Water Resources Management Analyst

Washington, DC, US

Background / General description:

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2016, the World Bank Group committed $64.2 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $16.2 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 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 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.    

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.  Finally, we recognize that any focus on water will need to address and take into account the complex context of climate change.

The Water Global Practice is organized with: (a) region-facing Practice Managers (PMs) covering Africa, Europe and Central Asia, East Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia; (b) a PM for Global Programs; (c) a PM for Strategy, Operations, Knowledge and Learning, and (d) five cross-cutting Global Solutions Groups (GSGs): (i) water in agriculture, (ii) urban  and rural water and sanitation, (iii) hydropower and dams (shared with energy); (iv) water economy and poverty; and (v) water security and integrated water resources management.

The Water Security and Integrated Water Resources Management GSG

The Water Security and Integrated Water Resources Management GSG supports the Bank’s analytical, advisory and operational engagements to help clients achieve the GP’s goal of a ‘Water Secure World for All’. Achieving water security in the context of growing water scarcity, greater unpredictability, degrading water quality and aquatic ecosystems, and more frequent and droughts and floods, will require a more integrated and longer-term approach to water management. Key areas of focus will be ensuring sustainability of water resources, building climate resilience and strengthening integrated management. To achieve the GP’s goals and the SDGs, the GSG will work with a multiple GPs and CCSAs directly through water resources management or multi-sectoral projects and indirectly through agriculture, energy, environment, climate or urban projects.

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.


The Water Resources Management Analyst will serve as a key member of the Water Security and Water Resources Management GSG. He/she will support the GSG’s work to leverage key regional and global operations particularly in the area of transboundary water management, curate and generate knowledge, and enhance partnerships within and outside the WBG.

The appointee will report to the Practice Manager, Strategy and Operations (GWASO) and will work closely with the Global Lead, Water Security and Water Resources Management. Specific duties will include:

• Support the GP’s effort to promote cooperative management of transboundary waters by enhancing coordination among the Bank’s regional and global transboundary waters initiatives,

• Participate in the development of relevant analytical work including the development of the Water Security Diagnostic Tool

• Support the GSG’s efforts in key strategic work streams including water management in fragile contexts

• Support the GSG’s efforts to enhance global learning, exchange and communications on water security and water resources related issues, with an emphasis on transboundary waters

• Coordinate and help maintain key internal partnerships including with other GSGs, GPs, CCSAs and LEG,

• Manage and support partnership initiatives with internal and external stakeholders, including detailed follow-up on strategic discussions, and organization of events or other activities

• Prepare and coordinate briefing materials, presentations and meeting minutes

Selection Criteria:

• Knowledge of Relevant Operational Policy and Associated Good Practices;

• Ability to perform a broad range of portfolio management tasks, e.g., monitoring the implementation of ASA and projects under execution; monitoring the progress of preparation activities; regularly preparing and reviewing progress reports, identifying and following up on issues, etc.;

• Takes personal responsibility for producing high quality work, identifying and informing of risks, and delivering results for task teams;

• Keeps others fully informed to ensure integration and work consistency and displays a sense of mutuality and respect;

• Versatility and adaptability: Able to anticipate change in the business environment and accurately assess the need for new skills and knowledge. Able to facilitate and catalyze change where applicable. Demonstrates continued learning attitude, shows initiative in accepting new challenges and meeting critical needs within the unit/department/VPU. Encourages and supports others in their learning and change management efforts;

• Collaborate within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.

Selection Criteria:

Candidates must demonstrate professional excellence and outstanding oral and written communication skills. They must also demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to find practical solutions to problems and to think strategically. The following specific criteria will also apply:

• Master’s degree in a field relevant to water resources management, including water or natural resources management, law, engineering or economics

• A minimum of three years professional experience, familiarity with the World Bank operational procedures and policies preferred

• Excellent writing and presentational skills, and ability to synthesize large amounts of material into crisp briefing memos and Power Point presentations

• Practical experience in supporting international waters and related development projects, particularly experience with policies and strategies and in the development of water-related institutions in developing countries

• Experience with multi-sectoral, multi-cultural teams

• High degree of dedication and commitment to results.