World Bank Energy Specialist in South Africa

Closes: 6 April 2023

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Energy and Extractives at the World Bank

The Energy & Extractives (EEX) Global Practice (GP) of the World Bank Group is made up of about 300 professionals, a lending program in the order of US$5-7 billion a year, an active portfolio of some $40 billion, and a rich program of Advisory and Analytical Work. The EEX GP focuses on providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to meet the needs of fast-growing economies and to ensure universal access to modern energy services for people in client countries; and, strengthening policy and institutional frameworks to promote transparent and equitable growth of the extractives sectors for public benefit. There is a strong emphasis on private sector resource mobilization and catalyzing financing from commercial and other sources of development and climate finance.

EmployerWorld Bank
Host NationSouth Africa
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Closing Date06 April 2023
Eligible CandidateDegree
World Bank Job Summary

Duties & Accountabilities

The Southern Africa Energy Unit (IAEE3) seeks an Extended Term Consultant (Energy Specialist) to be based in Pretoria, South Africa, to support the unit’s strategic, advisory, and operational work. Specifically, the candidate will engage in analytical work and in investment operations in South Africa and neighboring countries including the Southern Africa Power Pool. The overall work program centers on the just energy transition, coal power decommissioning, green hydrogen, sector and utility reform, and increasing regional integration.

The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include:

• As part of project teams, support Task Team Leader(s) in preparing, appraising, and supervising investment operations in the energy sector;
• Work with project teams to design and implement initiatives to finance and support energy sector decarbonization, regional trading, and utility/sector reform;
• Contribute to analytical work related to power sector sustainability, clean energy and the just energy transition, increasing energy access, and deepening of regional integration in the sub-region;
• Learn and lead the preparation and processing of grant financing requests, lending operations, analytic work, and reporting, in line with Bank systems and processes;
• Participating in overseeing World Bank-supported energy country programs in the sub-region with the aim of enhancing implementation progress and achieving results;
• Contribute to business development in selected countries (predominantly South Africa);
• Developing and maintaining close relationships with local public and private stakeholders, supporting policy dialogue, and keeping abreast of developments in the energy sectors of the sub-region.

Selection Criteria

The Energy Specialist must be a team oriented professional with proven ability to carry out complex tasks as part of a multi-disciplinary team; capacity to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.

• A Masters’ level degree in engineering, energy planning, finance, economics, business administration or equivalent areas;
• At least five years of relevant experience in the energy sector with demonstrated ability to engage credibly on a range of issues in the energy sector in developing countries;
• Operational experience as a technical specialist with demonstrated experience on working in investment operations is desirable;
• Experience in working in the energy sector in South Africa, and knowledge of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) would be an added advantage;

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