Transport Specialist World Bank jobs islamabad

Job description

The World Bank Group’s Transport and Digital Development Global Practice (T&DD GP) seeks to improve virtual and physical connectivity of developing countries to promote economic and social development. It responds to the needs of developing countries and transition economies for modern and reliable transport and ICT solutions. These needs are growing exponentially under the combined effect of globalization, population growth, urbanization, economic development, and technological progress—making transport and ICT a cornerstone of the global development agenda.


To serve our clients, the T&DD GP offers comprehensive financial and technical assistance solutions. This includes the entire range of financial instruments (loans, zero to low-interest credits, grants, and guarantees), the facilitation of financing through trust fund partnerships with bilateral and multilateral donors, reimbursable advisory services, and comprehensive knowledge offerings. T&I manages an active World Bank transport portfolio of over $40 billion and ICT portfolio of $1.5 billion, making the WB the largest provider of development finance for transport globally.


The Practice is led by a Senior Director and two Directors, supported by nine Regional Practice Managers (PMs) for the delivery of transport operations and analytical and advisory work, two PMs in charge of ICT operations, one PM in charge of knowledge and operational support, one Lead Economist, and five Global Solutions Group Leaders managing knowledge offerings in areas, such as development corridors and regional integration, road asset management and rural accessibility, road safety, urban mobility, and broadband access for all. The T&DD leadership team further includes staff leading the agenda on railway development, air transport, mainstreaming ICT, green transport, and ICT, leveraging the private sector, gender, jobs, and FCV. To execute our work program, T&DD has also established important partnerships inside and outside the WBG, including with other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society.


In the Greater Middle East and North Africa (GMNA) region (MENA, plus Afghanistan and Pakistan CMUs), the World Bank serves more than 20 client countries. Clients range from high-income Gulf Countries with high demand for knowledge services and technical assistance, too fragile and low-income IDA countries such as Yemen, Djibouti or Afghanistan. Areas of particular interest for the transport sector in these regions include urban transport (Bus Rapid Transit systems), regional integration corridors, trade and transit facilitation, logistics, PPPs, ports, railway, air transport, rural transport for agricultural productivity, and road safety. The Bank portfolio is growing in Pakistan with a strong development of the highway sector and urban transport agenda.

Duties & Responsibility:

GTI05 is hiring a Transport Specialist, to join the WB Islamabad country office to assist with transport activities mostly within Pakistan and related to business development, project preparation and supervision as well as knowledge products in the GMNA Transport unit. Activities will mostly include projects, studies and sector work that cover regional integration, logistics, trade facilitation, private sector participation, infrastructure (especially highways) and urban transport. She/He will also contribute to projects and knowledge activities in the T&DD practice and in close collaboration with other Global Practices.


The Transport Specialist will be based in the World Bank’s Islamabad Office on a three-year appointment, renewable. She/He will report to the GMNA Transport Practice Manager. Her/His activities will be identified with the Practice Manager and adjusted based on business needs. She/He is expected to work closely with the Sustainable Development Program Leader and the two Senior Transport Specialists, all three based in Islamabad. She/He will also actively participate in the relevant Country Management Unit (CMU) discussions, particularly on the preparation of Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD) and Comprehensive Partnership Frameworks (CPS), as well as on portfolio reviews. She/He will also liaise and work from other global practices and cross-cutting solutions areas, as relevant, and ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between Government, the World Bank Group, and other international and bilateral organizations involved in transport in Pakistan and beyond.

Selection Criteria

Preferred Education/Experience:

·Postgraduate degree at Masters’ level or higher in preferably in civil/transport engineering or highway engineer; or alternatively transport planning, transport economics or related fields;

·At least 5 years of relevant professional transport experience including knowledge and/or investment project management in highways/transport, for instance, project preparation and supervision, transport sector institutional/policy reforms and/or related technical assistance;

·Strong research and analytical skills in one or more technical areas, including roads/highways, urban transport, transport planning, transport economics, a participation of the private sector and public-private partnerships, climate change, and infrastructure regulatory issues;

·Demonstrated analytical skills as applied to common problems in the transport and other infrastructure sectors;

·Prior experience in project management, operations or procurement and supervision of large road contracts is an added advantage;

·Strong organizational skills, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks and ensure timely completion of tasks under pressure;

·Enthusiasms for and ability to work in teams; strong interpersonal skills;

·Excellent (written and oral) communications skills, including writing reports and presentation in English;

·Computer literacy in basic software for word processing, spreadsheet, and database;

·Field experience in developing countries is a plus.


·Deliver results for clients – Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs;

·Collaborate with Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives;

·Make Smart Decisions – Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward;

·Professional Maturity: Understands others and the reasons for their behavior. Takes the time to clarifying others’ points of view so that progress can be made particularly in situations of stress or conflict. Is never condescending;

·Integrative skills – Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas;

·Infrastructure Policy, Strategy, and Institutions: Has a working knowledge of infrastructure policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations relevant to the project or analytical work;

·Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients;

·Operational Project Management – demonstrates knowledge and understanding of project management tools and methodologies, as well as of Bank instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder communications;

·Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Ability to apply knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.


The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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.

The deadline to apply is 5/30

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