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Latest World Bank Recruitment 2021 Position:
1.) Senior Social Development Specialist / Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist
Deadline: 30th April 2021
Job Title: Senior Social Development Specialist / Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist, Nigeria
Job #: req11628
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Social Development
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Do you want to build a truly worthwhile career? 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.
The Sustainable Development Practice Group helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food; Climate Change; Environmental and Social Framework (ESF); Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy; Social Sustainability and Inclusion; Urban, Resilience and Land Development; and Water.
Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice
- The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice helps countries tackle deep-rooted social problems stemming from fragility, climate change, exclusion, and the digital age with people-centered solutions that build on local values and institutions.
- The Practice engages with citizens, communities, and governments to deepen resilience, build inclusion, and empower vulnerable and marginalized groups to have influence and voice.
- It prioritizes participatory, multi-sectoral approaches that build on norms and informal institutions to address social challenges and to build more inclusive, empowered communities.
- The Practice also works across the Bank’s portfolio to implement the Environment and Social Framework (ESF) standards.
- The ESF offers an overarching platform for fostering inclusive approaches to ensure vulnerable groups benefit from Bank investments and mitigate against related risks.
- The Social Sustainability and Inclusion strategy aims to promote inclusive sustainable development anchored on three pillars:
- Social Inclusion: (i) enhancing opportunities for equality and inclusion of all people irrespective of income level, geography, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds of discrimination; (ii) advancing inclusive laws, regulations, policies, and institutions; and (iii) investing in access to markets and services for hard to reach and marginalized groups living in lagging regions.
- Social Resilience: (i) strengthening social risk management for social sustainability; (ii) enhancing social cohesion and opportunities in fragile communities; (iii) strengthening social resilience to climate extremes and natural hazards; and (iv) supporting emergency response and an inclusive recovery from COVID-19.
- Social Empowerment: (i) supporting community empowerment for more effective service delivery; (ii) fostering accountable governance including from the bottom up; and (iii) promoting community-driven women empowerment and livelihood support programs.
Three overarching priorities of the Global Practice are to strengthen:
- The analytics that underpins our country dialogue, operations, social risk management across the Bank’s portfolio, and engagements on the global agenda exploiting traditional and new sources of data and analytical tools, including digital tools;
- The synergies between operational interventions (ASAs and financing) and the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) to help deliver on the promise of the ESF to bring a development focus to social risk management of the Bank’s portfolio; and
The Community-Driven Development operational instrument more consistently focuses on social dimensions of climate change, digital applications for community learning, empowerment and livelihoods, and norms and behavior change.
Nigeria Country Context
- A key regional player in West Africa, Nigeria accounts for about half of West Africa’s population with approximately 202 million people and one of the largest populations of youth in the world. Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse federation that consists of 36 autonomous states and the Federal Capital Territory.
- With an abundance of natural resources, it is Africa’s biggest oil exporter and has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent. While Nigeria has made some progress in socio-economic terms in recent years, its human capital development remains weak due to under-investment. The country ranked 169 of 175 countries in the World Bank’s 2020 Human Capital Index.
- The country continues to face massive developmental challenges, including the need to reduce the dependency on oil and diversify the economy, address insufficient infrastructure, build strong and effective institutions, as well as address governance issues and strengthen public financial management systems. These pre-existing structural challenges have left the Nigerian economy especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences. Inequality, in terms of income and opportunities, remains high and has adversely affected poverty reduction.
- The lack of job opportunities is at the core of the high poverty levels, regional inequality, and social and political unrest. Without the COVID-19 shock (the counterfactual scenario), about 2 million Nigerians were expected to fall into poverty in 2020 as population growth outpaces economic growth. With COVID-19, the recession was expected to push an additional 5 million Nigerians into poverty in 2020, bringing the total newly poor to 7 million.
- The Social Sustainability and Inclusion Practice has a growing work program in Nigeria, encompassing project loans and grants, advisory and analytical programs, and active partnerships supporting a wide range of engagements focusing on fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV); social cohesion and resilience; women empowerment and gender equality, social inclusion, citizen engagement and social accountability; and social risk management.
- SAWS1, one of the two Social Sustainability and Inclusion units in West and Central Africa, is looking to recruit a Senior Social Development Specialist/Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist to lead our engagement on FCV and social cohesion in Nigeria.
- The Senior Social Development Specialist/Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist will be based in Abuja, Nigeria, and will report directly to the SAWS1 Practice Manager.
- The Senior Social Development Specialist/Senior Social Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist will be expected to work closely with the CMU and task teams in the country.
- The selected candidate will also be expected to work collaboratively and develop good relations with other Global Practice teams, Global Solution Groups, and Global Theme teams specializing in Gender and Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV).
Duties and Accountabilities
- The Senior Social Development/Sustainability and Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for managing the planning of large, complex, and strategically significant activities currently led/co-led by the Social Sustainability and Inclusion Practice.
- She/he will provide oversight, coordination, and strategic guidance for the implementation of activities according to agreed work plans and corresponding deliverables.
- She/he will also coordinate the implementation of the activities in the broader context of the World Bank’s contributions to the Government of Nigeria’s development agenda.
In particular, she/he will focus on the following specific areas:
- As co-Task Team Leader, provide strategic leadership and technical support to all aspects of the implementation of the $376 million Multi-sector Crisis Recovery Project for North Eastern Nigeria (MCRP), with a primary focus on Component One (Peacebuilding and Strengthening Social Cohesion and Livelihoods) and other social development aspects. This will include day-to-day interaction with the four Project Coordination Units and regular travel to the North-East.
- Serve as main focal point/coordinator within the World Bank Nigeria Team for FCV issues, including the North-East program. This will include leading the engagement toward delivery of the core objective of ‘reducing fragility in the North-East and other areas affected by conflict’ in the FY21-25 Country Partnership Framework (CPF), as well as leadership of a planned new advisory and analytical program on FCV issues.
- He/she will promote coherence, communication, and collaboration among World Bank activities. Externally, this will involve participation in donor coordination fora and the fostering of close partnerships and common approaches with UN agencies, bilateral and other stakeholders, to strengthen the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.
- Lead or co-lead donor-supported activities (Trust Funds) to provide technical assistance for strengthening Nigerian systems for recovery planning, coordination, and peacebuilding.
- Actively engage in efforts to promote evidence-based approaches and policy updates to foster social cohesion, conflict sensitivity, community empowerment, resilience, and violence prevention. This will include advising proposed projects in preparation to address desertification and strengthen livestock productivity. It will also include playing a central role in cross-portfolio efforts to enhance Bank support for implementation in high-risk environments, including on security risk management and third-party monitoring.
- Support Nigerian participation in Regional Lake Chad coordination fora, the implementation of regional programs, and the strengthening of regional structures. This will include supporting the implementation of the regional activities of MCRP, which covers the Nigeria part of the regional program supported by Lake Chad Region Recovery and Development Project (PROZAC) in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, as well as potentially supporting the implementation of PROZAC site and the preparation of additional financing for the same project. It will also cover engagement with regional bodies including the Lake Chad Governors’ Forum.
- Expand the Social Sustainability and Inclusion support to the country, and develop sound programs and policy options, including in the areas of effective prevention and response to fragility, conflict, and violence; support to displaced people, host communities, and returnees; and implementation of IDA19/IDA20 policy priorities.
- Develop and lead analytical work that informs the social development aspects of key policy and operational decisions in areas such as gender equality, social inclusion, poverty reduction, social resilience, and local service delivery. Work with internal and external partners to enhance the knowledge and understanding of FCV drivers and their economic and social impacts within Nigeria and the broader Lake Chad region.
- Contribute to the elaboration of strategies, project concept and policy analysis relevant to the Social Sustainability and Inclusion Practice; participate in cross-practice teams responsible for the preparation of policy notes, Systematic Country Diagnostics, CPFs, risk and resilience analysis, sector studies, and research and policy development activities on the full range of social development topics.
- Actively contribute to the creation of global knowledge on FCV social sustainability and inclusion issues.
- Contribute to the identification of business opportunities for the Social Sustainability and Inclusion team in consultation with clients and the country unit.
- Guide and mentor junior staff; and supervise the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure consistency and conformity to Bank operational policies.
- Contribute to the Unit’s briefs, blogs, strategy documents, and papers on critical social development issues for both internal and external audiences.
- This position is suited to constructive, highly motivated team players with an eye for detail, an understanding of the bigger picture context of operations, and creative problem-solving abilities.
- The successful candidate should have strong operational and analytical skills, have practical experience handling complex/sensitive social development issues through participatory processes of stakeholder engagement, and be able to integrate social development considerations in an operational context.
- Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Social Sciences (Gender Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Development, Public Health, Conflict and Violence Prevention, etc.), and a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in social/community development, inclusion, resilience, etc.
- Demonstrated team leadership experience and operational skills and experience in the areas of community empowerment, social inclusion, forced displacement, citizen engagement, local service delivery, community-driven development, fragility, conflict, and violence in low- and middle-income countries.
- Experience with managing operations in low capacity, fragile and conflict-affected environments, working on complex multi-sectoral development challenges, and working in a federal system.
- Knowledge and experience in addressing issues covered by the World Bank’s ESF and social safeguards policies in complex and challenging settings, and across practices.
- Demonstrated ability to translate analytical work into policy advice and actionable, practical recommendations.
- Experience in contributing to high-level strategic decisions and technical support to government counterparts, policymakers, beneficiaries, community-based organizations, and development partners on effective approaches to close gender gaps.
- Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, government counterparts, beneficiaries of Bank projects, and civil society organizations; ability to effectively negotiate and build consensus to achieve constructive outputs.
- Outstanding interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and team skills, and ability to think innovatively and strategically to find balanced solutions to complex development problems, with a strong client focus.
- Demonstrated ability to work across practices, work in cross-thematic teams, foster teamwork, and mentor junior staff.
- Policy Dialogue Skills – Anticipate needs and requests in the field and conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of government and non-government partners.
- Social inclusion, empowerment, and resilience – Experience in successfully applying social sustainability and inclusion principles and good practice, covering issues of FCV, inclusion, and non-discrimination of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, stakeholder engagement, etc.
- Social Development implications on policies, institutions, and operations –Solid understanding of the implications of social development on policy, institutions, and operations.
- Participation and Consultation – Extensive experience conducting social development consultative and participatory approaches, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the interventions.
- Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability – Extensive experience conducting social development analyses, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the tools.
- Integrative Skills – Understand relevant cross-practice areas and how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-practice work in lending and non-lending operations.
- Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to the country and sector strategies; interact with clients at the policy level.
- Lead and Innovate – Develop innovative solutions with others.
- Deliver Results for Clients – Achieve results and identify mission-driven solutions for the client.
- Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiate collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the World Bank Group and bring different ideas into the forefront.
- Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Create, apply, and share knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and or external client solutions.
- Make Smart Decisions – Recommend and take decisive action.
- Required Language(s): English
- Preferred Language(s): French.
Application Closing Date
30th April 2021 at 11:59 pm UTC.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
2.) Energy Specialist
Deadline: 26th April 2021
Job Title: Energy Specialist
Job #: req11578
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Required Language(s): English
- Do you want to build a truly worthwhile career? 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 and promoting shared prosperity.
- 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.
Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region:
- We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs.
- Yet, these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.
- In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 350 projects totaling more than $38 billion in areas such as agriculture, trade, and transport, energy, education, health, water, and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved.
- Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID.
The Energy & Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank Group is made up of more than 300 professionals, a lending program in the order of US$5-7 billion a year, an active portfolio of some $40 billion, and a rich program of Advisory and Analytical Work.
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 Africa energy sector grouping consists of four Units across two regions of East and Southern Africa and newly created VPU of West and Central Africa. The position for locally recruited Energy Specialist is based in Abuja, Nigeria, with the primary work focus on the energy sector portfolio within the Nigeria Country Management Unit, but also providing limited cross support to the West and Central Africa region.
The Bank is engaged in all aspects of the electricity sector – generation, transmission, distribution, rural electrification, and off-grid– through development policy financing, a program for results, investment financing support, technical assistance, and guarantee operations. The Nigeria Energy Sector country program is one of the largest programs of the World Bank in any country including operations across the energy sector value chain. This includes a variety of ongoing and planned lending operations along with ambitious knowledge and analytical agenda.
The lending operations involve various WB lending instruments such as investment project financing, guarantees for public-private partnerships, program for results, technical assistance, and development policy lending. Also, the team manages a strong knowledge agenda to inform the policy dialogue in the sector.
Duties & Accountabilities
- IAWE4 seeks an Energy Specialist based in Abuja, Nigeria to support the Africa Energy program’s strategic, advisory, and operational work. Specifically, it is expected that the selected candidate will be providing technical and engineering support to teams on project preparation and implementation, including policy and analytical work to be carried out as part of the overall energy program, supporting donor coordination and liaising with local and international counterparts (including the private sector), as necessary.
- The Nigeria Energy Sector Program is also addressing the response to the economic shock-related COVID-19 and oil market downturn through restructuring of some of the current projects in the energy sector portfolio.
- The Nigeria energy team also supports the implementation of interconnection projects within the West Africa Power Pool and anticipates further engagement in regional electricity interconnection projects across West Africa and Central Africa Power Pools.
The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include:
- Lead technical engineering work (policy dialogue, lending, and supervision, AAA) for Projects of the Nigeria Energy Sector Portfolio especially on transmission, distribution, and off-grid renewable energy applications;
- Work as a core team member on procurement of transmission SCADA, smart meters, mini-grid development, solar home systems, solar rooftop development teams on technical aspects and project management;
- Create partnerships with Nigerian stakeholders as well as donors on design and implementation of energy sector interventions;
- Supporting teams on strategic energy issues and implementation of the sub-regions access agenda including implementation of Nigeria Electrification Program, increasing the participation of the private sector in energy;
- Actively participate in overseeing World Bank-supported energy country program in Nigeria to enhance quality and pro-poor focus and accelerate implementation;
- Work with IFC and MIGA for a WBG collaboration on potential PPP opportunities in Nigeria;
- Develop and maintain close relationships with local public and private stakeholders, support policy dialogue, and keep abreast of developments in the energy sector.
- Minimum education level is Master’s Degree as follows: a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with at least two years of experience in technical / engineering aspects of transmission or distribution sector (including off-grid applications) of the power sector is essential and a Master’s level Degree in Engineering, Energy Planning, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or equivalent area;
- At least 5 years of total relevant experience in the energy sector with demonstrated ability to engage credibly on a range of issues in the energy sector in different regions;
- Prior experience of having worked in Nigeria power sector based in Nigeria for at least two years is an essential requirement;
- Operational experience in recent technological advancements and business models;
- Operational experience in the following areas is highly desirable: energy policy and tariff regulation analysis and advisory, utility regulation, power market development, and regional integration, off-grid electrification, gas-to-power Value Chain, project development and execution, utility commercialization, and project finance;
- Hands-on project management experience, and ability to efficiently manage many activities simultaneously, a flair for problem-solving, and an ability to self-navigate through complex bureaucratic environments;
- Problem-solving and solution-driven approach backed by a passion for cross-sectoral development challenges;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, passion for development, ability to work with different stakeholders and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multi-cultural environment with virtual teams located in different countries;
- Good written and oral communication skills in English;
- Ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients;
Required Professional Competencies:
- Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy-making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
- Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.
- Integrative Skills – Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of the current sector.
- Energy Sector Technologies – Direct experience with depth in at least one area: power generation, transmission, and distribution, renewables, energy efficiency, etc.
- Energy Policy, Strategy, and Institutions – Familiarity with energy policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
- Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions.
- Deliver Results for Clients – Proactively addresses client’s stated and unstated needs.
- Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates across boundaries give their 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
WBG Core Competencies:
- Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions with others.
- Deliver Results for Clients – Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client.
- Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the WBG and brings differing ideas to the forefront.
- Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Creates, applies, and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.
- Make Smart Decisions – Recommends and takes decisive action.
Application Closing Date
26th April 2021 at 11:59 pm UTC
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should: