Senior Digital Development Specialist

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: IT and ICT

The DD Global Practice is led by a Director supported by seven Practice Managers and Program Managers with specific regional responsibilities and global responsibilities. The IDD02 Unit is responsible of the Digital Development activities and portfolio in the Western and Central Africa region, including lending, supervision and analytical work. 
The IDD02 Unit is looking for a Senior Digital Development (DD) Specialist to be based in Washington DC. French and English are essential for this position. The Senior DD Specialist will report to the IDD02 Practice Manager.  

Duties and responsibilities:

The Senior DD specialist will be responsible for:

  • Leading the design, preparation and supervision of World Bank Group financed digital development related investment and policy reform programs in client countries with a particular emphasis on stimulating digital transformation through regulatory/policy reforms, facilitating development of digital government IT infrastructure, platforms and services, and promoting development of digital skills and innovation.
  • Advising clients on strategies, best practices and design of programs to develop digital government.  This may include participating in complex technical assistance activities and providing ad hoc technical and strategic expertise on the design of the overall policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework for the wider digital transformation as well as IT functions and digital services delivery, change management and capabilities within governments.
  • Providing technical expertise and advice on a range of policy and regulatory issues to promote competition, private sector investment and innovation in the digital economy sector with the aim of achieving by 2030 people, businesses and governments to be digitally enabled.
  • Leading policy dialogue on digital economy / digital transformation with senior officials of client countries, regional institutions and development partner agencies.  
  • Preparing and supervising publication of best practice notes and reports on policy and regulation in the digital economy sector.
  • Performing economic and financial analysis (market models, business models, banking cases, etc.) to inform decisions on project designs, Public Private Partnership (PPP) schemes, financing plans, etc. in support of digital transformation.
  • Developing with colleagues working in other sectors (including agriculture, health, education, energy, financial services, transport, etc.) innovative and practical approaches to leverage digital technologies to improve service delivery and efficiency in the respective sectors and to stimulate digital innovation, entrepreneurship and investment in those sectors by private sector actors.  
  • Representing the DD Unit and the Bank at digital development related fora and events, as well as liaison in the above areas with key external partners.

Selection Criteria:

  • Master's degree in telecommunications, engineering, computer science, law, economics, public policy or related field with a minimum of 8 years of experience in ICT / Digital Economy policy and regulation and/or ICT / Digital Economy project design and implementation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.