Senior Urban Development Specialist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Closing date: Monday, 22 April 2019

Senior Urban Development Specialist

Job #: req2451

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Urban

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 2 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Arabic

Closing Date: 4/22/2019 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with more than 16,000 staff located globally.

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and - as of July 1, 2014 - has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients. SOCIAL, URBAN, RURAL AND RESILIENCE GLOBAL PRACTICE (GSURR) The World Bank's Global Practice for Social, Urban Rural and Resilience (GSURR) aims to support the development of sustainable communities through a wide range of activities with governments, including technical assistance, lending and advisory services delivered globally by over 600 professionals for areas including: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) addressing the social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups through accountable institutions, and ensuring compliance with social safeguards; (iii) enhancing urban and rural development through supporting and managing the urban-rural transition, assisting local development through developing land tenure, management and information systems; and (iv) assisting in disaster risk management through issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood management, urban drainage, coastal management, and retrofitting of infrastructure), disaster preparedness (including hydromet services, early warning systems, and civil defense), risk financing (including CAT-DDO), and resilient reconstruction (including post-disaster damage and loss assessment). REGIONAL/COUNTRY/GLOBAL UNIT CONTEXT The Middle East and North Africa Region (MNA) at the World Bank serves 21 client countries with a total population of about 335 million. Clients range from upper middle income countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, which are more interested in the Bank's Reimbursable Technical Assistance, analytical and advisory services; to IBRD middle income countries such as Egypt, Iraq and Morocco, and two IDA countries, Yemen and Djibouti where more traditional Bank services are required. Hence the range of needs for advice, support and cross-fertilization of experiences is wide and challenging. The MNA Social, Urban and Disaster Risk Management Unit (MNA SUR) consists of 45 team members including in eight country offices (Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq). The portfolio comprises a diverse set of projects under supervision and has an active lending pipeline which is poised for further growth. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the MNA Region is undergoing radical transformations with impacts throughout the Region. Given the ongoing fragility and conflict in the region, the World Bank Group has prepared a new regional strategy for the Middle East and North Africa. Instead of taking conflict and violence as given and working around it, this new strategy, entitled - "Economic and Social Inclusion for Peace and Stability in the Middle East and North Africa: A New Strategy for the World Bank Group" - puts the goal of promoting peace and social stability in the MENA region at its center. The strategy is built around four pillars ("the 4 R's") that respond to both the underlying causes of conflict and violence as well as the urgent consequences though development interventions that foster inclusion and shared prosperity. The four pillars of the strategy are as follows: Renewing the social contract - to generate a new development model that is built on greater citizen trust; more effective protection of the poor and vulnerable; inclusive and accountable service delivery; and a stronger private sector that can create jobs and opportunities for MENA's youth; Regional cooperation - particularly around regional public goods and sectors such as education, water, and energy so as to foster greater trust and collaboration across MENA countries; Resilience - to refugee and migration shocks by promoting the welfare of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and host communities by focusing on building trust and building their assets; and Reconstruction and recovery - through a dynamic approach that brings in external partners, leverages large scale financing, and move beyond humanitarian response to longer-term development wherever and whenever conflict subsides. In implementing this strategy, the WBG will rely heavily on both deepening and expanding partnerships with national, regional, and global actors. On the basis of the above, the MNA SUR Team works across a complex institutional environment, in partnership with many different units within the Bank given the cross-cutting nature of social issues, and task managing Economic Sector Works (ESWs), technical assistance programs and projects that focus on youth, social accountability, local governance, as well as directly supporting specific Bank Operations on social development and social safeguard aspects. The GCC Country Unit facilitates the provision of Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) from the Bank to the GCC countries. At the regional level, the GCC Unit provides advisory services to the GCC Secretariat General on cross-country issues. It also serves as the World Bank's primary coordination channel for joint work and partnerships with regional development organizations such as the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Islamic Development Bank, the Saudi Fund for Development, and others. RAS to the GCC countries began over thirty years ago with advisory services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The current RAS activities in KSA falls under the Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) between the Saudi Government and the Bank. Over time RAS has expanded to cover the other GCC countries as well. RAS activities under the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Practice fall under three broad themes: (i) cultural heritage and sustainable tourism; (ii) urban management (including land, planning, finance, monitoring and evaluation); and (iii) urban services including solid waste. The position would be based in Riyadh and the selected candidate would focus on activities in KSA. Duties and Accountabilities Leads in the execution of the activities under at least one of the three broad thematic areas: (i) cultural heritage and sustainable tourism; (ii) urban management (including land, planning, finance, monitoring and evaluation); and (iii) urban services including solid waste.

Plays key role in implementation of sector strategy; advises counterparts and colleagues on technical matters, supervises the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure consistency and conformity to Bank standards; evaluates studies and sector-related project documentation.

Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues.

Generates 'think pieces' and 'best practice' papers; handles complex technical, institutional and program implementation issues in the sectors; leads the development of proposals; leads the interface with member governments and agencies in resolving implementation issues.

Contributes to sector policy; makes recommendations on strategies and policy options for member governments.

Leads missions and supervises major projects in the sector as a technical expert; interacts with clients at the policy level, organizes and manages policy development and evaluation papers in collaboration with sector agencies and donors.

Produces major/complex reports.

Works independently under general direction of unit manager, and guides and mentors more junior staff.

Works with consultants and technical specialists in support of policy reviews and recommendations, and supervises consultants' reports and outputs.

Contributes to knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities with key clients.

Selection Criteria

  • Ph.D. or Masters degree in urban planning, environmental engineering or/and management, urban development, tourism or other relevant discipline with at least 8 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated project/program management skills and aptitude to lead teams in the preparation and implementation of projects
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and analysis on complex, but well-defined tasks, articulating issues and recommending sound solutions to achieve results.
  • International experience - experience with the GCC countries preferred.
  • Experience in working with and leading cross-sectoral teams
  • Strong track record on delivering high quality products on time and efficiently.
  • Experience in policy dialogue in complex urban issues such as urban, regional and territorial development, urban service delivery, cultural heritage and urban resilience.
  • Proven ability to build client relationships involving multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in English. Proficiency of Arabic is not required but preferred. Ability to speak other World Bank working languages would be an advantage.

Required Competencies:

Integrative Skills

Is able to link all relevant cross-sectoral areas to own work, and understands how they are interrelated. Draws on diverse, cross-sectoral teams to enhance the rigor of advice on cross-cutting and sectoral issues. For operations roles, demonstrates ability to undertake cross-sectoral work, in lending and non-lending operations.

Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena

Has ability to translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies. Interacts with clients at the policy level, and organizes and manages policy development initiatives in collaboration with other development agencies and donors. Ensures consistency and conformity to Bank standards.

Policy Dialogue Skills

Has a track record of conducting effective policy dialogue with country counterparts; communicates and defends difficult issues and positions to senior bank management and government officials.

Urban Policy, Strategy, and Institutions

Has a solid understanding of the kinds of urban policies, strategies, and institutions needed to support development and for the success of the project. Knows the specific urban policies and strategies of the client, and can assess their impact on the project. Knows the local laws and regulations impacting development. Can credibly and effectively engage with a range of urban institutions and local government to support project outcomes.

Urban Services Delivery

Applies a deep and broad understanding of urban services delivery to operations and analytical work. Expertise can be relied on by clients and colleagues to make decisions. Can draw conclusions and make key recommendations to takes action based on results of analyses. Can help a country team formulate their urban services delivery assistance strategy.

Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others.Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client.Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront.Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action.

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Deadline/closing date: 
Monday, April 22, 2019