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Transport Specialist

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia WORLD BANK GROUP (WBG)

Transport Specialist

Job #: req11899
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Transportation
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Addis Ababa,Ethiopia
Required Language(s): English


Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 5/25/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



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and Southern Africa

Home to about half a billion of Africa’s people, Eastern and
Southern Africa is a geographically, culturally and economically diverse region
of 26 countries stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good
Hope in the South. Children under 18 make up almost half of the total
population. The subregion boasts of some of the world’s richest human and
natural resources and, apart from South Africa, the countries are predominantly
raw material exporters.

The subregion harbors some of Africa’s protracted conflicts,
rendering many of its countries fragile, while significant gaps in education,
health, and skills development continues to keep people from reaching their
full potential. This creates a huge development challenge, impacts heavily on
the lives and livelihoods of people, and hinders regional integration and
trade. But it also creates an opportunity to work closely with country leaders,
civil society, development partners, and young people to chart a brighter
course for the future.

The World Bank’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region, comprised of
approximately 1,207 staff, mostly based in 26 country offices, has been helping
countries realize their considerable development potential by focusing on the
following priorities:

• Creating Jobs and Transforming Economies: We are working with countries across Africa to stimulate job creation and economic transformation by leveraging all sources of finance, expertise, and solutions to promote investment.
• Building up the Digital Economy: We are supporting Africa’s vision to ensure that every African individual, business, and government is connected by 2030 – a vision that, if realized, can boost growth by up to 2 percentage points per year, and reduce poverty by 1 percentage point per year in Sub-Saharan Africa alone.
• Institutions more Efficient and Accountable: Our support is helping governments strengthen public policy processes, manage resources effectively, and reinforce fair and reliable delivery of public services.
• Investing in People: We are at the forefront of helping African countries accelerate human capital gains and empower women by improving their access to education and skills acquisition, sexual and reproductive health services, and employment opportunities. With the influx COVID-19, we are mobilizing financial support and timely analysis and advice to countries across the subregion deal with the pandemic.
• Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption: In the face of increasing climate-related risks, we are working with African countries to advance efforts to adopt renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, and green infrastructure. A number of East African countries are currently facing a debilitating Desert Locust infestation, threatening the already precarious food security situation. The Bank has put together a program to help affected countries deal with the scourge.
• Addressing the Drivers of Fragility, Conflict, and Violence: Given the cross-border nature of conflicts in Africa, we are employing an approach that simultaneously focuses on the drivers of fragility while also supporting well-targeted regional initiatives to create opportunities for peace and shared prosperity.
• Building Partnerships and Working across the African Continent: We are scaling up our work on regional integration, taking a holistic view of the continent that covers both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The World Bank is a dedicated partner for Eastern and Southern
African countries, helping them deliver strong development outcomes for their
people. A brighter future for Africa is a better future for the world.

and Connectivity

Connectivity is critical to improve competitiveness, economic
growth and inclusion in Eastern and Southern Africa. The Transport
program in Africa is split between four units, covering (a) the Sahel
sub-region and Nigeria, (b) Central Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo,
Benin, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, (c) East Africa (IAET1), and (d)
Southern Africa and Ethiopia, Sudan South Sudan and Eritrea (IAET2)

The Transport program in the region seeks to connect people, goods
and services to jobs, schools, hospitals, local, regional and international
markets, using faster, cheaper, safer and more efficient solutions, while
keeping traffic fatalities, congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and local air
pollution in check. It responds to the needs of developing countries and
transition economies for modern and reliable transport solutions. These needs
are growing exponentially under the combined effect of globalization,
population growth, rapid urbanization, economic development, and technological
progress – making transport a cornerstone of the global development agenda.

In the IAET2 unit, the World Bank serves 14 client countries.
Clients range from middle-income countries such as South Africa, Botswana,
Namibia, Mauritius, Seychelles to low-income IDA countries such as Lesotho,
Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Mozambique, Madagascar and Comoros.
Areas of particular interest for the transport sector in these countries
include rural transport for agricultural productivity; urban transport 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; road safety interventions to reduce the high number of traffic
fatalities in the client countries, addressing mobility constrains of women and
vulnerable people including people with disabilities.

unit is looking to recruit a seasoned
transport specialist with a solid track record in policy dialogue, planning, asset
management, financing and implementing operations in the transport sector. The
specialist should have particular expertise in the design and implementation of
road and highways, and/or urban transport projects; and knowledge of transport
services and governance frameworks, and good understanding of climate change,
safety, social and health impacts, and gender issues in transport.

The Specialist will be part of a team
responsible for: (i) leading the implementation of a variety of projects in the sub-region, with a focus on
rural connectivity, urban mobility and regional integration (roads, railways,
inland waterway, ports, urban mobility); (ii) supporting technical dialogue in
the transport sector with the authorities in the countries in Ethiopia, Sudan
South Sudan and Eritrea; (iii) preparing new projects in the region; (iv) leading policy/institutional reforms and
mainstreaming key initiatives on road safety, gender, green transport
infrastructure and services and the incorporation of the private sector; and
(iv) developing analytical and advisory work and knowledge activities in the
Transport Global Practice and in close collaboration with other Global

Duties & Responsibility:

The Transport Specialist will provide
a full range of technical and operational support on assigned projects under
the Ethiopia Transport Portfolio and other countries in the subregion. The
specific duties will include, but not be necessarily limited to:

• Support the implementation of ongoing transport investment projects in Ethiopia and in the sub-region. This entails direct day to day management of the projects, providing technical inputs and maintaining relationships with the government authorities under the guidance of the designated Task Team Leader (TTL). It would include support with respect to the core elements of planning, design, procurement, and monitoring the implementation of contracts and other Bank financed activities, including reviewing the quality of outputs, conducting sector and project-related desk reviews, reviewing and producing analytical documents; preparing aid memoires, ISRs, letter to the government, etc. In this task the staff will pay close attention to the design and monitor the implementation of safeguards and other cross-cutting issues, including opportunities for addressing climate change, women mobility constraints, road safety, green mobility.
• Support the TTLs in preparation of ongoing and proposed new projects. This entails providing solid technical inputs on operational issues including designs, financial analyses, procurement strategies and bidding document specifications, as well as sectoral issues including general institutional setup, capacity building, and planning and monitoring systems. Day to day tasks shall include preparation of letters, briefs, presentations; preparation of trust fund proposals, reviewing project reports submitted by the Government or consultants; review of bidding documents and financial models / analyses; participation in implementation support and preparation missions including visiting project sites; collecting secondary data; desk analysis of various reports; and participation at meetings; drafting of Aide Memoires; and coordination of Aide Memoires preparation; preparing inputs for the preparation of PCN, PAD, appraisal, negotiation and board packages;
• Follow up on key implementation issues with the Government, keeping a timetable and action plan of all pending actions in relation to preparation and implementation support activities;
• Participate in coordination meetings with government as requested;
• Coordinate inputs from different team members and other GPs in the preparation of key project documents
• Take an active interest in policy reform developments in the Transport Sector and participate in high-level discussions concerning the implementation of these reforms and the supporting role of the Bank interventions;
• Keep abreast of key developments in transport and related sectors, relevant to the area of specialization as well as in cross-cutting issues affecting the performance of the transport sector, such as: environment, social impact, HIV/AIDS, resilience to extreme events (floods, covid), road safety, climate change, gender-based violence, poverty reduction, public-private partnership, etc.;
• Participate in country team activities, including portfolio reviews, formulation of country partnership framework, SCDs, analytical and advisory services, and response to priorities in the country poverty reduction strategies;
• Participate in professional development and knowledge sharing activities in the transport sector and take a role in contributing specific knowledge both within the assigned countries and within the Bank
• Day to day tasks will include preparation of letters, briefs, presentations; reviewing project reports and technical designs submitted by the Government or consultants; reviewing of bidding documents and financial models / analyses; participating in implementation support and preparation missions including visiting project sites; collecting secondary data; desk analysis of various reports; and participation at meetings; drafting of • Aide Memoires and coordination inputs from other specialists for the drafting of project related documents, following up on key issues with the Government, keeping a timetable and action plan of all pending actions in relation to implementation support or preparation of new projects.

Critical Success Factors:

• Beyond the technical
soundness of the staff’s inputs, the following are key factors of success for
this position:
• Demonstrated ability to deliver under pressure
• Proactivity, entrepreneurship, resourcefulness and problem solving abilities
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Timely delivery of inputs and response to requests from Manager, TTLs, clients
• Team spirit and collaboration
• Ability to spot/identify, analyze and propose practical solutions to a broad range of technical, operational, financial and procurement problems during project preparation and implementation;
• Strong organizational and project management skills to perform day-to-day in-country management of a large and complex portfolio;
• Ability to prioritize work programs, attention to detail, resourcefulness and result orientation

The Transport Specialist will be based in the World Bank’s Addis
Office. She/He will report to the IAET2 Practice Manager. Her/His activities
will be identified with the Practice Manager and adjusted based on business

Selection Criteria

Candidates for the position will be selected based on the
following criteria:

• Post graduate degree at Masters’ level or higher in civil/transport engineering, transport planning, economics or related fields.
• Minimum five years of relevant professional experience in the design and implementation of transport sector projects with a focus in at least one the following areas: (a) urban transport including traffic engineering and ITS; (b) rail transport; (c) highway/roads engineering. Experience in at least two of these areas and is highly desirable.
• Experience in transport planning or transport economics and ability to engage at the policy level in a broad range of policy issues related to transport sector institutional issues.
• Practical experience in traffic engineering, engineering design, contract management maintenance or operation of transport infrastructure projects and an understanding and the ability to work on policy, institutional, financing, social and environmental requirements.
• Comprehension of typical sectoral issues in transport, including sector policy reforms, management and financing of transport infrastructure.
• Proven analytical skills as applied to common problems in the transport sector.
• Proven ability to function effectively as a team member of multi-disciplinary teams and to resolve conflicts constructively.
• Capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and tasks, adjusting to priorities and achieving results with agreed objectives and deadlines.
• Strong client and communications skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
• Publications in transport/urban/infrastructure journals or specialized magazines would be a plus.
• Prior experience of working in multilateral development banks (MDB) or MDB financed project desirable.
• Excellent English written communication skills

Specific Transport GP Competencies:

• General Transport Engineering, Planning and Financial Analysis
Knowledge and ability to translate this knowledge for the practical benefit of
• Knowledge and Experience in the Development Arena - Translates technical and
cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to
country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy
• Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are
interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending
• Transport Policy, Strategy, and Institutions - Understanding of policies,
strategies, institutions, and regulations that affect both passenger and
freight transport.
• Transport Systems and Technologies – Knowledge of urban and interurban
transport systems and technologies, with ability to apply knowledge to
policy-related decisions and advice.

WBG Competencies:

• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
• Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.

has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences
and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds
from around the globe.

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