Senior Energy Specialist, Minsk, Belarus

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Belarus

City: Minsk, Belarus

Office: World Bank in Minsk, Belarus

Closing date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Senior Energy Specialist

Job #: req10910

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Energy

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Minsk,Belarus

Required Language(s): English, Russian

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 2/24/2021 (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. Visit

The WBG supports the Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is committed to working towards accomplishing the initiative’s three goals by 2030: i) universal access to electricity and clean cooking fuels; ii) doubling the share of the world’s energy supplied by renewable sources from 18 percent to 36 percent, and iii) doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies. The Infrastructure Practice Group includes the Transport Global Practice, the Digital Development Global Practice, the Infrastructure Finance, and the Public-Private Partnership and Guarantee Group, besides the Energy and Extractive (EEX) Global Practice.

The EEX GP has a strong engagement in development policy operations in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA), where energy and related reforms are key components/pillars of the economic reform agenda. The GP works on a range of regional platforms and programs such as the Energy Community of South East Europe, the Central Asia Regional Economic Commission (CAREC) and a variety of multilateral partnerships with the European Commission and other institutions. Overall, ECA serves 31 client countries with a total population of about 916 million, with a majority living in middle-income economies.

The EEX GP has a steady energy portfolio in Belarus with key areas including sustainable energy development (in heating and electricity), sector institutional and policy design, energy subsidies, and energy efficiency scale up. Additionally, the GP has a growing portfolio in Ukraine and Moldova, comprising policy advisory, analytical and lending engagements across electricity, natural gas, district heating and energy efficiency.


The World Bank seeks to recruit a Senior Energy Specialist to join the Energy Team based in Minsk, Belarus, with experience in energy policy dialog, advisory services and investment lending. The candidate is expected to:

Be part of the Energy GP engagement in Belarus which includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, district heating, and combined heat and power projects. The successful candidate would also be expected to support the energy program in other countries in the Country Management Unit - Ukraine and Moldova, and may also be asked to support the wider ECA region on a case by case basis.

Actively participate in dialog and advisory work and leading lending energy operations in Belarus and in overseeing implementation of energy operations with the aim to enhance quality and accelerate implementation.

Play an active role in the Bank’s energy policy dialogue with the authorities, development partners, and other stakeholders in on-going energy sector reforms and regional energy development. This will require effective communication and outreach to key stakeholders including client governments, academia, civil society organizations, regional energy organizations, media, development partners and other Bank Group units.

Actively seek opportunities to apply Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) principles in our work program and build a strong internal WBG partnership with IFC and MIGA as well as networks with private sector stakeholders that can contribute to the achievement of our development objectives.

Actively contribute to the dissemination of WBG energy activities within the WBG and in external events.

Support and coordinate with the Eastern Europe CMU (Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova) and the Belarus Country Office, as required.

Closely collaborate with the Bank energy team in HQ and other Country offices in overall energy program development and implementation and contribute to development of the ECA Energy Unit strategic directions.

Selection Criteria

Master’s degree in engineering, energy planning/economics, business administration, or equivalent areas relevant for energy sector development.

At least 8 years of combined experience in the World Bank, other international institutions and/or companies, government agencies, and/or energy sector utilities with demonstrated track record of successful engagement with complex projects.

Demonstrates solid understanding of energy policies, technologies or strategies, private sector participation, and institutional development needed to support development and for the success of project and analytic work.

Demonstrated records in teamwork and inclusion to support collaboration and working across boundaries, and ensuring diverse talent and capability is mobilized across Infrastructure Global Practices.

Proven ability to work across practice and disciplinary boundaries as well as with multiple stakeholders to build collaborative alliances for results.

Demonstrated ability to communicate with senior authorities on complex energy policy issues, including integration of energy sectoral solutions into the broader economic framework.

Translates technical analyses into policies, operations and/or research as they relate to any of the following thematic business lines: Economics; Energy Utilities Management and Financing; Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Energy Finance; Power Systems and Technologies.

Experience in planning, designing, and implementing energy infrastructure investments, preferably in electricity, natural gas, district heating, combined heat and power generation, energy efficiency and/or renewable energy.

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Experience leading and/or playing key roles in policy dialogue with clients and stakeholders;
Experience working on World Bank or other international financial institutions lending and advisory operations is desirable.

Demonstrates 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).

Demonstrated track record in carrying out high quality and timely analytical reports and activities would be advantageous.

Experience working with large global teams, with an ability to produce high-quality results and outputs with minimal supervision is required.

Ability to work independently, taking initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements.

Excellent 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 countries.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients.


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;
Energy Sector Technologies - Experience applying knowledge (heating, 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;
Project Management - Demonstrated ability to originate, plan, execute, control and complete a given task to achieve specific goals with a team on time and on budget.


Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others;
Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for clients;
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 the WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions; and

Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action.

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