Senior Energy Specialist
World Bank Group, Niamey, Niger
Closing Date for Applications:
This position is based in Niamey, Niger with a specific focus on existing and pipeline programs in Niger and regional projects related to energy trade. The focus will be to support implementation of a multi-phase approach to significantly scale up both grid and off-grid access, promoting an efficient regional power market, implementing enabling conditions to foster private sector participation and the related policy dialogue. There are projects and ASAs under preparation in all of these engagements and the selected candidate is expected to play a key role in design and implementation in the IDA 19 and IDA 20 period.
Duties & Accountabilities
- Lead the Bank’s energy policy dialogue with the authorities and others on strategic energy issues and implementation of ongoing energy sector reforms.
- Lead the preparation and supervision of energy investment operations in Niger’s energy sector – including in regulatory reforms, power utilities reform, energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy, Public Private Partnership investments in infrastructure projects and regional integration projects. This would include intensive support to the government and power utility with regard to a grid-connected solar PV and energy access.
- Lead and advise analytical and advisory work in the energy sector and related areas, including political economy and macro-fiscal aspects.
- Contribute to the Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) approach. The AFR Energy team is a key contributor to the WBG strategy for MFD with the objective to help countries maximize their development resources by drawing on a range of financing sources and sustainable private sector solutions.
- Lead teams and provide guidance and mentoring to junior staff on operational, policy dialogue and analytical activities.
- Actively contribute to the dissemination of our activities, within the WBG and in external events. Provide inputs to operational products/outputs for sector and country briefings, analytical and advisory reports and studies, portfolio performance and monitoring reviews, and liaison between the energy and extractives practice and the country unit on energy issues.
- Master's degree in engineering, energy planning/economics, business administration, or equivalent areas relevant for energy/extractives sector development;
- At least 8 years of combined experience in the World Bank, other international institutions and/or companies, government agencies, and/or power sector utilities with consistent record of successful engagement with complex projects;
- Understanding of energy policies, regulations, technologies or strategies, private sector participation, and institutional development needed to support development and for the success of project and analytic work; experience leading and/or playing key roles in policy dialogue with clients and partners;
- Strong experience in planning, designing, and implementing power infrastructure projects including renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution, and on-grid and off-grid electrification and access projects; Hands-on experience with infrastructure projects with power sector utilities will be a distinct advantage;
- Strong knowledge of at least one of relevant thematic business lines such as Energy Access; Economics, Markets & Institution; Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Energy Finance; Hydropower; Power Systems & Technologies.
- A consistent track record in carrying out high quality and timely analytical reports and activities would be advantageous;
- Experience working on World Bank or other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) lending and non-lending operations is desirable; including knowledge and experience with fiduciary and safeguards policies and application.
- Active listening skills, excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence the audience and build positive relationships with clients, different partners and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multi-cultural environment with disperse teams located in different countries.
- Experience working with large global teams, producing high-quality results and outputs with minimal supervision; Proven record of team work and ability to lead and mentor junior staff, to advise and guide senior staff in your core skills, to produce high-quality policy and project related written outputs with autonomy and in a highly-visible country profile;
- High level of excitement, ability to work independently, taking initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements;
- Experience in fragile and/or island states, including field assignments, in preparing and implementing projects and analytical work in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy and power sector reforms;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients.
- Proficiency in spoken and written French and English.