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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org

Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region

We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the African regional teams into leading innovation hubs.

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Yet, these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.

In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 387 projects totaling more than $44.1 billion in areas such as agriculture, trade and transport, energy, education, health, water and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved.

Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID. 

Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region:

https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/western-and-central-africa

WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA TRANSPORT UNIT (IAWT3)

In the West and Central Africa Unit (IAWT3), the World Bank serves 11 client countries (Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone). These clients range from lower-middle-income countries such as Ivory Coast, Ghana or Cameroon with high demand for infrastructure programs, to fragile and low-income IDA countries such as CAR, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Areas of particular interest for the transport sector in the sub-region include urban transport (Bus Rapid Transit systems), regional integration corridors, trade and transit facilitation, logistics, PPPs, ports, railway, air transport, rural transport for agricultural productivity, and road safety.

The IAWT3 unit has currently 22 staff and is growing. The transport portfolio includes about 15 projects under implementation, with an aggregate value of about US$ 1.54 billion and a pipeline of 10 projects and analytical activities. This portfolio is diverse and includes projects and analytical work in transport and trade facilitation, urban mobility, port, road and railway sectors, PPPs, Climate resilience and adaptation of the transport sector and transport and human capital (i.e., roads to schools).   

IAWT3 is hiring a Transport Specialist, with robust technical skills and knowledge of transport sector issues and prior direct project management experience—preferably in Africa—to join the WB Country Office in Accra, Ghana. The Specialist will contribute to: (i) the technical dialogue in the transport sector with the Ghanaian authorities as well as with other clients in the sub-region; and (ii) projects and knowledge activities in the transport practice and in close collaboration with other Global Practices.

The Transport Specialist will be based in the World Bank’s Accra, Ghana on a two-year appointment, renewable. She/He will report to the IAWT3 Practice Manager, Transport.

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The Specialist will:

(i) contribute to the World Bank support to the governments of Ghana and other neighbouring countries in the implementation of the transport sector projects and initiatives in these countries, currently with a focus on road connectivity and urban mobility;

(ii) support the technical dialogue in the transport sector with the authorities of the Government of Ghana as well as in other neighbouring clients in the sub-region;

(iii) contribute to the preparation of possible new projects in Ghana, such as those related to connectivity in rural areas, urban mobility, and those related to road transport/management, road safety, and regional trade; and

(iv) support the management of other possible projects and knowledge activities mapped to other Global Practices in Ghana. 

 

More specifically, the Transport Specialist will:

  • Contribute, as a team member and sector specialist, to the preparation and supervision of transport projects in Ghana, support the technical dimensions of projects related to (but not limited to) design, procurement, contract management, and monitoring of the implementation, while paying close attention safeguards and other cross-cutting issues: climate change/resilience considerations, gender dimensions, and opportunities for expanding the incorporation of the private sector in the financing and/or provision of transport infrastructure and services.
  • Contribute to selected analytical studies (ASA activities) or Trust Funds, particularly on issues related to the provision of transport infrastructure and services in the road sector or in urban mobility, financing options, asset management and operations, climate resilience, impact evaluation, and general best practices in the investments’ design, management and delivery of infrastructure and services.
  • Under the guidance of the Transport GP Practice Manager and the Infrastructure PG Program Leader, 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, digitalization in transport services, and climate change.
  • Contribute to cross-sectoral teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, public expenditures reviews, sectoral studies, and research and policy development activities on the relevant topics/sections pertaining to transport, logistics services 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 Solution Areas) and in drafting selected 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 worldwide, in relation to the topics of specialization for this position.

The Transport Specialist will be based in the Accra Country Office, on a two-year appointment, renewable.  She/He will report to the IAWT3 Practice Manager. Her/His activities will be defined by the Practice Manager and adjusted based on business needs. She/He will actively participate in the relevant Country Management Unit (CMU) discussions, particularly on the preparation, as applicable, of Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD), Comprehensive Partnership Frameworks (CPFs), County Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs) as well as on portfolio reviews.

She/He will also liaise and work from other global practices and cross-cutting solutions areas, as relevant, and ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between the governments, the World Bank Group, and other international and bilateral organizations involved in the transport sector in Ghana and other neighbouring countries.

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Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree with 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of relevant graduate level education and experience on transport/highway/civil engineering or transport planning/economics.
  • Minimum 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 planning instruments; (b) policy, institutional and financing aspects of road transport or urban mobility and the strategies to encourage private sector participation in the delivery of transport infrastructure or services; (c) road/urban mobility investment prioritization; (d) transport infrastructure and asset management; and (e) procurement and contract management.
  • Experience in working with and/or leading 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 a 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.
  • A reasonable track record of design and implementation of transport programs, and experience of working on programs financed by the World Bank or other development partners.
  • The 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 the country would be an advantage.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English. An additional language would be a plus
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