The Role of the World Bank Group in Water
Water resources are under unprecedented and increasing pressures, driven by more significant climate variability, population and economic growth, land use changes, and declining quantities and qualities of both ground and surface waters. With cross-cutting impacts on agriculture, education, energy, health, gender equity, and livelihood, water is an essential resource for all life on the planet and is at the center of economic and social development. Climate change expresses itself through water, and sound water management lies at the heart of the resilience agenda. Successful water management requires accurate knowledge of the resource available and an assessment of competing demands for its usage. Making the best use of available supplies requires complex and sensitive economic, environmental, and socio-political trade-offs. Planning for a more uncertain and more constrained water environment in the future only makes the situation more complex.
The world will not be able to meet the significant development challenges of the 21st century - human development, livable cities, climate change, food security, energy security, and universal access to services unless we ensure a water-secure world for all. To achieve this goal, the Global Practice will need to work on both water resource management and service delivery issues but in a context where we focus on water in the context of the broader economy.
Reflecting its leadership in the global water agenda, the Global Water Practice also sustains and manages several external partnerships. Also, the Water Practice has launched the Global Water Security and Sanitation Program (GWSP), which will provide support across the full water cycle agenda and with a consolidated results framework fully integrated with all other operational engagements of the Water Practice.
The Water Global Practice in MENA
Within the MENA Region, the hiring unit is responsible for ensuring the translation of the World Bank s MENA Regional Strategy and the Water Global Practice s Water Security Strategy into practical results. Specifically, the unit supports the definition and achievement of these results through analytical, policy, and investment activities.
The hiring unit has an active portfolio of projects in Morocco and Tunisia under preparation and implementation, focusing on water supply, sanitation, irrigation, and water resources management. The portfolio requires intensive engagement with government counterparts and other stakeholders to ensure local ownership, capacity, and sustained focus on implementation for results. As a result, the World Bank is locally recruiting one Water Resources Specialist based in Rabat, Morocco, or Tunis, Tunisia.
DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
The candidate will be expected to work on complex projects/issues under the leadership of senior colleagues. The successful candidate will support the lending and advisory services and analytics activities in the areas of water supply, sanitation, water resource management, irrigation, and climate resilience/adaptation in Morocco and Tunisia, with the following duties:
Support Bank Task Teams and participate in projects providing technical support in the identification, preparation, and supervision of projects and the preparation and implementation of analytical and advisory activities including supporting the formulation of background documents, monitoring the progress of projects, and undertaking regular field visits. As appropriate, provide similar operational and analytical services in other countries where the Bank operates.
Provide technical support to the task teams for knowledge reports in Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) activities for the Water Global Practice.
Monitor and assess the implementation of sector portfolio, including on water supply, sanitation, water resource management, and irrigation
Coordinate water-related activities with other Global Practices and Country Management Units
Maintain liaison and dialogue with development partners, research institutions, government counterpart, non-Government organizations, the private sector, and other sector-related institutions.
Under the direction of senior colleagues, supervise the appointment and work of short-term consultants and firms ensuring consistency and conformity to Bank standards; and evaluate studies and sector-related project documentation.
Monitor and provide advisory support for the adherence to the World Bank s operational policies and quality requirements in technical and fiduciary due diligence.
There is growing client demand for World Bank support as the agenda shifts to a focus on reform for WSS service delivery at scale, integrated water resources management and irrigation. The GP has adopted a strategy to better leverage international and national sector specialists through increased field presence, where they work on a variety of programs ranging from policy dialogue and relationships with the clients to business development, project preparation, and implementation, and technical and advisory support to clients.
The preferred candidate should meet the following criteria:
• A Master s level degree in a field relevant to water supply, sanitation, water resources/environmental management, irrigation, or other related areas
• At least seven years of work experience in water supply, sanitation, water resources/environmental management, or irrigation sector. This experience may include work in governments, academia, private companies, consulting firms, and multilateral institutions
• Recognized technical, operational and policy-oriented expertise
• Good understanding of policy, institutional, regulatory and management frameworks for water supply, sanitation, water resources/environmental management, irrigation for Morocco and Tunisia
• Ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders
• Excellent team working skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in French [essential] and English [essential]
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