Transport Specialist in Policy and Modeling, Vienna, Austria

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: World Bank in Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Transport Specialist in Policy and Modeling

Job #: req17564

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Infrastructure

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Vienna,Austria

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 5/25/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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 and promoting shared prosperity. 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.

The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region:

Transport Global Practice

Better transport has the potential to improve the lives and livelihoods of billions of people by facilitating access to jobs, markets, and essential services such as healthcare or education. The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to help countries implement sustainable mobility solutions that create real, lasting development benefits.

Duties & Responsibilities

As a Transport Specialist in Policy and Modeling ("Transport Specialist"), your responsibilities will include developing quantitative models, drawing on a broad set of methodologies as applicable to each particular case, and articulating practical policy implications of model findings to inform World Bank analytical work, lending operations, and advisory services. The assignments that you will participate in will cover both freight logistics and passenger transport. Within these subsectors, you will assess issues such as the following: logistics costs competitiveness; short- and long-term transport sector decarbonization trajectories; transport network resilience to the impacts of climate change; supply-demand balance in transportation; connectivity and access; transportation efficiency; modal choice and modal shift; urban logistics; regional integration and cross-border trade; gender aspects; trade facilitation; private sector participation in transport infrastructure and service delivery; and the regulatory, planning, oversight, decision making, and institutional aspects of transport sector management by national and sub-national public sector entities. This work will be conducted either for individual countries in ECA, groups of countries within the ECA region, or at the ECA-wide level; in some instances you may also conduct global-level analyses.

The tasks you will be expected to perform in this role are the following:

Support task teams in the preparation of lending operations, with a specific emphasis on preparing transport sector investment viability assessments to inform the economic and financial analysis presented in Project Appraisal Documents, including GHG accounting and evaluation of the economic cost of carbon;
Co-lead or support task teams in the preparation of original Bank research, typically for publication, from conceptualization to fundraising (if applicable), technical content development, articulation of "so what?"-type policy narratives, and dissemination among external audiences (including non-specialists), with a focus on the quantitative analysis underpinning the narratives;
Co-lead or support task teams providing policy advice to public sector and other entities as applicable, with an emphasis on the quantitative analyses that support this advice;
Contribute to the conceptualization and design of new lending and non-lending activities in the Bank’s regional transport program in ECA;
Participate in policy dialogue, under the mentorship of the Practice Manager, with external development partners in individual countries and across the ECA region;
Oversee and coordinate the work of individual consultants, consulting firms, and other external technical specialists to ensure quality and consistency with World Bank standards;
Co-lead or support task teams in the implementation of lending operations, including helping oversee the procurement, contract management, financial management, civil work’s integrity, and social, environmental, and economic impacts of World Bank-financed projects on the ground, in support of and as in input to the Bank’s advice to the project implementing agency(ies);
Contribute to preparing Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs), Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks, Public Expenditures Reviews, and policy notes on the topics/sections pertaining to freight and passenger transport, with an emphasis on quantitative modeling on the supply side, demand side, and related market and economic outcomes, including climate change adaptation (e.g., vulnerability and resilience) and mitigation (e.g., long-term emission abatement trajectories); and

Support World Bank transport colleagues by participating in thematic technical groups (Global Solutions Groups or Communities of Practice), supporting innovative work in collaboration with other global practices to improve knowledge creation and dissemination, and growing the existing knowledge base.

Selection Criteria

Master’s degree in transport economics, applied economics, statistics/econometrics, logistics, industrial operations management, urban economics, or other relevant fields and a minimum of five years of work experience; or Ph.D. degree in these fields plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience, ideally in or exposed to middle-income country contexts; experience in countries in the ECA region will be considered a plus;
Demonstrable experience with, and immediate ability to independently conceptualize and produce, transportation sector models in freight logistics and trade; experience with modeling of passenger transport, including urban transport, will be considered a plus, such experience can be in the form of original research or through the reparation/implementation of public, private, and/or public-private projects or advisory engagements in these fields;
The above experience must include exposure to at least one of the most common modeling techniques in freight transportation, such as freight flow modeling, gravity models/regression analysis, transport sector demand-supply modeling, emissions modeling, network vulnerability, and resilience modeling, GIS modeling, discrete choice/modal choice modeling, service delivery costing modeling, economic benefit-cost analysis/investment viability modeling, financial viability modeling, financial modeling of firms, and/or big data analytics;
Proficiency with Excel-based modeling is a requirement for this role; basic familiarity with data analytics programming tools like Python, R, Visual Basic for Applications, and/or transport-specialized software such as VISUM, HDM-IV, other network optimization models, or equivalent, will be considered a plus;
At least basic familiarity with (a) transport sector public policy as regards regulation, investment, and other interventions to support transport efficiency and economic growth; (b) the relationship between transportation and climate change adaptation and mitigation; and (c) private sector good practice in freight logistics across shippers, carriers, and logistics service providers;
Demonstrable interest in economic development and the role that transportation can play in promoting economic growth, broad-based opportunity, shared prosperity, climate resilience, and decarbonization;
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and ability to prioritize tasks under a short time frame while meeting quality standards;
Proven ability to build client relationships involving multiple partners, and to discuss complex issues in transport policy or reforms at senior levels with internal and external clients;
Experience working in multidisciplinary and/or multicultural teams and problem solving thereof; and

Strong verbal and written communications skills in English (a recent writing sample may be requested of shortlisted candidates).

World Bank Group Core Competencies

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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