Local hire: Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist

Islamabad, Pakistan 🇵🇰

Background / General description:

ABOUT THE WORLD BANK GROUP
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 nearly $64.2 billion in loans, grants, equity investments, and guarantees to its members and private businesses. The Bank’s Board approved approximately $45.9 billion in financial assistance, comprising about $29.7 billion in IBRD lending and about $16.2 billion in IDA support.
The institution is governed by 189 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). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and fourteen Global Practices as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

REGION/GP/CCSA CONTEXT

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. The World Bank (WB) seeks 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 WB’s Water Global Practice (GP) is mandated 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 WB is today the largest external source of financing for water supply and sanitation (WSS) projects, while also carrying a large and growing portfolio in irrigation and water resource management.
The Water GP places Water Resource 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 is supervising a portfolio of over US$ 20 billion and another US$ 7.1 billion of water operations are managed by other GPs. 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.   
The South Asia Region (SAR) comprises eight extremely diverse client countries, with a population of over 1.7 billion people. South Asia remains the world’s fastest-growing region although recently capital inflows have declined, inflation has been on the rise, and remittances from oil-exporting countries have started to weaken. Economic growth rose to 7.0 percent in 2015, up from 6.8 percent in 2014, and is projected to accelerate to 7.1 percent in 2016 and 7.2 percent in 2017. Strong growth has translated into declining poverty and impressive improvements in human development. The proportion of people living on less than $1.90 a day was estimated at 18.8 percent as of 2012. Hundreds of millions still live slightly above the poverty line. In addition, many countries in the region suffer from extreme forms of social exclusion and huge infrastructure gaps, and the larger countries are experiencing increases in inequality. Development in the region will be key to meeting global poverty and prosperity goals.
South Asia is home to about a quarter of the global population but has less than 5% of the world’s renewable water resources. 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 highly vulnerable to climate change, the impacts of which will manifest themselves significantly 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.
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.

UNIT CONTEXT

The World Bank is currently looking for a Senior Water Supply & Sanitation Specialist in Islamabad, Pakistan. In Pakistan, the World Bank has a vibrant and growing portfolio of lending and analytical activities in the water sector.  The World Bank’s active water portfolio in Pakistan is approximately $900 million of lending, in water resources management, irrigation and capacity-building projects. In addition, the WB Pakistan Water team is building a pipeline including significant engagements in urban and rural water supply and sanitation; non-revenue water reduction; and support to the national and provincial governments.  In close collaboration with the Bank’s Urban GP, the Water team is working to improving water supply and sewerage in Karachi and other cities; working with provincial governments and utilities to improve service delivery in water and to help governments better understand and address the linkages between water supply, sanitation, nutrition and health outcomes.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The SAR Water Practice seeks to appoint a Senior Water Supply and Sanitation specialist to lead operations, policy dialogue and analytical support in the area of water supply and sanitation in Pakistan, in addition to broad areas of responsibility within the water sector (e.g. leading capacity-building activities as appropriate). Reporting to the SAR Water Practice Manager (GWA09), the selected candidate will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan. 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.
A priority activity for this position is to deepen the engagement with the Government of Sindh, the Karachi Municipal Corporation and the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) on improving the institutional structure and operational aspects of the KWSB.

Other important areas of activity for this position are leading the Bank’s work in support of water utilities’ efforts to improve their operations (reduce non-revenue water, improve service quality and other key parameters of service delivery); facilitating relevant learning and experience-sharing with clients in Pakistan; usually managing a local team of consultants; and collaborating closely with colleagues from other GPs, including in particular Urban, Agriculture and Health; and contributing to the Water GP’s Global Solutions Group for Water Supply & Sanitation.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

• Master’s Degree with 8 years of relevant experience in water supply and sanitation, economics, civil and environmental engineering or other discipline relevant to the job.

• Recognized as an expert in water supply and sanitation sub-sector with demonstrated capability to represent the Bank at meetings with counterparts in the national and provincial governments of Pakistan as well as with donors, think-tanks, representatives of civil society.

• Sound knowledge of policy, technical, institutional and political economy issues in the water supply and sanitation sub-sector, and a good knowledge of issues facing the broader water sector.

• Strong operational track record with demonstrated ability to lead analytical work and to successfully conduct water sector policy dialogue with governments. Proven track record of ability to integrate analytical work with operational expertise to formulate policy advice.

• Demonstrated leadership ability including leading teams combined with practical delivery of large-scale Bank initiatives; sought out to mentor other team leaders.

• Exceptional written and oral communications skills in English; fluency in Urdu (required).

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES: http://jobpro.worldbank.org/job-profiles

Required Competencies

•    Integrative Skills

Is able to link all relevant cross-sectoral areas to own work, and understands how they are interrelated. Draws on diverse, cross-sectoral teams to enhance the rigor of advice on cross-cutting and sectoral issues. For operations roles, demonstrates ability to undertake cross-sectoral work, in lending and non-lending operations.

•    Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena

Has ability to translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies. Interacts with clients at the policy level, and organizes and manages policy development initiatives in collaboration with other development agencies and donors. Ensures consistency and conformity to Bank standards.

•    Policy Dialogue Skills

Possesses political judgment, diplomatic acumen, and negotiating skills. Applies cross-country development knowledge to discussions with clients and development partners. Is able to anticipate needs and requests in the field and develop/offer relevant tools to clients. Is able to conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners on selected policy issues. Able to lead task teams, participate in formal negotiations, and assist government in establishing priorities.

•    Water Policy, Strategy and Institutions

Has a broad understanding of the kinds of policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations relevant to the operation or analytical work. Knows the clients’ water policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations, and can assess their impact on the operation or analytical work. Has deeper knowledge in one of the included topics or areas. Can credibly and effectively engage with a range of water institutions to support operational and analytical work outcomes. Supports client efforts to address weaknesses in its policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.

•    Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure and Technologies

Has direct experience with water supply and sanitation infrastructure and technologies. Can identify common planning and implementation issues, and propose solutions. Consults to clients to ensure success.

•    Lead and Innovate

Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions. Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG’s values and mission. Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context.

•    Deliver Results for Clients

Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients. Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes.

•    Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries

Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect. Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes. Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.

•    Create, Apply and Share Knowledge

Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners. Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others. Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff. Builds networks across the WBG and as part of external professional groups/networks.

•    Make Smart Decisions


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