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 World Bank Group committed more than $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments, and guarantees to its members and private businesses. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with more than 15,000 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). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and thirteen Global Practices (GPs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
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.
The Water Global Practice: Context
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. 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 Water GP will need to work on sustaining water resources, delivering services and building resilience. 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 is organized with: (a) one Global Director; (b) nine 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; (c) one PM for Global Programs; and (d) five cross-cutting Global Solutions Groups (GSGs): (i) water and sanitation services, (ii) water resource management; (iii) water economics; (iv) water in agriculture; and (v) hydropower and dams.
The Water GP’s Unit in Latin American and Caribbean is looking to further enhance its field-based capacity in Brasilia to support the growing water portfolio in Brazil, working closely with various teams leading these efforts. The Water Analyst will be based in the World Bank Country Office in Brasilia, Brazil; and will report to the Water Latin America and Caribbean Practice Manager, based in Washington D.C.
Role & Responsibilities
The Water Analyst will contribute to specific operational activities related to lending and advisory and analytical portfolio in Brazil at all stages of the project cycle. The selected candidate will have the following specific duties:
- Support teams in the planning, preparation and supervision of projects, including responsibilities for ensuring adherence to World Bank’s operational policies and quality requirements in technical and fiduciary due diligence; organizing the work of consultants hired by Task Team Leaders (TTLs), preparing briefing materials, and following-up on portfolio issues.
- Contribute to the preparation of analytical and advisory services activities in water resources management and water services, including data collection and processing, preparation of inputs to major reports, independent research and analysis.
- Participate in Bank missions and conduct independent discussions with counterparts on selected issues identified by TTLs.
- Assist with mobilizing and implementing trust grants linked to operational projects including procurement and contracting.
- Plan and organize training workshops, study tours and other learning events for the client.
Assist with managing client interactions both with TTLs and independently, in particular to ensure continuous day to day dialogue and follow up on specific operational project issues or GP-related dialogue.
Candidates must demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the ability to find practical solutions to problems and think strategically. Candidates must demonstrate technical and professional excellence, and effective communication. The following specific criteria also apply:
- Master’s or Advanced Degree(s) in a field relevant to water, public service delivery, water resources engineering, infrastructure financing, from an accredited university.
- At least three years of relevant working experience, preferable in water supply and sanitation, water resources management or infrastructure, in the government, non-profit or private sector.
- Ability to research, analyze, synthesize and present results clearly and concisely.
- Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision in a multi-cultural environment; and support project teams in developing an integrated point of view around a development challenge.
- Familiarity with and good understanding of water issues and institutions in Brazil and/or the Latin America and Caribbean region.
- Basic understanding of at least one of the following areas of expertise: approaches to water sector financing; models for public-private partnerships; water policies, strategies and regulations and their role in delivering outcomes to end-users, and water resources management.
- Field experience in Brazil or other LAC countries is a plus.
- Prior experience with World Bank in processes and procedures in operational and analytical work is a plus.
- Excellent communication in English and Portuguese; Spanish and/or French desirable.
- 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.