Transport Specialist, Beirut, Lebanon At The World Bank

Closing date: Monday, 15 May 2023

Transport Specialist

Job #: req22489

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Infrastructure

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Beirut,Lebanon

Required Language(s): English, Arabic, French

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 5/16/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. Visit

The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies. We, at the MENA Infrastructure Department (IMNDR) are responsible for project lending and policy advisory work in the energy and transport, and the delivery of global units (DD, IPG, Extractives) activities in the region. The department presently comprises two units: (i) an energy unit (IMNE1) and (ii) a transport unit (IMNT1). We recently finalized a strategy that advocates for smart, green, inclusive and sustainable infrastructure development solutions to transform and leapfrog MENA economies. The strategy is built around three pillars: (i) national and regional connectivity; (ii) transition towards low carbon and digital economies and (iii) reforms and private capital mobilization. A transport decarbonization strategy for MENA has been prepared and will guide World Bank’s Transport Practice support in MENA.

The Transport Practice program in Mashreq countries comprises of sector analyses, technical assistance and infrastructure reconstruction and development operations. Specifically, the Program is currently comprised of analytical activities related to regional connectivity (roads and rail), reforming the aviation, rail, roads and urban transport, with specific focus on improving urban mobility, national and regional/cross-borders trade, institutional development, job creation and Human Resources development. In terms of operations, the World Bank is involved in financing infrastructure construction and reconstruction as well as rehabilitation and maintenance of key economic road corridors and the road networks in general. The Program also supports and promotes women economic empowerment and private sector investments.

The Transport Specialist will report to the IMNT1 Practice Manager for Transport. Her/his work-program will be identified by the Practice Manager and adjusted based on the business needs. She/he will be expected to work closely with the Infrastructure Program Leader and Senior Transport Specialist, both based in Beirut, with opportunities to work with additional teams in the Mashreq and MENA countries. She/he will also actively participate in the relevant Country Management Unit (CMU) discussions. She/he will also liaise and work on cross cutting solutions area, as relevant, and ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between Governments, the World Bank Group, and other international and bilateral organizations involved in transport in the Mashreq sub-region and beyond as needed.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Transport Practice (IMNT1) for the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) is hiring a Transport Specialist to join the World Bank Beirut Country Office with the following key duties and responsibilities:

  •  Contribute to the policies and investments dialogue that towards decarbonizing the Transport sector development in Lebanon and potentially other countries in MENA in close coordination with the relevant internal global practices and knowledge groups and external donor community active in this field.
  •  Take part of a multi-national team in preparing and implementing transport sector operations, supporting the development of the transport program in Lebanon.
  •  Contribute to the transport program in the Mashreq countries and supporting other projects in the MENA region as needed.
  •  Participate in the preparation of sector policies notes especially in transport connectivity, economic corridors (road and rail) and urban mobility (including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)) sub-sectors; and contribute to broader cross-cutting issues such as climate change, gender and road safety in transport operations.
  •  Participate in analytical activities focusing on climate change, decarbonization pathways, gender-and-transport.
  •  Contribute to the preparation and supervision of complex transport operations, including that with sensitive fiduciary or safeguards issues and of labor-intensive objectives.
  •  Contribute to the preparation of damage and needs assessments, Country Climate and Development Reports, Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks, etc. The Transport Specialist will also prepare/contribute to the preparation of technical notes, reports and sectoral briefs.
  •  Prepare trust fund applications and seek other funding to support the MNA transport program.
  •  Participate in strategic discussions with the World Bank country management teams on support to client countries.

Selection Criteria

  •  Advanced degree (minimum of Master’s degree) with 5 years of experience in Transport Engineering or Planning.
  •  At least 3 years of relevant transport experience including knowledge or investment project management in transport. This can include project preparation and project supervision, transport sector institutional reforms, and related technical assistance.
  •  Strong research and analytical skills in one or more technical areas including roads/highways, urban transport, port, transport planning, transport economics, climate changes, private capital mobilization.
  •  Demonstrated analytical skills as applied to common problems in the transport sector.
  •  Strong organizational skills, as well as ability to prioritize task and ensure timely delivery under pressure.
  •  Enthusiastic, self-motivated and ability to work in teams.
  •  Computer literacy in basic software for word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  •  Field experience in developing countries is a plus.
  •  Operational experience with sound knowledge of World Bank operational guidelines and procedures is a plus.
  •  Strong communications skills with proficiency in written and spoken Arabic, English, and French including strong experience in preparing reports and briefs.

Transport Global Practice Technical Competency Requirement

  •  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.
  •  Transport Policy, Strategy, and Institutions – Deep experience with transport 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.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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