Project Manager

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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.

Reporting to the Managing Director and WBG Chief Administrative Officer (MDCAO), the Global Corporate Solutions Department (GCS) brings together the functions of Corporate Security (GCSSC), Corporate Real Estate (GCSCR), and Corporate Services (GCSCS).  All units report to the Director (GCSDR).

GCS’s Corporate Real Estate Division (GCSCR) supports IBRD, IDA, MIGA, and ICSID in realizing and executing their real estate needs worldwide.  It is a key interlocutor between Senior Management, operational management, and staff of the four organizations.  GCSCR’s primary purpose is to create safe, cost effective, functional space to meet the business needs for each unit so that they can perform the work that is needed to support the WBG mission to reduce poverty and raise prosperity for their clients. 

To achieve its purpose, GCSCR led by the Senior Manager and is structured into 3 divisions: (I) HQ Real Estate Development & Management (GCSHQ) and (II) Global Real Estate Development & Management (GCSIR) and (III) Global Strategy and Planning (GCSSP). GCSCR also acts as the Secretariat for the WBG’s Real Estate Governance Framework, including supporting the WBG Real Estate Governance Council, chaired by the MDCAO, and the Real Estate Governance Group, chaired by the Director, GCS. 

GCSCR is comprised of approximately 70 staff, leverages over 500 contractors, including for facilities management at HQ, and manages an annual facilities capital investment plan of ~$30 million at HQ. GCSCR works closely with the Regions on the Bank’s more than 100 country offices and manages several of the Bank’s owned (and larger leased) country offices. 

The Project Manager position reports to the Senior Program Manager of Project Management in the GCSCR HQ Real Estate Development and Management section. The position’s primary responsibility is to manage the implementation of base building capital improvement projects from inception to completion. 

Duties and Accountabilities

Duties and accountabilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Responsible for managing capital and overhead projects up to $10 million. Determines the scope of the project and required resources and mobilizes them from within/outside the Bank.
  • Work closely with WBG internal units (i.e., Budget, Planning and Strategy, Procurement, Information Technology) to ensure projects are presented for the appropriate clearances during each phase of the project life cycle. 
  • Develops project-specific proposals for overhead and capital projects in coordination with Building Managers and the end user. 
  • Responsible for development of the project plan with the client in coordination with Building Managers to ensure projects are completed in a coordinated manner.
  • Develops the project schedule and leads the planning, design, and construction process, coordinating inputs from Bank units and contracted firms on all aspects of the project from inception through final completion, including documenting lessons learned as applicable, and completion of all project close-out requirements.
  • Supports the selection of design consultants, contractors for projects, and coordinates and directs all implementation activities, including quality assurance and resource management. 
  • Analyzes needs, identifies potential issues, and develops optimal solutions considering user requirements, options available, technical constraints, resource availability, Bank policies and standards.
  • Works closely with members of the Corporate Responsibility Team to review projects aimed at reducing the Bank’s carbon footprint and implementing them in a sustainable manner. 
  • Manages the preparation of construction plans, specifications, and contract documents.
  • Develops and monitors the project budget and schedule and takes appropriate corrective action when needed to adhere to the pre-established budget and schedule.
  • Assures the final completion and timely occupancy of projects in a cost-effective and timely manner.
  • Approves invoices submitted by vendors/contactors and prepares the required documentation for payments.
  • Oversees and monitors post-occupancy activities and turn-over to the client.
  • Coordinates with other Project Managers to leverage synergies as required to maintain a consistent approach to delivery of projects.
  • Work with corporate sustainability team to ensure projects are completed in a sustainable manner.   
  • Works with the Building Engineers to ensure proper design and execution of projects to meet their requirements to maintain optimal working conditions for the building occupants.
  • Maintains project documentation in project files and provides project progress updates and reporting as required. 

Selection Criteria

  • A master's degree, preferably MA/MS or M. Eng. (Architectural, Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering) with five years of relevant experience or a bachelor’s degree in combination with 10 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the master's degree.
  • Ability to manage multi-discipline programs, conceptualize, design & implement projects and design & produce complex reports related to the delivery of capital improvement projects.
  • Ability to quickly react to urgent issues (e.g., power outages, floods, etc) using standard operating procedures to mitigate and reduce impact to the building and occupants. 
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to lead a team of professionals and contract staff in the execution of complex mechanical and electrical capital improvement projects.
  • Financial management (cost/investment, budget planning, cost analysis) negotiating skills, procurement, and contract execution experience.