Transport Economist at World Bank

Vacancy title:
Transport Economist

Jobs at:

World Bank

Deadline of this Job:
Thursday, April 27 2023

Duty Station:
Within Tanzania , Dar es Salaam, East Africa

Date Posted:Thursday, April 27 2023, Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Duties and Responsibilities

The Transport Economist reports to the Practice Manager, Transport, Eastern Africa. They are expected to work on the overall Tanzania transport portfolio which includes projects on land transport, maritime, rail transport and aviation as well as regional connectivity, climate resilience, and urban mobility. The transport portfolio in Tanzania currently consists of four ongoing projects and two under preparation, and a variety of analytical work across topics such as regional freight flows and connectivity, intelligent transport systems for public transport, railway performance and sustainability, road safety, climate changes impacts and the use of cargo drones. The team now requires a country-based economist to conduct and/or help with economic analyses of investment projects and reform policies contributing to more robust projects and policies, work with the transport team to strengthen the economic narrative and analysis of World Bank transport engagements, and contribute to country analytical work such as the Systematic Country Diagnostic, Country Climate and Development Report, Country Partnership Framework, and public expenditure reviews. With a focus on, but not limited to, the financial and economic dimensions, the objectives of the assignment will be to:
• Co-lead and/or support task teams in the preparation and implementation of transport projects in Tanzania, covering the core elements (planning, financial and economic analyses) while also incorporating key cross-cutting issues such as gender, climate change, road safety, and private sector participation;
• Support the design, preparation and implementation of new lending and non-lending activities that can also be part of larger regional transport or trade facilitation programs and ensure quality of economic analysis and incorporation of key issues;
• Engage with clients in designing and advancing sector policy and institutional reforms and capacity building programs, seeking to develop capacity in the implementing entities to plan, develop, and manage transport projects under their jurisdiction, with gender opportunities and climate resilience embedded;
• Participate in the policy dialogue under the guidance of the Country Director, Practice Manager and Operations Manager, with external stakeholders/development partners in the country and region;
• Provide support and guidance to improve the quality of transport projects in general, through peer reviews, technical advice, and quality assurance;
• Advise government counterparts on technical matters associated with transport projects, including assessment of investment and policy options, and measures to strengthen regulatory and institutional arrangements;
• Supervise the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure quality and consistency with the World Bank standards;
• Provide information and analyses for the development of policies, strategies and innovative approaches to further development in the transport sector including issues of transport network development, road asset management, maritime and aviation transport systems, and multimodal logistics, in the context of sustainable economic development and poverty reduction.
• Conduct economic and sector work such as the identification and analysis of transport sector development trends, economic analysis for regional and country specific sector studies and ASAs, and project-specific economic analyses.
• Participate in cross-sectoral teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Frameworks, public expenditures reviews, sectoral studies, and research and policy development activities on the topics/sections pertaining to transport, urban development, trade and competitiveness, and agriculture sectors;
• Support the World Bank-wide professional community of staff engaged in the transport practice by participating in a selected number of thematic technical groups (Global Solutions Groups or Communities of Practice) and drafting of technical notes, and supporting cutting-edge work in collaboration with other global practices to enhance knowledge creation and dissemination, 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; and
• Represent the World Bank as designated by the Practice Manager, the Country Director or the Regional Director at public events relevant to the sector.

Selection Criteria

Technical Competencies

The position requires candidates with expertise and practical experience in economics, infrastructure planning, sector policy, combined with appreciation and awareness of the challenges/difficulties of working in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Specialist knowledge of a particular infrastructure or transport thematic focus (such as urban mobility or climate resilience) would be an additional asset, while experience in working in developing countries is essential.
Candidates for the position will be selected based on the following considerations:
• Master’s degree or higher in transport/infrastructure economics, planning, public policy, finance or other related disciplines;
• Minimum 5 years proven experience in the transport sector or in a related infrastructure field (either with a government’s transport authority, contractor(s), design or supervision consultant(s), or development institutions), with demonstrated ability to work on: (a) infrastructure economics or planning; (b) civil works contract management and execution; (c) procurement of civil works and consultancy contracts; (d) sustainable transport infrastructure asset management; and (e) economic, social, and environmental impact of infrastructure investments;
• Experience of working with programs financed by other development partners;
• Work experience in developing countries, with experience in more than one of the World Bank’s regions and/or in fragile and island states as an asset;
• Experience in analytical work, such as on international and national transport policy, strategy, institutions and regulation as they relate to the transport sector;
• Knowledge of key developments in related sectors and on cross-cutting issues affecting the performance of the transport sector, such as private sector engagement, environmental and social impacts including gender-based violence, road safety, operational health and safety issues, and climate change;
• High degree of self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision;
• Ability to identify and develop potential areas for future World Bank transport sector initiatives based on client consultation and analysis;
• Willingness to travel to and work in challenging country environments;
• Excellent written and communications skills in English; French would be a desirable additional asset.
• WBG Competencies
• 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.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 60

Level of Education: Associate Degree


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