Senior Transport Specialist, Gaborone, Botswana

Closing date: Friday, 26 April 2024

Senior Transport Specialist

Job #: req26839

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Transportation

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Gaborone,Botswana

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): English

Closing Date: 4/26/2024 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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The IAET2 unit of the World Bank serves 14 client countries. Clients range from middle-income countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Seychelles to low-income IDA countries such as Lesotho, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Mozambique, Madagascar and Comoros. Areas of particular interest for the transport sector in these countries include rural transport for agricultural productivity; urban transport for enhancing functioning of urban areas and improving accessibility to jobs and social services by the poorer segments of the population; regional integration corridors for facilitating trade and reducing logistics costs; investments in ports, railway, and air transport, for improving connectivity within and across countries; PPPs to bring in efficiencies in the provision of infrastructure and services; road safety interventions to reduce the high number of traffic fatalities in the client countries and addressing mobility constrains of women.

The IAET2 unit is seeking to hire a highly motivated Senior Transport Specialist (GG) to be located in Gaborone, Botswana. and reporting to the Transport Practice Manager of IAET2.

The selected specialist will be working with a broader team of specialists managing and further developing the transport program in Botswana and contributing to the regional integration work and dialogue. The role of the GG based in Gaborone is to support the day-to-day dialogue with the different stakeholders and government counterparts and lead or co-lead the activities in the program. The current program includes: (i) road sector engagement supporting investments in feeder and national roads, road asset management (including OPRC contracts and routine maintenance microenterprises), resilience and adaptation policies to address the impacts of climate change and disaster risks, road safety; (ii) urban mobility to improve access to jobs and economic opportunities to the population in urban; and (iii) regional integration initiatives encompassing the maritime sector and waterways.

The Senior Transport Specialist will be expected to lead or co-lead several complex transport lending operations and must demonstrate a solid track record as a team leader/member with key infrastructure and transport sector knowledge. In this regard, the candidate should have: (i) Solid operational experience to provide close implementation support to clients in the region and managing an active and diverse transport sector portfolio (ii) Strong entrepreneurial skills and energy to develop business opportunities and a pipeline of projects in line with the Africa Transport Strategy and the RI Strategy for the southern Africa sub-region (iii) Experience in regional integration (infrastructure, transport services, logistics, etc); (iv) Strong analytical skills (v) Strong communication and people skills with an ability to work in a diverse and multidisciplinary team

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Manage and support the supervision of transport projects covering the core elements of planning, design, procurement, construction, contract management, maintenance, and operations, while paying close attention to the design and monitoring the implementation of safeguards and other cross-cutting issues, including the opportunities for addressing women mobility constrains, road safety, green mobility, safety, expanding the incorporation of the private sector in the financing and/or provision of transport infrastructure and services.
  •  Manage and support identification and preparation of new operations.
  •  Manage and support selected analytical studies (ASA activities) or Trust Funds, particularly on issues related to the provision of transport infrastructure and services, financing options, asset maintenance and operations, climate resilience, gender, impact evaluation, and general best practices in the investment, management and delivery of infrastructure and services.
  •  Under the guidance of the Practice Manager, lead sector policy dialogue and institutional reforms and support the development of new business opportunities. eIKKzrt vXePs
  •  Identify opportunities in coordination with multi-disciplinary units across the world bank, including Energy, Digital Development, Urban Development, Climate Change, and others.
  •  Contribute in cross-sectoral teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, Country Partnership Frameworks, public expenditures reviews, sectoral studies, and research and policy development activities on the topics/sections pertaining to transport, poverty reduction, environmental management, agriculture and trade and competitiveness.
  •  Support the Bank-wide professional community of staff engaged in the transport practice by participating in a selected number of thematic technical groups (Global Solutions Groups) and participating in drafting of technical notes in collaboration with other Global practices to enhance the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and expanding the existing knowledge base.
  •  Stay abreast of recent developments in the transport sector world-wide, and on cross-cutting issues, in relation to the topics of specialization for this position; identifying knowledge gaps and disseminating relevant knowledge to clients.

The Senior Transport Specialist will be based in the World Bank’s Gaborone office. She/He will report to the IAET2 Practice Manager. Her/His activities will be identified with the Practice Manager and adjusted based on business needs. She/He will actively participate in the relevant Country Management Unit (CMU) discussions, particularly on the preparation of Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD) and Comprehensive Partnership Frameworks (CPFs), as well as on portfolio reviews. She/He will also liaise and work with other global practices and cross-cutting solutions areas, as relevant, and ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between Government, the World Bank Group, and other international and bilateral organizations involved in the transport sector in Botswana and the southern Africa sub-region.

Selection Criteria

  •  Advanced degree (at least Masters or PhD) in transport economics, engineering, or similar discipline relevant for the assignment.
  •  Sustained record of achieving high-quality substantive results in the transport sector over a period of at least 8 years.
  •  Proven experience in the transport sector (road, railways, inland waterways, ports), with demonstrated ability to work on at least three of the following areas: (a) development of transport policy and national planning instruments (road, railways, ports); (b) policy, institutional and financing aspects of transport and the elements to encourage private sector participation in the delivery of transport infrastructure or services; (c) road sector including rural mobility; (d) regional integration, logistics, regional economic corridors. A good working knowledge on the procurement of works, goods and services, as well as the options to harness Digital Development technologies into the transport sector initiatives and operations will be a plus.
  •  Experience in working with and leading cross-sectoral teams, including teams for safeguards and fiduciary aspects, and knowledge of key cross-cutting issues that impinge on the performance of the transport sector and on which the development of transport sector infrastructure and services needs to create positive effect, including environmental and social impacts, land acquisition and resettlement, gender equality, road safety, climate change, and the interplay with digital technologies for enhance transport sector performance.
  •  Proven track record of design and implementation of transport programs, and experience of working on programs financed by the World Bank or other development partners, multilateral or bilateral.
  •  High degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision. Proven practical experience in project development and management would be a strong advantage.
  •  Familiarity with the challenges facing the transport sector in Sub-Saharan Africa would be an advantage.
  •  Proven ability to build client relationships involving multiple stakeholders, to discuss transformative transport policies or reforms.
  •  Good oral and written communications skills.
  •  English essential. Portuguese/Spanish highly desired.

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