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  • Posted: Apr 2, 2024
    Deadline: Apr 15, 2024
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    The World Bank Group (WBG) is a family of five international organizations that make leveraged loans to developing countries. It is the largest and most famous development bank in the world and is an observer at the United Nations Development Group. The bank is based in Washington, D.C. and provided around $61 billion in loans and assistance to "develop...
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    Transport Specialist

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • The Transport Specialist reports to the Practice Manager, Transport, Eastern Africa. They are expected to work on the overall transport portfolio in Kenya, with a focus on urban transport engagements both in Kenya and across the region. The transport portfolio in Kenya currently consists of two regional integration projects focused on roads, and a large urban transport and a rural roads engagement under preparation, along with a variety of analytical work across topics such as intelligent transport systems for public transport, climate-resilience, and transit-oriented development. The urban transport engagement is growing and requires an additional country-based specialist to help design urban investment projects, programmatic approaches and reform policies contributing to robust projects and policies, work with the transport team to strengthen the narrative and analysis of World Bank urban transport engagements, and contribute to country analytical work such as the Country Climate and Development Report, Country Partnership Framework, and public expenditure reviews.

    The objectives of the assignment will be to:

    • Co-lead and/or support task teams in the design, preparation and implementation of urban transport projects in Kenya, covering the core elements (planning, financial and economic analyses) while also incorporating key cross-cutting issues such as gender, climate change, road safety, and private sector participation.
    • Support the design, preparation and implementation of new non-lending, analytical activities as part of larger regional transport programs, especially on urban mobility.
    • Engage with clients in designing and advancing sector policy and institutional reforms and capacity building programs, seeking to develop capacity in the implementing entities to plan, develop, and manage urban transport projects under their jurisdiction, with gender opportunities and climate resilience embedded.
    • Participate in the policy dialogue under the guidance of the Country Director, Practice Manager and Operations Manager, with external stakeholders/development partners in the country and region.
    • Provide support and guidance to improve the quality of transport projects in general, through peer reviews, technical advice, quality assurance.
    • Advise government counterparts on technical matters associated with urban transport projects, including assessment of investment and policy options and measures to strengthen regulatory and institutional arrangements.
    • Supervise the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure quality and consistency with the World Bank standards.
    • Conduct sector work such as the identification and analysis of transport sector development trends, economic analysis for regional and country-specific sector studies and analytical work.
    • Participate in cross-sectoral teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, Country Partnership Frameworks, public expenditures reviews, sectoral studies, and research and policy development activities on topics/sections pertaining to transport, urban development, trade and competitiveness, and agriculture sectors.
    • Support the World 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 Communities of Practice) and drafting of technical notes, and supporting cutting-edge work in collaboration with other global practices to enhance knowledge creation and dissemination, and expanding the existing knowledge base.
    • Stay abreast of recent developments in the transport sector world-wide, and on cross-cutting issues, in relation to the topics of specialization for this position; identifying knowledge gaps and disseminating relevant knowledge to clients.
    • Represent the World Bank as designated by the Practice Manager, the Country Director or the Regional Director at public events relevant to the sector

    Selection Criteria

    Technical Competencies

    • The position requires candidates with expertise and practical experience in engineering, infrastructure/transport planning, urban transport, urban planning, sector policy, combined with appreciation and awareness of the challenges/difficulties of working in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Specialist knowledge of urban mobility is required, while experience in working in developing countries is essential.

    Candidates for the position will be selected based on the following considerations:

    • Master’s degree or higher in civil/transport engineering, transport planning, economics, urban planning, public policy, finance or other related disciplines;
    • Minimum 5 years proven experience in the transport sector or in a related infrastructure field (with a government’s transport authority, contractor(s), design or supervision consultant(s), development or academic institutions), with demonstrated ability to work on: (a) infrastructure design or planning; (b) civil works contract management and execution; (c) procurement of civil works and consultancy contracts; (d) sustainable transport infrastructure asset management; (e) planning and implementing sustainable transport plans and policies, including land use considerations, climate change, non-motorized transport, multi-modal transport system, transport demand management; and (f) economic, social, and environmental impact of infrastructure investments;
    • Experience of working with programs financed by development partners;
    • Work experience in developing countries, with experience in more than one of the World Bank’s regions and/or in fragile and island states as an asset;
    • Proven experience in analytical work, such as on international and national transport policy, strategy, institutions and regulation as they relate to the transport sector, and transport systems and technologies (preferably related to urban and inter-urban);
    • Substantive knowledge of key developments in related sectors (especially the urban development context of Kenya) and on cross-cutting issues affecting the performance of the transport sector, such as private sector engagement, e-mobility, transit-oriented development, gender, environmental and social impacts including gender-based violence, road safety, operational health and safety issues, and climate change;
    • High degree of self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision;
    • Ability to identify and develop potential areas for future World Bank transport sector initiatives based on client consultation and analysis;
    • Familiar with up-to-date trends and technological advancements in the transport sector
    • Willingness to travel to and work in challenging country environments;
    • Excellent written and communications skills in English; French is a desirable additional asset.

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    Senior Operations Officer

    Scope of work
    Under the overall guidance of the GEID Operations Manager, the Lead GBV Operations will be responsible for GEID operations related to GBV and child safeguarding. The Lead GBV Operations will be responsible for the design and implementation of a scale-up of IFC GBV operations, initially in Africa, to support the private sector in addressing GBV and child safeguarding, through:

    • Consulting with internal and external stakeholders. Internal stakeholders may include GEID GBV staff and consultants, GEID regional and thematic leads, the Environmental, Social and Governance team (CEG), country management units, industry gender specialists, staff and consultants, and the World Bank. External stakeholders may include IFC private sector clients, governments, business networks including chambers of commerce, stock exchanges and professional organizations, UN agencies, CSOs, trade unions, and other GBV and child safeguarding actors.
    • Understanding the GBV and child safeguarding ecosystem at select country, regional, and global levels as relevant and identifying strategic opportunities for private sector GBV and child safeguarding interventions.
    • Leveraging IFC investment and exploring capital market instruments such as thematic bonds, blended finance, and impact investment as potential sources of funding, expanding support to survivors, and catalyzing action.
    • Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to design and implement the Africa GBV and child safeguarding scale-up.
    • Ensuring effective collaboration with the World Bank and alignment with the GBV risk-related work led by CEG.
    • Monitoring, evaluating, and learning from interventions.

    It is envisaged that the scale-up of IFC GBV Operations will include a strategic focus on enhancing IFC client capacity to mitigate and respond to GBV, alongside broader market-level work to generate greater progress towards addressing GBV through the private sector. Key areas of work are expected to include:

    • Internal and external capacity building through cost to business research, case studies, tools and training.
    • Continuing the implementation of IFC’s Respectful Workplaces Program with IFC clients and non-clients, including expanding to selected countries across the region and through working strategically with lead firms to address GBV in their global supply chains.
    • Embedding child safeguarding in GEID’s work on childcare.
    • Working with financial institutions to detect and address financial abuse.
    • Working with men and boys to address GBV and child safeguarding.
    • Working with start-ups or disruptive technology companies to innovate new solutions for GBV, including to address online violence.
    • Developing standard indicators to capture the outcomes and impact of GBV and child safeguarding activities.
    • Collaborating with the World Bank. This may include:
    • Joint programming in select countries.
    • Designing sector-specific interventions with public and private sector actors, for instance in addressing online violence, GBV and child safeguarding in informal work, or in the transport sector.
    • Advocacy and technical assistance for legal reform including supporting countries to ratify and implement ILO Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.
    • Building the ecosystem for support of victim-survivors by for instance, enacting regulatory reforms, allocating adequate budget for those actors in charge of GBV and child safeguarding response, and relevant training to engage with the private sector.
    • Strategic communication aimed at raising awareness and changing social norms.

    Other duties will include:

    • Managing GBV staff, consultants, and contractors.
    • Project management activities including developing concept notes and implementation plans and undertaking regular reporting.
    • Liaising with IFC’s Gender Based-Violence Environmental and Social Governance team to ensure that all GBV operational activities are aligned with IFCs Sustainability Framework.
    • Representing IFC in public speaking engagements to share experience, lessons learned and to advance the role of the private sector in addressing GBV.

    Selection Criteria

    • Masters degree in International Development, Gender Studies, or a related field;
    • Minimum of 10 years experience in leading research and advisory services to the private sector on GBV/child protection in emerging markets;
    • Strong theoretical base in gender, gender-based violence, and the private sector and ability to translate theory into practical applications in context of private sector focused interventions/operations;
    • Good knowledge of global standards and ethical guidelines for prevention and response to GBV and of key standards and resources on GBV in in development settings;
    • Familiarity with child safeguarding, rights, emerging issues in diversity and inclusion as well as broader gender issues, including women’s employment good practice in private sector;
    • Work experience in emerging markets, ideally in fragile and conflict environments;
    • Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse information sources;
    • Pragmatic, solution-oriented, problem solver with a high degree of responsiveness and proactivity, coupled with the ability to recognize when a solution is not available; and,

    Behavioral Competencies

    • Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills and demonstrated ability to lead and leverage internal and external relationships to foster innovation and work effectively across boundaries in a fast-paced multicultural and virtual environment.
    • Positive and collaborative attitude and dedication to excellence and professionalism; significant attention to detail and decisive decision-making.
    • High personal integrity and emotional intelligence, with demonstrated ability to handle sensitive matters in a discreet and respectful manner. Diplomatic approach and calm under pressure;
    • Excellent strategic vision and ability to see the “big picture” of country, regional, and global private sector context and translate it into the goals and activities.
    • Strong focus on proactive, consistent, and timely delivery of results and solutions for clients, governments, and donors, with minimal supervision and a strong focus on creating business value and development impact.

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