E T Consultant – Transport Specialist
Job #: req22548
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 5/31/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
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Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region
We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs.
Yet, these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.
In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 387 projects totaling more than $44.1 billion in areas such as agriculture, trade and transport, energy, education, health, water and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved.
Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID.
Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/western-and-central-africa
Overview of Unit
Transport in the Africa Region has a large and diversity portfolio of about 54 projects under implementation, with an aggregate value of about US$ 8.9 billion. This portfolio is increasing by 5-10 projects per year, with a slightly smaller number closing over the same period. The expected record replenishment for IDA20, together with the greater focus on fragile states, gender equality, transformational projects, greater private sector participation, and climate change, is likely to lead to a further increase in both the diversity and scale of the portfolio. The Transport program in Africa is split between four PMs, covering (a) the Sahel sub-region and Nigeria, (b) East Africa, (c) Southern Africa, and (d) Central Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In the IAWT4 unit, the World Bank serves 10 client countries. Clients range from lower middle-income countries such as Senegal and Nigeria with high demand for infrastructure programs, to fragile and low-income IDA countries such as Chad, Niger, and Mali. Areas of particular interest for the transport sector in these countries include rural transport for agricultural productivity; urban transport (particularly Bus Rapid Transit systems) for enhancing functioning of urban areas and improving accessibility to jobs and social services by the poorer segments of the population; regional integration corridors for facilitating trade and reducing logistics costs; investments in ports, railway, and air transport, for improving connectivity within and across countries; PPPs to bring in efficiencies in the provision of infrastructure and services; and road safety interventions to reduce the high number of traffic fatalities in the client countries.
IAWT4 is hiring an Extended Term Consultant, with outstanding technical skills and prior operational experience in rural road sector in transport to be based in the World Bank office in Nigeria. The incumbent will: (i) conduct Implementation progress reviews including extensive site visits/ monitoring and liaison with both Federal Project Monitoring Unit (FPMU) and State Project Implementation Unit (SPIU); (ii) Prepare and review technical documents (iii) Contribute to the Preparation of new projects by assisting Task team leaders; (iv) support ongoing and future ASA/technical assistance initiatives in the sector; and (v) contribute as appropriate to possible projects and knowledge activities mapped to other Global Practices. More specifically, he/she will:
- Help the Task Team Leaders in providing support to the implementation of ongoing operations, including Rural Access and Agriculture Marketing Project (RAAMP) and Imo Rural Access and Mobility Project (Imo RAMP).
- Contribute to the preparation and supervision of transport projects covering the core elements of planning, design, procurement, construction, contract management, maintenance, and operations, while paying close attention to issues concerning environmental and social safeguards, gender dimensions, and opportunities for expanding the incorporation of the private sector in the financing and/or provision of transport infrastructure and services.
- Contribute to selected analytical studies (ASA activities) or Trust Funds, particularly on issues related to climate resilience and decarbonization in transport and the institutional strengthening for the management and delivery of climate-resilient solutions in the transport sector.
- Stay abreast of recent developments in the transport sector world-wide, in relation to the topics of specialization for this position (rural roads, procurement and construction management).
She/He will report thematically to the Task Team leaders and administratively to the IAWT4 Practice Manager. Her/His activities will be defined by the Task Team leaders and the Practice Manager and adjusted based on business needs. She/He will also liaise and work with other global practices and cross-cutting solutions areas, as relevant, and ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between Government, the World Bank Group, and other international and bilateral organizations involved in the transport sector in the Western Africa sub-region.
- Master’s degree with 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of relevant graduate level education and experience, in Civil Engineering, transport engineering or economics, Urban/ Rural Planning or environmental engineering.
- Minimum 5 years of proven experience in the transport or civil engineering sectors, with demonstrated ability to work in at least three of the following: 1) road sector including rural mobility; 2) private sector participation in the delivery of transport services, 3) urban mobility/ planning 3) Supervision of complex civil works projects 4) Procurement of large and complex civil works projects and 5) Thorough understanding of the Environmental and Social Safeguards implementation in civil works projects .A good working knowledge about the options to take advantage of new technologies and digital tools into the transport sector initiatives and operations will be a plus.
- Experience in working with cross-sectoral teams, including teams for safeguards and fiduciary aspects, and knowledge of key cross-cutting issues including environmental and social impacts, gender equality, road safety, climate change, and the interplay with digital technologies for enhance transport sector performance.
- Experience in working in FCV context will be a plus.
- High degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision. Proven practical experience in project development and management would be a strong advantage.
- Familiarity with the challenges facing the transport sector in Sub-Saharan Africa would be an advantage.
- Good oral and written communications skills
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Women and SSA/CR candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with open term appointments will retain their employment status if selected for this position. All others will be offered a 2-year term appointment. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.