Urban Specialist, Jakarta, Indonesia

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Indonesia

City: Jakarta

Office: World Bank Jakarta, Indonesia

Closing date: Monday, 6 December 2021

Urban Specialist

Job #: req13977

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Urban

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 3 years

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Jakarta,Indonesia

Required Language(s): English, Indonesian

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 12/6/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region presents a dramatic illustration of the global dynamics, opportunities and risks of the 21st century. After making the fastest progress in growth and poverty reduction of any region around the world in the last fifteen years, some countries in the region - such as Mongolia - are poised to become middle-income, and some are preparing to join the small group of high-income countries. Such a rapid transformation is leading to the largest shift in rural-to-urban population in human history, generating rising inequality within and across countries, leaving individuals and regions behind in the dash for prosperity.

The EAP region is both the fastest urbanizing region in the world and has the largest urban population. East Asian cities are projected to add 800 million people by 2030. The region has over half (12 out of 23) of the world’s megacities and is expected to increase to 21 out of a global total of 37 by 2025. Urbanization has been beneficial for the East Asia and Pacific Region Over 80% of global economic activity is concentrated in cities, and cities are essential for lifting millions of people out of poverty. Through their density, they make it easier and cheaper to deliver basic public services.

There are, however, many challenges facing urban areas in the East Asia Region that have emerged in the absence of planning, strong institutions and investments in infrastructure. These include congestion which impedes economic growth, pollution which has enormous health costs, and lack of basic services to the poor resulting in sprawling slums and in some cities problems of growing inequality and social exclusion. The persistence of slums within cities signals a trend towards urbanization of poverty and raises concerns that the benefits of urban agglomeration have not accrued evenly to all residents in these cities. Slum-dwellers also face disproportionate risk to natural hazards, particularly flooding, largely due to where they can afford to live within cities. The EAP region is also particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change - it has experienced more than 70% of the world’s disasters and 82% of disaster fatalities in the past 30 years. Coastal cities are at highest risk due to sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change such as tropical cyclones.

The Bank’s EAP urban portfolio comprises of projects and advisory services for basic service delivery to the poor, slum upgrading, affordable housing, and community empowerment, cultural heritage and tourism, urban drainage and flood risk management. Investments in strengthened land management, urban planning and governance cut across different projects and are core elements to ensuring competitive, sustainable and inclusive cities.

To support Indonesia in addressing the urbanization challenges, East Asia Urban, Resilience and Land team is recruiting 2 Urban Specialist based in Jakarta. The primary task is to participate in project preparation and implementation support activities, supporting areas such as housing and local capacity enhancement. Over time, the staff is expected to take on increasing responsibilities, including becoming Task Team Leader for specific projects.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Provide operational assistance to the Task Teams working on various projects and activities, including the preparation of project documents, research and analysis on specific tasks, support to project supervision.

Participates in developing and implementing practice strategy and assists in country-specific policy work.

Carry out substantive research on specific urban sector issues e.g. urban planning, housing, decentralization and local government.

Participate in missions; liaise and coordinate with government counterparts, development partners and other stakeholders; provide technical inputs and guidance to counterparts on appropriate scope, technology, World Bank operational procedures, etc.; prepares terms of reference for project- or sector-related work.

Conduct economic and statistical analysis on urban and/or DRM related issues, such as urban services for the poor, urban upgrading, municipal infrastructure, and municipal finance.

Review and interpret data; screen relevant documents, prepare - under guidance of more senior staff - reports to management and external agencies, help organize knowledge-sharing or consultation workshops with clients and sector stakeholders.

Provide inputs to concept notes, synthesize comments, and help prepare review meeting packages; assist with dissemination of findings, including drafting briefing notes, talking points, power point presentations as well as coordinating workshops.

Support preparation of project briefs, aide memoirs, and other materials as part of The World Bank internal documentation.

Provide cross-support on urban-related issues to other sectors as needed.

Works independently, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior specialists.

Selection Criteria

Advanced university degree (Masters) in a field relevant to urban development such as urban planning, economics, architecture, political science, and public policy;
At least 5 years of relevant experience, including experience with investment projects, knowledge products and analytical tasks; czlwEM2 Dh7qKS

Strong motivation to work in urban development and/or DRM in the developing countries and ability to work flexibly and independently on a range of assignments, adjusting to and prioritizing a variety of complex evolving tasks.

Work experience in Indonesia and familiarity with the Government of Indonesia’s policies in the urban development and related areas.

Experience in World Bank operations and/or project management.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to function effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

Excellent and effective command of English and Indonesia, both in verbal and written forms.

Proven track record of delivery of high-quality outputs while working under pressure and within tight deadlines.

Willingness and ability to travel extensively within and outside Indonesia after the current pandemic situation becomes under control.

Knowledge and Experience in at least Two of the following areas:

Municipal Finance: Working knowledge of a range of municipal financing alternatives; can conduct a range of financial analyses.

Urban and spatial economics: Familiarity with key concepts from the fields of urban and spatial economics, and the application of these concepts to policy analysis; can conduct a range of economic analyses drawing on concepts from these fields as input into operational and analytical work.

Urban Policy, Strategy, and Institutions: Familiarity with urban policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.

Urban Service Delivery: Foundational knowledge of urban services delivery, with ability to apply to operations and analytical work.

Urban Poverty and Slums: Foundational knowledge of urban poverty, with ability to support operations and analytical work.

Land and Housing: Foundational knowledge of land and housing, with ability to support operations and analytical work.

Urban and Regional Planning: Foundational knowledge of urban and regional planning, with ability to support operations and analytical work.

Urban Environment and Solid Waste: Experience in at least one subtopic: environment monitoring, planning and evaluation; air, soil, or water pollution; urban water resources management; solid waste management.

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The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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