Job Vacancies The World Bank
Position Extended Term Consultant
Job Family Energy and Mining
Location Washington, DC
Appointment Local Hire
Closing Date: Monday, 21 November 2011
Language Requirements English [Essential]
Job Vacancies Appointment Type
Background / General description
With 1.5 billion people, South Asia is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population. The region has enjoyed robust economic growth, but poverty remains high. The growth has averaged an annual 6% over the last 20 years. Regional growth prospects remain strong and are projected to grow at an average annual rate of 6% until 2015. However, South Asia also has the largest concentration of poor people in the world, with more than 1 billion people living on less than $2 a day. The region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to geography coupled with high levels of poverty and population density. This is most evident in Bangladesh and the Maldives, which face an existential threat from rising sea levels, as do major population and economic centers in India and Pakistan. The South Asia Sustainable Development Energy Unit (SASDE) has a long history of working with countries in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) to develop the infrastructure and institutions to provide modern energy services to their people in a demand-responsive and sustainable manner. The region’s energy portfolio of $6 billion rests on three pillars of engagement – access and reliability of service, implementation of clean energy investments, and development of regional and domestic power markets. The activities encompass a broad array developing large hydro and renewables in generation; building intra-and interregional transmission lines; and facilitating internal transformation of distribution utilities, underpinned by the objective of building a strong foundation for potential private participation in the delivery of energy services. In this context, the position of an Extended Term Consultant (ETC) offers a unique opportunity for high caliber professionals to contribute in the World Bank’s role in shaping the agenda for delivery of energy services in South Asia.
Job Vacancies Duties and Accountabilities
The ETC, located in Washington DC, will be required to support SASDE’s evolving knowledge program and operational engagements. The ETC will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following tasks:
* Contribute to our knowledge agenda, including Economic and Sector Work (ESW), through the preparation of background papers and drafting of specific chapters (aligned with the competencies of the selected ETC) under the guidance of task managers. Assignments could involve designing the conceptual framework and analytic strategy, preparation of data, some analysis, as well as formulation of conclusions, and recommendations.
* Provide analytic support to task team leaders on all stages of project preparation and implementation particularly economic analysis of projects using the cost-benefit methodology.
* Coordinate with the Bank’s country analysts and research assistants to conceptualize, design, collect data, and periodically review SASDE’s databases. Monitor the energy sector in South Asia, regularly updating databases on key economic and technical indicators, maintaining contact with local technical counterparts, and preparing briefing notes for management. As required, provide inputs for updating the SASDE strategy.
* Knowledge management, including assistance in devising strategies for appropriate dissemination and show-casing SASDE’s analytical work.
Job Vacancies Selection Criteria
* Master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Engineering, Business Management or a relevant field with at least two years of work experience in sectors related to infrastructure service delivery. Familiarity with energy sector issues in developing countries preferred.
* Experience with economic analysis, particularly cost-benefit analysis of projects.
* Strong analytical, conceptual, research, and oral presentation skills. Experience in data analysis, database management, and financial modeling a plus.
* Excellent written communication skills in English.
* Superior computer skills, particularly in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Proficiency in statistical and database management software preferred.
* Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, and adjust to and prioritize among a variety of evolving tasks.
* Proven ability to work in a team and multicultural environment.
* Enthusiasm, passion for and commitment to development work.
* Field experience in developing countries would be a plus.
* A sense of humor is vital.
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