Senior Transport Specialist Jobs – World Bank

Job Title:          Senior Transport Specialist
Organization: World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Practice
Manager, Washington DC
Job #: 170944
About World Bank:
The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding
and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and
extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase
economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can
access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the
World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key
priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and
transparency in development, and improving access to development information
and data.
Job Summary: The Senior
Transport Specialist will be responsible for the management, or contributing to
the management of a selected number of transport projects and advisory services
and analytics (ASA) and contributions to the broader transport, urban
development, trade and competitiveness, and agriculture portfolio of World Bank
projects and initiatives in the East Africa Unit, with a primary focus on
Uganda. More generally, he/she will contribute to efforts in knowledge sharing
and exchanges to ensure global best practices and lessons learned in the
transport sector are taken into account in the initiatives and projects he/she
will be managing or contributing to. The specific duties will encompass
contributions to project preparation and supervision, and to analytical studies
consistent with the Bank’s operational policies and sector strategies.
Key Duties and
  • The incumbent will lead, co-lead, and/or
    participate in the preparation and implementation support of transport
    projects covering the core elements of planning, engineering, maintenance,
    and operations, but also given appropriate consideration to the
    cross-cutting issues above mentioned. 
    The focus of these activities will be primarily on the Bank’s Uganda
  • Manage or contribute up to two analytical
    studies (ASA/ESW/RAS activities) per year and support other analytical
    studies, particularly on issues related to the provision of transport
    infrastructure and services, financing options, asset maintenance and
    operations, climate resilience, gender, impact evaluation, and general
    best practices in the investment, management and delivery of
    infrastructure and services.
  • In carrying out the activities above,
    engage with the transport sector entities and provide leadership and
    guidance in designing and advancing sector policy and institutional
    reforms and capacity building programs, seeking to develop capacity in the
    pertinent implementing entities to plan, develop, and manage transport
    projects under their jurisdiction, and pay appropriate heed to the
    cross-cutting issues of, inter alia, social and environmental impacts,
    gender equality and climate change.
  • The jobholder will assess and promote
    opportunities for the participation of the private sector in the financing
    and delivery of road infrastructure and transport services.
  • Actively participate in cross-sectoral
    teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, Country Partnership
    Strategies, public expenditures reviews, or research and policy
    development tasks by contributing with the narrative and elements related
    to the transport sector.
  • Work closely with other practices to
    promote Uganda’s country-wide and transport-practice development agenda,
    including collaborating with social, environmental, procurement, financial
    management, and country office colleagues in a team-working spirit, and
    with a focus on delivery of results;
  • Participate in the policy dialogue,
    together with other development partners, under the guidance of the
    Program Leader and Practice Manager, with external stakeholders in the
    country and region;
  • Actively participate in cross-sectoral
    teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, Country Partnership
    Strategies, public expenditures reviews, sectoral studies, and research
    and policy development activities on the topics/sections pertaining to the
    transport, urban development, trade and competitiveness, and agriculture
  • Support the 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 in order to
    enhance the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and expanding the
    existing knowledge base; and
  • Keep abreast with 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.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant for the World Bank Senior
    Transport Specialist job placement should hold a Master’s degree or
    higher, in transport planning/transport economics/transport engineering or
    related disciplines;
  • At least eight years of proven experience
    in the transport sector, and the management of transport infrastructure
    project, either with government’s transport authorities, contractors,
    supervision consultants, or development institutions with demonstrated
    ability to work on: (a) road design; (b) civil works contract management
    and execution; (c) procurement of, or bidding for, civil works and
    consultancy contracts; (d) community-based, labor intensive mechanisms for
    road maintenance; and (e) economic, social, and environmental impact of
    transport investments.
  • Extensive knowledge of: (a) policy,
    institutional and financing aspects of road/transport agencies, (b) road
    and other transport infrastructure asset management and maintenance
    issues, and (c) planning and programming of capital and maintenance works;
  • The position requires candidates with
    expertise and practical experience in highway planning, design and
    construction, road asset management, road safety, and transport policy,
    combined with appreciation and awareness of the challenges/difficulties of
    working in low income countries. 
  • The position further requires candidates
    with knowledge of the key cross-cutting issues in the transport sector,
    including gender, social and environmental impacts and safeguards,
    performance-based contracting, labor-intensive road maintenance
    mechanisms, transport corridor development, multi-modal logistics, and
    climate change considerations.
  • Practical experience in the design,
    implementation, management, maintenance or operation of transport
    infrastructure projects or initiatives, and demonstrated ability to work
    on policy, institutional, financing, contract management, social and
    environmental requirements, and promotion of client/beneficiary
  • Previous experience in working on at least
    three sectoral issues of major interest among the following: private
    sector participation in the provision of urban or interurban transport
    infrastructure and services, transport policy sector reform,
    infrastructure investment planning and asset management, transport and
    logistics corridors, maintenance and operational schemes, road safety
    issues, urban transport and economic analysis/impact evaluation work.
  • High degree of dynamism and
    self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Significant experience of working either
    with the World Bank, or on programs financed by other development
    partners, multilateral or bilateral. Working experience in several
    countries, particularly in one or more of the Bank’s client countries,
    ideally in more than one of the Bank’s regions including ideally the East
    Africa region, and familiarity with the issues and problems of the
    transport/roads sectors in these countries;
  • Knowledge of key developments in related
    sectors and in regard to cross-cutting issues affecting the performance of
    the transport sector, such as: environment, social impacts, HIV/AIDS, road
    safety, climate change, gender equality, and poverty reduction;
  • Ability to identify and develop potential
    areas for future World Bank transport sector initiatives based on client
    consultation and analysis;
  • The position seeks candidates with
    specific expertise on the highway sector and contract management and, more
    generally, on overall transport sector planning and policy issues and in
    the design, implementation, supervision, and operation of transport
  • The position also seeks experience in
    working with and managing cross-cutting transport issues, such as
    environmental and social safeguards, gender, road safety, impact
    evaluation, and institutional/governance frameworks. 
  • Excellent written and communications
    skills in English. A working knowledge at least one other of the Bank’s
    official languages, such as French or Spanish, would be a plus.
Personal Competencies:
  • General Transport Engineering and
    Planning Knowledge
    – Possesses specialized technical knowledge in
    the roadway and urban 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
  • Transport Policy, Strategy, and
    – 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
  • Drive for Results – Identifies
    the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders
    and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables. 
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion
    – Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and
    actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches. 
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication
    – Leads in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons
    learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas
    verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of
    varied levels. 
  • Business Judgment and Analytical
    Decision Making –
    Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact
    and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external
    stakeholders over the long term.
World Bank / Organizational
  • Lead and innovate – Develops
    innovative solutions.
  • Deliver Results for Clients
    Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
  • Collaborate within Teams and Across
    – 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.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
World Bank in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to send their
applications Online by reviewing details at the web link below and clicking
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Deadline: 30th May
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