World Bank Africa – Current Vacancies in Energy Sector (2024)

Closes 19 March 2024

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Eastern and Southern Africa

Home to about half a billion of Africa’s people, Eastern and Southern Africa is a geographically, culturally and economically diverse region of 26 countries stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good Hope in the South. Children under 18 make up almost half of the total population. The subregion boasts of some of the world’s richest human and natural resources and, apart from South Africa, the countries are predominantly raw material exporters.

The subregion harbors some of Africa’s protracted conflicts, rendering many of its countries fragile, while significant gaps in education, health, and skills development continues to keep people from reaching their full potential. This creates a huge development challenge, impacts heavily on the lives and livelihoods of people, and hinders regional integration and trade. But it also creates an opportunity to work closely with country leaders, civil society, development partners, and young people to chart a brighter course for the future. 

The World Bank’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region, comprised of approximately 1,207 staff, mostly based in 26 country offices, has been helping countries realize their considerable development potential by focusing on the following priorities:

• Creating Jobs and Transforming Economies: We are working with countries across Africa to stimulate job creation and economic transformation by leveraging all sources of finance, expertise, and solutions to promote investment.

• Building up the Digital Economy: We are supporting Africa’s vision to ensure that every African individual, business, and government is connected by 2030 – a vision that, if realized, can boost growth by up to 2 percentage points per year, and reduce poverty by 1 percentage point per year in Sub-Saharan Africa alone.

• Institutions more Efficient and Accountable: Our support is helping governments strengthen public policy processes, manage resources effectively, and reinforce fair and reliable delivery of public services.

Duties & Accountabilities

Specific duties and responsibilities shall include:

• Co-lead the Bank’s policy dialogue on the energy sector and develop strong working relationships with the Government counterparts (e.g., Ministries responsible for energy, power utilities, electricity regulators, etc.) to advance engagement on strategic energy issues in South Africa;

• Lead or co-lead the development of energy sector strategic documents, advisory reports, and analytical work on power sector regulation, market and utility reforms, and financial sustainability of the power sector (with a particular focus on the distribution sector) in South Africa and the SAPP region;

• Working closely with energy colleagues in AFE, lead the development of new lending, preparation, and supervision of investment operations in the energy sector aiming to enhance quality, efficiency, and pro-poor focus and accelerate the implementation of the energy portfolio in South Africa and the Southern Africa region;

• Lead the drafting and provide inputs for other sector and country analytical and advisory reports and studies, prepare briefings on sector and utility reform, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, climate change, just energy transition, energy efficiency, and other programs within the AFR Energy portfolio;

• Strong understanding of energy policies, technologies or strategies, private sector participation, sector and utility reform, and institutional development needed to support development and for the success of project and analytical work;

• Experience leading and/or playing key roles in policy dialogue with clients and stakeholders;

• Experience of designing and implementing energy and/or utility sector reforms, electricity market reforms, tariff and subsidy reforms, scaling up regional electricity trade, and energy transition issues (practical experience in distribution sector performance improvement would be a plus);

• Experience in planning, designing, and implementing power infrastructure projects including renewable energy generation, transmission, distribution and improving commercial performance of utilities.

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