Posted on :
15 Dec, 2022
15 Dec, 2022
Background & General Description
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Job Title: Senior Energy Specialist
Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region
We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs.
Yet, these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.
In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 350 projects totaling more than $38 billion in areas such as agriculture, trade and transport, energy, education, health, water and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved.
Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID.
Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region:
The World Bank Group (WBG) supports the Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is committed to working towards accomplishing the initiative’s three goals by 2030: i) universal access to electricity and clean cooking fuels; ii) doubling the share of the world’s energy supplied by renewable sources from 18 percent to 36 percent, and iii) doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies. As part of the Infrastructure Practice Group, the Energy & Extractives (EEX) Global Practice (GP) focuses on providing affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy to meet the needs of fast-growing economies, ensure universal access to modern energy services for people in client countries, strengthen 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 Africa Energy Program is growing rapidly, covering reforms (sector and corporate governance, energy security and the environment, regional energy trade, public-private partnerships, energy costs, tariff and subsidy reforms, energy efficiency, etc.) and investment support in power generation, power and gas transmission and distribution, rural energy services, renewable energy development, low-carbon and climate friendly initiatives. The current portfolio comprises about 50 projects with a value of over US$16 billion. New lending is approximately US$1.5 billion per annum, with a growing share of renewable energy and regional activities. The Bank’s Africa Energy Program uses a variety of instruments, including investment lending, guarantees for public private partnerships, and development policy lending. In addition, the team manages a strong knowledge agenda to inform the policy dialogue in the sector.
The Africa energy sector grouping consists of four units (East, 2 units for West/Central Africa, and Southern Africa). Each of the four units is managed by a Practice Manager. The units together have over 90 staff with over 25 in various field locations, and more than half of the operational and advisory activities are managed /led by field-based staff.
The IAWE2 (West and Central Africa Region) unit seeks Senior Energy Specialists (SES) to contribute to the Unit’s strategic, advisory, and operational work on the energy program.
This is a batch recruitment that includes 3 positions. In addition to this vacancy, there are two other vacancies: one in Dakar, Senegal and one in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Please state in your application if you are interested in being considered for the other locations.
In Togo, the Bank is engaged in: (i) promoting universal access to affordable, reliable and modern electricity services; (ii) promoting the financial viability of the sector and enabling conditions to attract private sector capital; and (iii) supporting policy reforms to promote an efficient power market and increased digitalization. This position is based in Lomé, Togo with a specific focus on existing and pipeline programs in Togo and regional projects covering Togo and Benin. The focus will be to further develop the energy engagement in Togo across the entire energy sector portfolio including the value chain of an effective power market and the broader electrification as well as digitalization agenda, implementing enabling conditions to foster private sector participation and the related policy dialogue. There are projects and analytical works under preparation in all these engagements and the selected candidate is expected to play a key role in their design and implementation during the IDA 20 period. The SES is expected to closely coordinate with the Lead Energy Economist/Program Leader for Infrastructure based in Cote d’Ivoire and other task team leaders working on energy operations in Togo and Benin.
Duties & Accountabilities
The WBG Core Competencies
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.
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