World Bank seeks hydro specialist for growing hydropower program

The World Bank invites applications to serve as a senior hydropower specialist for the bank’s growing hydropower financing program. Responses are due February 28.

The bank noted, after a decade of declining lending, the World Bank Group’s hydropower lending pipeline is now showing renewed strength, with major projects recently approved in Africa and Asia and rehabilitation projects in Eastern Europe.

�Bank approvals for hydropower have risen from US$250 million per year in 2002-2004 to US$500 million per year in 2005-2007 and more than US$800 million in FY 2008,� the bank said. �Forty-four hydropower projects approved since 2003 support almost 9,700 MW of capacity.�

Last year, the World Bank recruited consultants to perform studies aimed at enhancing development benefits of World Bank-financed hydroelectric projects. (HNN 11/27/08) It also recruited consultants to perform hydro rehabilitation case studies to examine success factors, major barriers, and complexities. (HNN 9/8/08)

The bank said it seeks to strengthen its hydropower team with full-time dedicated experts to meet growing demand and opportunity.

The senior hydropower specialist would have responsibilities in operations, hydropower policy and program management, and analytical initiatives. The assignment is for three years.

Applicants should have a master’s degree in a field related to hydropower development or water management and eight to 10 years’ relevant experience.

Information on the invitation may be obtained from the World Bank Internet site, www.worldbank.org/careers, under Employment Opportunities, Professional and Technical Staff Opportunities – Current Vacancies, 082579 Senior Hydropower Specialist. Applications may be submitted via the same Internet links, by February 28.

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