Energy Specialist

The World Bank, Hanoi, Vietnam

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th January, 2015


Job Description

About the Job/Project

 

  • The World Bank Energy and Extractives Global Practice (GEEDR) seeks to hire an Energy Specialist to join Hanoi based Vietnam energy team.  The position will report to the Practice Manager of the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region and the Energy Sector Coordinator located in Hanoi.
  • The Energy Specialist will be an integral part of the Vietnam energy team responsible for promoting long-term business relationships with national and local stakeholders through policy dialogue; facilitating program development, task management; supporting communications and outreach activities on energy issues to ensure that best practices and lessons learned are reflected on the unit’s operations.

 

 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Policy Dialogue and Donor Coordination:  Support the Bank’s energy sector policy dialogue with relevant stakeholders in Vietnam, particularly with regard to sector, energy efficiency and renewables.  S/he will also support donor coordination activities in the energy sector;
  • Business Development:  (i) Support the Bank business development in line with the Bank’s country sector strategy and in close collaboration with other units at the Bank, (ii) provide inputs to Country Partnership Framework and other cross-sectoral products, (iii) as a technical specialist in the energy sector, make a substantial technical contribution to both investment project and analytical and advisory activities; and, (iv) liaise with the country team and the Global Practice Manager to oversee and review the operational and budgetary aspects of ongoing and proposed investment projects;
  • Project Preparation: Support task teams in project identification, design and preparation by: (i) advising clients on feasibility studies, technology choice studies, cost-effectiveness analyses and implementation reports;(ii) reviewing and assessing implementation capacity of project implementation counterparts and supporting institutions/agencies;  (iii) defining appropriate benchmarks/indicators and establishing project assessment and monitoring frameworks to assess progress and outcomes; and (iv) carry out stand-alone tasks as agreed with the team lead and practice manager.
  • Project Implementation Support: Provide implementation support to the Bank clients for projects and programs under implementation to ensure implementation quality and timeliness and consistency with project objectives. Implementation requirements will cover financial, disbursement, procurement, social and environmental guidelines and agreements typical of World Bank supported projects/programs;
  • Client and Stakeholder Network: Coordinate/participate as part of the World Bank Group's team at national forums, workshops and conferences focusing on energy issues.  The selected candidate will establish and maintain networks with public, civil society, academic and private sector professionals in order to expand the World Bank’s dialogue on the energy agenda in Vietnam.

Specific responsibilities and duties will include:

  • Working closely with senior specialists on the development of investment and policy operations and other project financing-related assignments by providing high-level technical and operational support
  • Contributing to the preparation/independently preparing key project documents for project development and management review purposes
  • Managing projects as Task Team Leader (TTL) or in co-TTL capacity, including maintaining workflow and monitoring progress, milestones and deliverables against the planned work program
  • Interfacing with and providing project-related guidance and input to the relevant fiduciary functions, including Legal and the Safeguards, Financial Management and Procurement teams
  • Reviewing and performing both ex-ante and ex-post economic and financial analyses in order to inform project-specific preparation and assessment activities
  • Leading preparation of trust-funded Technical Assistance activities, coordinating with key project stakeholders and taking the necessary steps to comply with internal procedures and move projects forward
  • Providing technical support by preparing TORs and reviewing consultant reports, with an emphasis on quality control and ensuring value-for-money
  • Analyzing country-specific energy sector-related developments and conducing market soundings with clients in order to assess the need of new engagements
  • Conducting in-depth, ex-post assessments of the impacts linked with the implementation of a given energy project
  • Leading knowledge management efforts, contributing to sharing lessons learned across the Global Practice and among the relevant target, internal and external audiences
  • Keeping abreast of latest knowledge and international best practice in the energy arena
  • Ensuring seamless communication and smooth cooperation with HQ and CO project team members
  • Exploring partnering and liaising with the World Bank Group units that are engaged with energy sector development, including the IFC and MIGA’s energy team
  • Seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior specialists
  • Handling ad-hoc requests by senior management

 

 

Minimum Qualification

 

  • Master’s or PhD degree in economics, engineering, energy, or related discipline, with at least five years of relevant professional experience
  • Prior experience in power sector development, and a good command of key issues relating to energy planning, energy efficiency, hydropower energy
  • Hands-on project management experience, an ability to efficiently manage a large number of activities simultaneously, a flair for problem-solving and an ability to self-navigate through complex bureaucratic environments
  • Understanding of World Bank’s operational procedures and their application will be a distinct advantage
  • Excellent organizational and managerial skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and modelling skills applied to energy projects
  • Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, and prioritize a variety of complex evolving tasks
  • Ability to deal sensitively in a multicultural environment and build effective work relations with clients and colleagues
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively
  • Oral and written fluency in English and Vietnamese

 

 

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