Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, Beirut, Lebanon

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Lebanon

City: Beirut, Lebanon

Office: World Bank in Beirut, Lebanon

Closing date: Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist

Job #: req10704

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Water/Sanitation

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Beirut,Lebanon

Required Language(s): Arabic, English, French

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 2/9/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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The Middle East and North Africa Region

The Middle East and North Africa Region serves twenty countries, of which twelve are active/potentially active IBRD/IDA borrowers (Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, Tunisia and Yemen) and eight are users of the Region’s nonlending services, mostly on a reimbursable basis (Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). The mission of MNA is to foster sustainable growth with a focus on job creation and poverty reduction, economic and social inclusion, and good governance. MNA attaches importance to creating a supportive work environment based on the values of teamwork, transparency, trust, and client service, underlined by professional excellence. MNA places high value on diversity. MNA is organized in five Country Departments (CMUs), the Office of the Regional Chief Economist, and the Development Effectiveness Unit (MNADE).

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated MENA’s underlying structural issues. The combination of the pandemic and the collapse in oil prices has affected all aspects of MENA’s economies. Oil prices have recovered somewhat; however, they remain far below levels prior to the first COVID-19 outbreak in the region in February 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread widely through MENA, the World Bank quickly surged support to help blunt severe health and economic damage. The MENA Region launched a Regional Platform to help the countries respond to the health crisis and alleviate the pain of the most vulnerable. The immediate response included financing, policy advice, and technical assistance to help countries cope with the urgent health needs of the pandemic and support safety net systems including cash transfer programs.

The Middle East and North Africa Region:

The Sustainable Development Practice Group

The Sustainable Development (SD) Practice Group (PG) helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy, Environmental and Social Framework, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, and Water.

Water Global Practice

Water touches every aspect of development and it links with nearly every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems, and is essential and fundamental for life itself. Water availability and management impacts whether poor girls are educated, whether cities are healthy places to live, and whether growing industries or poor villages can withstand the impacts of floods or droughts. For more information:

Water in MENA Unit (SMNWA)

SWMNA regional unit is heavily decentralized with more than half of the staff in country offices. Its focus is on operations with an over US$3billion portfolio but the unit also uses upstream mechanisms funded by donors (Trust Funds (TFs), Externally Financed Outputs (EFOs) and Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) to advance the water agenda in the region.


To strengthen its activities, the unit seeks to recruit a Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist in the WB office in Lebanon to work as part of the country and task team. The successful candidate will support the lending, advisory services and analytical activities in the areas of water and wastewater services in Lebanon, with the following duties:

Lead and work with Water GP and other WBG Task Teams in formulating country sector strategies in the water and sanitation sector (WSS); and reviewing WSS sector policies, legal and regulatory frameworks; and advising WBG clients on policy, institutional, and technical matters associated with the Bank’s water program;
Coordinate water-related activities with other Global Practices and Country Management Unit; and work closely and coordinate with other development partners and UN agencies to coordinate in the in policy dialogue;
Lead in the communication and dialogue with civil society, NGOs, CSO, research institutions, government counterpart and private sector on current and future operations and in Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) technical assistance in the water sector or water activities under other projects or Trust Funds.

Design, and prepare operation on WSS projects or water activities in multi-disciplinary project incorporating key cross-cutting issues such as innovative citizen engagement and oversight, financial sustainability, gender and climate change;
Maintain liaison and dialogue with development partners, research institutions, government counterpart, non-Government organizations, the private sector, and other sector-related institutions.

Monitor and assess the implementation of sector portfolio, and identify and share with client, relevant expertise and examples within and outside the World Bank on implementation of water projects (infrastructure, institutional development, financial sustainability) in the context of fragile countries.

Note: There is growing client demand for World Bank support as the agenda shifts to a focus on reform for WSS service delivery at scale, integrated water resources management and irrigation. The GP has adopted a strategy to better leverage international and national sector specialists through increased field presence, where they work on a variety of programs ranging from policy dialogue and relationships with the clients to business development, project preparation, and implementation, and technical and advisory support to clients.

Selection Criteria

The preferred candidate should meet the following criteria:

A degree in an engineering Civil/Water Engineering discipline, or equivalent.

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At least eight to 10 years of relevant experience in the water sector, with ability to engage credibly on a range of sectoral issues in developing countries;
Prior work experience and results on the ground and hands-on experience with Government counterpart agencies;
Problem solver and able to efficiently run many activities simultaneously and experience in communication with civil society would be an advantage;
Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, different partners and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multicultural environment with teams located in different countries;
Excellent language skills in English, French, and Arabic

The WBG Core Competencies:

Lead and Innovate - Develop innovative solutions

Deliver Results for Clients - Actively address clients stated and unstated needs

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborate across boundaries, give own perspective and willingly receive diverse perspectives

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Apply knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.

Make Smart Decisions - Interpret a wide range of information and push to move forward.

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