Local recruitment: E T Consultant (Africa Urban and Disaster Risk Management Unit)

The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with more than 16,000 staff located globally.

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.


GSURR covers a wide Range: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) addressing the social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups through accountable institutions, and ensuring compliance with social safeguards; (iii) enhancing urban and rural development through supporting and managing the urban-rural transition, assisting local development through developing land tenure, management and information systems; and (iv) assisting in disaster risk management through issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood management, urban drainage, coastal management, and retrofitting of infrastructure), disaster preparedness (including hydromet services, early warning systems, and civil defense), risk financing (including CAT-DDO), and resilient reconstruction (including post-disaster damage and loss assessment).


Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa is occurring at an unprecedented pace. The share of Africans living in urban areas is projected to grow from 38 percent in 2016 to almost 60 percent by 2040, translating to an additional 40,000 new urban citizens every day until 2040. The region’s urbanization rate, one of the highest in the world, can lead to economic growth, transformation and poverty. However, many cities in Africa still have not fully captured the benefits of urbanization and poorly managed urbanization has exacerbated existing infrastructure challenges, resulting in increased inequality, urban poverty, proliferation of informal settlements and vulnerability to hazards. Adverse natural events present a serious obstacle for achieving sustainable social and economic development, particularly in vulnerable regions as Sub-Saharan Africa. Disaster affect the poor most severely; unplanned human settlements, unsafe building practices, high population densities, economic growth, and accumulations of assets in risk prone areas has dramatically increased exposure to hazards and increased disaster loss. Climate changed has the potential to significantly worsen the situation.

To this end, the Africa Urban and Disaster Risk Management Unit (GSU13&19), brings together a wide range of important and interrelated development and financing instruments to support national and sub-national clients to: harness urbanization and enable effective land management in support of both growth and poverty reduction; foster social inclusion of marginalized groups; support the responsiveness and fiscal, financial, and management capacities of local governments – cities, municipalities, and rural districts – to deliver local infrastructure and decentralized services; strengthen resilience and disaster risk management related to natural disasters; reduce conflict and violence; scale-up access to finance for sub-national governments; and reduce the carbon footprint of cities.

To address these challenges and following the World Bank’s Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, the Urban and Disaster Risk Management Unit (GSU19) partners with countries to create the conditions for improved hydro-meteorological, climate and early warning services (http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/africa_hydromet_program). Hydromet and climate services bring together meteorological and hydrological agencies, disaster risk managers, and end-users across all sectors to deliver actionable, timely, and usable climate and weather information to support decision making.

The AFR Urban and DRM unit (GSU19) is seeking a highly qualified and motivated professional to help deliver the ongoing and pipeline program of the Africa region. In particular, he/she will support the management of analytical and advisory services, preparation and implementation support for lending investments, and policy dialogue in the areas of risk reduction and disaster preparedness, with emphasis on early warning systems.

Duties & Accountabilities

The selected candidate will be based in Washington D.C., reporting to the Practice Manager, GSU19, and be expected to work on the following:

  • Actively contribute to, and assist the task team(s) involved in the preparation and implementation of early warning systems (EWS) activities by providing inputs and preparing diverse technical products/outputs and liaising with clients as needed, under the supervision of senior officers/specialists;
  • In particular, support the task team with drafting, reviewing and processing operational documents, including Lending/Trust Fund (TF) documents (e.g. Project Documents, costing tables, theory of change matrixes, aide-memoires, Implementation Status and Completion Reports, TF proposals and reporting, among others) by coordinating with other team members and across disciplines;
  • Liaise with procurement, financial management, disbursement, safeguards and legal staff in the Bank, as needed, to facilitate internal clearance processes of relevant documents;
  • Coordinate and/or support as needed the preparation and execution of international and regional workshops with relevant AFR counterparts and development partners, technical and donors, to generate knowledge sharing in the region, building on the Hydromet Africa Program, CREWS (Climate Risk Early Warning System) and other AFR regional climate program;
  • Support the management of TF activities and programs in GSU19 in close consultation with the TF coordinator and the Practice Manager, including review of grant proposals, consultation on technical issues, preparation of progress reports, project briefings, disbursements and quality control of deliverable;
  • Offer guidance to Bank teams (environment, social, water, transport, energy, health, among others.) in mainstreaming and incorporating weather and climate risk considerations in investments/components, through analytical findings, climate-related project screenings, etc. in the design or early stages of project implementation;
  • Conduct research on various topics related to disaster risk management with a specific focus on EWS and carry out analytical work, taking the lead on: flood and drought EWS; “last mile” connectivity to ensure appropriate understanding and use of hydro-meteorological information and services at community level; contingency planning and emergency response systems; and other risk reduction activities, leveraging technology, community engagement and gender initiatives; 
  • Assist with drafting responses to ad hoc information requests from internal and external parties (e.g. project and sector briefs, background reports, case studies, etc.);
  • Assist with the development of TORs for consultancy services, and liaise with program assistants in procuring consultant services, monitoring contract management and ensuring deliverables are technically viable and in line with TOR requirements; and
  • Participate in World Bank missions by: (i) corresponding and coordinating with country office teams and clients; (ii) planning mission logistics; (iii) convening meetings with client and donor counterparts; and (iv) drafting and contributing to relevant mission documents.

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced degree (Master's) or PhD in a field relevant to early warning systems and “last mile” connectivity (i.e. hydrology, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, environmental studies) or related field with 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Sought after areas of experience include: flood/drought EWS; community-based disaster risk management including “last mile” connectivity of hydro-meteorological information at sector and community level; contingency and emergency planning; as well as risk reduction and flood/drought risk management.
  • Experience in policy dialogue in complex DRM and climate change issues and in the area(s) of focus would be an asset.
  • Experience in analytical and community work on EWS issues is required.
  • Experience in lending operations/investment projects on EWS issues would be an asset.
  • Experience managing trust funds in the World Bank would be an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French (both essential) as well as advanced computer skills.
  • Excellent organizational and task management skills, with appropriate attention to details and ability to prioritize work among multiple competing demands, and under tight deadlines.

Technical Competencies

  • Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
  • 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.
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.
  • DRM policy, strategy and institutions - Understands the institutions and governance issues related to DRM, with specific firsthand experience on engaging institutions as well as assessing their respective capacities. Specific elements include: Institutional Assessment; Reconstruction Policy and Planning; International Cooperation; Legislative Framework; Institutional Capacity Building; Transparency and Accountability.

World Bank Group Competencies

  • Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own 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.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background.  Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.  Women and Sub-Saharan Africa candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.