Senior Energy Specialist, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington, United States

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Thursday, 24 June 2021

Senior Energy Specialist

Job #: req12125

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Energy

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English, French

Preferred Language(s): Arabic

Closing Date: 6/24/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank 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. Visit

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 lending 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 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 North Africa includes: (i) the management of a number of investment operations in renewable energy generation, in power transmission and in improving the management of distribution services; and (ii) development of new lending operations focusing on utility reform, renewable energy generation, regional energy trade and sector financial sustainability, as well as analytical and advisory services in the same areas. The energy sector is one of the key focus areas for Technical Assistance to inform government policy to enhance financial sustainability of the sector, including lowering costs, management of sector debt and improvement in regulatory processes and governance.

Duties and Accountabilities

The selected candidate will lead or co-lead some of the World Bank Energy engagements in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia including work on sector reforms, electricity generation, transmission, and distribution projects; renewable energy and green hydrogen development, public-private partnership (PPP) projects and technical assistance in both electricity and gas sectors. The work program would also include advisory tasks on these subjects in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (under the Reimbursable Advisory Services program).

A core part of the work will be to continue the dialogue how to reform energy sectors to enable a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive economic recovery from the negative economic impact of the COVID pandemic. This would focus on regulatory and structural reform of utilities, removal of subsidies, opening up of markets for third party access, as well as to support the emerging work program on PPPs in renewable energy and regional integration of energy markets.

The selected candidate 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 selected candidate will also lead teams, provide guidance and mentoring to junior staff on operational, policy dialogue and analytical activities.

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 Senior Energy Specialist is expected to actively seek opportunities to apply MFD principles in our work program and build a strong internal WBG partnership with IFC and MIGA, as well as network with private sector partners that can contribute to the achievement of our 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 development of new lending, 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 implementation;
Lead 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 select North African countries;
Carry 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 practices;
Lead or co-lead energy sector strategy development and policy dialogue; and

Lead efforts to strengthen donor group coordination.

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 power sector utilities with demonstrated track record of successful engagement with relevant developmental programs and projects;
Demonstrates proven understanding of energy policies, technologies or strategies, private sector participation, utility reform, and institutional development needed to support development and for the success of project and analytical work;
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Strong experience in planning, designing, and implementing power infrastructure projects including renewable energy generation, transmission, distribution and improving commercial performance of utilities;
Experience leading and/or playing key roles in policy dialogue with clients and stakeholders;
Experience working on World Bank or other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) I) lending and non-lending 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);
An excellent track record in carrying out high quality and timely analytical reports and activities would be advantageous;
Hands-on experience with infrastructure projects with power sector utilities will be a distinct advantage;
Experience working with large global teams, to produce high-quality results and outputs with minimal supervision is required;
High level of motivation, 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 in English and French (Arabic would be a plus), able to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients; and

Demonstrates strong understanding and able to 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 & Technologies.

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