Extended Term Consultant, Vienna, Austria At The World Bank

Closing date: Monday, 13 November 2023

E T Consultant

Job #: req24795

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Infrastructure

Grade: EC3

Term Duration: 1 year 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Vienna,Austria

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): French

Closing Date: 11/13/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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 and promoting shared prosperity. 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.

The Infrastructure Practice Group

Globally, 840 million people live more than 2 kilometers from all-weather roads, 1 billion people lack electricity, and 4 billion people lack Internet access. Access to basic infrastructure services is critical for creating economic opportunities for the poor. The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies.

The World Bank Group helps developing countries build smart infrastructure that supports inclusive and sustainable growth, expands markets, creates job opportunities, promotes competition, and contributes to a cleaner future. We help countries address their unique infrastructure needs by working with the public and private sectors. Infrastructure improves lives by connecting people to opportunity. For more information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/infrastructure

Energy & Extractives Global Practice (EEX GP)

Energy is at the heart of development. Energy makes possible the investments, innovations and new industries that are the engines of jobs, inclusive growth and shared prosperity for entire economies. Universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable and modern energy – Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 — is essential to reach other SDGs and is at the center of efforts to tackle climate change. For more information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/energy

Unit Overview

The GP has a strong engagement in development policy operations in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA), where energy and related reforms are key components/pillars of the economic reform agenda. The GP works on a range of regional platforms and programs such as the Energy Community of South East Europe, the Central Asia Regional Economic Commission (CAREC) and a variety of multilateral partnerships with the European Commission and other institutions. Overall, ECA serves 31 client countries with a total population of about 916 million, with a majority living in middle-income economies.

Within EEX, the ECA unit (IECE1) manages a large and diverse portfolio of active projects in about 20 client countries, including investments and advisory services supporting the: (a) scale-up of energy efficiency investments and programs through a range of programs such as credit lines, energy efficiency revolving funds for public and municipal investments, development of energy service companies and support for residential programs; (b) development of national and regional electricity markets in Southeast Europe, Central Asia and Turkey – with a growing focus on regional gas sector development; (c) rehabilitation and modernizations of power system infrastructure, hydropower generation, district heating networks, gas networks; (d) support to decarbonize the energy sector with a focus on renewable energy development and accompanying regulatory and transaction support; (e) integrated assessment, planning and development of energy and water sectors, particularly at the sub-regional level in Southeast Europe and Central Asia; and (f) implementation of reforms in the areas of achieving structural and regulatory consistency with the Energy Community Treaty (for countries that are signatories), sector governance and tariff transitions.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Senior Power Engineer will support Task Team Leaders (TTL) as a team member in delivering and implementing energy operations and other activities in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. The Senior Power Engineer will play an active hands-on role in Investment Project Financing preparation and supervision, and non-lending activities. This will cover a variety of analytical work, implementation support and project management tasks, including analytical and advisory aspects. These include:

  •  Lead and/or support the preparation and supervision of investment operations in energy sector, including projects for power generation, renewable energy, battery storage, transmission and distribution facilities, smarter grid technologies, power system planning, cost and pricing of electricity services, utility management and performance, low carbon strategies, climate resilience, and public private partnership investments;
  •  Lead and/or provide inputs to WBG’s operational products/outputs for sector and country briefings, and contribute to analytical and advisory work, reports and studies, portfolio performance and monitoring reviews;
  •  Support policy dialog and advise the clients, the World Bank team and the management on policy and regulatory issues in the energy sector;
  •  Contribute to the Maximizing Finance for Development approach with the objective to help EAP countries maximize their development resources by drawing on a range of financing sources and sustainable private sector solutions;
  •  Develop and maintain close relationships with development partners, and public and private stakeholders active in the energy sector in EAP region;
  •  Contribute to the coordination with stakeholders, specifically with national government and non-governmental institutions, as well as regional organizations in the energy sector;
  •  Collaborate within and with the World Bank teams and across boundaries, and gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives;
  •  Review documents from clients and provide constructive contributions from the standpoint of an experienced power engineer;
  •  Prepare proposals for the World Bank executed trust fund, and implement technical assistance for clients to promote projects adequately; and
  •  Provide technical training, mentoring, and career advice to junior members of the World Bank teams and engage in team-building activities in the regional energy practice and country units.

Selection Criteria

  •  At least 10 years of experience in energy sector;
  •  At least 7 years of experience in power engineering, including system planning, infrastructure design, and construction supervision/monitoring;
  •  At least Master’s Degree in engineering or a related field;
  •  Strong knowledge of renewable energy, transmission and distribution;
  •  Hands-on experience with or within electric power utilities;
  •  Understanding of energy policies, regulations, new technologies, strategies, utility practice, and private sector participation;
  •  Good project management skills and ability to work effectively on multiple activities simultaneously;
  •  Strong problem-solving skills under complex bureaucratic environments;
  •  Ability to work with and lead diverse teams in developing and implementing energy operations;
  •  Proficiency in spoken and written English and French;
  •  Self-starter and ability to work independently with limited supervision; and
  •  Flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Learn more about working at the World Bank and IFC, including our values and inspiring stories.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET appointment of three 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 third-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.


Join Our Telegram Channel

Search Jobs By Country

List of Countries

December 2023