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World Bank recruits 01 ET Consultant – Water Specialist

World Bank recruits 01 ET Consultant – Water Specialist

World Bank

Antananarivo, Madagascar
Banque et Assurances
ET Consultant – Water Specialist
Job # : req13633
Organization : World Bank
Sector : Water/Sanitation
Grade: EC2
Term Duration :  1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type : Local Recruitment
Location : Antananarivo,Madagascar
Required Language(s) : English & French
Preferred Language(s) :
Closing Date : 11/15/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
Description
Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data. Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG): The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.
The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.
The Role of the World Bank Group in Water
Water resources are under unprecedented and increasing pressures, driven by greater climate variability, population and economic growth, land use changes, and declining quantities and qualities of both ground and surface waters.  With cross cutting impacts on agriculture, education, energy, health, gender equity, and livelihood, water is an essential resource for all life on the planet and is at the center of economic and social development.  Climate change expresses itself through water and sound water management lies at the heart of the resilience agenda. Successful water management requires accurate knowledge of the resource available and an assessment of competing demands for its usage. Making best use of available supplies requires complex and sensitive economic, environmental and socio-political trade-offs. Planning for a more uncertain and more constrained water environment in the future only makes the situation more complex.
The world will not be able to meet the great development challenges of the 21st century – human development, livable cities, climate change, food security, energy security, and universal access to services – unless we ensure a water-secure world for all. To achieve this goal the Global Practice will need to work on both water resource management and service delivery issues but in a context where we focus on water in the context of the broader economy.
The WBG is in a unique position to help governments take such an integrated and strategic approach to solve water supply, sanitation, water resource, hydropower, and irrigation problems through partnership, finance and knowledge.  The Water GP places Water Resource Management (hydrology, economics, storage, groundwater use, rivers and deltas), Service Delivery (to households, businesses and farmers), and an understanding of water in the context of the broader economy at the center of its efforts to help countries address the challenge of managing water.  The Water GP seeks to ensure that water issues are effectively addressed in all related sub-sectors, such as agriculture (ensuring sustainable water availability for irrigation; managing the trade-offs around the agricultural use of water), disaster risk management (floods and droughts), energy (hydropower; energy cooling systems), management of rivers and deltas, and water supply & sanitation (rural and urban; utility performance; wastewater management; targeting the poor).  In each sub sector an integrated approach is adopted which considers investment and operations in the context of governance, institutions and policies.  Finally, the WBG sees the WTR GP to play a pivotal role as an implementation arm of all water-related SDGs, and in particular SDG 6, as well as a global player in the interface of water, resilience and climate change.
Recognizing these unique opportunities, the Water GP has enjoyed a scaled-up program both in lending (about $4-5b of new lending per year moving into programmatic approaches, PforRs, and building country systems), RAS, innovative ASA, and a global partnership agenda.  However, the portfolio has also faced some implementation challenges that need to be resolved.
The Water Global Practice is organized around: (a) a Global Practice Director; (b) 9 region-facing Practice Managers (PMs) covering Africa, Europe and Central Asia, East Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia; (c) a PM for Global Programs and (d) five cross-cutting Global Solutions Groups (GSGs) led by 5 Global Leads.  The regional PMs have joint reporting to the Water Global Practice Director and Regional Sustainable Development Director while the global PM and the Global Leads report to the Global Director to reinforce the globality of the Practice. The Water Practice comprises around 300 staff. The selected candidate will report to the Eastern and Southern Africa Practice Manager.
Reflecting its leadership in the global water agenda, the Global Water Practice also sustains and manages several external partnerships.  In addition, the Water Practice has launched the Global Water Security and Sanitation Program (GWSP), which will provide support across the full water cycle agenda and with a consolidated results framework fully integrated with all other operational engagements of the Water Practice.
The Water Sector in Madagascar
Uneven climate conditions and geographic location make Madagascar particularly prone to natural disasters, including floods, drought, cyclones and the locust crisis. Madagascar is subject to a tropical climate regime, with variations according to latitude and altitude; the island receives an average of 1,513 mm of precipitation per year but shows strong disparities between regions. Despite the country’s rich water endowment, poor water resources management negatively impacts water access; water resources are abundant but unevenly distributed and only 4 percent of available water is used. The Deep South of Madagascar provides a stark example; while the region of Androy suffers from recurring droughts, limited recharge has salinized aquifers which cannot be used without adequate and costly treatment. Long‐term resilient solutions could be envisaged, capitalizing on the abundant rain in upstream watersheds in the southern regions and capturing this water before it reaches the sea to increase aquifer recharge.
Access to water and sanitation services is lagging and unequal. Regarding access to drinking water, according to the Joint Monitoring Program (JMP, 2017), 16 percent of the Malagasy population still use raw surface water from streams, ponds and rivers, at risk of being polluted and contaminated.
According to the latest data from JMP (2017), 54.4 percent of the global population has access to basic water services but only 36.3 percent of the rural population has access to basic water services, compared to 85.8 percent in urban areas. Regarding access to basic sanitation, Madagascar is at the bottom of the list of 76 developing countries with the lowest access to basic sanitation; only 10.5 percent of the population has access to basic sanitation services (6.3 percent in rural areas compared to 17.8 percent in urban areas).
After more than 15 years of absence in the water sector, the WB could develop a strong dialogue with the Malagasy authorities on the importance of the water and sanitation sector, the water portfolio has significantly increased, with the following projects under preparation, or implementation:
a) the PRODUIR – under implementation, which is well advanced and whose Project Development Objective (PDO) is to enhance urban living conditions and flood resilience in selected low-income neighborhoods of Greater Antananarivo, and to improve the Recipient’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency. This Project includes a significant Improving urban drainage, services and resilience component. The water GP is co-leading this project, in coordination with the urban GP.
b) the MIONJO – under implementation, which has a significant water component, with the rehabilitation/extension of 2 transfer pipeline in the Deep South of Madagascar. Because of the drought in the Deep South, an emergency support was provided through the upgrading of water points, plus water-trucking activities; an Additional Financing is under preparation, it will include significant water activities.
c) the Madagascar National Water Project – under preparation, which will mainly support water investments in Antananarivo, to fill the current water production gap, and also to rehabilitate and extend the water network to increase and improve access to safe water. This project will be implemented by the MEAH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Ministry) and JIRAMA (the urban water and energy utility); it is expected that this project will be approved in March 2022, with 5 years of implementation.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
There is growing client demand for World Bank support as the agenda shifts to a focus on reform for WSS service delivery at scale, integrated water resources management and irrigation. The GP has adopted a strategy to better leverage international and national sector specialists through increased field presence, where they work on a variety of programs ranging from policy dialogue and relationships with the clients to business development, project preparation and implementation, and technical and advisory support to clients.
Role & Responsibilities :
The candidate will be expected to work independently on complex projects/issues with guidance from senior specialists and Task Team Leaders (TTLs). The successful candidate will support the lending and advisory services and analytics activities in the areas of water supply and sanitation and climate resilience/adaptation in Madagascar, with the following duties:
• Support Bank Task Teams and/or participate in projects providing technical support in the identification, preparation and supervision of projects as well as in the preparation and implementation of analytical and advisory activities including formulation of background documents, monitoring progress of projects, and undertaking regular field visits.
• As appropriate, provide similar operational and analytical services in other countries where the Bank operates.
• Generate knowledge reports in Advisory Services and Analytics (ASAs) activities for the Water Global Practice.
• Maintain liaison and dialogue with development partners, research institutions, government counterpart, non-Government organizations, the private sector and other sector-related institutions.
• Supervise the appointment and work of short-term consultants and firms ensuring consistency and conformity to Bank standards; and evaluate studies and sector-related project documentation.
• Provide technical support to the task teams, as needed, liaising closely and coordinating the water related activities with other Global Practices and Country Management Unit (CMU); and
• Monitor and provide advisory support for the adherence to World Bank’s operational policies and quality requirements in technical and fiduciary due diligence.
Selection Criteria
The preferred candidate will meet the following criteria:
• A Master’s level degree with 5 years of experience, in a field relevant to water supply and sanitation, including civil, sanitary or environmental engineering, water resources/environmental management, economist, or other related fields;
• A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in water supply and sanitation; and/or water resources management is required.
• Experience on institutional development and management of water and sanitation services, in particular urban WSS, with a thorough knowledge of the water supply and sanitation sector and the water resources sector; Knowledge and experience working with water utilities would be a plus.
• Experience in coordinating and/or managing multi-disciplinary projects on water or water resources would be a plus.
• Project management experience in international institutions/companies would be a plus
• Good understanding of policy, institutional, regulatory and management frameworks for water supply and sanitation, and water resources management, particularly in the context of Madagascar.
• Experience with multi-sectoral teams particularly desirable;
• Good external client relations skills
• High level of energy, initiative and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in both French and English;
• Ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders;
Required Competencies
In addition to the above, the successful candidate should demonstrate the following:
• 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.
• Operational Skills – Extensive experience and knowledge with operational requirements of donors and Government in the context of internationally financed projects and programs would be a plus.
• Integrative Skills – Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
• Water Policy and Strategy – Significant understanding of water policies and strategies and their role in delivering outcomes to end users/customers.
• Water Institutions – Strong understanding of water supply and sanitation sector institutions (ministries, regulators, service providers, community organizations) and how they are best organized to deliver services to end users in a sustainable manner.
• Water Financing – Basic understanding of approaches to water supply and sanitation sector financing of both capital and O&M costs
• Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure and Technologies – Direct experience with water supply and sanitation infrastructure and technologies.
• 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 GPs and WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Make Smart Decisions – Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
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.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.  Women and SSA/CR candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.
World Bank Group Core Competencies
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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