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Eastern and Southern Africa
Home to about half a billion of Africa’s people, Eastern and Southern Africa is a geographically, culturally and economically diverse region of 26 countries stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good Hope in the South. Children under 18 make up almost half of the total population.
The World Bank’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region, comprised of approximately 1,207 staff, mostly based in 26 country offices, has been helping countries realize their considerable development potential by focusing on the following priorities:
• Creating Jobs and Transforming Economies
• Building up the Digital Economy
• Institutions more Efficient and Accountable
• Investing in People
• Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption
• Addressing the Drivers of Fragility, Conflict, and Violence
• Building Partnerships and Working across the African Continent
The Energy & Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank Group is made up of more than 300 professionals, a lending program in the order of US$5-7 billion a year, an active portfolio of some $40 billion, and a rich program of Advisory and Analytical Work.
This position is based in Maputo, Mozambique will report to the Practice Manager. The World Bank on-going portfolio in Mozambique’s energy sector includes support for Power Generation Projects, Transmission network development and grid distribution including last mile electrification; support for off-grid stand-alone solar systems for households and communities, improved cookstoves, solar mini-grids and solar water pumping in the underserved counties; technical assistance and capacity building of sector institutions; and interconnection with neighboring countries as part of the efforts to bring Mozambique connected to the regional SAPP electricity network. As a member of the Mozambique energy team, the selected candidate is expected to play a key role in design and implementation of the on-going and future World Bank energy program in Mozambique and support the Energy Development Agenda in East and Southern Africa.
Duties & Accountabilities
The East Africa unit (IAFE1) of the World Bank seeks a Senior Energy Specialist to be a key member of the Mozambique Energy Team to support the Government of Mozambique in its efforts towards provisioning of clean, affordable, and sustainable electricity. The work entails strategic, advisory, and operational work. As part of the Mozambique energy team, the main responsibility of the candidate will be to support the ongoing sector dialogue, implementation of the investment lending operations, preparation of pipeline, as well as analytical work in Mozambique’s energy sector. The candidate will also be required to provide support to other country and regional teams in Eastern and Southern Africa.
The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include:
The selected candidate will lead or co-lead some of the World Bank Energy engagements in Mozambique including work on sector reforms, electricity generation, transmission, and distribution/Access projects; and renewable energy development, public-private partnership (PPP) projects and technical assistance in both electricity and gas sectors.
A core part of the work will be to continue the dialogue how to reform energy sectors to enable a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive economic recovery from the negative economic impact of the COVID pandemic. This would focus on regulatory and structural reform of utilities, removal of subsidies, accelerating Access expansion aligned with SDG7 and Mozambique’s policies for universal access to electricity, as well as to support the emerging work program on IPP/PPPs in renewable energy and regional integration of energy markets.
The selected candidate will participate in overseeing implementation of energy operations with the aim to enhance quality and accelerate implementation and will play an active role in Bank’s policy dialogue with the authorities, development partners, and other stakeholders on strategic energy issues and implementation of ongoing energy sector reforms.
The AFR Energy team is a key contributor towards the WBG strategy for “Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) with the objective to help countries maximize their development resources by drawing on private financing and sustainable private sector solutions. The Senior Energy Specialist is expected to actively seek opportunities to apply MFD principles in our work program and build a strong internal WBG partnership with IFC and MIGA, as well as network with private sector partners that can contribute to the achievement of our development objectives.
Other responsibilities will include technical support to lending and non-lending programs:
• Lead or co-lead energy sector strategy development and policy dialogue;
• Lead the development of new lending, preparation and supervision of investment operations in the energy sector with the aim to enhance quality, efficiency and pro-poor focus and accelerate implementation;
• Lead the drafting and inputs for sector and country briefings, analytical and advisory reports and studies on utility reform, transmission and distribution, renewable energy; energy efficiency, and other programs within the AFR Energy portfolio.
• Support the AFE Regional energy programs, particularly the Mozambique-Malawi project and potential regional project under the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP);
• Support the unit’s analytical agenda on improving access to energy services in Sub-Saharan Africa;
• Assume an active role in the Mozambique energy team with the aim to ensure adequate and appropriate integration of relevant aspects of the energy development agenda in core Bank products, including the country partnership framework, strategic country diagnostic, country economic memorandum etc.; and
• Participate in the dialogue with relevant representatives of the private sector in order to keep abreast with issues related to the business investment climate and identify possible areas of collaboration through public-private-partnerships.
• Master’s degree in engineering, energy planning/economics, business administration, or equivalent areas relevant for energy 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 demonstrated track record of successful engagement with relevant developmental programs and projects;
• Demonstrates proven understanding of energy policies, technologies or strategies, private sector participation, utility reform, and institutional development needed to support development and for the success of project and analytical work.
• Strong experience in planning, designing, and implementing power infrastructure projects including renewable energy generation, transmission, distribution and improving commercial performance of utilities;
• Experience leading and/or playing key roles in policy dialogue with clients and stakeholders.
• Experience in energy access and experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa;
• Experience working on/with World Bank or other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) I) lending and non-lending operations is desirable;
• Demonstrates active listening skills and the ability to influence the audience (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers).
• An excellent track record in carrying out high quality and timely analytical reports and activities would be advantageous;
• Hands-on experience with infrastructure projects with power sector utilities will be a distinct advantage;
• Experience working with large global teams, to produce high-quality results and outputs with minimal supervision is required;
• High level of motivation, ability to work independently, taking initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, different stakeholders and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multi-cultural environment with virtual teams located in different countries;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Portuguese (French would be a plus), able to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients; and
• Demonstrates strong understanding and able to translate technical analyses into policies, operations and/or research of at least one of relevant thematic business lines such as Energy Access; Economics, Markets & Institution; Oil & Gas; Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Energy Finance; Hydropower; Power Systems & Technologies.
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