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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, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, and two IDA countries, Yemen and Djibouti. Hence the range of needs for advice, support and cross-fertilization of experiences is wide and challenging.
The MNA Urban, Resilience and Land Unit (SMNUR) consists of both headquarters and field-based staff in eight country offices (Amman, Tunis, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Rabat, Riyadh and Jerusalem). The portfolio comprises a diverse set of projects under supervision and has an active lending pipeline which is poised for further growth. The MNA Urban, Resilience and Land Unit (SMNUR) is led by a Practice Manager based in the Beirut country office, in Lebanon, and serves the whole MNA Region.
The SMNUR team works across a complex institutional environment, in partnership with many different units within the Bank given the cross-cutting nature of urban, DRM, land, and resilience issues. The span of work of SMNUR extends to all active clients in the region, and across a variety of financial and technical assistance support. This includes IBRD/ IDA financial and technical assistance to client countries, as well as the provision of Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) from the Bank.
The thematic work of the SMNUR unit cover an active portfolio and a growing pipeline for lending, and a large RAS and TF program. The portfolio responds to the demands articulated by the MNA strategy and covers a range of urban and land programs and a growing risk management and resilient recovery agenda, given the vulnerability of most of MNA countries to a wide range of risks, including disasters, climate change, and most prominently, conflict.
The World Bank’s urban portfolio in Egypt includes a diverse range of projects and analytical work and policy dialogue. The Upper Egypt Local Development Program for Results aims at improving the business environment for private sector development and strengthening the capacity of local government to deliver quality infrastructure and services in selected governorates in Upper Egypt. The World Bank is also providing technical support to the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities and the New Urban Community Authority, focusing on smart and sustainable new cities. This Technical support aims at enhancing the abilities of new cities to advance their asset management capabilities, improve property registration and land administration, and enhance cities own source revenues and spatial data. The World Bank is also supporting policy dialogue and analytical work focusing on decentralization and local governance, land administration and property registration, smart city and urban resilience and climate change.
The MNA Urban, Resilience and Land Unit (SMNUR) wishes to hire a local extended-term consultant (ETC) with local development experience to provide analytical, technical and operational support to projects in Egypt. The ETC will support the SMNUR program in Egypt and support the design and implementation of key activities, including analytical advisory services and lending operations. The work program will mainly be focused on activities supporting performance-based grants, urban/municipal infrastructure and service delivery, Local Asset Management, Capital Investment Planning, Urban development and Regeneration, Spatial Data and empowering local administration. The ETC will be expected to work with a dynamic and changing portfolio. The ETC is also expected to contribute SMNUR inputs to the work of other Global Practices.
Roles and Responsibilities
The ETC will be a local hire, based in Cairo, Egypt. The ETC will perform the following tasks:
• Contribute to dialogue and provide technical inputs on specific topics related to Local Asset Management, Capital Investment Planning, Urban Development and Regeneration, and Spatial Data, in support of TTLs.
• Participate in task teams to develop and carry out analytical activities in urban municipal development in Egypt.
• Contribute to documenting best practices and supervising the production of guides that aim at scaling up best practices. This includes guides on Capital Investment Planning, Asset Management, and Urban Regeneration;
• Provide technical, institutional and program implementation support to counterparts;
• Support TTLs in initiating and setting up the implementation strategy for recently active programs/Projects;
• Support the development of knowledge products/training activities to improve best practices in the urban, resilience and land areas both within and outside the Bank; and
• Contribute to knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities with key clients.
• Master’s Degree in Urban Development, Urban Planning, political sciences, public policy, or other relevant discipline.
• A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in local development sector in the Egyptian context. Experience working on these issues in low-income areas and laggings regions of Egypt is a plus.
• Demonstrated knowledge and specialized skills required in at least one area of local development areas of focus (local asset management, capital investment planning, urban development and regeneration, and spatial data) and key policy, regulatory, and development issues in that space.
• Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and an ability to communicate both verbally and in written form and liaise effectively with clients, counterparts, and colleagues.
• Excellent organizational and project planning and management skills.
• Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary teams and demonstrated diplomatic skills and cultural awareness.
• Fluency in English (spoken and written) and Arabic (spoken and written).
• Knowledge of the Egyptian institutional, political and legal context.
The ETC will work closely with the Task Team Leaders in charge of programs in Egypt and report to the Practice Manager SMNUR. The ETC will be based in Cairo, Egypt.
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.