Senior Transport Specialist, Spécialiste principal des transports, Yaoundé, The World Bank Group

Senior Transport Specialist, Spécialiste principal des transports, Yaoundé, The World Bank Group

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Job #:    req21943

Organization:     World Bank

Sector:  Transportation

Grade:  GG

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:           International Recruitment

Location:              Yaounde,Cameroon

Required Language(s):   English and French

Preferred Language(s):  English and French

Closing Date:      4/18/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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Role & Responsibilities:

The Western and Central Africa Transport Unit (IAWT3) is hiring a Senior Transport Specialist, with extensive prior operational experience – preferably in Africa, to join the WB Yaounde country office. The Specialist will:

(i)lead the technical dialogue in the transport sector with the Cameroonian authorities, as well as with other clients in the sub-region.

(ii)Lead the preparation and implementation support of transport projects, covering the core elements, but also incorporating the key cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, private sector participation, climate change.

(iii)Participate in the sector policy dialogue, together with other development partners, under the guidance of the Program Team Leader and Practice Manager, with external stakeholders in the country and region.

(iv)lead and contribute to projects and knowledge activities in the unit and department, and in close collaboration with other Africa Transport units and other Global Practices.

(v)Develop capacity in the pertinent implementing entities to plan, develop, and manage transport projects under their jurisdiction, and pay greater heed to the cross-cutting issues of gender equality, climate change, inter alia.

(vi)Promote the participation of the private sector in provision of roads and transport infrastructure and services.

(vii)Provide support and guidance to improve the quality of transport projects in general, through technical advisory, quality assurance, and junior staff mentoring.

(viii)Provide guidance and leadership for the development of Bank strategies, particularly with respect to issues related to institutional design of implementation agencies, financing, and public private partnership options.

(ix)Provide support to teams in other sector units for the implementation of transport components in their projects, enhance the quality of project design, implementation and supervision, and related technical assistance components.

(x)Support the formulation and implementation of institutional reforms and capacity building initiatives in the road sector in cooperation with responsible agencies and other partners at country level.

The Senior Transport Specialist will be based in the World Bank’s Yaounde Office on a three-year appointment, with frequent short stays/extended missions in Douala.  She/He will report to the IAWT3 Practice Manager. Her/His activities will be identified with the Practice Manager and adjusted based on business needs. She/He will actively participate in the relevant Country Management Unit (CMU) discussions, particularly on the preparation of Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD) and Comprehensive Partnership Frameworks (CPF), as well as on portfolio reviews. She/He will also liaise and work with other global practices and cross-cutting solutions areas, as relevant, and ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between Government, the World Bank Group, and other international and bilateral organizations involved in the transport sector in Cameroon and the sub-region.

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria & Job Competencies:

Candidates for the position will be selected based on the following requirements:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced degree (at least Masters) in transport economics, economics, statistics and economics or similar discipline, with extensive experience in the transport sector, relevant for the assignment.
  • Sustained record of achieving high-quality substantive results in the transport sector over a period of at least 12 years.
  • expertise and practical experience in transport planning, design and construction, and transport policy, and skills to work in a challenging, difficult, and complex work environment.
  • Strong track record in preparing and supervising development projects, including complex operations (with demonstrated knowledge of World Bank operational procedures, project cycle, fiduciary responsibilities, and safeguards policies) and capacity to design policy/institutional reforms based on appropriate analytics and with the identification of priority policy actions.
  • In-depth background with adequate education, expertise and demonstrated leadership and competence in at least two of the following functional areas, in the transport sector: (a) regional corridors; (b) urban mobility; (c) railways; (d) road asset management (including output-based contractual approaches); and (e) port and/or maritime transport.
  • Experience in addressing cross-cutting issues in transport, such as gender, impact evaluation, and climate change/decarbonization.
  • Proven strategic skills and ability to integrate institutional, technical, economic, and financial elements in helping clients formulate institution-building strategies and viable implementation sequences, including social inclusion and accountability.
  • Excellent understanding of safeguards requirements and robust technical expertise on road maintenance management and financing and regional integration/trade facilitation.
  • Robust experience in working with cross-sectoral teams, including teams for safeguards and fiduciary aspects, and knowledge of key cross-cutting issues that impinge on the performance of the transport sector and on which the development of transport sector infrastructure and services needs to create positive effect, including environmental and social impacts, land acquisition and resettlement, gender equality, road safety, climate change, and the interplay with digital technologies for enhance transport sector performance.
  • Experience with design and implementation of transport programs, and experience of working on programs financed by the World Bank or other multilateral or bilateral development partners and demonstrated track record of successful business development activities.
  • Demonstrated project/program management skills and aptitude to lead teams, and ability to promote client/beneficiary participation to ensure implementation and long-term sustainability of project/programs.
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing the transport sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and particularly FCV countries would be a plus.
  • Excellent soft skills are required to engage appropriately with sophisticated demands from clients in the subregion and manage satisfactorily clients’ relationships in a complex and fragile context.
  • High degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work independently.
  • Fluency in English and French both in writing and convincing verbal articulation skills are essential.

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