Senior Energy Specialist
The World Bank
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  • Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries;
  • a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.

  • For more information, visit .The Energy and Extractives (EEX) Global Practice focuses on : providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to meet the needs of fast growing economies and to ensure universal access to modern energy services for people in client countries;
  • and, strengthening policy and institutional frameworks to promote transparent and equitable growth of the extractives sectors for public benefit.

    There is a strong emphasis on private sector resource mobilization and catalyzing financing from commercial and other sources of development and climate finance.

    The Middle East and North Africa Region (MNA) at the World Bank serves 21 client countries with a total population of about 335 million, with the vast majority living in middle-income economies, except for Djibouti and Yemen.

    Since the onset of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Middle East and North Africa region has been in an unprecedented period of flux.

    Most countries in the region have experienced considerable political and social changes as well as significant economic volatility.

    The region is currently at a crossroads, where transformational gains built on the ideals of the Arab Spring could be realized, or where fragility and instability could become the long-term norm.

    In some countries of the MNA region, the political space has opened up, paving the way for inclusive governance. Other countries, however, have witnessed significant political instability and increased social divisions following the events of 2011.

    Furthermore, in countries such as Syria and Iraq, this instability has boiled over into violent conflicts that have effectively destabilized the region with massive outflows of refugees, exerting pressure on states with limited means and already weakened public services.

    On the other hand, most resource-rich states throughout the region have been relatively stable, although they continue to face significant medium- and long-term structural challenges.

  • The Energy unit for MNA, which comprises more than 20 staff manages a diverse portfolio of active projects across 18 client countries, as well as numerous knowledge products, supporting : (a) reforms to improve energy services and promote the long term financial sustainability of the energy sector, for instance through pricing incentives;
  • b) the enhancement of service delivery including the development of national and regional electricity and gas markets, as well as reliable transmission and distribution systems, and (c) the diversification of generation mix, including the scale up of renewable energy and energy efficiency investments.

    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.

    Finally, the region increasingly offers advisory services that address emerging issues in both the power and the oil and gas sectors.

    Duties and Accountabilities The World Bank seeks to recruit a Senior Energy Specialist to join the MNA Energy Team in Rabat, with special focus on leading or co-leading the development and implementation of the Bank energy program in Morocco.

    The Senior Energy Specialist would work on electric utility and market reforms, electricity generation, transmission and distribution projects, renewable energy, clean energy transition and technical assistance in both electricity and gas sectors.

    Our current portfolio in Morocco includes lending operations for solar power projects and to the national power utility for smart meters, as well as a rich program of analytical and advisory services focused on reducing reliance on coal-fired generation, reforming the electricity market, promoting private sector investment in renewables and developing the country’s green hydrogen potential.

    The MNA Energy team is a key contributor to 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.

    The Senior Energy Specialist will support the team in applying MFD principles and working towards achievement of development objectives.

    The Senior Energy Specialist would report to the Practice Manager of the MNA Energy Unit (IMNE1) and will work, as an integral part of the Maghreb energy team as well as the Morocco country team, in support of preparation, appraisal and supervision of investment projects and key analytical products primarily in Morocco but will also have the opportunity to support our work program in other countries in the region.

    The Senior Energy Specialist will be based in the Rabat office of the World Bank and would work together and in an inter-disciplinary manner with a group of professionals based in Rabat, including the infrastructure program leader based there, Washington DC and throughout the region.

    The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include :

  • Technical Support to Lending and Non-Lending Programs
  • Lead or co-lead the preparation and supervision of investment operations in the energy sector including in energy efficiency and renewable energy, public-private partnership investments in infrastructure projects;
  • and reforms with the aim to enhance quality, efficiency and pro-poor focus and accelerate implementation;
  • Lead the drafting and inputs to operational products / outputs for sector and country briefings, analytical and advisory reports and studies;
  • provide technical support to various project teams working on utility reform, transmission and distribution, renewable energy;
  • energy efficiency, and other programs within the MNA Energy portfolio, and potentially other regional energy programs, with particular focus on current and prospective engagements in Tunisia;
  • Carry out research efforts and support analytical products related to sustainable energy use, such as strategy papers, market assessments, policy and program reviews, emerging lessons and good practices.; and
  • Lead or co-lead energy sector strategy development and policy dialogue.
  • Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree in engineering, energy planning / economics, economics, business administration, or equivalent areas relevant for energy / extractives sector development
  • At least 8 years of combined experience in the World Bank, other international institutions and / or companies, government agencies, and / or power sector utilities with demonstrated track record of successful engagement with complex projects
  • Demonstrates proven understanding of energy / extractives policies, energy economics and markets, technologies or strategies, private sector participation, and institutional development needed to support development and for the success of project and analytic work
  • Strong experience in planning, designing, and implementing energy infrastructure projects including renewable energy generation, electricity transmission and distribution, and energy efficiency
  • Experience leading and / or playing key roles in policy dialogue with clients and stakeholders
  • Experience working on World Bank or other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) I) lending and non-lending operations is desirable
  • Demonstrates active listening skills and the ability to influence the audience (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers)
  • An excellent track record in carrying out high quality and timely analytical reports and activities would be advantageous
  • Hands-on experience with infrastructure projects with power sector utilities will be a distinct advantage
  • Experience working with large global teams, to produce high-quality results and outputs with minimal supervision is required
  • High level of excitement, ability to work independently, taking initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, different stakeholders and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multi-cultural environment with virtual teams located in different countries
  • Demonstrates strong understanding and translate technical analyses into policies, operations and / or research of at least one of relevant thematic business lines such as Energy Access;
  • Economics, Markets & Institution; Oil & Gas; Mining; Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Energy Finance; Hydropower; Energy Transition and Decarbonization, Power Systems & Technologies

  • Good written and oral communication skills in English (required) and French (required), including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients
  • Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies;
  • interacts with clients at the policy level;
  • Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipate needs and requests in the field and conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners;
  • Integrative Skills - Understand relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations;
  • Energy Sector Technologies - Deep experience applying knowledge (hydrocarbon, power generation, transmission and distribution, renewables, and energy efficiency) to policy-related decisions and advice;
  • Energy Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Proven understanding of energy policies and economics, strategies, institutions, energy markets and regulations.
  • WBG Core Competencies

  • Lead and Innovate - Develop innovative solutions with others.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Achieve results and identify mission-driven solutions for clients
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiate collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and bring differing ideas into the forefront;
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Create, apply and share knowledge from across and outside the WBG to strengthen internal and / or external client solutions;
  • Make Smart Decisions Recommend and take decisive action.
  • 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.

    We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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