WORLD BANK GROUP (WBG) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Transport Specialist Job #: req4335 Organization: World Bank Sector: Transportation Grade: GF Term Duration: 2 years 0 months Recruitment Type: International Recruitment Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Required Language(s): English Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 10/4/2019 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC Description Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally. The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients. The World Bank Group’s Transport Global Practice seeks to improve virtual and physical connectivity of developing countries to promote economic and social development. It responds to the needs of developing countries and transition economies for modern and reliable transport and ICT solutions. These needs are growing exponentially under the combined effect of globalization, population growth, urbanization, economic development, and technological progress – making transport and ICT a cornerstone of the global development agenda. To serve our clients, the Transport GP offers comprehensive financial and technical assistance solutions. This includes the entire range of financial instruments (loans, zero to low-interest credits, grants, and guarantees), the facilitation of financing through trust fund partnerships with bilateral and multilateral donors, reimbursable advisory services, and comprehensive knowledge offerings. T&I manages an active World Bank transport portfolio of $41 billion and ICT portfolio of $1.5 billion (as of Aug 26th, 2016), making the WB the largest provider of development finance for transport globally. The Transport Global Practice is led by a Senior Director and a Director, supported by ten Regional Practice Managers (PMs) for the delivery of transport operations and ASA, one Lead Economist, and Global Leads shaping the agenda around critical areas such as urban mobility, development corridors & regional integration, infrastructure finance and asset maintenance, and road safety. Other cross-cutting topics include railways, air transport, contract management and ESHS, FCV, green transport, PPPs, gender and transit-oriented development. To execute its work program, the Transport GP has established important partnerships inside and outside the WBG, including with other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society. The World Bank Transport GP is a prominent advocate for road safety and committed to supporting the global road safety agenda. As we enter the second half of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety and start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) monitoring timeframe, there is widespread recognition that road deaths and injuries continue to remain as an unacceptable, and underfunded, public health crisis. Currently, 1.24 million people are killed on the world’s roads each year and 90% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with an economic cost that can exceed total overseas aid flowing in. To lead the efforts in road safety, the World Bank established the donor-funded global partnership program, the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) in 2006. Since its inception, the GRSF has helped the Bank move to a more comprehensive, systematic Safe System approach in its operations. In 2008, the Bank made road safety one of its core points of its strategy for the transport sector: Safe, Clean and Affordable Transport for Development. The GRSF contributed to the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on May 11, 2011 and leads the Bank’s participation in the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), which brings together the World Health Organization, the multilateral development banks (MDBs), bilateral donors, civil society organizations, foundations, and private sector actors committed to road safety. One of the main donors to the GRSF is the Bloomberg Philanthropies which has committed more than $259 million to work in low-and middle-income cities and countries with a high burden of road-related fatalities. Since 2015, the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety is focusing on improving road safety performance through targeted and evidence-based interventions in ten selected cities (Addis Ababa, Accra, Bandung, Bangkok, Bogota, Ho Chi Minh City, Fortaleza, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Shanghai) and five countries (India, China, Philippines, Tanzania, and Thailand). GRSF manages a multi-year global road safety grant from Bloomberg that supports the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety through technical assistance to government agencies in participating cities and countries, supporting safe road infrastructure and capacity building for road safety management. The focus of the infrastructure safety work involves technical collaboration with the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) for survey and assessments of high-risk urban and highway roads. Transport GP is looking for a Transport Specialist with focus on road safety who will directly support the GRSF team on the implementation of the Bloomberg Initiative for Road Safety. The positions will be based in Addis Ababa, mapped to the Western Africa + Nigeria Unit (IAFT4) that manages the GRSF. Duties & Responsibilities: The primary duties associated with this position will include: Management and delivery of activities under the Bloomberg multi-year global road safety grant, administered through the GRSF. This includes, providing implementation support for the delivery of the work program, coordination with client and program partners, and donor reporting in coordination with GRSF staff. The project management activities will include country and city level activities in the Africa region (the work is expected to cover multiple countries which are yet to be confirmed under the program). Preparation and technical oversight of work program in consultation with government officials and Bloomberg appointed project staff. Responsibilities include technical review of work outputs working in collaboration with the technical programs e.g., iRAP). Delivery of training and capacity building for the client and program partners. Responsibilities further include promotion and building consensus on best practices on infrastructure safety management with the various road safety stakeholders engaged at the city/country level. Work together with local World Bank transport teams to identify strategic opportunities for strengthening the road safety outcomes of the Bloomberg grant activities and leveraging the funds for greater commitment from the government. This includes exploring synergies for road safety interventions with broader transport portfolio financed by the World Bank and other MDBs in Africa. Function as part of the GRSF core road safety technical team in terms of dissemination of knowledge, donor relations and publishing technical articles, and management of road safety research program supported by the facility. Represent the GRSF at strategic events related to Bloomberg project activities and external events fostering relationships with other global partners and the broader community of road safety professionals. Selection Criteria • A masters-level or higher degree in safety engineering or equivalent qualifications and experience relevant to road safety. The candidate must have minimum 5 years of professional experience in carrying out multi-disciplinary road safety activities with relevance in Low and Middle Income countries. Knowledge of the Africa context will be a plus. Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise grant activities on road safety or other public health initiatives. Technical expertise in the area of road safety management and in particular with a strong technical background in infrastructure safety interventions. Familiarity with the iRAP (International Road Assessment Program) tools and methodology will be a plus. Experience and familiarity in working with governmental stakeholders, particularly the departments of transportation, road works, urban planning and other road safety/transport related partners relevant for urban and country-level activities. Proven ability to lead tasks/project and to function effectively as team leader or team member of multi-disciplinary teams, mentor staff, and resolve conflicts constructively. Strong client and communications skills, with proven experience in providing quality policy and project advice to national and sub-national clients on transport issues, interest in transferring knowledge. Strong track record of publications in safety/transport journals or specialized magazines would be a plus as would be a track-record of presentations at international conferences. WBG Competencies: Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions. Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs. Collaborate within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives. Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients. Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward. Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients. Policy Dialogue Skills- Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders. Integrative Skills- Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector. Transport Policy, Strategy, and Institutions- Familiarity with transport policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations. Transport Engineering, road safety, and Technologies- Deep experience in at least one subtopic; develops novel approaches to mitigate risk or overcome difficult challenges. Poverty has no borders. Neither does excellence. This is why we continually search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Sep 21, 2019