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Senior Energy Economist

World Bank

Senior Energy Economist

Job #: req25114
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Energy
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English, French
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 12/8/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges.

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:

Energy and Extractives Global Practice

Energy is at the heart of development. Energy makes possible the investments, innovations and new industries that are the engines of jobs, inclusive growth and shared prosperity for entire economies. Universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable and modern energy Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7is essential to reach other SDGs and is at the center of efforts to tackle climate change. For more information:

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region

The MENA Region is Working closely with clients and development partners, we at MENA are helping our clients navigate the uncharted road ahead, redefining decades of frustrations into productive, sustainable opportunities.

The Energy unit for MENA (IMNE1) comprises more than 20 staff and manages a diverse portfolio of active projects across 18 client countries, and numerous knowledge products. We support: (a) reforms to improve energy services and promote the long term financial sustainability of the energy sector and utilities through for instance energy subsidy reforms, debt optimization, and energy market and state own enterprises reforms; (b) the enhancement of service delivery including the development of national and regional electricity markets, expanding regional connectivity as well as reliable transmission and distribution systems, (c) the diversification of generation mix, including the scale-up of renewable energy and energy efficiency investments; and (d) energy transition and decarbonization. The Unit has a strong engagement in development policy operations in the MNA region, where energy and related reforms are key components/pillars of the economic reform agenda and works closely with other development partners active in the region, including European and Arab Funds. The MNA Energy program is also a key contributor to the MNA regions efforts toward Private Capital Mobilization (PCM) with the objective to help countries maximize their development resources by drawing on private financing and sustainable private sector solutions.

Roles and Responsibilities

The MENA Energy Unit (IMNE1) seeks to recruit a Senior Energy Economist based in Washington, DC, USA, to develop and lead energy analytical work, policy dialogue, and investment operations primarily in MENA French speaking countries (Morocco and Tunisia). The Senior Energy Economist would work on projects and analytics supporting electric utility and market reforms, subsidy reforms, electricity transmission, renewable energy development, regional connectivity and more generally the clean energy transition in these countries and across the region. The selected Senior Energy Economist will also lead with the team efforts to strengthen coordination of country and regional energy programs with development partners and international financing institutions.

The selected Senior Energy Economist will report to the Practice Manager of the MENA Energy Unit (IMNE1) and will work, as an integral part of the North Africa country energy teams as well as alongside a group of professionals based across the MNA region, and in Washington DC.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD or Masters degree level primarily in economics or other relevant areas such as energy policy and planning, engineering and business administration, with a minimum of 8 years of substantial energy experience in positions of growing complexity and responsibility.
  • Proven experience in leading/co-leading preparation and implementation of complex energy operations and innovative energy analytics which have impacted energy policy dialogues and energy reform paths.
  • Demonstrated ability in playing a key role in leading discussions with government and energy stakeholders at the highest policy levels in the area of energy and related interlinkages.
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of energy economics and policies, renewable energy, technologies or strategies, private sector participation, energy utility and market reforms; and energy transition.
  • Experience working on World Bank or other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) lending and non-lending operations.
  • Proven experience working across practices and disciplinary boundaries as well as with multiple development partners to build collaborative alliances for results.
  • High level of motivation, ability to work independently, taking initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work closely with teams and build strong. partnerships with clients, different stakeholders and colleagues across units and departments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French and ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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