Transport Specialist, Singapore

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Singapore

City: Singapore

Office: World Bank in Singapore

Closing date: Monday, 25 January 2021

Transport Specialist

Job #: req10559

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Transportation

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Singapore,Singapore

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 1/25/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit Within the World Bank, the Transport Global Practice (GP) responds to the needs of developing countries for faster, cheaper, safer and more efficient transport solutions while addressing traffic fatalities, congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and local air pollution. Country needs are growing exponentially under the combined effects of globalization, population growth, rapid urbanization, economic development, and technological progress - making sustainable transport a vital part of the global development agenda. In addition to project finance, the GP is advancing the global dialogue on the future of transportation through influential programs such as the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative, the Global Road Safety Facility and the Africa Transport Policy Program. The Transport Global Practice (GP) is part of the Infrastructure (INF) Practice Group led by a Vice President covering transport, energy, digital development, as well as infrastructure finance, public-private partnerships and guarantees. The Transport GP is led by a Global Director, supported by ten Regional Practice Managers, responsible for operations, advisory services and analytics; and Global Leads shaping the agenda around critical areas such as urban mobility, development corridors and regional integration, road safety, and infrastructure management and finance. As of July 2020, the Transport Unit in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) now reports to a Regional Director for INF who in turn is reporting to the Regional Vice President. The Transport Unit in Southeast Asia and the Pacific is now seeking a Transport Specialist focusing on climate change to support the transport team in the development and implementation of the transport program in the region. This position is subject to local recruitment. Singapore citizens and permanent residents will be considered on a priority basis. Duties and Responsibilities Caused by Green House Gas (GHG) emission, climate change is a major risk to development outcomes across the globe. The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region is already the most exposed region to climate change, with significant increase in the severity of climate disasters being recorded. The transport sector is a key driver for CO2 emissions, with the share of transport emissions from EAP projected to account for nearly half of the global transport emissions by 2030. Compounded with climate shocks, it is estimated that direct damage caused by natural and climatic hazards to global transport infrastructure amounts to US$154 billion a year. Through its regional and country programs, the EAP region is proactively financing country efforts to cut GHG emissions and adapt to climate risk. Over FY16-20, about US$1.2 billion or 46 percent of World Bank transport lending in EAP has had climate mitigation and adaptation co-benefits. Moving forward, the transport GP is committed to help countries further integrate climate action into the transport development agenda and to promote low-carbon, resilient and sustainable mobility for all. The successful candidate will be working closely with transport task teams, and more broadly the INF Practice Group in EAP, on this important agenda. The assignment includes:

Support, co-lead and eventually lead the preparation of new and supervision of ongoing transport projects in EAP, focusing on climate-related issues. This will include o project preparation, i.e. project identification, design and appraisal by reviewing with clients the results of feasibility studies and technology choice studies, with a strong focus on integrating climate change actions and requirements into the project design; supporting the development of economic and financial analysis of project investments and programs; helping to assess implementation capacity of project implementation counterparts and supporting institutions/agencies; and assisting in the development of appropriate benchmarks/indicators and establishing project monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess progress and outcomes including the climate impacts of projects; o project supervision, i.e. leading and/or participating in project implementation support missions to ensure implementation quality and timeliness and consistency with project monitoring and evaluation frameworks and project objectives; collecting and analyzing data, undertaking background research, reviewing reports and technical documents; facilitating project implementation including providing procurement and contract management support and advice to the project implementing agencies; leading and/or contributing to the Aide-Memoire and other key mission documents; o supporting teams in increasing climate funding for transport projects in the region by helping them to analyze climate funding sources and options, requirements to access such financing, and leading the dialogue with climate change funding sources and donors; and o supporting and guiding teams with GHG accounting of their projects as a corporate requirement. Support the Practice Manager, the Regional Director and the broader infrastructure team in the region in developing and monitoring the transport sector’s contribution and adaptation to climate change as part of the INF Global Knowledge Engagement Strategy, the EAP Climate Change Action Plan, upcoming Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Frameworks in EAP countries, as well as key client programs and plans related to climate change; Engage with, advise and provide guidance to clients in designing and advancing climate sector policy and institutional reforms and capacity building programs, seeking to develop capacity in the implementing entities to plan, develop, and manage transport projects with a climate change angle under their jurisdiction; Lead and/or co-lead (across Global Practices) research and analytical activities in the transport sector with a focus on climate resilience and decarbonizing transport; Participate in the policy dialogue under the guidance of the CMU, the Practice Manager and senior specialists with external stakeholders/development partners in the country; Provide support to improve the quality of transport projects with regard to climate change through peer reviews, technical advice, and quality assurance; Participate in cross-sectoral teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Frameworks, public expenditures reviews, sectoral studies, and research and policy development activities on climate change pertaining to the transport sector but also across related sectors such as energy, urban development, trade and competitiveness, and agriculture; Support the World Bank-wide professional community of staff engaged in the Infrastructure Practice Group by participating in a selected number of thematic technical groups (Global Solutions Groups or Communities of Practice) and drafting of technical notes, and supporting cutting-edge work in collaboration with other global practices to enhance knowledge creation and dissemination, and expanding the existing knowledge base; and Represent the World Bank at public events relevant to the climate change in the sector.

Selection Criteria

The position requires candidates with expertise and practical experience in infrastructure planning, design and construction, sector policy, combined with appreciation and awareness of the challenges/difficulties of working in the EAP region. Specialist knowledge of climate change issues and decarbonizing transport is essential, as is experience in working in developing countries. Candidates for the position will be selected based on the following considerations:

Master’s degree or higher in civil/transport/energy engineering, planning, economics, public policy, finance or other related disciplines; Minimum 5 years proven experience in the transport or in a related infrastructure field (either with a government’s transport or energy authority, contractor(s), design or supervision consultant(s), or development institutions), including climate change/environment, with demonstrated ability to work on: (a) infrastructure design or planning; (b) civil works contract management and execution; (c) procurement of civil works and consultancy contracts; (d) community-based, labor intensive mechanisms for road and/or infrastructure maintenance; and (e) economic, social, and environmental impact of infrastructure investments; Experience in working either with the World Bank, or on programs financed by other development partners, multilateral or bilateral organizations, preferably with a focus on climate change; Effective verbal, analytical and written communication skills in English and a demonstrated ability to produce quality documents and analytical reports; Work experience in the EAP region and familiarity with the issues and problems of the transport sector in the EAP region are desirable; In addition to climate change, knowledge of key developments in related sectors and on cross-cutting issues affecting the performance of the sectors, such as: environmental and social impacts, gender equality, or poverty reduction; Good project management skills, an ability to work effectively on multiple activities simultaneously, strong problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to self-navigate, with minimal support, through complex bureaucratic environments; and Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively in multi-cultural teams (with virtual teams located in different countries), and with clients, different stakeholders and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries. For information about WBG Core Competencies, please visit:

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