Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, Bogota, Colombia

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Colombia

City: Bogotá

Office: World Bank in Bogotá, Colombia

Closing date: Friday, 12 August 2022

Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist

Job #: req18551

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Water/Sanitation

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 2 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Bogota,Colombia

Required Language(s): English; Spanish

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 8/12/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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

Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR)

The World Bank Group serves 30 client countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR). Clients range from large rapidly growing sophisticated middle-income countries to IDA countries to small Caribbean states to one fragile state. Despite immense resources and dynamic societies, deep inequalities persist in most LCR countries, with nearly a quarter of the Region’s people living in poverty. Over the past few years, work has focused on the response to the COVID-19 crisis. The focus now is on post-pandemic recovery in a four-pillar strategy: Create the conditions for firms to boost productivity and job creation; Begin to tackle the mounting debt levels by increasing spending efficiency and raising revenues (where they are low); Manage/contain inflation without jeopardizing the economic recovery; Set a course towards a greener development to ensure the post pandemic trajectory is also sustainable. The region will continue to support progress on structural reforms and invest in inclusion, gender equality, productive jobs and climate resilience. In FY22, the region delivered $10.5 billion in financing for client countries ($9.4 billion from IBRD, $1 billion from IDA and $144 million from trust funds) and an impressive amount of ASA and engagements with countries. For more information on the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR): https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/lac

Water Global Practice and the Sustainable Development Practice Group

The water challenges of the world are tremendous. For human development, livable cities, food security, and energy security the need for better water resources management is growing. Even today, 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, of which 1 billion people practice open defecation. Poor sanitation, including inadequate wastewater collection and treatment, impacts health, education, the environment, and industries such as tourism. At least 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water. The lack of access to safe water and sanitation results in significant economic losses in many countries. This is further exacerbated by climate change, water pollution, water scarcity, and the global covid-19 pandemic in a fast-changing world.

Globally, the World Bank Group finances water development through projects, policy lending and technical assistance in the fields of sustaining water resources, delivering services (both in water in agriculture as in water supply and sanitation) and building resilience, the Water Global Practice (GP) also seeks to ensure that water issues are effectively addressed across all related sub-sectors, such as agriculture (ensuring sustainable water availability for irrigation), climate change and disaster risk management, and energy (hydropower). In each sub-sector, an integrated approach is adopted which considers investment alongside issues such as governance, institutions, and policies. WIA (Water in Agriculture) projects focus on all aspects of agricultural water management, from governance in service delivery, to modernization of irrigation, farmer led irrigation, water accounting and resilience through improved agricultural water practices. The Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) projects include rural and urban water and sanitation services, hygiene behavior, improving the efficiency of utilities, and provision of services to the poor. The Water Resources Management (WRM) projects include integrated water resource management, including groundwater management, dam safety, and flood management. Each team member is connected globally to these broad themes through the Global Solutions Groups (GSGs). https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/water

The Water GP is housed within the Sustainable Development Practice Group, which helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy, Environmental and Social Framework, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, and Water

The Water GP’s Unit in Latin America and the Caribbean is looking to further enhance its field-based capacity in Bogota to support the growing water portfolio in Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela (LC1) and beyond, working closely with various teams leading these efforts. The Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist will be based in the World Bank Country Office in Bogota, Colombia; and will report to the Water Latin America and Caribbean Practice Manager currently base in Lima, Peru.

Role & Responsibilities:

The Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist is expected to work on water-related lending and advisory services and analytical activities in Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela (LC1 countries), together with and under the guidance of more senior specialists and Task Team Leaders (TTLs). The Specialist might also eventually participate in activities in other sectors or countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Region and globally. The selected candidate will work on a range of projects and analytics seeking to promote water security and sustainable development, through more resilient, inclusive, efficient development and management of water supply and sanitation, water resources management and climate resilience/adaptation.

The selected candidate will have the following specific duties: - Support and eventually lead Bank Task Teams and/or participate in projects providing technical support in the identification, preparation, and supervision of projects as well as in the preparation and implementation of analytical and advisory activities, including the formulation of background documents, organization of missions, monitoring the progress of projects, and undertaking regular field visits.

- Support and eventually lead the supervision of project subcomponents and provide technical advice to Government implementation units.

- Contribute and eventually lead Advisory Services and Analytics (ASAs) activities for the Water Global Practice and others.

- Maintain liaison and dialogue with the Ministry of Housing (MINVIVIENDA), Ministry of Environment (Miambiente), Ministry of Agriculture (Minagricultura), regulatory agencies (CRA, SSIS), Environmental Regional Authorities (CRAs), development partners, research institutions, non-government organizations, the private sector, and other sector-related institutions.

- Liase with other Global Practices (particularly Environment and Agriculture) to foster cross sectoral collaboration

- Supervise consultants (individual and firms), ensuring consistency and conformity to Bank standards; and evaluating studies and sector-related project documentation.

- Provide technical support to the task teams, as needed, liaising closely and coordinating the water-related activities with other Global Practices and the Country Management Unit (CMU).

- Monitor and provide advisory support for the adherence to World Bank’s operational policies and quality requirements in technical and fiduciary due diligence. Other tasks in Colombia or beyond as agreed with the Practice Manager.

Selection Criteria

* A Master’s level degree, in a field relevant to water supply and sanitation, including civil, sanitary, or environmental engineering, water resources/environmental management, economist, or other related fields from an accredited university.

* A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in water supply and sanitation in the government, bilateral or multilateral development organization, private sector, or non-government organizations.

* Knowledge and experience in wastewater management, water resources management, and/or climate change is a plus.

* Familiarity with and a good understanding of policy, institutional, regulatory, and management frameworks for water supply and sanitation, and water resources management in Colombia.

* Experience in coordinating and/or managing multi-disciplinary projects on water or sanitation.

* Experience working with international institutions/companies is a plus.

* Experience with multi-sectoral teams is particularly desirable.

* Good external client relations skills.

* High level of energy, initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.

* Ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders.

Required Competencies

In addition to the above, the successful candidate should demonstrate the following: - Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands the 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 the current sector.

- Water Policy and Strategy - Basic understanding of water policies and strategies and their role in delivering outcomes to end users/customers.

- Water Institutions - Basic understanding of water supply and sanitation sector institutions (ministries, regulators, service providers, community organizations) and how they are best organized to deliver services to end-users in a sustainable manner.

- Water Financing - Basic understanding of approaches to water supply and sanitation sector financing of both capital and O&M costs.

- Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure and Technologies - Direct experience with water supply and sanitation infrastructure and technologies.

- Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.

- Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses ‚clients‘ 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 GPs and WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.

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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