Local recruitment: Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist

The World Bank
Bamako, Mali
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and French


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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.


The 14 GPs are: Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation; Governance; Health, Nutrition and Population; Macro, Trade and Investment; Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Transport and Digital Development; and Water. The 5 Global Themes are: Climate Change; Fragility, Conflict and Violence; Gender; Knowledge Management; and Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships. The Global Practices and the Global Themes, in concert with the WBG’s six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, design solutions that address clients' most pressing developmental challenges, and ultimately, enable the WBG to achieve its twin goals by 2030: (1) End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%; and (2) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.


Water resources are under unprecedented and increasing pressures, driven by greater climate variability, population and economic growth, land use changes, and declining quantities and qualities of both ground and surface waters.  With cross cutting impacts on agriculture, education, energy, health, gender equity, and livelihood, water is an essential resource for all life on the planet and is at the center of economic and social development.  The world will not be able to meet the great development challenges of the 21st century - human development, livable cities, climate change, food security, energy security, and universal access to services – unless we ensure a water-secure world for all. To achieve this goal the Water Global Practice will need to work on both water resource management and service delivery issues but in a context where we focus on water in the context of the broader economy.   


Within the Africa Region, the hiring unit is responsible for ensuring the translation of the World Bank’s Africa Regional Strategy and the Water Global Practice’s Water Security Strategy into practical results relevant to the Francophone countries of West and Central Africa.  Specifically, the unit supports the definition and achievement of these results through analytical, policy and investment activities.   

The hiring unit has an active portfolio of projects in Mali under preparation and implementation focusing on water supply, sanitation, irrigation and water resources management.  In all cases, these require intensive engagement with government counterparts and other stakeholders to ensure local ownership, capacity and sustained focus on implementation for results.  As a result, the World Bank is locally recruiting one Water Sector Specialist based in Bamako, Mali.


The assignment requires an extensive understanding of the state’s issues, as well as a solid base of experience in working with global, regional and country clients and partners. Under the supervision and guidance of senior water and sanitation specialists, the Water Sector Specialist will work as part of the country and task teams with specific focus on:

  • Strategies, Planning and Policies
    • Assist in the process of formulation of country sector strategies in the water and sanitation sector. Participate in the reviews of different sector policies, legal and  regulatory frameworks for the water and sanitation sector,
    • Assist in identification and preparation of projects
  • Projects implementation
    • Participate and assist multidisciplinary supervision missions covering all phases of the project cycle.
    • Identify implementation issues related to projects/programs in the sector.
    • Working closely with client institutions to support effective implementation of WB supported programs.
    • Maintaining effective relationships with relevant governmental, non-governmental, donor and other stakeholders.
    • Assess capacity building and training needs of Executing Agencies of projects/programs.
    • Carry out the planning and organization of workshops on Bank procedures and deliverables.
    • Encourage clients to use disruptive technology and ICT to speed up project implementation.
  • Institutional and analytical work
    • Staying informed on the status of the water sector and its institutions, as well as relevant donor, private sector and NGO initiatives.
    • Participating in and eventually leading task teams for production of analytical studies and preparation and implementation support to investment and policy- oriented projects.
    • Identifying and sharing with client, relevant expertise and examples within and outside the World Bank.
    • Identifying and supporting water sector linkages to the Bank’s country strategy and the work of other sectoral teams.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
    • Monitor and assess the implementation of sector portfolio.
    • Ensure prompt preparation of quality and consistency related to sector portfolio management, including quality control.
    • Prepare timely reports on project implementation and progress.

Assignment and Reporting

The Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist based in Mali will report to the Practice Manager for Water (West Africa). In addition, this position is expected to work closely with colleagues in other practices that intersect with the Water program, and with the Country Management Unit in Mali.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a two years term appointment.

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master’s degree in water resources, hydrology, hydraulics, sanitation, environment, civil engineering, irrigation or a related discipline with a focus on water supply and sanitation and water resources management.
  • Recognized technical, operational and/or policy-oriented expertise, and at least 7 years of relevant work experience. This experience may include work in governments, academia, private companies, consultant firms, and multilateral institutions.
  • Knowledge of water resources management (WRM) and water supply and sanitation services delivery (WSS), utility/institutional reform and public private partnerships, sector coordination and policy dialogue, private sector participation and pro-poor strategy and program development.
  • Prior work experience and results on the ground and hands-on experience with Government counterpart agencies.
  • Ability to think innovatively and strategically in dealing with technical and/or policy issues while maintaining a strong client focus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in French and English, including demonstrated ability of publishing technical and/or policy work and making effective presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Excellent team-working skills.
  • Ability to use new information technologies.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Demonstrates ability to learn the fundamentals of water policies and strategies and their role in delivering outcomes to end users/customers.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn water management, environmental / natural resources economics, cost benefit analysis, and economic evaluations as they apply to water projects.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn about irrigation sector institutions or WSS (ministries, service providers, regulators, community based organizations) or WRM sector institutions and how they are best organized to deliver services to end users in a sustainable manner. This will include consideration of issues of governance and political economy.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn about the various models for partnering with the private sector in the delivery of sustainable services and associated regulation.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn about approaches to irrigation and WSS sector financing.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn about financial instruments and financing options that are relevant to WRM.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn about water resources planning, management, information and monitoring systems, and modelling.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn about irrigation and drainage infrastructure and technologies, issues in planning and implementation.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn about water supply and sanitation infrastructure and technologies; issues in planning and delivery of services.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn about the implications of climate change on hydrological variability, water availability, flood/ drought forecasting and management, and water-related climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.