Energy Specialist
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 seeks an energy specialist to participate in or lead AFREA-2 activities and strategic, advisory, and operational work in Africa. AFTG2 hosts the second phase of the Africa Renewable Energy and Access Program (AFREA-2). AFREA-2 supports scaling up and mainstreaming of pro-poor access and clean energy approaches across Sub-Saharan Africa. AFREA-2 is an ESMAP-financed program managed by the World Bank Africa Region and is aligned with Bank lending. AFREA-2 considers all forms of energy access and works along the energy access chain (generation, transmission, distribution). AFREA-2 supports investments but also pays attention to improving policies, institutions, and markets. It provides knowledge and capacity to the frontline of energy access expansion in Africa.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The Energy Specialist will be a core member of the AFTG2. The responsibilities include the following (specific responsibilities will be allocated based strengths of the candidate and those of others in the team): (i) Provide input to and lead analytic and advisory activities related to energy access and pro-poor policy solutions in Africa. This might include country level technical assistance as well as leading a special regional initiative (e.g. the African Energy Expert Team and the African Electrification Initiative). (ii) As part of a team, prepare and appraise new projects that integrate energy access and pro-poor policy solutions, both as free-standing trust-funded activities and integrated into IDA-financed projects. (iii) Actively participate in overseeing implementation of energy operations with the aim to enhance quality and pro-poor focus and accelerate implementation. (iv) Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, support policy dialogue and keep abreast of developments in the energy sector of the respective countries of responsibilities. (v) In conjunction with the TTLs and sector leads, engage on an ongoing basis with government counterparts, civil society, private sector, and other donors; (vi) Providing inputs to the overall AFREA-2 program management and strategic direction. (vii) Contribute to the corporate development agenda in form of knowledge management and innovation practice in the Bank.

Selection Criteria:

- Masters or other advanced degree in Energy, Economics, Engineering, or Finance, and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a relevant field; - Knowledge of and experience in the energy sector, including on energy access, clean energy, and/or pro-poor energy policies and regulations; - Extensive 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; - Substantial field experience and ability/willingness to lead or participate in Bank missions. Experience in sub-Saharan Africa strongly preferred; - Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills, proven ability to work across boundaries in a matrix management environment, and to coach, mentor and develop more junior staff; - 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; - Successful track-record in the preparation and supervision of Bank operations, and knowledge of the project cycle, and familiarity with World Bank or other MDB processes and guidelines, particularly pertaining to project cycle management and procurement, is a strong asset; - Fluency in English; proficiency in French a plus; Competencies - Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands 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 current sector. - Energy Sector Technologies - Direct experience with depth in at least one area: hydrocarbon, power generation, transmission and distribution, renewables, energy efficiency,low carbon strategies, etc. - Energy Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Familiarity with energy policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations. - 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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