Technical Advisor

Location:
Paris, France
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Technical Advisor

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Application closing date: 1 April 2019 

Technical Assessment and Monitoring Directorate

Group II – A2/A4

Vacancy Notice 04/2019

The Directorate for Technical Assessment and Monitoring (TAM) is responsible for the CEB’s entire technical analytical and support work for projects, throughout all phases of the project cycle, from identification (pre-appraisal), detailed technical preparation (appraisal), implementation and through to completion. In this work, the TAM ensures that the projects financed comply with evolving IFI standards and requirements; this includes issues such as climate change adaptability, development of social safeguards and related aspects. One of TAM’s key responsibilities is to help develop project performance indicators so as to ensure effective measurement of the impact of the Bank’s projects.

TAM is comprised of Technical Advisors, senior experts in their respective sectors: Technical (civil engineering and related), Social/Economic (i.e. health, education, migrant and refugee issues) and Environment (water and sanitation, environments and energy efficiency).

Functions

The incumbent will report to the Director of the Technical Assessment and Monitoring Directorate. Working independently or within a team, as directed, he/she will have the following responsibilities:

  • The appraisal/preparation of new projects and the follow-up of projects under implementation or just completed on a broad range of social infrastructure and environmental protection investments (such as health and education facilities, social housing, flood management schemes, etc.). Aspects to be covered by this work include: definition of overall project scope and objectives as part of an investment programme, review of the existing policy and sector context to ensure appropriate fit and feasibility of the investment, assessment of the institutional framework and design of implementation arrangements to support project implementation, assessment and recommendations regarding technical aspects of construction, project construction cost and financing plan including recommendations to increase cost efficiency, economic, social and environmental impact, identification of technical assistance needs, and indicators to assess the social impact of projects.
  • As part of project appraisal and monitoring, particular attention is to be paid to identifying issues that could affect the timely implementation of the project, in particular with regards to environmental and social risks, and proposing adequate solutions to manage and mitigate these issues while supporting project implementation.
  • Advise the Borrower on sector and project issues, agree on solutions to support project implementation.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of complex construction projects in a variety of sectors as may be necessary and as directed.
  • Provide expertise on CEB sectors of operations; contribute to developing knowledge products based on rigorous data analysis, and to fostering knowledge sharing on projects results within and outside the Bank.
  • Liaise with other specialists, inside and outside the Bank, to develop and promote the use of consistent approaches to the social and environmental impact of CEB investment.
  • Provide general and specific policy advice (both written and oral) as necessary, including through the preparation of Technical and Policy Notes as may be required by the Director.

Profile

Academic Background: The candidate must have a University Degree in Architecture, Civil or Environmental Engineering or Economics, with appropriate recognised accreditation (such as a professional license) where relevant. A strong understanding of project finance and economics, preferably gained through a postgraduate (MBA-type) programme, would be desirable.

Professional skills:

  • Proven relevant hands-on experience –at least eight years – in managing or overseeing the construction and commissioning of public social infrastructure projects (such as health and education facilities, social housing, flood management schemes, etc.) is essential. This experience could have been acquired in the context of a large design and engineering construction firm or consulting firm with strong involvement in these sectors; or a public sector or international organization.
  • Strong, verifiable project management and communication skills are expected.
  • Experience in assessment and management of social and environmental risks and impacts of infrastructure projects, including in-depth knowledge of relevant EU Directives (e.g. on SEA, EIA, Water Framework etc.) and their application in CEB member countries would be considered an advantage.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake significant international travel (30%) in CEB member countries.
  • Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, governments, beneficiaries of projects implemented through financial intermediaries, international organisations.
  • Proven ability to manage independent third-party consultants.
  • Sound analytical skills, capacity to conduct social development analyses, structure ideas, synthesise complex information and translate analytical findings into practical recommendations.
  • Strong writing skills in English.
  • Practical experience gained in the Bank’s target countries would be a plus.

Interpersonal skills:

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and multicultural environments. Strong ability to influence others and to share knowledge and to communicate on social, economic and financial issues effectively and persuasively, both within the CEB and with clients.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, pre-empt and proactively address issues as they emerge on complex projects, and manage a variety of activities concurrently.
  • Results focus (including respect for deadlines).
  • Ability to identify and find solutions to technical, governance and legal issues related to his/her assigned field of competence.

IT skills: Sound knowledge of MS Office applications, including spreadsheets; experience in working with database software would be a plus.

Language skills: Perfect command of written and spoken English, knowledge of French, the other Bank’s official language, would be an asset.

Core competencies:

  • Innovation
  • Adaptability
  • Client Orientation
  • Result Orientation
  • Team Work
  • Communication

Nationality: Citizen of one of the Bank’s member states.

Employment Conditions

1) Contract: the CEB offers a 4-year appointment (including a one-year probationary period) with, under certain conditions, the possibility of renewal.

2) Grade and salary:

  • A2/A4
  • The remuneration package is composed of a tax-free basic salary and applicable benefits.

3) Benefits (determined by the candidate’s personal situation):

  • basic family allowance
  • expatriation
  • dependent child supplement
  • one additional monthly dependent child supplement for a single-parent family
  • supplement for a disabled and dependent parent subject to certain conditions
  • supplements for a disabled or severely disabled child subject to certain conditions
  • education allowance (children) for expatriate staff members
  • installation allowance and reimbursement of travel and removal expenses subject to certain conditions

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