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Career Opportunities at The World Bank Group

Operations Officer

Background / General description:

The Public-Private Partnerships CCSA is one of five WBG units within the World Bank Group that foster solutions for multi-sectoral, highly-strategic priority development areas. The CCSAs complement the work of the Global Practices (GPs) in delivering lending and advice to our clients.  Though the CCSAs, the WBG will work towards IDA commitments and other corporate targets while providing expert support on high-value, complex projects. 


The five Cross-cutting Solution Areas:
 • Set the strategic direction and develop goals and targets for priority development areas;
 • Advise on design and delivery of complex projects and monitor results; and
 • Build global leadership through the development of expertise and solutions.

The PPP CCSA is a team of approximately 25 staff co-located in Washington DC and in Singapore.  It acts as a ‘connector’ on PPP and infrastructure finance and policy issues across the WBG and wider development community; provides integrated knowledge lessons and solutions to help our clients, including knowledge work and capacity building. At the core of what the team does is to look at infrastructure finance and policy issues providing advice to clients including specialized support on projects. The ultimate aim is to develop and foster infrastructure financing solutions which may range from policy advice, economic as well as financing tools that may combine public and private resources. The team also has a mandate to develop and promote tools and standards to improve decisions about infrastructure finance planning and, as appropriate, when and how to use PPPs.  It has a key role in linking the WBG to global expertise on PPPs.  

The Department for International Development of the UK is funding the creation of a World Bank managed trust fund to support subnational PPP in Tanzania and Zanzibar. The World Bank task manager for this trust fund is currently based in Tanzania and will be moving to Singapore. In July 2016, continuing in the role of task manager. The position under these terms of reference will be a local hire in Tanzania, report to the task manager and provide support and management of the trust fund for the task manager, in accordance with the terms of the trust fund.


Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.


• Oversee and implement the trust fund, complying with its various accounting, reporting and other processes,
• Develop operating guidelines for the trust fund and review those guidelines from time to time to ensure they are up-to-date and consistent with the needs of the client and the trust fund,
• Work with and report to the Steering Committee, including acting as secretary for the steering committee to help organize meeting, decision processes, reporting and other requirements of the trust fund, the administration agreement, the grant agreements and all other relevant documentation for the trust fund.
• Work with PO-RALG LGA PPP Node, PPP Centre, Zanzibar PPP Department and other key stakeholders in PPP in Tanzania to implement and manage the trust fund and support trust fund and related activities
• Provide practical and cutting-edge support in all aspects related to PPP 
• Provide support and advice on the execution of advisory and project work related to a particular PPP transaction 
• Play a leading role in supporting the World Bank task managers for the trust fund in providing adequate and timely responses to client needs 
• Act as a focal point for Tanzania based PPP activities including appropriate coordination with the clients and the Singapore and Washington DC based team as well as GP and regional leads on infrastructure financing issues
• Assist in decision-making on PPPs, and ensure that good practices on PPPs are integrated into WBG guidance in Tanzania
• Support improved WBG information on the extent and impact of our PPP activities in Tanzania
• Coordinate with external partners to develop global public goods in PPP related issues and to undertake activities of shared interest 

• Works independently under general direction of trust fund task manager and the unit manager and guides and mentors more junior staff.


Selection Criteria

• Advanced degree in engineering, economics, finance, management, law  or other relevant disciplines
• A minimum of five years of donor fund and/or program management/coordination experience;
• Experience in the field of PPP and related issues with demonstrated ability to engage on a range of issues in developing countries; 
• Track record of achievements ideally in collaboration with MDBs and other development partners, ideally in the field of PPPs;
• Recognized by peers for providing high quality, management and coordination services; 
• Client focus and commitment to results; 
• Experience in Tanzania and Swahili language skills an advantage
• World Bank trust fund management would be considered an advantage;  and
• High level written and oral presentation skills.  

Required competences:
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients. 
• Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders. 
• Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector. 
• Project Management - Understands and utilizes the basic concepts of project management, as they relate to the implementation of a project 
• Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems - Fully familiar with Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures and Systems (including safeguards, FM and procurement) 
• Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice - Expertise in particular Bank Network recognized Sector or Theme 
• Infrastructure Policy, Strategy, and Institutions - Familiarity with infrastructure policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations. 
• Infrastructure Finance - Working knowledge of a range of financing alternatives; can conduct a range of infrastructure financial analyses. 
• Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships - Working knowledge of Public-Private Partnerships business/operating models; can conduct a range of financial and business case analyses. 
• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions. 
• Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs. 
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives. 
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients. 

• Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.

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Source: The Guardian 14 November, 2016
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Senior Public Private Partners


The Public-Private Partnerships CCSA (Cross-Cutting Solutions Areas) is one of five WBG units within the World Bank Group that foster solutions for multi-sectoral, highly-strategic priority development areas. The CCSAs complement the work of the Global Practices (GPs) in delivering lending and advice to our clients.  Though the CCSAs, the WBG will work towards IDA commitments and other corporate targets while providing expert support on high-value, complex projects.   The PPP CCSA is located in the Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency. 

The PPP CCSA is a team of approximately 50 staff co-located in Washington DC and in Singapore.  It acts as a ‘connector’ on PPP and infrastructure finance and policy issues across the WBG and wider development community; provides integrated knowledge lessons and solutions to help our clients, including knowledge work and capacity building. The aim is to develop and foster infrastructure financing solutions which may range from policy advice, economic as well as financing tools that may combine public and private resources. The team also has a mandate to develop and promote tools and standards to improve decisions about infrastructure finance planning and, as appropriate, when and how to use PPPs.  It has a key role in linking the WBG to global expertise on PPPs.  

The Department for International Development of the UK is funding the creation of a World Bank managed trust fund to support subnational PPP in Tanzania and Zanzibar. The position under these terms of reference will be based in Tanzania, report to the Practice Manager and provide support and management over the trust fund, in accordance with the terms of the trust fund.  As noted above the position will be for an initial 2 years, extendable in line with the availability of funding.


Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.


• Provide practical and cutting-edge expertise in all aspects related to PPP 
• Provide support and advice on the execution of advisory and project work related to a particular PPP transaction 
• Play a leading role in implementing the trust fund in providing adequate and timely responses to client needs 
• Act as a focal point for Tanzania based PPP activities including appropriate coordination with the Singapore and Washington DC based team as well as GP and regional leads on infrastructure financing issues
• Lead teams and provide leadership on knowledge products, practical tools to assist in decision-making on PPPs, and ensure that good practices on PPPs are integrated into WBG guidance in Tanzania
• Lead work designed to improve WBG information on the extent and impact of our PPP activities
• Coordinate with external partners to develop global public goods in PPP related issues and to undertake activities of shared interest 

• Works independently under general direction of the Practice Manager and guides and mentors and supervise junior staff.


Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree in engineering, economics, finance, management, law or similar disciplines relevant to PPP
• A minimum of eight years of PPP experience, or in related fields such as infrastructure finance;
• Experience in the field of infrastructure finance and related issues with demonstrated ability to engage on a range of issues in developing countries including advice on both program and project development; 
• Knowledge of local government PPPs and related issues an advantage; 
• Track record of achievements ideally in collaboration with MDBs and other development partners in the field of PPPs;
• Recognized by peers for providing high quality, pragmatic advice to internal and external clients on PPPs; 
• Client focus and commitment to results; 
• Good experience in Africa, and in particular in Tanzania, a distinct advantage,
• Another language would be considered an advantage;  and
• High level written and oral presentation skills.  

Required competences:

• Significant PPP transaction experience, with proven success in business development, including developing client relationships and processing quality investments;
• Good knowledge of backstopping instruments provided by the market and IFIs
• Good 'deal sense' based on demonstrated strong analytical skills and sound business judgment;
• Significant knowledge of Donor Funding in the area of infrastructure finance,
• Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to strategies to develop and implement PPP programs and projects; interacts with clients at the policy level.
• Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.
• Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
• PPP Policy, Institutions and Implementation - Solid and broad understanding of the development and implementation of policy/legal/institutional frameworks and the practical application of this to develop programs and projects.
• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others.
• Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.

• Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action.

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