Operations Officer
The World Bank - 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.

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 renewable energy and regional activities.

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.

AFTG2 carries out and supervises a large number of trustfunded activities. An important part of this is the AFREA-2 program, which supports investments but also pays attention to improving policies, institutions, and markets. Trustfunded activities include Bank-executed analytical and technical assistance activities as well as client-executed projects.

AFTG2 seeks an operations specialist to coordinate and monitor trustfunded activities across the two Africa energy units.

Duties and Accountabilities:
The Operations Officer will be a core member of the AFTG2. The responsibilities include the following:
(i) Independently monitors implementation of trustfunded activities, including the implementation progress and budget through regular and timely reviews;
(ii) Prepares regular reporting on quarterly and bi-annual basis (and as required) on the progress of trustfund implementation, challenges and recommend appropriate actions
(iii) Ensures that planned work program/budget deliverables are compatible with trustfund priorities, and objectives and guidelines; Ensures consistency and conformity to Bank trust fund policies.
(iv) Supports task teams and responds to program queries and by assisting clients in accessing trustfund tools and resources. Provides oral and written responses and briefings for queries by staff and managers and by external clients;
(v) Reviews and processes documents, coordinating across disciplines and project components with other team members;
(vi) Provide inputs to the overall AFREA-2 program management and strategic direction.
(vii) Lead reporting and evaluation of AFREA-2 program activities.

Selection Criteria:
Qualifications
  • Masters or other advanced degree in Public Adminstration, Business Administration, Project Management or Finance, and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a relevant field;
  • Substantial experience in the management of Bank-administered trust funds, including programmatic and free-standing trust fund creation, coordination, grant and reporting procedures for both recipient-executed and Bank-executed projects;
  • Hands-on project management experience, an ability to efficiently manage a large number of activities simultaneously, a flair for problem-solving and an ability to self-navigate through complex bureaucratic environments;
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills, proven ability to work across boundaries in a matrix management environment;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence based dialogue with clients;
  • Familiarity with World Bank or other MDB processes and guidelines, particularly pertaining to project cycle management and procurement, is an asset;
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in French a plus;
  • Knowledge of and interest in the energy or other infrastructure sectors is a plus;
Competencies

  • Project Management - Understands and utilizes the basic concepts of project management, as they relate to the implementation of a project
  • Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems - Fully familiar with Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures and Systems (including safeguards, FM and procurement)
  • Portfolio Management (OS) - Analyzes and identifies portfolio cross-cutting issues; provides guidance to country/sector teams on quality of operations and portfolio performance.
  • Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice - Expertise in particular Bank Network recognized Sector or Theme
  • Client Orientation - Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
  • Drive for Results - Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so.
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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