Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In the fiscal year of 2014, the WBG committed $65.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 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). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and 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 World Bank Group is in a unique position to help governments take an integrated and strategic approach to solve water supply, sanitation, water resource, hydropower and irrigation problems through finance and knowledge. The world will not be able to meet the great development challenges of the 21st century – human development, livable cities, climate change, food security, and energy security – without improving how countries manage their water resources. Even today, 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, of which 1 billion people practice open defecation. Poor sanitation, including inadequate wastewater collection and treatment, impacts health, education, the environment, and industries such as tourism. At least 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water. The lack of access to safe water and sanitation results in significant economic losses in many countries.
The Water Global Practice (GP) places water resources management (hydrology, economics, storage, groundwater use, etc.) at the center of its efforts to help countries adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. 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), disaster risk management, energy (hydropower), and water supply & sanitation (rural and urban, assisting utilities on efficiency and financial sustainability; targeting the poor). In each sub sector an integrated approach is adopted which considers investment alongside issues such as governance, institutions and policies.
The World Bank is the largest external source of financing for water supply and sanitation projects, and also has a large and growing portfolio in irrigation and water resource management. The Water GP also manages a large program of analytical and technical assistance activities. The World Bank Water GP comprises of approximately 315 staff working across the full range of the water sector agenda including rural and urban sanitation, provision of water services, integrated water resource management as well as irrigation.
South Asia, home to about a quarter of the global population (of which 80% is rural) but has less than five percent of the world’s renewable water resource. Low per capita availability, coupled with a very high relative level of water use makes South Asia the most water insecure region of the world, with increasing impacts on economic development. Water stress continues to increase, water management is challenged by weak governance and limited institutional capacity, as well major gaps in key water resources infrastructure. Groundwater is over-exploited in key agricultural areas and major and difficult cross-sectoral reforms are required. To add to the complexity, South Asia is the most vulnerably region to climate change, the impacts of which are expected to primarily play out through the water sector. Building resilience in the water sector though structure adaptation to climate change, population growth and urbanization is an increasing priority for the country.
The World Bank is currently looking for an operations analyst to join the South Asia water team in Delhi, India. The World Bank’s regional portfolio is in South Asia is over $6B of lending, of which around half is for water supply and sanitation and half for water resources and irrigation projects. These projects span irrigation, major dams, river restoration, IWRM and river basin planning, water resources monitoring, modelling and assessment.
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 3 year term appointment.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The operations analyst will contribute to specific operational activities at all stages of the project cycle, including participation in the design and development of specific project components, responsibility for costing, financing and disbursements aspects, drafting of implementation arrangements, co-financing coordination, project supervision, portfolio management activities, preparation of implementation completion reports, etc. This will include participation as a member of Bank missions and conducting independent discussions with client representatives on selected problems and issues identified by task managers.
The selected candidate will contribute to the preparation of to economic and sector work in water resources management and water services, including data collection and processing, contribution to major reports, and independent application of analytical and diagnostic tools. This includes independently research and analysis in a wide variety of water sector topics, review and interpretation of information/data, and identification issues and recommendations actions/solutions. The operations analyst will be expected to write routine reports independently and participate in drafting technical working papers for wider circulation. This will require effective communication and outreach to key stakeholders including client governments, academia, civil society organizations, media, other development partners and other Bank units.
The analyst will support the team in managing, organizing and reviewing the work of international and local consultants hired under the Program, including the preparation of Terms of Reference and Work Programs, the planning of their technical visits, and the review and consolidation of technical outputs.
The analyst will prepare briefing material on country program/sector and project issues and follows up on portfolio issues.
The selected candidate will participate, virtually or in person, in professional development and knowledge sharing activities in the Water sector, including the Word Bank Water Week, Brown Bag Lunches, and take a role in contributing specific knowledge both within the assigned countries and across the Bank.
• Master’s degree or equivalent in a field relevant to water resources management and water service delivery, such as engineering, resource or infrastructure economics, or public policy.
• At least three years of relevant working experience in infrastructure or natural resources management in the government, non-profit, or private sector.
• Strong organizational, research, and oral presentation skills; strong editorial and report writing skills and track record of conducting and publishing independent research or operational work; ability to deliver information effectively in support of team or workgroup. Is able to synthesize, analyze, and effectively present material from a wide range of sources. Articulates ideas, verbally, and in writing, using the most effective means of delivery and appropriate verbal and graphical content. Can quickly draft and prepare articles and analytical and technical reports for the review of more senior colleagues. Uses charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists.
• Familiarity with the economic, social and political context and its impact on the development process in South Asia region.
• Proven analytical and problem-solving skills and proven ability to apply these in carrying out complex research and operational tasks, identifying issues and contributing to resolution of sector and country issues.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop effective relations within and outside the Bank, and to promote collaboration within the team to meet unit objectives.
• Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, and adjust to and prioritize a variety of complex evolving tasks. Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment.
• Solid Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) skills needed.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
• Client Orientation – Translates insight into practice across disciplines, hierarchies, geographies and organizational units in service of clients.
• Drive for Results – Ensures successful implementation and delivery of key programs and projects, ensuring that outputs positively impact results.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Creates a team climate of practical and innovative action, facilitating collaboration between competing interests and stakeholders.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Demonstrates command of all forms of communication and presents in a clear, objective and engaging manner in high-level settings; ensures knowledge is captured and shared in a variety of ways.