Transport Specialist

World Bank, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Skill Required:, Project Management
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. 

The Transport Africa team is hiring a Transport Specialist, with prior operational experience – preferably in Africa, to join the World Bank Ouagadougou country office. The Specialist will: (i) contribute and eventually be responsible for the management of the support to the implementation of a selected number of projects in Burkina Faso and the Sahel sub-region, with a focus on those related to rural connectivity, urban mobility, and regional integration; (ii) contribute to the technical dialogue in the transport sector with the Burkinabe authorities, as well as with other neighboring clients in the Sahel sub-region; (iii) support the preparation of possible new projects in the region, likely those of a regional integration nature as well as the support to policy/institutional reforms, such as those related to road safety and the incorporation of the private sector (under the so-called Maximize Finance for Development or MFD approach); and (iv) contribute to projects and knowledge activities in the Transport global practice and in close collaboration with other Global Practices. More specifically, the Transport Specialist will:

  • As a team member or, when accredited, Task Team Leader, contribute to the management, preparation or supervision of transport projects covering the core elements of planning, design, procurement, construction, contract management, maintenance, and operations, while paying close attention to the design and monitoring the implementation of safeguards and other cross-cutting issues, including the opportunities for expanding the incorporation of the private sector in the financing and/or provision of transport infrastructure and services.
  • Contribute to (and eventually lead) selected analytical studies (ASA activities) or Trust Funds, particularly on issues related to the provision of transport infrastructure and services, financing options, asset maintenance and operations, climate resilience, gender, impact evaluation, and general best practices in the investment, management and delivery of infrastructure and services.
  • Under the guidance of the Practice Manager, contribute to sector policy dialogue and institutional reforms and capacity building programs, seeking to develop capacity in the pertinent implementing entities, with attention to the opportunities and options to engage the private sector. In this effort, ensure consideration of cross-cutting issues such as, inter alia, social and environmental impacts, gender equality, health and safety, and climate change.
  • Identify opportunities in coordination with Digital Development Specialists on harnessing the incorporation of new digital technologies for enhancing the performance of the transport sector.
  • Contribute in cross-sectoral teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, Country Partnership Frameworks, public expenditures reviews, sectoral studies, and research and policy development activities on the topics/sections pertaining to transport, urban development, poverty reduction, environmental management, agriculture and trade and competitiveness.
  • Support the Bank-wide professional community of staff engaged in the transport practice by participating in a selected number of thematic technical groups (Global Solutions Groups or Communities of Practice) and participating in drafting of technical notes in collaboration with other Global practices to enhance the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and expanding the existing knowledge base.
  • Stay abreast of recent developments in the transport sector world-wide, and on cross-cutting issues, in relation to the topics of specialization for this position; identifying knowledge gaps and disseminating relevant knowledge to clients.

Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree with 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of relevant graduate level education and experience, on transport engineering or economics.
  • Minimum five (5) years of proven experience in the transport sector, with demonstrated ability to work on at least three of the following areas: (a) development of transport policy and national planning instruments; (b) policy, institutional and financing aspects of transport, roads, or urban transport agencies, and the elements to encourage private sector participation in the delivery of transport infrastructure or services; (c) road sector including rural mobility; (d) urban mobility and its nexus with urban development; and (e) contract management, site management, material testing, construction (and maintenance) equipment/plant management. A good working knowledge on the procurement of works, goods and services, as well as the options to harness Digital Development technologies into the transport sector initiatives and operations will be a plus.
  • Experience in working with cross-sectoral teams, including teams for safeguards and fiduciary aspects, and knowledge of key cross-cutting issues that impinge on the performance of the transport sector and on which the development of transport sector infrastructure and services needs to create positive effect, including environmental and social impacts, land acquisition and resettlement, gender equality, road safety, climate change, and the interplay with digital technologies for enhance transport sector performance.
  • Experience with design and implementation of transport programs, and experience of working on programs financed by the World Bank or other development partners, multilateral or bilateral.
  • High degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision. Proven practical experience in project development and management would be a strong advantage.
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing the transport sector in Sub-Saharan Africa would be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to build client relationships involving multiple stakeholders, to discuss transformative transport policies or reforms
  • Good oral and written communications skills
  • French and English both essential


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