The World Bank Group’s Transport and ICT Global Practice (T&I GP) seeks to improve virtual and physical connectivity of developing countries to promote economic and social development. It responds to the needs of developing countries and transition economies for modern and reliable transport and ICT solutions. These needs are growing exponentially under the combined effect of globalization, population growth, urbanization, economic development, and technological progress – making transport and ICT a cornerstone of the global development agenda.
To serve our clients, the T&I GP offers comprehensive financial and technical assistance solutions. This includes the entire range of financial instruments (loans, zero to low-interest credits, grants, and guarantees), the facilitation of financing through trust fund partnerships with bilateral and multilateral donors, reimbursable advisory services, and comprehensive knowledge offerings. T&I manages an active World Bank transport portfolio of $41 billion and ICT portfolio of $1.5 billion (as of Aug 26th, 2015), making the WB the largest provider of development finance for transport globally.
The Practice is led by a Senior Director and a Director, supported by nine Regional Practice Managers (PMs) for the delivery of transport operations and analytical and advisory work, three PMs in charge of ICT operations, one PM in charge of knowledge and operational support, one Lead Economist, and five Global Solutions Group Leaders managing knowledge offerings in areas, such as development corridors and regional integration, road asset management and rural accessibility, road safety, urban mobility, and broadband access for all. The T&I leadership team further includes staff leading the agenda on railway development, air transport, mainstreaming ICT, green transport and ICT, leveraging the private sector, gender, jobs and FCV. To execute our work program, T&I has also established important partnerships inside and outside the WBG, including with other international organizations, the private sector, and the civil society.
The GTI10 Unit covers Central Asia, China, and Mongolia (CACM). The Central Asian countries include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The CACM countries are characterized by generally rapid growth, both sophisticated and low-capacity borrowers. Some of the countries face weak governance environment. The region presents a dramatic illustration of the global dynamics, opportunities, and risks of the 21st century. After making significant progress in growth and poverty reduction during the last fifteen years, some countries are poised to become middle-income, and some are preparing to join the group of high-income countries. Meanwhile, the uncertainty in the advanced economies clouds the prospects for countries across the region which are being forced to adjust economic growth and development prospects while addressing evolving impacts on macroeconomic stability, employment and poverty. In this context, the Bank's program in CACM Unit is multi-faceted and continues to grow rapidly. As of January 2017, the CAM unit manages 37 lending operations under implementation for about $9 billion, 10 lending projects under preparation for about US$2 billion, and an extensive economic and sector work portfolio mainly funded from Bank Budget, trust funds, credit/loan funds. The Trust Fund program is also significant.
The transport portfolio covers a wide spectrum of roads, railways and urban transport operations. The region’s demand for transport infrastructure and services has grown alongside the needs required by its strong economic growth and poverty reduction agenda. The countries in the region seek high quality support from the Bank and the key strategic areas of our assistance are: (a) planning and programming of transport infrastructure investment and service provision, with particular attention to the reduction of economic imbalances across intra-country regions and to the enhancement of transport accessibility in rural and urban areas; (b) management tools and strategies for maintaining infrastructure assets; (c) attention to externalities of transport modes, including environmental, climate change, and air quality issues and travel safety; (d) promotion of technological innovations and commercial practices incorporating private sector participation; and (e) the institutional/governance setup and financial frameworks, and the rules and regulations in support of the above strategic areas. In addition, inter-country trade facilitation and transport logistics represent other key areas for consideration.
In response to a rapid expansion of operations in Central Asia, the World Bank Regional Office in Almaty requires a Senior Transport Specialist with a background in transport engineer, policy development, and project implementation. The selected candidate, to be based in Almaty, is expected to have expertise in at least two of the transport sub-sectors, including highways, railways, urban transport, and logistics. The selected candidate is also expected to be fully versed in innovative transport financing (including PPP), and broader transport sector policy reforms. The selected candidate will be assigned to contribute to the preparation and implementation of lending and Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) projects in support of the Bank’s mission of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. The Senior Transport Specialist will be based in the World Bank’s Almaty Office on a three year appointment. He/She will be expected to undertake frequent travel throughout Central Asia, other CACM countries.
CACM– GTI10 is led by a Practice Manager (PM), based in Beijing, China to whom the selected candidate will report. The PM is assisted by two Cluster Leaders (CLs) based in HQ. While practitioners work primarily in one region, they are expected to support operations in other regions and to seek support from entire practice to address client needs. About 80% of CACM staff are located in field offices in each of the seven countries. The rest of the CACM staff are in HQ. The decentralization of staff seeks to improve the level of responsiveness to client requests but close links with HQ based staff ensures that relevant global knowledge is identified and applied.
The position is based in Almaty / Kazakhstan and reports to the GTI10 Practice Manager.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.
The Senior Transport Specialist will have overall responsibility for the following key areas:
1. Work closely with Bank teams to support clients in Central Asia to help them develop appropriate sector policies, innovative financing, regulatory structures, investment plans and operating practices, which link with the countries’ broader economic, social and poverty alleviation objectives;
2. Task management and team membership for lending operations under implementation. The selected candidate is expected to provide technical expertise during implementation of ongoing road and railway projects in in Central Asia countries in general. The candidate will participate or lead, depending on the project, frequent field visits to construction site where he/she will be requested to review the ongoing works, and assess the performance of the contractors and supervision firms. The selected candidate will be expected to produce comprehensive back to office reports following those visits.
3. Task management and team membership for lending operations under preparation. The candidate is expected to manage a portion of the Bank’s transport portfolio in Central Asia including the preparation of one or two new operations per year, and support other project teams during preparation and implementation of ongoing projects. The main focus should remain on sector technical issues ranging from general institutional setups and reforms but also those that are more of an engineering nature.
4. Task management and team membership for ASA and other non-lending technical assistance (NLTA) activities, including leading cross-sectoral teams established to prepare specific advisory and analytical tasks and studies. The selected candidate is expected to participate in or manage analytical studies on issues related to the provision of interurban and urban transport infrastructure, road asset management, transport financing and PPP, impact evaluation in the transport sector, economic evaluation work, cost efficiency initiatives and general best practices in the investment, management and delivery of transport infrastructure and services.
5. Support the Bank-wide professional community of staff engaged in the transport sector by participating in transport Global Solutions Groups, exchanging of best practices, drafting of policy and technical notes, and working with or mentoring less experienced colleagues.
6. Support a selected number of cross-sectoral Global Solution Groups and leading work in collaboration with other Global Practices in order to enhance the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and improving the existing knowledge base and practices.
7. 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.
8. Mentor more junior staff/consultants working in Central Asia; and
9. In carrying out those duties, the appointee will work effectively with the transport team in CACM and with other staff working in the GTIDR Global practice, and also with staff from other, global practices in Central Asia and in the relevant country offices; and ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between governments, the World Bank, and other donors involved in the sector.
Post graduate degree at Masters’ level or higher in civil, transport or highway engineering, and/or transport planning and economics.
Minimum eight years of professional experience (or equivalent combination of education and professional experience) in the transport sector with a focus on several of the following areas: (a) road or public transport design and operations; (b) urban transport; (c) asset management; (d) safety in the transport sector; (e) railways; and (f) logistics.
Knowledge of broader economic, urban development and land use, climate change and infrastructure financing (including use of Public Private Partnerships) issues relevant to the transport sector would be an advantage.
Solid understanding of transport policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
Proven ability to build client relationships involving multiple stakeholders.
Good oral and written communications skills.
1. Collaborate within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries. Able to work to develop an integrated view across all facets of the transport sector
2. Give own perspective and willingly receive diverse perspectives. Make smart decisions - interpret a wide range of information and push to move forward.
3. .Anticipate needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and nongovernment partners.
4. Demonstrate in depth knowledge and understanding of project management tools and methodologies, as well as of Bank instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation.
5. Able to help teams to achieve challenging outcomes, providing a role model and enhancing the skills of team members.
English [Essential]; Russian [Desired]