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Job title
Energy Specialist
World Bank Group
  • South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Type of job
consultancy contract
12 months
Energy Access
Language of description
Job description
Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their most significant development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.

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 work program centers on the just energy transition, coal power decommissioning, green hydrogen, sector and utility reform, and increasing regional integration.

Selection Criteria

The Energy Specialist must be a team-oriented professional with a proven ability to carry out complex tasks as part of a multi-disciplinary team; the 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 expertise in 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; • Direct experience in at least one of the following areas: utility management; energy project management; on-grid and off-grid electrification models and their applications in a developing country context; required legal and regulatory frameworks to incentivize private sector investments in the energy sector; variable renewable energy development and grid integration; approaches used in energy sector development planning; and energy efficiency and demand-side-management models applicable to electricity supply systems; • Hands-on project management experience, an ability to efficiently manage multiple activities simultaneously, a flair for problem-solving, and an ability to self-navigate through complex bureaucratic environments; • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, different stakeholders, and colleagues across units and departmental boundaries in a multicultural environment with virtual teams located in different countries;

• Good written and oral communication skills in English, including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients.
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