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Urban Development Specialist

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  • Job #: req10629
  • Organization: World Bank
  • Sector: Urban
  • Grade: GF
  • Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
  • Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
  • Location: Gaza,West Bank & Gaza
  • Required Language(s): English
  • Preferred Language(s): Arabic
  • Closing Date: 2/11/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. Visit

The MNA Urban, Resilience and Land Unit (SMNURL) is led by Practice Manager based in Beirut country office, in Lebanon, and serves the whole MNA Region. 

The Urban Development Specialist will be based in Jerusalem, WB&G and will report to the SMNUR Practice Manager. 

Regional/ Country 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, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, 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 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 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 to the GCC countries. 

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 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. 

SMNUR has a substantial and growing lending and analytical program in West Bank and Gaza, including but not limited to local government, municipal performance, local development, disaster risks management and land. Going forward, the West Bank and Gaza urban program will focus mainly on land administration, municipal finance and urban economic development along with the and cities and climate change agenda. SMNUR is seeking an Urban Development Specialist to support and substantially contribute to the development and implementation of the WB&G Urban and Resilience Program.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Participate in/co-lead task teams to develop and carry out Urban, Land and DRM activities in WB&G
  2. Contribute to policy dialogue and just-in-time advisory work in the areas of municipal management and finance, urban development, urban economic development, land administration, DRM and cities and climate change
  3. Help enhance the capacity of national and sub-national clients to respond to urban development challenges through analytical works and lending operations
  4. Develop new business opportunities in the urban development area including cities and climate change, municipal finance, urban economic development and land administration by identifying key priority areas for engagement
  5. Participate in professional development and knowledge sharing activities in the urban sector and contribute specific knowledge both within the assigned countries and in the Bank
  6. Working with the Global Practice, help develop knowledge products/training activities to improve best practices in the urban sector both within and outside the Bank
  7. Generate 'think pieces' and 'best practice' papers; handles complex technical, institutional and program implementation issues in the sectors; lead the development of proposals
  8. Contribute to dialogue and provide technical inputs for the preparation of country strategy documentsWork with consultants and technical specialists in support of policy reviews and recommendations and supervises consultants' reports and outputs
  9. Contribute to knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities with key clients

Selection Criteria

  1. Advanced degree in engineering, urban planning, economics, municipal finance or similar field with at least 5 years' experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Solid experience and expertise in local government sector, municipal services and urban development, municipal finance, land administration and cities and climate change.
  3. Experience in initiating and implementing urban and municipal services programs with development impact.
  4. Extensive experience in multi-donors funded programs and engagement in FCV context.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. Ability to anticipate needs and requests in the field and conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of the government, other stakeholders and bilateral and multilateral development partners.
  7. Strong written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated ability of making effective presentations to diverse audience.
  8. Excellent command of English, Arabic is desirable.


Technology and systems knowledge 

  1. Has advanced knowledge of, and keeps up to date with systems, technology and databases relevant to functional area of assigned responsibilities. 
  2. Demonstrates initiative and pro activity in learning and/or supporting implementation of emerging technology applications and systems relevant to effective work of the unit.

Project and task management

  1. Displays good project management skills. 
  2. Exhibits good understanding of unit's priorities; can proactively negotiate with stakeholders and adjust own deliverables upon changing and competing priorities, remaining flexible and effective with a clear understanding of objectives to be achieved. 
  3. Can organize, coordinate, and make priorities-based adjustments to work schedule of internal clients (e.g. manager), if the tasks fall in the area of assigned responsibility. 
  4. Exhibits and promotes ownership and accountability of results and quality-oriented delivery, proactively anticipates and approaches issues. 
  5. Demonstrates innovation and creativity, promotes process simplification and effectiveness. 
  6. Able to mentor less experienced staff in task and time management.

Institutional policies, processes, and procedures

  1. Displays an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the institutional vision, strategy, and priorities and how they affect unit's products and programs and interaction with clients in relevant functional area. 
  2. Able to act as an expert on relevant administrative and policy guidelines, procedures and practices, demonstrates up-to-date knowledge of a diverse range of products and/or services in the relevant functional area of assigned responsibilities; can independently interpret relevant policy application and guide others in complex situations within assigned area of functional responsibility.

Versatility and adaptability

  1. Able to anticipate change in the business environment and accurately assess the need for new skills and knowledge. 
  2. Able to facilitate and catalyze change where applicable. 
  3. Demonstrates continued learning attitude, shows initiative in accepting new challenges and meeting critical needs within the unit/department/VPU. 
  4. Encourages and supports others in their learning and change management efforts.

Deliver Results for Clients

  1. Demonstrates initiative, independence and autonomy in addressing client needs in changing business contexts and environments. 
  2. Has knowledge of department strategy, vision, and goals and can link them to those of the larger organization. 
  3. Allocates and prioritizes resources according to areas of most urgent need and greatest impact for the client.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries

  1. Adopts a collaborative approach to improve overall effectiveness outside one's department and displays an open, helpful attitude toward others. 
  2. Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. 
  3. Demonstrates understanding of and acts to incorporate multiple perspectives. 
  4. Frames thinking/actions with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.

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