Infrastructure Specialist

World Bank, Niamey, Niger

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th February, 2020

Job Description


We are on a mission to change the world; do you want to join us where it matters the most? Invest in your personal and professional development and acquire the skills that are vital for a global career in international development. A role in an FCS (Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations) location will be a truly impactful experience!

Fragility Conflict and Violence: 

Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. 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, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. 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. 

Infrastructure Practice Group

  • 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 Transport Global Practice.
  • In July 2017, the Bank joined the Sahel Alliance to increase financial and technical resources to the G5 Sahel countries to help them address the serious security and development challenges hindering their economic growth and sustainable development. As part of its work, the Bank is co-leading the energy pillar with AFD, with the objective of
  • promoting universal access to reliable, lasting and modern electricity services, paying specific attention to access in the rural environment; and
  • (improving the security of supply paying specific attention to renewable energy and the regional power market (West Africa Power Pool). As an interim target to achieve universal access by 2030 as outlined in SDG7, the Alliance has adopted a target to double access to electricity in the G5 Sahel countries by 2022.
  • The Infrastructure Practice Group is seeking an Infrastructure Specialist based in Niamey, Niger to contribute to the Unit’s strategic, advisory, and operational work on the infrastructure program in Niger, and coordination with partners of the Sahel Alliance.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As part of project teams, prepare, appraise, negotiate and supervise investment operations in the infrastructure sectors (energy and transport);
  • coordination with development partners to enhance synergies and development outcomes;
  • Supporting teams in developing knowledge products and operational instruments to support Bank clients and advise relevant task teams in sector reforms and infrastructure investments;
  • Actively participate in overseeing World Bank-supported infrastructure projects 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 and transport sectors;
  • Contribute to business development in selected countries

Selection Criteria

  • A Masters’ level degree in engineering, planning, finance, economics, business administration or equivalent areas;
  • At least five years of relevant experience in the energy or transport sectors with demonstrated ability to engage credibly on a range of issues in developing countries;
  • Direct experience in at least one of the following areas: energy policy and tariff regulation, rural electrification, utility financial analysis and/or utility reform;
  • Operational experience with an International Financial Institution such as the World Bank is highly desirable;
  • Hands-on project management experience, an ability to efficiently manage many activities simultaneously, a flair for problem-solving and an ability to self-navigate through complex bureaucratic environments;
  • 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;
  • Work experience in Niger would be desirable;
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English and French, including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients;
  • For information about WBG Core Competencies, please


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