WORLD BANK CHALLENGING CAREER VACANCY, THURSDAY 3, MARCH 2011

JOB #    110298
JOB TITLE    SENIOR ENERGY SPECIALIST
JOB FAMILY    ENERGY AND MINING
LOCATION    ABUJA, NIGERIA
APPOINTMENT    LOCAL HIRE
CLOSING DATE    04-Mar-2011
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS    English [Essential]
APPOINTMENT TYPE   

BACKGROUND / GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a renewable term appointment.

AFTEG intends to recruit a Senior Energy Specialist for a position based in Abuja, Nigeria to support the in-country activities of the World Bank.  The position reflects the Bank’s growing work program in West Africa, in general, and the increased bank support to the Nigerian Power sector reform, in particular.
The Sustainable Development (SD) Department covers Infrastructure (Transport, Energy, Urban, Water and Sanitation), Rural Development, Environment and Natural Resources Management. This department accounts for a substantial part of World Bank operations in the Africa region.  The Africa region energy program is rapidly growing with several operations under preparation and supervision, complemented by some sector work supporting country policy dialogue.
The focus of the candidate will be in the area of power and gas sector reform, utility investment programming, rural electrification, renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Knowledge of related financial issues/instruments and familiarity with Oil sector issues in Nigeria is desirable. The selected candidate will undertake frequent travel within Nigeria and throughout the Sub-saharan Africa region.

The key issues in the Nigeria Energy Sector include:
•    Significant Supply deficits and unreliable electricity supply negatively impacts competitiveness of existing private sector and deters new business and investment; With about 3,800 MW of available generation supplied through the grid against an estimated demand of 10,000 MW, Nigeria has considerable unmet demand for power forcing a majority of the population and almost all private enterprises to resort to self generation at a high cost to themselves and the economy.
•    Limited Gas supply infrastructure and upstream gas treatment investments reduce the pace of expansion of Nigeria’s gas fired generation capacity.   
•    High technical losses and poor commercial performance reduce the financial viability of the sector and the ability to fund much needed generation capacity expansion and quality of service  improvements.
•    Low access to electricity in rural areas limits economic activities, quality of social services and improvements in quality of life.  Supply shortfalls have meant that only about 40% of the population has access to electricity – around 90 million people continue to live in the dark.
Energy efficiency and Renewable Energy will be important components of plans to diversify away from heavy dependence on domestic gas for power generation and expand access to power in rural areas.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year renewable term

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