Lead Energy Specialist
The World Bank 63 reviews - Washington, DC

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The Africa Region is committed to working with Africans and development partners to achieve fast progress toward growth and poverty alleviation. Improved performance of the energy sector and access to modern energy/electrification are central to accomplishment of these objectives.

Better access to quality and efficient energy services not only leads to higher economic growth and household incomes, but also improves human development indicators and enhances quality of life, particularly for those who do not presently enjoy access to modern energy services. Therefore, increasing access to reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services is an essential component of the global poverty reduction strategy.

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 current portfolio comprises over 50 projects with a value of over US$8.5 billion. New lending is approximately US$1 billion per annum, with a growing share of private sector participation and regional activities. In several countries, the Bank is engaged with the clients on the promotion of energy solutions to increase access to electricity through private sector participation.

The Africa energy sector grouping consists of two Units (AFTG1 for East and Southern Africa and AFTG2 for West and Central Africa). Each of the two units is managed by a Sector Manager. Each SM also is responsible for two cross-cutting themes: (AFTG1 for PPPs and Energy Sector Reforms, and renewable energy, and AFTG2 for Hydropower, and Energy Access). Leadership for themes ensures a consolidated approach to the issue at hand in the region. The two units together have over 60 staff with over 20 in various field locations, and more than half of the operational and advisory activities are managed /led by field-based staff. AFTG1/2 cooperates with bilateral and multilateral partners in its business and AAA activities.
AFTG1 seeks a seasoned Lead Energy Specialist to lead its strategic, advisory, and operational work in the selected countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. The Lead Energy Specialist will assist the Sector Manager in delivery of the unit’s work program, assurance of quality, interaction with internal and external clients (including Country Directors), staff development, and partnerships.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:
The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include:
Leading the energy sector program in selected countries in Easter and Southern Africa. Shaping the Bank's strategy, developing business, and leading operational work (policy dialogue, lending, AAA, task supervision, etc., including as Task Team Leader for specific activities). The Lead Energy Specialist should lead an active Bank policy dialogue with clients and other stakeholders on strategic energy issues and implementation of the region’s ongoing energy sector reforms, especially in the electric power sector. This includes the promotion of regional energy activities in the Africa region and advancing prospect for development of cross-border interconnections. The Lead Specialist will also maintain sufficient knowledge of individual operations and activities (including those not managed by him/her) to be able to identify and help resolve project-specific or systemic issues.

b) Developing strategic partnerships: The Lead Specialist will be expected to forge partnerships with organizations and individuals which can both better inform the Bank's energy strategies, and also result in higher quality implementation and impact of Bank-supported programs. This will require effective communication and outreach to key stakeholders client governments, academia, civil society organizations, media, other development partners and other Bank units (including relevant networks, IFC and MIGA so that world class resources may be deployed to Southern African clients);
c) Leading multi-sectoral teams and mentoring staff working on the energy program at the HQs and the country office. As the Lead Energy Specialist, the selected candidate will also be expected to take on a strong leadership position in pulling together appropriate teams to lead the energy agenda, and to provide guidance and mentoring to other staff and junior TTLs. This includes maintaining knowledge and advising colleagues and clients on global best practices in the energy sector and keeping abreast of country sector issues as well as contributing to global knowledge by introducing success and lessons learned in Africa energy sector.

Selection Criteria:
Candidates must meet the generic criteria for international level GH: minimum Masters degree in a relevant discipline , sustained record of achieving high-quality substantive results over an extended period (typically at least 10 years), and relevant experience in more than one region of the world

Areas of demonstrated capabilities include:
  • Masters Degree in engineering, energy planning/economics, business administration, or equivalent areas relevant for energy sector development.
  • Outstanding skills in managing operations, client/partner relations and people.
  • Multiregional experience and cross-sectoral integration to achieve sustainable results.
  • Knowledge of and experience in Bank operations, with track record of successful contribution in major lending operations is essential, including PPPs and co-financing with commercial financing agencies, IFC and MIGA.
  • Proven ability to lead sector dialogue, through an in-depth and continuous involvement on difficult policy issues.
  • A proven track record in designing and implementing complex operations using innovative approaches, demonstrated strong knowledge of operational procedures including fiduciary and safeguards policies and the investment project cycle and including TTL-ship of major lending operations and key strategic, analytical and advisory products.
  • Client orientation, diplomatic skills, as well as sensitivity to social and cultural issues as they affect development and poverty reduction.
  • Ability to lead/coach teams to achieve results, build strong teams across the matrix and develop/nurture new talent.
  • Outstanding communications skills, including the ability to influence and persuade.
  • High degree of discretion, ethics, tact and sensitivity in handling confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ability to work under pressure while retaining perspective and humor.
  • Language: Full proficiency of English essential.
  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Influences the design and execution of major policy and/or research initiatives; conceives and promotes innovations in development policies, project design, organization and management to improve operational and sector work.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills - Has a track record of conducting effective policy dialogue with country counterparts; communicates and defends difficult issues and positions to senior bank management and government officials.
  • Integrative Skills - Possesses in-depth understanding of Bank resources in all areas of work in the network, and proven fungibility.
  • Energy Sector Technologies - Expert atpolicy-related decisions and advice, with expertise in one or more areas: hydrocarbon, power generation, transmission and distribution, renewables, energy efficiency,low carbon strategies, etc.
  • Energy Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Comprehensive understanding of energy policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
  • Client Orientation - Translates insight into practice across disciplines, hierarchies, geographies and organizational units in service of clients.
  • Drive for Results - Ensures successful implementation and delivery of key programs and projects, ensuring that outputs positively impact results.
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Creates a team climate of practical and innovative action, facilitating collaboration between competing interests and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Demonstrates command of all forms of communication and presents in a clear, objective and engaging manner in high-level settings; ensures knowledge is captured and shared in a variety of ways.
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Serves as a trusted advisor to others on their decisions, ensuring alignment across units and optimal impact on the organization as a whole.

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