E T Consultant- Transport Consultant

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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

Latin America and the Caribbean (LCR) Region. The WBG serves 30 client countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR). Clients range from large rapidly growing sophisticated middle-income clients to IDA countries to small Caribbean states to one fragile state. Despite immense resources, dynamic societies, and an average annual per capita income of about $4,000, deep inequalities persist in most LCR countries, with nearly a quarter of the Region’s people living in poverty. The last Bank’s strategy for LCR focused on three pillars: (a) supporting the foundations for inclusive growth; (b) investing in human capital and protecting the poor; and (c) building resilience. In the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic, this strategy will need to be adjusted to better support the countries deal with a health crisis without precedents and an economic crisis not seen since modern statistical records started in 1900. Yet, the basic elements of the strategy: accelerating growth (following a projected GDP contraction in 2020 of 7.2%), investing in human capital, including in health (in the most affected region by COVID19), and building resilience appear fully relevant.

Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR) https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/lac  

The Infrastructure Practice Group. Globally, 840 million people live more than 2 kilometers from all-weather roads, 1 billion people lack electricity, and 4 billion people lack Internet access. Access to basic infrastructure services is critical for creating economic opportunities for the poor. The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies.

The World Bank Group helps developing countries build smart infrastructure that supports inclusive and sustainable growth, expands markets, creates job opportunities, promotes competition, and contributes to a cleaner future. We help countries address their unique infrastructure needs by working with the public and private sectors. Infrastructure improves lives by connecting people to opportunity. For more information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/infrastructure

In Latin America and the Caribbean Region, the Infrastructure Department (ILCDR) is responsible for delivery of the transport and energy programs in the LCR region and it comprises a Transport unit (ILCT1) headed by a Transport Practice Manager and an Energy unit (ILCE1) headed by a second Practice Manager (PM) as well as a small front office. 

The LCR Transport Unit (ILCT1) Portfolio in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The LCR Transport Unit (ILCT1) has an active portfolio in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay with 4 lending operations with total commitments of about US$1.35 billion and 5 ongoing Analytical and Advisory Activities (ASA). The current lending portfolio is evenly split between inter-urban and rural roads projects (50% by number) and urban transport operations (50% by number)

The ILCT1 unit is looking to recruit an extended time consultant with a solid track record in policy dialogue, planning, asset management, financing and implementing operations in the transport sector. The specialist should have expertise in the design and implementation of urban mobility, roads/highways, railways, waterways/ports and/or regional/logistic corridors projects and knowledge of transport services, governance frameworks in transport, with good understanding of climate change (decarbonization, resilience), road safety, social and health impacts, and gender issues in transport. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Specialist will be part of a team working in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay responsible for: (i) supporting the implementation of the transport portfolio, which includes projects on urban and interurban transport; (ii) supporting the technical dialogue (advisory and analytics) in the transport sector with the national authorities and other stakeholders in the countries; (iii) supporting the identification of new opportunities and the preparation of new projects; (iv) supporting policy/institutional reforms and mainstreaming key initiatives on road safety, gender, active mobility, digitalization, green transport infrastructure, decarbonization and services, and the incorporation of the private sector in the transport sector; (v) developing analytical and advisory work and knowledge activities in close collaboration with other Global Practices, leveraging on best practices, international experiences, and innovative tools and data analytics; and (vi) in all above activities, contribute to maximizing private sector participation/financing by partnering with IFC/MIGA/WB IPG.

The specific duties will include project preparation, supervision, and contribution to analytical studies consistent with the World Bank’s sector strategies, with a particular focus on:

– Supporting Task Team Leaders the day-to-day implementation of active projects in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, including lending and non-lending operations.

– Supporting the identification and development of a pipeline of projects and programs in LC7 countries.

– Advising the national government counterparts on technical matters associated with transport projects, including on institutional strengthening activities, results framework, technical designs and specifications, compliance with environmental and social policies, procurement, operational health and safety, etc.

– Providing support to improve the quality of transport projects in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, through document reviews, technical advice, and quality assurance.

– Providing input to the development of sector strategies and new business development areas, with a focus in areas related to transport decarbonization, resilience, data and modelling for transport.

– Participating in cross-sectoral teams responsible for preparation of policy notes, Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Strategies, CCDRs, public expenditures reviews, sectoral studies, and research and policy development activities on the topics/sections pertaining to the transport sector in LC7 countries.

– Preparing trust fund and other funding applications to support lending and non-lending activities.

– Preparing Terms of Reference for major consultants financed under Bank-executed Trust Fund and leading the procurement of consultants.

– Supervising the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure quality and consistency with Bank standards.

– Staying abreast of recent developments in the transport sector locally and 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.

Selection Criteria

* At least 5 years of professional experience in the transport sector.

* Advanced (at least Master’s) degree in relevant discipline such as transport planning, engineering, or economics.

* Demonstrated and practical experience in assisting the design and implementation of transport infrastructure projects, in areas such rural roads, road asset management, urban transport, as well as in specific topics such as decarbonization, adaptation, PPPs in transport, transport engineering design, transport modelling, reviewing technical/engineering designs and cost estimation, contract management, supervision of projects, building financial/economic models for transport projects, including GHG and local pollutant emission estimations, and infrastructure resiliency considerations.

* Demonstrated experience on strategic planning for transport projects, including urban and interurban projects.

* Ability to integrate technical, institutional/governance, and financial elements in formulating or assessing a realistic policy reform strategy and conducting policy dialogue.

* Experience in analytical work, such as on transport policy, strategy, institutions/governance, and regulation as they relate to the transport sector.

* High degree of dynamism and 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.

* Excellent written and communications skills in Spanish and English.

Transport GP Technical Competency Requirement

– 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.

– Transport Policy, Strategy, and Institutions – Deep experience with transport policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.

– 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 – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.

– Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.

– Knowledge, 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.

– Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.

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