World Bank Job Opportunities – Senior Energy Specialist


Job Title:    Senior Energy Specialist

Organization: World
Bank Group (WBG)

Duty Station: Kampala,


About World Bank:

The World Bank is a
vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries
around the world. The World Bank provides low-interest loans, zero to
low-interest credits, and grants to developing countries. These support a wide
array of investments in such areas as education, health, public administration,
infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and
environmental and natural resource management. Some of our projects are
co-financed with governments, other multilateral institutions, commercial
banks, export credit agencies, and private sector investors.


Job Summary:  The East Africa unit (IAFE1) seeks a Senior
Energy Specialist to work with Government and other donors while
leading/coordinating World Bank’s Energy program in Uganda. The work entails
strategic, advisory, and operational work in the electricity sector. The main
responsibility will be to lead a complex ongoing sector dialogue and a
portfolio of investment lending operations, as well as analytical work in
Uganda. The responsibilities will also include supervision of Southern Africa
Power Pool transmission interconnection projects that are linked to Uganda. The
World Bank is engaged in multiple projects, technical assistance and analytical
work in the energy sector in Uganda. These include projects focused on
accelerating energy access for households, commercial enterprises, industrial
parks, and public institutions using both grid and off-grid electrification;
transmission and distribution network strengthening and expansion; promoting
initiative for clean cooking solutions, and technical assistance on energy
policy, regulatory and institutional framework, and design and delivery of a
national electrification strategy.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

the preparation and supervision of investment operations in Uganda – including
energy access (both grid and off-grid) and transmission and distribution
network strengthening and expansion, including regional integration projects;

analytical and advisory work in the energy sector and related nexus areas, for
example, macro-fiscal stabilization in Uganda;

to the Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) approach. The Africa Energy
team is a key contributor to the WBG strategy for MFD with the objective to help
countries maximize their development resources by drawing on a range of
financing sources and sustainable private sector solutions. You will work with
IFC and MIGA for the ongoing and new WBG collaboration on existing and
potential PPP opportunities in Uganda. You will actively seek opportunities to
apply MFD principles in our work program and build a strong internal WBG
partnership with IFC and MIGA as well as networks with private sector partners
that can contribute to the achievement of our development objectives;

to the climate agenda. The Africa Energy team is supportive of the climate
agenda, both from mitigation and adaptation side, and to mainstream climate
friendly approaches in the design and implementation of projects

Play an
active role in the Bank’s policy dialogue with the authorities, development
partners, and others on strategic energy issues. Strengthen the existing Energy
Donor Working Group for coordinating all investments in the energy sector as
well as sector dialogue with donors and the Government of Uganda. You will be
encouraged to forge positive relationships with organizations and individuals
which can better inform the energy strategies and result in higher quality
implementation and impact of Bank-supported programs. This will require
effective communication and outreach to key partners including client
governments, academia, civil society organizations, media, other development
partners and other Bank Group units;

teams and provide guidance and mentoring to junior staff on operational, policy
dialogue and analytical activities;

and maintain close relationships with Country Management Unit; actively
contribute to the dissemination of our activities, within the WBG and in
external events. Provide inputs to operational products/outputs for sector and
country briefings, analytical and advisory reports and studies, portfolio
performance and monitoring reviews, and liaison between the energy and
extractives practice and the country unit on energy issues.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the World Bank Group Senior Energy Specialist job
opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in engineering, energy
planning/economics, business administration, or equivalent areas relevant for
energy/extractives sector development;

minimum of eight years of combined experience in the World Bank, other
international institutions and/or companies, government agencies, and/or power
sector utilities with consistent record of successful engagement with complex

of energy/extractives policies, regulations, technologies or strategies,
private sector participation, and institutional development needed to support
development and for the success of project and analytic work; experience leading
and/or playing key roles in policy dialogue with clients and partners;

experience in planning, designing, and implementing power infrastructure
projects including renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution,
and on-grid and off-grid electrification and access projects; Hands-on
experience with infrastructure projects with power sector utilities will be a
distinct advantage;

knowledge of at least one of relevant thematic business lines such as Energy
Access; Economics, Markets & Institution; Oil & Gas; Mining; Energy
Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Energy Finance; Hydropower; Power Systems &

consistent track record in carrying out high quality and timely analytical
reports and activities would be advantageous;

working on World Bank or other International Financial Institutions (IFIs)
lending and non-lending operations is desirable;

listening skills, excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence the
audience and build positive relationships with clients, different partners and
colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multi-cultural
environment with disperse teams located in different countries;

working with large global teams, producing high-quality results and outputs
with minimal supervision; proven record of teamwork and ability to lead and
mentor junior staff, to advise and guide senior staff in your core skills, to
produce high-quality policy and project related written outputs;

level of excitement, ability to work independently, taking initiative, and
flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements;

in fragile countries is desirable;

of working in regional projects involving power pools is desirable;

oral and written communication skills in English, including an ability to
communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based
dialogue with clients;


Technical competencies

and Experience in Development Arena – Translate technical and cross-country
knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector
strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level;

Dialogue Skills – Anticipate needs and requests in the field and conduct
independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and
non-government partners;

Skills – Understand relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated;
able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations;

Sector Technologies – Deep experience applying knowledge (hydrocarbon, power
generation, transmission and distribution, renewables, and energy efficiency)
to policy-related decisions and advice;

Policy, Strategy and Institutions – Proven understanding of energy policies,
strategies, institutions, and regulations.


WBG Core Competencies

Lead and
Innovate – Develop innovative solutions with others.

Results for Clients – Achieve results and identify mission-driven solutions for

Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiate collaboration across boundaries
and broadly across WBG, and bring differing ideas into the forefront;

Apply and Share Knowledge – Create, apply and share knowledge from across and
outside the WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions

Smart Decisions – Recommend and take decisive action


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 Apply Now on getting a
broader insight of vacancy.




Deadline: 23rd February 2021


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