Local recruitment: Water Specialist

The World Bank

Singapore 🇸🇬

Job #:req13792
Organization:World Bank
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type:Local Recruitment
Required Language(s):English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date:11/30/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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; it has an 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 for the most urgent global challenges. For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org

The Sustainable Development Practice Group 

The Sustainable Development (SD) Practice Group (PG) helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy, Environmental and Social Framework, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, and Water. 

Water Global Practice 

The Water Global Practice (GP) is part of the SD Practice Group. Water touches every aspect of development and it links with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of countries.  It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems, and is essential and fundamental for life itself. Water availability and management impacts whether poor girls are educated, whether cities are healthy places to live, and whether growing industries or poor villages can withstand the impacts of floods or droughts! For more information please visit: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/water 

Water Engagement in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region

The East Asia and the Pacific region’s water unit (SEAW1) engages with country clients in the region to bring solutions to resolve water challenges including those related to climate, financing of water infrastructure, water security, and sustainable provision of water and sanitation services. The current portfolio of the unit includes 27 projects with a commitment of around US$ 4 billion in Bank resources. In addition, other projects are in the pipeline. Furthermore, knowledge products are in preparation to promote the exchange of global knowledge and information with client countries. Staff in the SEAW1 unit are based in the various country offices in the region, in Washington DC, and in Singapore. The Practice Manager for the unit is also based in Singapore which is a hub, serving the EAP region.

Duties and accountabilities 

The assignment requires an understanding of water issues and country issues, as well as experience in working with regional, national and local clients and partners. The hiring unit will be SEAW1 and the candidate will report to the Practice Manager for that unit. The selected candidate will work on the following activities. 

1. Strategies, Planning and Policies:

• Assist in the preparation of water strategies in client countries.
• Collaborate closely with global practices to ensure that a SD perspective is incorporated in finding solutions for the clients; and
• Participate in policy dialogue, together with counterparts in countries and with development partners; and prepare reports, summaries and briefs on related programs, business plans and strategies.

2. Quality Assurance, Monitoring & Evaluation 

• Support the Water Practice Manager on quality functions for the water portfolio for the entire EAP region.
• Monitor the EAP water portfolio and with the team and Practice Manager take corrective actions as needed to improve the portfolio quality; and
• Prepare reports and internal documents as needed for specific programs, projects, and tasks for the management of the water portfolio.

3. Project implementation and preparation

• Participate in the design, preparation and implementation of water sector activities, including incorporation of key cross-cutting issues such as gender and climate change.
• Participate in supervision and preparation missions for the Bank’s program in different countries.
• Identify implementation issues related to projects/programs in the sector and propose solutions for the client.
• Work closely with client institutions to support effective implementation of the World Bank supported programs; and
• Maintain effective relationships with relevant governmental, non-governmental, donors, and other partners.

4. Institutional and analytical work 

• Support the design, preparation, and implementation of sector strategies, studies, analytical work, policy work, and advisory activities.
• Participate in task teams for preparation of analytical studies and identification and implementation of policy-based activities in client countries; and
• Identify and share with clients, relevant expertise and examples for transfer of global knowledge.

Selection Criteria

• At least a master’s degree in the field of water which can include one of the following specialties: water supply, water resource management, hydrology, hydraulics, sanitation, environment, civil engineering, irrigation, or a water related field;
• At least 5 years of relevant work experience. This experience may include work in governments, academia, private companies, consulting firms, and multi or bi-lateral development institutions;
• Excellent collaboration, interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, different partners, and colleagues across institutional boundaries;
• Knowledge of global water challenges, including climate change, environmental and social issues, inclusion, and poverty reduction; and
• High degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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