and electricity access projects. S/he will actively participate in overseeing implementation of energy operations with the aim to enhance quality and accelerate implementation.

The Senior Energy Specialist should lead an active Bank policy dialogue with clients and other stakeholders on strategic energy issues and implementation of ongoing energy sector reforms, especially in the electric power sector. The Senior Energy Specialist will also maintain sufficient knowledge of individual operations and activities (including those not managed by him/her) to be able to identify and help resolve project-specific or systemic issues.

The candidate will be required to lead and/or contribute to analytical and advisory work related to specific countries, and in Comoros, also for other infrastructure sectors. The senior energy specialist will be expected to forge partnerships with organizations and individuals which can both better inform the Bank's energy strategies, and also result in higher quality implementation and impact of Bank-supported programs. This will require effective communication and outreach to key stakeholders client governments, academia, civil society organizations, media, other development partners and other Bank units.

The senior energy specialist will be expected to lead teams and to provide guidance and mentoring to junior staff on operational, policy dialogue and analytical activities.

Information about these projects is available on the World Bank’s website www.worldbank.org.

SELECTION CRITERIA

(i) Master’s degree in engineering, economics, finance or related field;

(ii) at least 8 years of combined experience in the World Bank, other international institutions/companies and/or government in energy with demonstrated track record in the management of large complex projects.;

(iii) solid track record and experience in leading/anchoring a power sector dialogue and preparation/supervision of energy projects is considered a distinct advantage;

(iv) experience and/or substantive exposure with other infrastructure sectors would be preferable;

(v) a track record of team work and ability to produce high-quality results

and outputs with minimal supervision;

(vi) an excellent track record in carrying out high quality and timely analytical reports and activities;

(vii) a track record of good external client relations skills at all levels of seniority;

(viii) High level of energy, initiative and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements;

(ix) excellent oral and written communication skills, in particular ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders; and,

(x) proficiency in English and French is essential.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level. Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners. Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations. Energy Sector Technologies - Deep experience applying knowledge (hydrocarbon, power generation, transmission and distribution, renewables, and energy efficiency) to policy-related decisions and advice. Energy Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Solid understanding of energy policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations. Sector/Network Representation - Demonstrates ability to coordinate, participate in, and act as a catalyst for, strategic cross-sector dialogues within the network, across the country, among Bank colleagues and other development institutions, government, and other organizations. Project Design for Impact and Sustainability - IL - Contributes to the design of projects and programs, based on an understanding of the country and sector context. Sector Dialogue - IL - Able to conduct a dialogue with the client on familiar topics, with a narrow scope, based on a solid understanding of the sector. Operational Project Management - Demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies, as well as of Bank instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder communications. Team Leadership - Leads teams to achieve challenging outcomes, providing a role model and enhancing the team-leadership skills of team members.

Core Bank Competencies:

Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others. Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client. Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront. Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions. Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action.

The position will report to the Practice Manager of GEE01 who is based at HQs in Washington DC.

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