Extended Term Consultant, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington, United States

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Monday, 5 July 2021

E T Consultant

Job #: req12402

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Energy

Grade: EC2

Term Duration: 1 year 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 7/5/2021 (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 www.worldbank.org

UNIT CONTEXT The World Bank Group (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 Energy & Extractives (EEX) Global Practice (GP) focuses on: providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to meet the needs of fast-growing economies and to ensure universal access to modern energy services for people in client countries; and, strengthening 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 Africa Energy Program is growing rapidly, covering reforms (sector and corporate governance, energy security and the environment, regional energy trade, public-private partnerships, energy efficiency, etc.) and investment support in power generation, power and gas transmission and distribution, rural energy services, renewable energy development, low-carbon and climate friendly initiatives. The Program uses a variety of instruments, including investment lending, guarantees for public private partnerships, and development policy lending. In addition, the team manages a strong knowledge agenda to inform the policy dialogue in the sector. The Africa energy sector grouping consists of four Units: (i) East and Southern Africa (ii) Francophone Africa (iii) Central Africa and anglophone West Africa, and (iv) Central and Southern Africa. Each of the four Units is managed by a Practice Manager.

Regional integration and trade are an important pillar of World Bank’s energy sector engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Bank supports the four power pools established in different sub-regions of Africa. One of these power pools, the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP), was established in 2005 with a mandate to promote, coordinate and expand power trade in Eastern Africa. As some of the countries of Eastern Africa are emerging as major exporters and as critical interconnectors are under development, there is an urgent need to ensure operational and commercial readiness for trade and capacity building at both national and regional levels. World Bank supports regional integration in Eastern Africa through investments and technical assistance.

The East Africa unit (IAEE1) seeks an Extended Term Consultant (ETC) based in Washington to support the unit’s operational and advisory work in Ethiopia and other countries in Eastern Africa, as needed, with focus on the preparation and implementation of the Horn of Africa Regional Integration of Sustainable Energy Supply (HoA RISES) Project.


The ETC responsibilities as a member of the team will include:

Participate in the design, preparation and implementation of investment operations including the key cross-cutting issues such as gender, climate change, and citizen engagement etc,

Support the design, preparation and implementation of sector strategies, studies, analytical work, policy work, and advisory activities as appropriate,

Assist task team leaders in task planning, budget planning and management, project monitoring, and internal and external project coordination,

Support the planning and preparation of missions, including mission schedule and materials such as meeting notes, briefings, aide-mémoires etc.,

Support the task team leaders in monitoring and managing short-term consultants contracts and deliverables,

Liaise with and support teams from other GPs of the World Bank and external stakeholders as the Bank engagement calls for,

Prepare proposals, analysis and other relevant documents to support fund raising needed to support project preparation and implementation,

Prepare progress reports for the existing trust funds, and monitor and manage trust funds in line with the trust fund administration requirements,

Prepare dissemination material related to project design and preparation, including power point presentations, briefs and other relevant WB internal and external communication materials.

Selection Criteria

A Masters‘ level degree in engineering, energy planning, finance, economics, business administration or equivalent areas;
At least five years of relevant experience in the energy sector with demonstrated ability to engage credibly on a range of issues in developing countries;
Operational experience in at least one of the following areas: energy access; transmission and distribution; energy finance and economics; clean cooking; regional integration; etc.

Work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa would be desirable;
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Hands-on project management experience, a flair for problem-solving and an ability to self-navigate through complex bureaucratic environments;
Excellent interpersonal skills and 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;
Good written and oral communication skills in English is required, including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients.

The WBG Core Competencies

Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.

Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses client’s stated and unstated needs.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.

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

Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information

Other Competencies

Utility Finance In-depth understanding of financial modeling and financial accounting of infrastructure service providers.

Energy Economics In-depth understanding of economic modeling and assessment of infrastructure investments, energy pricing, and energy sector policy.

Energy Sector Technologies - In-depth understanding of at least one area: hydrocarbon, power generation, transmission and distribution, renewables, energy efficiency, low carbon strategies, etc.

Energy Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Familiarity with energy policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.

Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.

Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.

Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1624465769695