Energy Specialist

World Bank Group

Monrovia, Liberia

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 387 projects totaling more than $44.1 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.
The Infrastructure Practice Group  

Globally, 840 million people live more than 2 kilometers from all-weather roads, 1 billion people lack electricity, and 4 billion people lack Internet access. Access to basic infrastructure services is critical for creating economic opportunities for the poor. The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies.

Duties & Accountabilities 

The Energy Specialist will work on investment projects, analytical work and policy guidance across a range of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The selected candidate will have the following key responsibilities: 

  • As part of project teams, prepare, appraise, negotiate and supervise investment operations in the energy sector; 
  • Coordinate with development partners to enhance synergies and development outcomes;  
  • Support teams in developing knowledge products and operational instruments to support Bank clients and advise relevant task teams in sector reforms and energy access;  
  • Contribute to business development and as needed in selected countries; 
  • Actively participate in overseeing World Bank-supported energy country programs in the region with the aim to enhance quality and pro-poor focus and accelerate implementation; 
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with local public and private stakeholders, support policy dialogue and keep abreast of developments in the energy sector; 
  • Contribute to analytical work related to the shift towards clean energy, development of strategies for achieving financial viability and increasing energy access in Sub Saharan Africa in a sustainable manner.  

Required Professional 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; anticipate problems and potential barriers to achieving results or meeting time demands. 
  • 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, strategies, institutions, and regulations. 
  • Sector/Network Representation - Demonstrates ability to coordinate, participate in, and act as a catalyst for, strategic cross-sector dialogues within the network, across the country, among Bank colleagues and other development institutions, government, and other organizations. 
  • Project Design for Impact and Sustainability - Contributes to the design of projects and programs, based on an understanding of the country and sector context. 
  • Teamwork: Understands differences in culture and values and the importance of including others' views in achieving the strategic goals of the World Bank and its partners