World Bank Job Vacancy

The World Bank Ethiopia Country Office is hiring up to three (3) short-term consultants to support energy sector engagement in Ethiopia.  The positions are based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and open to Ethiopian nationals.

The World Bank on-going energy portfolio and pipeline of projects in Ethiopia include support for power sector reforms; investment projects on power transmission, distribution, and grid electrification; solar mini grids & standalone solar systems for households and communities; clean cooking and improved cook stoves; and interconnection with neighboring countries as part of the efforts to bring Ethiopia connected to the regional electricity network.  Moreover, the bank provides technical assistance and capacity building of sector institutions. As a member of the Ethiopia energy team, the selected consultants are expected to work as part of the energy team in design and implementation of the on-going and future World Bank support in energy in Ethiopia and neighboring countries as needed.

Position 1: E T Consultant

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in economics (PhD preferred), international development or related field;
  • Five years + of relevant professional experience in applied research, gender, impact evaluations, and policy dialog required;
  • Fieldwork experience in Ethiopia (or elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa) executing impact evaluations or conducting similar research, including survey design and implementation, required. 
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills including a strong econometrics background, and the ability to use STATA;
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • EBehavioral competencies that facilitate dialogue with government, country partners and country teams, including listening skills, capacity development skills, and ability to adapt advice to the local institutional realities;
  • Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and ability to influence across organizational boundaries;
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills including a strong econometrics background, and general economic knowledge and analytical skills. Demonstrated track record of working with economic data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.
  • Teamwork, collaboration, and inclusion – Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and ability to influence and network across organizational boundaries. Collaborates with team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view. Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and motivate teams and group efforts across organizational boundaries.
  • Client orientation – Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests, or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
  • Drive for results – Able to take personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so. 
  • Knowledge-sharing, learning, and communication – Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner. Strong written and oral presentation skills required. Strong ability to distill relevant recommendations/lessons for clients and target audience.
  • Business judgment and analytical decision-making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. 
  • Fluent in English and Amharic. Knowledge of additional languages spoken in Ethiopia is preferred.
  • Willing and able to undertake travel.
  • Familiarity with World Bank operations and procedures is preferred.

Position 2: Operations Officer

Selection Criteria

•  Master’s degree in Economics Law, Finance or Business, or a closely related field 

•  At least 7 years’ relevant professional experience with a focus on delivering private sector and financial sector/investment climate reforms in Ethiopia. 

•  Strong skills and demonstrated track record in delivering advisory engagements, particularly in the areas of private sector development as well as financial sector issues. 

•  Understanding of Ethiopia’s business environment for the private sector and opportunities for private sector investments, and great knowledge of key stakeholders in this area. 

•  Existing / established network with relevant Ethiopian stakeholders in government and the private sector would be an advantage. 

•  Understanding of IFC and WBG products/ instruments and where there are opportunities for cross-organizational collaboration. Demonstrable experience working on IFC and WBG products will be an advantage. 

•  Understand the implications of different policy and regulatory frameworks governing the thematic areas. 

•  Able to design, negotiate and lead efforts to develop client offerings that reflect in-depth knowledge of thematic area and understanding of business case for how thematic focus will help client to improve their business. 

•  Able to identify how changes in markets, business climate, regulations or emergence of new/ successful innovators/ disruptors may create new opportunities for IFC to accelerate its mandate in a thematic area. 

•  Able to design research and analytical projects or major portion of complex projects to credibly produce new understanding of a thematic issue and/or potential opportunities to unlock new markets or new streams of business. 

•  Ability to conceptualize and lead research and analytical projects that could ultimately lead to the opening of new markets and/or reframe thinking on thematic approaches to better meet IFC and WBG mandates. 

•  Able to develop the research storyline that is relevant to and engages targeted stakeholders and mobilizes needed expertise. 

•  Able to move research proposals and results across functions to ensure relevant aspects becomes anchored and integrated with the work in those functions. 

•  Excellent knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and aptitude to learn new systems is a must. 

•  Ability to use project management systems is a plus. 

•  Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills plus fluency in English is must. 

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Closing Date:5/21/2024 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit their application letter along with their CV and credentials Online:

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