World Bank

Energy Specialist

World Bank

Job Description

Energy Specialist

Job #: req10917 Organization: World Bank Sector: Energy Grade: GF Term Duration: 4 years 0 months Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment Location: Yerevan,Armenia Required Language(s): English, Armenian, and Russian Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 2/25/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities - the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a Global Development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. Visit

Over 1.2 billion people are without access to electricity worldwide, most of them concentrated in about a dozen countries in Africa and Asia. Another 2.8 billion rely on wood or other biomass for cooking and heating, resulting in indoor and outdoor air pollution attributable for 4.3 million deaths a year. Providing reliable electricity to the unserved and inadequately-served people of the world is central to efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and create shared prosperity. The World Bank Group (WBG) supports the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and is committed to working towards accomplishing the initiative's three goals by 2030: i) universal access to electricity and clean cooking fuels; ii) doubling the share of the world's energy supplied by renewable sources from 18 percent to 36 percent, and iii) doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

In terms of Extractive Industries, about 3.5 billion people live in countries rich in oil, gas or minerals. Many of these countries suffer from poverty, corruption and conflict stemming from weak governance. Too often, mineral, oil and gas resources have become a source of conflict rather than opportunity. Non-renewable mineral resources play a dominant role in 81 countries, collectively accounting for a quarter of world GDP, half of the world's population and nearly 70 percent of those in extreme poverty. Africa has about 30 percent of the world's mineral reserves, 10 percent of the world's oil, and 8 percent of the world's natural gas.

The Energy & Extractives (EEX) Global Practice (GP) of the World Bank Group is made up of about 340 professionals, a lending program in the order of US$5-7 billion a year, an active portfolio of some US$40 billion, and a rich program of Advisory and Analytical Work. There are nine regional energy units, which oversee and develop lending and non-lending in different subsectors including renewable energy, energy efficiency, utility reforms and capacity, power system development, grid and off-grid access, regulatory and policy reforms; one global unit for energy and extractives; and one Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) unit. The EEX GP focuses on: providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to meet the needs of fast-growing economies and to ensure universal access to modern energy services for people in client countries; and, strengthening policy and institutional frameworks to promote transparent and equitable growth of the extractives sectors for public benefit. There is a strong emphasis on private sector resource mobilization and catalyzing financing from commercial and other sources of development and climate finance.

The Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA) at the World Bank serves 31 client countries with a total population of about 916 million, with a majority living in middle-income economies. The EEX GP in the ECA Region manages a large and diverse portfolio of active projects in about 20 ECA client countries, including investments and advisory services supporting the: (a) scale-up of energy efficiency investments and programs through a range of programs such as credit lines, energy efficiency revolving funds for public and municipal investments, development of energy service companies and support for residential programs; (b) development of national and regional electricity markets in Southeast Europe, Central Asia and Turkey - with a growing focus on regional gas sector development; (c) rehabilitation and modernizations of power system infrastructure, district heating networks, gas networks; (d) support to decarbonize the energy sector with a focus on renewable energy development and accompanying regulatory and transaction support; (e) integrated assessment, planning and development of energy and water sectors, particularly at the sub-regional level in Southeast Europe and Central Asia; and (f) implementation of reforms in the areas of achieving structural and regulatory consistency with the Energy Community Treaty (for countries that are signatories), sector governance and tariff transitions. The GP has a strong engagement in development policy operations in the ECA region where energy and related reforms are key components/pillars of the economic reform agenda. The GP works on a range of regional platforms and programs such as the Energy Community of South East Europe, the Central Asia Regional Economic Commission (CAREC) and a variety of multilateral partnerships with the European Commission and other institutions.

Duties and Accountabilities

The World Bank seeks to recruit an Energy Specialist to be based in Yerevan, Armenia. The Energy Specialist will be responsible for providing project-management, technical, and analytical support to the large lending and advisory portfolio of EEX in Armenia. The Energy Specialist is expected to work with various EEX teams. Specifically, the duties and accountabilities will include:
  • Operational Support. Provide operational support to Energy Projects in Armenia and other energy programs in the ECA region. Under the request and direction of relevant task team leaders (TTLs), such support may include participating in preparation and supervision missions; providing inputs into project designs and institutional arrangements; preparing project budgets and implementation schedules; assisting in review of consultant report and project implementation plans; providing inputs to mission Aide Memoires; drafting of Implementation Supervision Reports (ISRs); tracking overall project progress and identifying issues requiring attention; participating in key project workshops, trainings and other events; supporting in procurement of consultants for operational needs; supporting in projects' monitoring and evaluation, and reporting; supporting in supervision of project's compliance with environmental and social standards; preparing case studies, briefs, and notes, presentations on Country Programs, internal strategy papers.
  • Support in Technical Coordination with Key Stakeholders. Support teams in liaising with key internal and external partner organizations and stakeholders, respond to routine inquiries from clients, donors, NGOs, etc. on Bank energy activities.
  • Analytical Work. Provide specific inputs to advisory and analytical work in Armenia and other countries following the guidance from task teams and the management. Such work may include economic analysis, review and analysis of policy and regulatory frameworks, analysis of energy balances/demand, and related work.
  • Liaison with Government. Represent the energy team and TTLs at project meetings and workshops, follow-up on key government actions (i.e., procurement, reporting), proactive identification and resolution of Bank/Client Relationships, monitor changes in government that may affect the energy programs, etc.
  • Other. Carry out other ad hoc tasks as requested by the TTLs and the EEX Practice Manager for ECA, which may include preparation of briefings, organization of workshops and seminars, development of portfolio summaries, support key knowledge exchange events, coordinating publication of unit reports, etc, and providing support to energy projects and programs in other ECA countries depending on the business needs.
Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree in engineering, energy planning, economics, business Administration, or equivalent areas relevant for energy/extractives sector development.
  • At least 5 years of combined experience in international financial institutions and/or companies, government agencies, and/or energy sector companies with demonstrated track record of successful engagement in preparation and implementation of projects and analytical work.
  • Demonstrates solid understanding of energy/extractives policies, technologies or strategies, private sector participation, and institutional development needed to support development and for the success of project and analytic work.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, manage multi-task requirements and a high degree of pro-activity and initiative.
  • A track record of team work and ability to produce high-quality policy and project related written outputs under supervision by senior staff. Strong research and analytical skills with demonstrated ability to deliver solid analytical work.
  • Computer skills, such as Word, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint, web-based research, Microsoft Outlook, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and proven track record of effective communication, including on difficult issues, and build strong partnerships with clients and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multi-cultural environment with virtual teams located in different countries.
  • Familiarity with World Bank policies and procedures would be desirable.
  • Willing to travel as the position may require.
  • Armenia, English and Russia language skills, both written and oral.
  • Proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision.
Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translate technical knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies.
  • Integrative Skills - Understand relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
  • Energy Sector Technologies - Experience applying knowledge (power generation with focus on renewable energy as well power transmission and distribution) to policy-related decisions and advice.
  • Energy Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Understanding of energy policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations. Knowledge of European Union energy directives and acquis is an advantage.
  • Proactivity - Engage with the client on daily basis to identify and help resolve issues on lending and at the policy level under the guidance from experienced specialists.
The WBG Core Competencies

  • Lead and Innovate - Develop innovative solutions.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Actively address clients stated and unstated needs.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborate across boundaries, give own perspective and willingly receive diverse perspectives.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Apply knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Interpret a wide range of information and push to move forward.
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