Lead Private Sector Development

The World Bank, Singapore City, Singapore

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationMedia and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th November, 2015

Job Description

Duties and Accountabilities:

• In recognition of this rapidly growing role, the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C GP) of the World Bank Group has decided to strengthen its capacity to contribute to the trade facilitation, trade and transport logistics and connectivity agenda in the Asian region by positioning a highly experienced Lead Connectivity and Logistics Specialist in the WBG’s Singapore office.  
• The focus of the position will be on further developing T&C offerings in the trade logistics and connectivity areas, with special emphasis on operational work in East Asia and South Asia.
• The Lead Specialist will play an important role in shaping the T&C connectivity and logistics operational portfolio and will work closely with colleagues in the East Asia & Pacific (EAP) and South Asia (SAR) and with the global Trade Practice to lead and support major engagements and operations in client countries and with key partner organizations through the country teams in EAP and SAR.
• The Lead Specialist will also focus on strengthening coordination between T&C and the Transport/ICT and Urban GP to ensure coherence and integration of activities and WBG offerings particularly on regional connectivity issues including implementation of regional trade agreements, development of trade corridors, GVCs, and trade facilitation and logistics policies. On GVCs and logistics in particular, the Lead Specialist will also work closely with IFC investment colleagues.   
• Specific duties include supporting country teams in East Asia and South Asia in developing programs and projects on trade logistics, trade corridor management, and connectivity. In addition, the Lead Specialist will work on impact evaluation, providing quality assurance and leading implementation for WBG teams engaged in technical assistance, advisory services activities, reimbursable technical assistance and lending activities in the connectivity, regional integration and trade facilitation.
• The Specialist’s work will also include leading and supporting high level policy dialogue with client officials as well as knowledge generation and dissemination.  
• The Lead Specialist will: (i) lead and contribute to operational projects in EAP and SAR (65% of her/his time); (ii) support the Bank-wide activities on development of connectivity and regional integration related programs across Asia (20% of her/his time); and (iii) forge knowledge relationships with partners, in particular in Singapore (15% of her/his time).  The Lead Specialist will be based in the World Bank’s Singapore Office on a two year appointment, renewable.
• s/he will be expected to undertake frequent international travel, with an initial focus on EAP and SAR. The Lead Connectivity and Logistics Specialist will report to the T&C Practice Manager in Singapore.
• Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Qualifications & Functional Competencies

The Lead Connectivity and Logistics Specialist will be a highly motivated and seasoned professional with strong operational experience and leadership in the delivery of technical assistance and lending projects in a developing country context in trade logistics and connectivity, analytical and interpersonal skills, a commitment to the objectives of the WBG, a proven ability to work in a multi-sectorial environment,.  Specific requirements include:

• Proven track record of developing and implementing technical assistance and lending projects in trade logistics and connectivity in a developing country context;
• Extensive knowledge in all facets of the connectivity and logistics agenda with a proven track record as an internationally recognized expert and opinion leader in the  field;
• A minimum of 15 years of professional experience demonstrated through senior appointments in one or more relevant fields together with a sound knowledge of relevant international standards;
• Post graduate qualifications in a relevant discipline and extensive strategic management and leadership experience;
• A proven capacity to manage a heavy and varied workload and work effectively with and influence highly qualified multi-disciplinary task teams;
• Excellent knowledge of World Bank Group policies and procedures and a capacity to work effectively across GPs and IFC;
• Extensive operational experience demonstrated through leadership of investment and policy lending operations;
• Strong analytical skills demonstrated through preparation of AAA/ESW work focused on connectivity and logistics;
• Sound experience in donor engagement and trust fund recruitment and management;
• Sound understanding of Aid for Trade and international development issues;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated track record of authoring and publishing relevant knowledge and learning products;    
• Experience working in at least two WBG regions, preferably including experience working in a WBG country office;  
• High level representational skills together with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with internal and external parties including senior government officials, business leaders and other key stakeholders together with a proven capacity to effectively manage and expand key relationships.

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