Energy Specialist – Energy

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    2 weeks ago
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    Environment and Natural Resources
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The Middle East and North Africa Region: 
Working closely with clients and development partners, we at MENA are helping our clients navigate the uncharted road ahead, redefining decades of frustrations into productive, sustainable opportunities. 
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:
The Energy unit for MNA (IMNE1) which comprises more than 20 staff manages a diverse portfolio of active projects across 18 client countries, and numerous knowledge products, we support:
  • reforms to improve energy services and promote the long-term financial sustainability of the energy sector and utilities through for instance energy subsidy reforms, debt optimization, and market reforms;
  • the enhancement of service delivery including the development of national and regional electricity and gas markets, as well as reliable transmission and distribution systems;
  • the diversification of generation mix, including the scale-up of renewable energy and energy efficiency investments; and
  • energy transition and decarbonization. 
The Unit has a strong engagement in development policy operations in the MNA region where energy and related reforms are key components/pillars of the economic reform agenda and works closely with other donors active in the region, including the European donors and the Arab Funds. The region increasingly offers advisory services that address emerging issues and energy transition and regional connectivity in both the power and the gas sectors. The MNA Energy program is also a key contributor toward implementation in the MNA region of the WBG strategy for Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) with the objective to help countries maximize their development resources by drawing on private financing and sustainable private sector solutions.
Note: This requisition is posted internally for WBG and IMF staff only. External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will be rejected.
Duties and Accountabilities
The World Bank seeks to recruit an Energy Specialist to join the MNA Energy Team with a special focus on supporting the development and implementation of the Bank Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) activities in the Gulf countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates); MNA regional energy market and connectivity programs, and country-specific energy programs in Iraq and Yemen and other countries in the region, based on programs’ need.
The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include:
  • Support and co-lead development, implementation, and management of Bank Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) activities and regional energy programs in MNA;
  • Support and co-lead preparation and supervision of investment operations and analytical and advisory activities in the energy sectors in assigned countries in areas including energy transition, renewable energy and emerging technologies, and energy sector reforms with the aim to enhance work quality and accelerate implementation;
  • Participate in the country and regional energy dialogue and liaise with the relevant government institutions, development partners, and energy stakeholders and ensure efficient communication between the energy teams and client counterparts;
  • Prepare countries and regional energy briefs and carry out research efforts and analytical products related to sustainable energy use, energy transition and technologies, energy sector and market assessments, policy and program reviews, emerging lessons, and good practices; and 
  • Participate in energy sector strategy development.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in engineering, energy planning/economics, business administration, finance, or equivalent areas relevant to energy/extractives sector development with at least five years of relevant experience in the energy sector.
  • Experience in working in energy sector development projects and analytics in areas such as energy access, transition, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, regional energy integration, and energy sector and utility reforms.
  • Knowledge of energy policies, technologies, or strategies, and institutions, and the ability to contribute to policy dialogue with clients and stakeholders. 
  • Knowledge of MNE energy sector challenges and issues and experience working with energy stakeholders in the countries in the region is a plus.
  • Strong understanding of the roles of each WBG institution and their relationship to Energy & Extractives. 
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of at least one of the relevant thematic business lines such as Energy Transition; Economics, Markets & Institutions; Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Energy Finance; Power Systems & Technologies, and regional energy integration.
  • Demonstrates working understanding of how Energy/Extractives thematic business lines and their financing fit together in a country development context.
  • Awareness of WBG Climate Change commitments and knowledge of the climate Co-Benefits methodology.
  • Demonstrates ability to efficiently manage many activities simultaneously, a flair for problem-solving, and an ability to self-navigate through the complex bureaucratic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, different stakeholders, and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multicultural environment with virtual teams located in different countries.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required in English and Arabic, including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients. 

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