Local recruitment: Water Resource Management Specialist

The World Bank
Bucharest, Romania
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is continuously seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data. Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG): the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.

 The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.

 Global Practices & Cross-Cutting Solutions Areas

The World Bank’s GPs are: Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance and Markets; Governance; Health, Nutrition and Population; Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management; Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Trade and Competitiveness; Transport and ICT; and Water. The new operating model is part of a broader internal reform aimed at delivering the best of the World Bank Group to our clients, so that together we can achieve the twin goals of: (1) ending extreme poverty by 2030, and (2) promoting shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every developing country.

Six of the World Bank’s GPs are grouped under the Sustainable Development Practice Group (SDPG), including Agriculture; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Transport and ICT; and Water. The SDGP is led by a Vice President for Sustainable Development; in most of the Bank’s CMUs, the coordination of the work of the GPs is facilitated by a SD Program Leader based within the CMU team.

The Water Global Practice

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.  Climate change expresses itself through water and sound water management lies at the heart of the resilience agenda. Successful water management requires accurate knowledge of the resource available and an assessment of competing demands for its usage. Making best use of available supplies requires complex and sensitive economic, environmental and socio-political trade-offs. Planning for a more uncertain and more constrained water environment in the future only makes the situation more complex.

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 Global Practice works 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.   

The WBG is in a unique position to help governments take such an integrated and strategic approach to solve water supply, sanitation, water resource, hydropower, and irrigation problems through partnership, finance and knowledge.  The Water GP places Water Resource Management (hydrology, economics, storage, groundwater use, rivers and deltas), Service Delivery (to households, businesses and farmers), and an understanding of water in the context of the broader economy at the center of its efforts to help countries address the challenge of managing water.  The Water GP seeks to ensure that water issues are effectively addressed in all related sub-sectors, such as agriculture (ensuring sustainable water availability for irrigation; managing the trade-offs around the agricultural use of water), disaster risk management (floods and droughts), energy (hydropower; energy cooling systems), management of rivers and deltas, and water supply & sanitation (rural and urban; utility performance; wastewater management; targeting the poor).  In each sub sector an integrated approach is adopted which considers investment and operations in the context of governance, institutions and policies.

The Water Global Practice is organized with: (a) region-facing Practice Managers (PMs) covering Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, East Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia; (b) a Practice Manager for Portfolio management, strategy and operations, and (c) five cross-cutting Global Solutions Groups (GSGs): (i) water and sanitation services (WSS), (ii) water resource management (WRM); (iii) water economics; (iv) water in agriculture; and (v) hydropower and dams.

The WTR GP also has strong external partnerships and houses the Global Water Security and Sanitation Program (GWSP) and the 2030 Water Resources Group as integrated with our operational programs and leadership structure.  In addition, the WTR GP also builds on several regional programs.

The Water GP engagement in Europe

GWA03 is the unit covering the Europe and Central Asia engagement of the water GP. The unit brings together about 30 staff (half of which in Washington DC), covering an existing project portfolio of 40+ projects and overall commitments of 3.3 billion USD, and a pipeline of 7 new operations over the next two years. The unit also manages two important regional programs, the Central Asia Energy and Water Development Program and the Danube Water Program.

Over the last years, the demand from clients in Central and Eastern Europe has been shifting from traditional infrastructure lending, to a broader set of services around the concept of water security and water management, including technical assistance and reimbursable advisory services, in addition to sector-wide programs.

The Bank has recently been approached by the Government of Romania to support the preparation of the country’s next generation of Flood Risk Management Plans under the EU Floods Directive 2007/60/EC. This potential support would be implemented under a “reimbursable advisory services” (RAS) arrangement in which the Bank makes its technical expertise available to the Client on a reimbursable basis. GWA03 is the lead unit in responding to this request, alongside units covering Environment and Disaster Risk Management dimensions.

To respond to those changing demands and in particular the Romanian Government’s request, the Bank is seeking to recruit additional staff with specific competences, expertise and professional experience relevant to the assignment. The assignment will be led by Co-Task Team Leaders (TTLs) based in Bucharest, Romania and a team of Bank staff and Consultants based throughout Europe and beyond.


The Water Resources Management Specialist will take part in the overall assignment for the delivery of twelve draft Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) in Romania (one for the eleven river basins in Romania and one for the Danube River). In doing so, he/she will be supporting the World Bank team tasked with the preparation of the plans. He/she will be working in close coordination with the international WB senior specialists leading the preparation FRMPs. He/she will furthermore join the ECA water team’s engagement on water resources management primarily in the EU sphere of influence (EU member states, EU candidates and potential candidates, and association agreement countries).

The appointee will report to the Practice Manager and will work, out of the World Bank Bucharest office, closely with staff from the unit and beyond located across ECA and in Washington DC, in particular, the Task Team Leader and other senior staff based in Bucharest, Romania.

Specific duties will include:

  • Support the project stocktaking and preparation phase, including the establishment of overall project implementation arrangements;
  • Assist in the preparation of the Stocktaking and Preparatory Phase Report for the project, including in gathering and review of existing project related information, data, studies, etc.;
  • Support the task leadership during the delivery of this RAS assignment providing local water sector and environmental knowledge;
  • Support overall coordination of the project activities;
  • Support the communication between the World Bank team and relevant Romanian stakeholders involved in the process of developing draft FRMPs at both national and regional level;
  • During the project implementation phase, provide support to the preparation of the draft FRMPs. This will involve, among other things:
  1. Maintain close and constant communication with the Task Team Leader and Client’s technical staff and any other relevant stakeholder and institutions in Romania;
  2. Encourage and support the effective collaboration of all team members with the authorities of the Government of Romania and other relevant stakeholders;
  3. Organize and participate in meetings with key stakeholders concerning the issues described in these ToRs;
  4. Support the coordination and consolidation of inputs from many different parties into a coherent set of deliverables for the Client;
  • Provide inputs, participate in the preparation and assist for the overall quality of deliverables under the RAS, including among other:
  1. Support the drafting of reports in relation to the preparation of draft FRMPs;
  2. Assist for the establishment of a coherent work plan for the delivery of draft FRMPs (detailed implementation plan, work schedule, and staffing schedule);
  3. Support the drafting and review (including translation) of the RAS planned deliverables and semi-annual progress reports to ensure quality of the final reports (e.g., including their revisions agreed following Bank’s review process and Client’s comments);
  4. Assist for the timely submission of the deliverables and the semi-annual progress reports to the Client.
  • Other tasks related to the implementation of these ToRs as agreed with the Task Team Leader and beyond, as agreed with the Practice Manager.

Selection Criteria

Minimum Education Requirements

Master’s degree in water or environmental engineering, economics, water resources management, or other fields relevant for water sector development.


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Demonstrates advanced understanding of water resources planning, management and development, with depth in at least one subtopic and relevant experience applying this knowledge to operations, analytical work, and other deliverables;
  • Previous participation in the preparation of FRMPs or similar plans highly desirable;
  • Specific understanding of EU Water Directives, specifically the Floods Directive and Water Framework Directive and relevant daughter directives.
  • Demonstrated effective communication and excellent organization and coordination skills as well as timely and good report writing abilities;
  • Demonstrated track record of operational support of government institutions in responding to broad water security and/or environment agendas;
  • Involvement in stakeholder engagement and public consultations processes;
  • Demonstrated teamwork experience;
  • Familiarity and experience in working with European environmental requirements and water acquis (Water Framework Directive and daughter directives) and their implementation in Romania and ideally abroad;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Romanian languages in both spoken and written form, is a must.


  • 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.