Infrastructure Specialist at World Bank, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Deadline: 21 January 2019

The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Infrastructure Specialist in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The duration of this post is 3 years.

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The Infrastructure Specialist will responsible to assist in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, technical assistance and analytical and advisory activities in the water and transport portfolio in PNG.

WBG has set two ambitious goals first is reducing extreme poverty to 3% by 2030 and second is promoting shared prosperity by fostering income growth of the bottom 40% of the population in every country.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

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The Infrastructure Specialist will perform the following functions:

  • Participate in the design, preparation and implementation of water and transport projects in PNG, covering core elements (planning, engineering, maintenance, and operations), but also incorporating the key cross-cutting issues such as gender, climate change, and asset management.
  • Support the design, preparation and implementation of sector strategies, studies, analytical work, policy work, and advisory activities.
  • Liaise with and support teams from other GPs of the World Bank (e.g., agriculture; health, nutrition and population; and social, urban, rural and resilience) with the aim to ensure that water and transport-related issues are addressed.
  • Participate in the policy dialogue, together with other development partners, under the guidance of the sector Task Team Leaders, the Program Leader and the Practice Managers, with external stakeholders in the country.
  • Advise government counterparts on technical matters associated with water and transport projects, including engineering aspects, the formulation of policy, and measures to strengthen institutional arrangements and capacity, also in cross-cutting areas such as gender and climate change.
  • Participate in project missions (from identification to supervision and project closing) and support the task team leaders in supervising the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure quality and consistency with World Bank standards.
  • Prepare reports, summaries, briefs and talking points on water and transport-relevant topics, programs, business plans, and strategies.
  • Support the World Bank-wide professional community of staff engaged in the water and transport GPs 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 to enhance knowledge creation and dissemination, and expanding the existing knowledge base.
  • Contribute to the strengthening of partnerships with external stakeholders active in the two sectors (water and transport) to maintain a strong and appropriate GP presence in PNG.
  • When required, represent the World Bank at workshops and public events in PNG and elsewhere.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

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  • Master’s degree or higher in civil/transport/water engineering, planning, economics, public policy or other related disciplines;
  • Minimum 5 years proven experience in the water or transport sectors or in a related infrastructure field (either with a government’s transport or water authority, contractor(s), design or supervision consultant(s), or development institutions) with demonstrated ability to work on: (a) infrastructure design or planning; (b) civil works contract management and execution; (c) procurement of civil works and consultancy contracts; (d) community-based, labor intensive mechanisms for road and/or water supply and sanitation maintenance; and (e) economic, social, and environmental impact of infrastructure investments.
  • Experience in working either with the World Bank, or on programs financed by other development partners, multilateral or bilateral.
  • Effective verbal, analytical and written communication skills in English and a demonstrated ability to produce quality documents and analytical reports;
  • Work experience in PNG, and/or other Pacific islands, and familiarity with the issues and problems of the water and transport sectors in small island countries;
  • Knowledge of key developments in related sectors and on cross-cutting issues affecting the performance of the sectors, such as: environmental and social impacts, gender equality, climate change, stunting, or poverty reduction.
  • High degree of dynamism and self-motivation.

How to apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WBG.

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