World Bank

Digital Development Specialist

World Bank

Job Description

Digital Development Specialist

Job #: req11322 Organization: World Bank Sector: Digital Development Grade: GF Term Duration: 4 years 0 months Recruitment Type: International Recruitment Location: Washington, DC,United States Required Language(s): English, Spanish Preferred Language(s): French Closing Date: 4/9/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit

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 The World Bank Group helps developing countries build smart infrastructure that supports inclusive and sustainable growth, expands markets, creates job opportunities, promotes competition, and contributes to a cleaner future. We help countries address their unique infrastructure needs by working with the public and private sectors. Infrastructure improves lives by connecting people to opportunity. For more information please visit: Digital Development Global Practice

The Digital Development Global Practice (DD) is part of the Bank's Infrastructure Practice Group. It plays a critical role in enabling the achievements of the Twin goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Digital technologies are transforming firms, governments and people's lives; and with the digital economy growing at a rate significantly higher than that of the global economy, it offers emerging economies a unique opportunity to leapfrog traditional paths for development through digital solutions.

Collaborating across technical, geographic and institutional boundaries, the Digital Development team helps design and deliver ICT-enhanced solutions to a diverse range of clients. The team supports clients (i) through advisory assistance to establish policy and regulatory environments that allow the widespread use of technology and create a trust environment; (ii) lending operations by building infrastructure to connect the unconnected, or enabling digital government shared platforms (cloud, digital, identification, etc.).

The DD Global Practice is led by a Director supported by five Practice Managers with specific regional and global responsibilities. The IDD01 Unit is responsible for Digital Development activities and portfolio in the East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, and Europe & Central Asia regions, including lending, supervision and analytical work.

The IDD01 Unit is looking for a Digital Development (DD) Specialist to be based in Washington, DC. English and Spanish are essential for this position, French is desirable. The DD Specialist will report to the Practice Manager.

For more information, please visit: Duties and accountabilities:

  • Together with Lead/Senior colleagues contribute policy dialogue on digital economy / digital transformation with senior officials of client countries, regional institutions and development partner agencies.
  • Contribute to project and program development—which may be a combination of investment, policy-based or technical assistance operations—supporting digital infrastructure, e-/digital government, shared platforms and integrated digital solutions for investments and projects, and the digital economy ecosystem.
  • Provide technical expertise and inputs on a range of policy and regulatory issues to promote competition, private sector investment and innovation in the digital economy sector with the aim of achieving by 2030 people, businesses, and governments to be digitally enabled.
  • Contribute to Business Development including to annual work program and budget reviews, Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks etc.
  • Contributes to core business development tasks, such as preparing project proposals, drafting project concept notes and briefs, facilitating client co-design workshops, etc.
  • Contribute to / and or lead select operational work (knowledge products, technical assistance, lending, supervision). After some time on the job lead select tasks.
  • Perform economic and Analysis" id="link" class="link">Financial Analysis (market models, business models, Banking cases, etc.) to inform decisions on project designs, PPP schemes, financing plans, etc. in support of digital transformation.
  • Provide Technical Support and input to practice group colleagues and government clients in areas of digital solutions, including in infrastructure, health/education, social protection, and jobs.
Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree in telecommunications, engineering, Computer Science, law, economics, public policy or related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience in ICT / Digital Economy policy and regulation and/or ICT / Digital Economy project design and implementation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Good understanding of the ecosystem of inter-related policies, strategies, institutions, laws and regulations needed to shape overall government, economy and societal digital/ data-driven development.
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills, including ability to think strategically and innovatively about the role of digital technologies for socio-economic development and for transformation in other sectors of the economy.
  • Strong technical and operational skills as evidenced in a proven track record in supporting the delivery of project operations within the World Bank or similar type of projects/products for other comparable entities.
  • Strong understanding of digital connectivity and interdependency with platforms and digital applications/services and adaptative requirements of the enabling environment. Firm understanding of digital technology and digitally enabled Business Model trends and enthusiasm to stay abreast of new innovations.
  • Strong client engagement skills, taking responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or project success.
  • Excellent written communication skills in English and Spanish as demonstrated in a proven track record of effectively delivering technical information in a clear, easily understandable and effective manner. Proficiency in English and Spanish is essential. French is a plus.
  • Excellent presentation skills, using charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists.
  • Strong drive for results, taking personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results.
  • Sound business judgment and analytical decision making, analyzing facts and data to support sound and logical business decisions.
  • Proven ability to function effectively as a team member and as a connector within a multi-disciplinary team and resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
WBG Core 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.
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