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Senior Public Private Partnership Specialist

  • Job #: req8519
  • Organization: World Bank
  • Sector: Infrastructure
  • Grade: GG
  • Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
  • Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
  • Location: Nairobi,Kenya
  • Required Language(s): English
  • Preferred Language(s): French, Portuguese
  • Closing Date: 9/21/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

Description

  • Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest 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. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.
  • The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies. It comprises Energy and Extractives, Transport, Digital Development, and Infrastructure Finance, Public Private Partnerships and Guarantees (IPG). The World Bank’s active portfolio in Infrastructure consists of 400 operations, implemented by a workforce of over 700 staff in headquarters and 82 country offices. The core values guiding our work include our passion for sustainable poverty reduction, our willingness to put the needs of the client at the center of all our activities, and our honesty and integrity as a common currency.

IPG Group: Overview

  • The Infrastructure Finance, PPPs & Guarantees Group (IPG) brings together the World Bank’s cross-sector infrastructure finance, PPP structuring, and analytics skills, as well as the Trust Funds and Financial Intermediary Funds that support those areas of development across the WBG. With these human and financial resources, IPG helps WBG teams and client countries improve the quality and affordability of service delivery through sound infrastructure policies and investment programs; strong enabling environments; and bankable projects. We build our support around knowledge, tools, and experience that support informed choices on the role and value of the private sector in financing and delivering infrastructure, while deploying financial structures and instruments that sustainably manage, mitigate and reduce risk. IPG has staff based in Washington DC, in Singapore at the World Bank’s Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub, in Tokyo, and in World Bank country offices in Dakar, Nairobi, Tanzania, and Indonesia.
  • IPG consists of two units: Financial Structuring & PPPs (FSP), which leads country client-facing work across the infrastructure investment cycle, including deploying the WB’s Guarantee instruments to support investment projects and programs; and Infrastructure Programs and Analytics (IPA), which brings together IPG’s infrastructure knowledge and analytics team with its three global programs—Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF), Public-Private Infrastructure Facility (PPIAF), and the Quality Infrastructure Investment Partnership (QII).

IPA Overview

  • IPA leads the Department’s global engagement, analytical work, and thought leadership on themes related to private participation in infrastructure financing and delivery. IPA’s technical experts deploy these tools and lessons to support other Global Practices, WBG Country Management Units, and clients define and implement strategic approaches to delivering infrastructure in partnership with the private sector, including by leveraging the resources of the global programs and working closely with IFC and MIGA.  This includes Infrastructure Sector Assessments (InfraSAPs)—analytical engagements at the country or regional level that map out infrastructure needs, priorities, constraints, and needed actions to set the strategic basis for WBG engagement in infrastructure sectors. 
  • IPA produces several PPP flagship knowledge initiatives, including the PPI Database, the PPP Procurement Benchmarking exercise, the PPP Fiscal Risk Assessment Model (PFRAM) initiative for valuing and managing contingent liabilities and fiscal exposure from PPPs, alongside a range of other tools and analyses for use by governments in managing infrastructure and PPP programs.  On its thought leadership agenda the team works closely with the Chief Economist’s Office of the Infrastructure Vice Presidency, and also contributes to the work of major global platforms such as the G20 Infrastructure Working Group and the MDB Collaboration Platform to support innovative solutions in sustainable infrastructure development. 

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Duties and Accountabilities

IPA is recruiting an experienced PPP Specialist, based in Kenya, to play a leading role in IPA’s thought leadership, global engagement, and client support with respect to the delivery of high-quality, sustainable PPP policies, programs and projects. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Lead and/or support client engagements to help create conducive enabling environments for sustainable PPPs and other forms of private participation in infrastructure—including developing robust country policy, legal, and institutional frameworks that are embedded in sound public investment planning and fiscal risk management, and developing governments’ capacity to procure and implement robust, bankable and affordable projects that offer value for money.
  • Lead and/or support the delivery of hands-on support to governments in developing PPP programs—including for example creating and supporting country/ regional strategies to increase private sector participation in infrastructure; prioritization and planning of infrastructure investments; and advising on the approach to developing priority projects.
  • Lead and/or support origination and delivery of infrastructure sector assessments (InfraSAPs) which in turn lead to Bank operations to unlock binding constraints to more private sector participation in infrastructure and other sectors.
  • Lead or support the development of innovative PPP related knowledge products, cutting-edge practical tools and diagnostics.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of Bank’s PPP activities and operations and extract lessons for effective support to PPPs and private participation in infrastructure.
  • Contribute to the World Bank’s engagement on PPPs at international and regional forums, and with other multilateral and bilateral development institutions

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates should have a Master’s degree in a relevant subject (such as economics, finance, public policy, law, business administration, engineering, or related fields) and at least 8 years of professional experience as a practitioner in in the infrastructure finance, PPP, and/or infrastructure policy-making fields, or an equivalent combination of post-graduate education and experience. 

Technical Competencies

  • Practical experience in developing and implementing PPP strategies, policies, and/or projects—preferably working from a public sector perspective, obtained from within a government or public sector entity, development finance institution, management consultancy firm, or similar entity
  • Solid understanding of international experience and good practice with respect to legal, policy, and institutional frameworks for PPPs and other forms of private participation in infrastructure, and of relevant aspects of broader public investment and fiscal risk management.
  • Experience in translating technical knowledge into practical application in developing country contexts, preferably including experience in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
  • Strong written and oral communication and client engagement skills. Written and oral fluency in English required, proficiency in French or Portuguese an advantage

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