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Position: ICT Policy specialist
Location: United States of America ( The )
Closing Date: Monday, 04 June 2012
Background / General description
The ICT Sector Unit is recruiting an ICT Policy Specialist (two year contract) through the JPPAD (Junior Professionals Program for Afro-Descendants and US Minorities). He/She will be based in Washington, DC and will report to TWICT’s ICT Program Coordinator for the Africa Region. The ICT Policy Specialist will work in the following two areas: 1. Be part of the ICT Sector Africa team in the Africa Region (AFR) for the delivery of lending IBRD/IDA operations and related tasks. 2. Support the coordination of the ICT for Transformation agenda in the Africa region. Sustainable development is fundamental to the World Bank’s ability to deliver on its mission of poverty reduction. In order to fulfill its mission, the World Bank created the Sustainable Development Vice Presidency to help our client countries, as well as other stakeholders, think through and carry out programs and policies that advance sustainable development to ensure lasting poverty reduction. This involves working with our clients to drive growth in a greener and inclusive way and strengthening the “triple bottom line” of economic, environmental, and social sustainability for people to fully benefit from development initiatives. Our work is carried out in conjunction with developing nations and emerging economies, but also in global fora with all stakeholders where we advocate for sustainable development practices. The Bank’s Sustainable Development Network (SDN) brings together people and programs across six operational regions and six “anchor” departments: agriculture and rural development; energy; environment; social development; transport, water, and ICT; and finance, economics and urban development. These anchor departments are housed within the SDN Vice Presidency to help provide strategic leadership by the SDN Council, develop new financial and knowledge products, manage partnerships, promote operational quality, and ensure sector expertise contributes to a data driven and results focused business associated with a $ 110 billion lending portfolio. Close to 2,000 staff are associated with the SDN Network professionally, and approximately 780 staff work directly within the Anchor. About the ICT Sector Unit The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) unit is part of the Transport, Water and ICT Department of the Sustainable Development Network. The ICT unit serves as anchor for the ICT sector and as regional ICT sector unit for each of the six World Bank Regions. The ICT unit’s work program includes investment and policy lending activities, technical assistance, and knowledge sharing and global initiatives in the following areas:
Connectivity Infrastructure: Support to sector reforms in areas of policy, regulation and institutions, and catalytic financing of connectivity infrastructure usually in the form of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
ICT-enabled Transformation: Supporting other sector departments of the World Bank to assist their clients in the integration of ICT into sector programs (e.g. education, health, infrastructure, rural development, public administration) and in using ICT for greater development results. This agenda also includes helping client countries put in place cross-sector foundations (policy, institutions, infrastructure) for e-government and for the use of ICT in service delivery across sectors.
ICT Innovation: Policy advice, program design and financing of programs aimed at developing IT industries (through support of IT parks, skills development programs, enabling environment, etc.) and at promoting ICT-based innovation and competitiveness across the economy.
Duties and Accountabilities
The ICT Policy Specialist will perform the following activities in close coordination with ICT Program Coordinator and the team on: 1. Be part of the ICT Sector Africa team in the Africa Region for the delivery of lending IBRD/IDA operations and related tasks:
The candidate will be assigned as a member of high priority operations including the preparation of the new Regional Communications Infrastructure Programs for Comoros, Benin and the supervision of existing operations in Burkina Faso, and Burundi. Initial tasks will be under the direct supervision of designated Task Team Leaders with the view of growing the talents of the candidate based on his/her performance. Country operation focus may vary depending on business needs.
Support the World Bank ICT policy dialogue, and legal, regulatory and institutional framework technical assistance for the development of the ICT sector in selected client countries, including development of National ICT Policy and Strategy documents.
Contribute to the drafting of project preparation documents and terms of reference;
Carry out responsibilities for a variety of operational tasks (e.g. participating as a full member of a multi-disciplinary team and undertaking assignments of project preparation, appraisal and supervision, and economic analysis);
Provide inputs to or prepares diverse operational products/outputs (e.g. sector and country briefings, background reports, case studies, portfolio performance reviews, etc.).
Review and processes operational documents, coordinating across disciplines and project components with other team members.
Participate in travel missions and in ICT policy dialogue regarding advice to borrowers on the ICT sector.
Respond to ad hoc information requests from internal and external parties.
Work independently, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior officers.
Contribute to the knowledge management efforts of the team. Write articles, blog posts, notes, executive summaries, “stories”, “boxes” and short reports summarizing, highlighting and/or disseminating the work of ICT Sector Unit’s Africa Regional Team.
Carry out any other tasks as requested by the Arica Region Program Coordinator. 2. Support the coordination of the ICT for Transformation agenda in the Africa region.
Work with the Program Coordinator to advance the ICT for transformation agenda in the Africa region by facilitating activities with a focus on use of technologies for transformation and short, medium and long-term strategies identified and prioritized in the past year in line with the regional action plan agreed with the Regional Management team;
Any other tasks in liaison with the AFR ICT Program Coordinator.
As TWICT seeks to attract new and diverse talent, it plans to fill this position through the World Bank’s Junior Professionals Program for Afro-Descendants (JPPAD) & U.S. Minorities. This position is open to qualified candidates who have never held a staff position in the World Bank Group. To be considered for this assignment, applicants must meet the JPPAD criteria outlined at the following link http://go.worldbank.org/35VYX00UF0, and apply for this assignment through this job posting (not through the JPPAD website).
Master degree in telecom policy, economics, finance, business, software engineering, telecommunications engineering, or other relevant discipline required;
Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent; Experience in ICT policy, ICT regulations and ICT economics particularly valued;
Excellent oral and written command of both French and English.
Experience working with a variety of stakeholders, including government officials, policy-makers and regulators, consultants and academics;
Proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement projects and to produce reports or studies. Technical competencies applicable for this position
Telecom Policy, Strategy, and Institutions – Familiarity with telecom policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
Telecom Sector Analytics – Excellent quantitative skills and track record working with economic and sectoral data and analytical tools and models to conduct analyses and synthesize complex results into user-friendly written outputs.
Telecom Sector Public-Private Partnerships – Working knowledge of telecom sector financing and business/operating models, and how to structure them; can conduct a range of financial and business case analyses.
Telecom Sector Business Development – Ability to support business development, such as preparing project proposals, drafting project concept notes, and complying with operational procedures related to new business opportunities.
Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.
Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy making; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
Integrative Skills – Working to develop a broader view across all facets of current sector.
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 – Able to take 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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