Cote d'Ivoire

World Bank recrute 01 Senior Transport Specialist

World Bank recrute 01 Senior Transport Specialist

World Bank

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Banque et Assurances
Senior Transport Specialist
Job # : req13447
Organization : World Bank
Sector : Transportation
Grade: GG
Term Duration :  4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type : Local Recruitment
Location : Abidjan,Cote d’Ivoire
Required Language(s) : English, French
Preferred Language(s) :
Closing Date : 11/18/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
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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 Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs.
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:
The Infrastructure Practice Group
Globally, 840 million people live more than 2 kilometers from all-weather roads, 1 billion people lack electricity, and 4 billion people lack Internet access. Access to basic infrastructure services is critical for creating economic opportunities for the poor. The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies.
Transport Global Practice
Better transport has the potential to improve the lives and livelihoods of billions of people by facilitating access to jobs, markets, and essential services such as healthcare or education. The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to help countries implement sustainable mobility solutions that create real, lasting development benefits. For more information: 
In the West and Central Africa Unit (IAWT3), the World Bank serves 12 client countries (Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Gabon, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Togo,). 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, Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs), ports, railway, air transport, rural transport for agricultural productivity and social inclusion, and road safety.
The IAWT3 unit has currently 20 staff and is growing. The transport portfolio includes about 15 projects under implementation, with an aggregate value of about US$ 1.9 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).
Role & Responsibilities :
IAWT3 is hiring a Senior Transport Specialist, with extensive prior experience – preferably in the sub-region (a specific experience in Cote d’Ivoire will be a plus), to join the WB Abidjan country office. The Specialist will:
• Lead the technical dialogue in the transport sector with the Ivorian authorities, as well as with other clients in the sub-region.
• Lead the preparation and implementation support of transport projects, covering the core elements, but also incorporating the key cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, private sector participation, climate change.
• Participate in the sector policy dialogue, together with other development partners, under the guidance of the Program Team Leader and Practice Manager, with external stakeholders in the country and region.
• Lead and contribute to projects and knowledge activities in the unit and department, and in close collaboration with other Africa Transport units and other Global Practices.
• Develop capacity in the pertinent implementing entities to plan, develop, and manage transport projects under their jurisdiction, and pay greater heed to the cross-cutting issues of gender equality, climate change, inter alia.
• Promote the private capital mobilization in the provision of transport infrastructure and services.
• Provide support and guidance to improve the quality of transport projects in general, through technical advisory, quality assurance, and junior staff mentoring.
• Provide guidance and leadership for the development of Bank strategies, particularly with respect to issues related to institutional design of implementation agencies, financing, and public private partnership options.
• Work in teams in other sector units with transport investments and/or related technical assistance components in their projects; and
• Support the formulation and implementation of institutional reforms and capacity building initiatives in the transport sector in cooperation with responsible agencies and other partners at country level.
The Senior Transport Specialist will be based in the World Bank’s Abidjan Office on a four-year appointment.  She/He will report to the IAWT3 Practice Manager. Her/His activities will be identified with 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 of Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD) and Country Partnership Frameworks (CPF), as well as on portfolio reviews. She/He will also liaise and work with other global practices and cross-cutting solutions areas, as relevant, and ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between Government, the World Bank Group, and other international and bilateral organizations involved in the transport sector in Cote d’Ivoire and the sub-region.
Selection Criteria
Candidates for the position will be selected based on the following requirements:
Minimum Requirements :
• Master’s degree with 8 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of relevant graduate level education and experience, on transport engineering or economics.
• Proven experience in the transport sector with specific experience in: (i) either road asset management and financing; and/or (ii) railways transport management/operations; and/or (iii) corridor freight and logistics management.
• Demonstrated ability to work on the following areas: (a) development of transport policy and national planning; (b) policy, institutional and financing aspects of transport and the elements to encourage private sector participation in the transport infrastructure or services; (c) contract management, site/plant management, road construction (and maintenance) equipment and material testing.
• A good working knowledge on the procurement of works, goods, and services, and knowledge of key cross-cutting issues, including environmental and social impacts, land acquisition and resettlement, gender equality, road safety, climate change.
• Experience in working with and leading cross-sectoral teams, including Human capital development for social inclusion, Energy to increase the use of clean energy, and the options to harness Digital Development technologies into the transport sector initiatives to enhance its performance.
• Proven track record of design and implementation of transport programs, and experience of working on programs financed by the World Bank or other development partners, multilateral or bilateral.
• Proven track record and practical experience in project design/development (with special emphasis on road project design in a weak capacity and difficult environment), and management would be a strong advantage.
• Familiarity with the challenges facing the transport sector in Sub-Saharan Africa would be an advantage.
• Proven ability to build client relationships involving multiple stakeholders, to discuss transformative transport policies or reforms.
• High degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and French, which are both essential.
• A willingness to travel for about 90 days per calendar year is essential.
Transport GP Technical Competencies :
• General Transport Engineering and Planning Knowledge – Possesses specialized technical knowledge in the transport fields and ability to translate this knowledge for the practical benefit of clients.
• Knowledge and Experience in the Development Arena – Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.
• Policy Dialogue Skills – Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.
• Integrative Skills – Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
• Transport Policy, Strategy, and Institutions – Solid understanding of policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations that affect both passenger transport and freight logistics.
• Transport Systems and Technologies – Extensive experience with urban and interurban transport systems and technologies, with ability to apply knowledge to policy-related decisions and advice.
• Client Orientation – Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
• Drive for Results – Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
•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.
•Make Smart Decisions – Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
•Integrative skills – Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas
•Policy dialogue skills – anticipate needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners
•Transport policy, strategy, and institutions – Solid understanding of transport policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
•Operational Project Management – demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of transport project management tools and methodologies,
•Project design for impact and sustainability – contributes to the design of projects and programs, based on an understanding of the country and sector context
•Team leadership – leads teams to achieve challenging outcomes, providing a role model, and enhancing the team-leadership skills of team members.
World Bank Group Core Competencies
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