Urban Development Specialist

The World Bank, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th June, 2015


Job Description

Under the supervision of the Regional Practice Manager for Urban Development and Resilience, the Urban Development Specialist will have the following main duties and responsibilities:

•  Support the task teams and team leaders responsible for implementing ongoing/preparing new investment projects, in areas including municipal services, sustainable cities, land cadaster, as well as ongoing and planned DRM projects, through (i) maintaining regular contact and dialogue with counterpart agencies, (ii) monitoring project implementation progress and providing timely guidance and support to counterparts in consultation with task team leaders; (iv) carrying out regular monitoring of sector policy developments relating to new laws and regulations, and preparing briefings as needed; and (iii) contributing to policy and program advice through data collection and analysis of relevant sector indicators, trends, and policy developments that can help inform both SURR team members,  the wider country team and World Bank community.
•  Assist the team in  (i) identifying opportunities for improved urban and land management, affordable housing, municipal services, and disaster risk management (DRM) in World Bank lending operations, technical assistance and policy dialogue, and (ii) work with government counterparts, civil society and World Bank teams in the fulfillment of these objectives.     .  
•  Carry out technical analysis, reviewing TORs, technical specifications, and procurement  packages.
•  Ensure the integration of key urban development and DRM issues in the Turkey Country Program k by proactively identifying entry points for relevant analysis and financing, and working with government counterparts, civil society and World Bank teams to identify opportunities for programs that will contribute to improved urban and disaster resilient  outcomes in the World Bank’s partnership with the Government of Turkey.
•  Participating in missions and contributing in areas of technical specialization, through reviewing project design elements, scope and technologies used, and costs.  
•  Assist the team in  (i) identifying opportunities for improved urban and land management, affordable housing, municipal services, and disaster risk management (DRM) in World Bank lending operations, technical assistance and policy dialogue, and (ii) work with government counterparts, civil society and World Bank teams in the fulfillment of these objectives.     
•  Work independently seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior specialists

Selection Criteria

•  Advanced Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in Urban Planning, Civil or Environmental Engineering (or related field), Finance (preferably Municipal Finance), Urban or Regional Economics, Business, or related social sciences and at least 5 years of directly relevant experience.
•  Experience in the identification, design, appraisal, supervision, and monitoring/evaluation of urban/municipal infrastructure service and disaster risk management or risk reduction projects.
•  Ability to work independenttly
•  Demonstrated skills and direct work experience with at least one or more of the following: investment project management experience at the municipal level; sector analysis work addressing topics including local administration, municipal finance, solid waste management, water and sanitation, environmental services, urban transport and disaster risk management.
•  Experience in translating research findings into policy advice and in carrying out policy dialogue with government agencies.
•  Commitment and ability to develop institutional capacity in both state and non-state partner agencies with respect to all issues mentioned above.  Experience in developing partnerships with government counterparts to identify and implement solutions to difficult development challenges.
•  Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including, municipalities, national government agencies, international organizations, academics, development agencies, and NGOs.
•  Strong network of stakeholders and key experts in the fields of urban development and DRM.  
•  Strong oral and written presentation skills, as well as creativity and problem-solving skills.
•  Outstanding interpersonal and networking skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and multicultural environments.
•  Enthusiasm for and commitment to poverty alleviation and shared prosperity, and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable. Highly self-motivated and talented in motivating others.
•  Outstanding verbal and written communications skills in English

 


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