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The Infrastructure Practice Group
Globally, 840 million people live more than 2 kilometers from all-weather roads, 1 billion people lack electricity, and 4 billion people lack Internet access. Access to basic infrastructure services is critical for creating economic opportunities for the poor. The Infrastructure Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging
The World Bank Group helps developing countries build smart infrastructure that supports inclusive and sustainable growth, expands markets, creates job opportunities, promotes competition, and contributes to a cleaner future. We help countries address their unique infrastructure needs by working with the public and private sectors. Infrastructure improves lives by connecting people to opportunity.
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Digital Development Global Practice
The Digital Development Global Practice (DD) is part of the Bank’s Infrastructure Practice Group.
It plays a critical role in enabling the achievements of the Twin goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Digital technologies are transforming firms, governments and people’s lives; and with the digital economy growing at a rate significantly higher than that of the global economy, it offers emerging economies a unique opportunity to leapfrog traditional paths for development through digital solutions.
Collaborating across technical, geographic, and institutional boundaries, the DD team helps design and deliver ICT-enhanced solutions to a diverse range of clients. The team supports clients (i) through advisory assistance to establish policy and regulatory environments that allow the widespread use of technology and create a trust environment; (ii) lending operations by building infrastructure to connect the unconnected, or enabling digital government shared platforms (cloud, digital, identification, etc.).
The World Bank’s DD Global Practice is led by a Director supported by five Practice Managers with specific regional and global responsibilities. The DD South Asia Unit is responsible for DD activities and portfolio in the South Asia, including lending, supervision and analytical work.
The DD South Asia Unit is looking for a Sr. DD Specialist to be based in New Delhi. English is essential for this position. The candidate will demonstrate strong sector knowledge, combined with experience of client engagement on digital economy/digital government development globally, and preferably in more than one Region.
The Sr. DD Specialist will be based in New Delhi and will report to the Practice Manager, and work closely with the Country Director and Infrastructure Practice Group Program Leader based in India.
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Duties and responsibilities
The Sr. DD Specialist will support the Digital Development Global Practice’s activities in India and the South Asia region, including lending operations, policy dialogue and advisory activities, and analytical and knowledge exchange work. The Sr. DD Specialist will also support other global practices looking to maximize the impact of digital development across economic and social sectors.
Lending operations, policy dialogue, and advisory work
- Lead in policy dialogue and client engagement on digital development in India, in collaboration with colleagues in Digital Development and other practice groups as relevant.
- Lead in the design, preparation and supervision of World Bank Group-financed digital development related programs—which may be a combination of investment, policy-based or technical assistance operations—supporting e-/digital government, shared platforms and integrated digital solutions for investments and projects, and the digital economy ecosystem.
- Advise clients on strategies, best practices, and design of programs to develop the foundations of their digital economies through regulatory/policy reforms, investments in digital infrastructures, platforms and services, and promoting development of digital skills and innovation.
- Lead or participate in missions and project supervision in the sector as a technical expert; interacting with clients at the policy and senior management levels, collaborating with sector agencies and donors.
Analytical and knowledge exchange work
- Generate 'think pieces' and 'best practice' papers; organize and deliver knowledge events and programs to boost knowledge sharing and exchange between India and the world of various digital development topics; produce major/complex reports, including preparing and supervising publication of best practice notes and reports on policy and regulation, and on technology and business innovations in the digital economy sector.
- Engage and build strong networks with international organizations, thinktanks, academic institutions, and private companies in India with whom the World Bank can collaborate and bring value to client developments.
- Represent the World Bank and the Digital Development Global Practice at digital development related fora and events, as well as liaison in the above areas with key external partners.
- Develop—with colleagues working in other sectors (including social protection, agriculture, health, education, energy, financial services, transport, etc.)—innovative and practical approaches to leverage digital technologies to improve service delivery and efficiency in the respective sectors and to stimulate digital innovation, entrepreneurship and investment in those sectors by private sector actors.
- Advise colleagues on technical matters related to digital applications in their sectors.
- Master's degree in telecommunications, engineering, computer science, law, economics, public policy or related field with a minimum of 8 years of experience in ICT / Digital Economy policy and regulation and/or ICT / Digital Economy project design and implementation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated track record of understanding and contributing to the creation and implementation of digital policies, strategies, institutions, and infrastructure needed to support socio-economic development, including digital public goods, including digital ID.
- Ability to deliver on core business development tasks, such as preparing project proposals, drafting project concept notes, understanding, and complying with operational procedures in relation to new business opportunities, including with supervision of senior staff.
- Excellent conceptual and analytical skills, including ability to think strategically and innovatively about the role of digital technologies and digital public goods for socio-economic development and for transformation in other sectors of the economy.
- Strong understanding of digital technology, digitally-enabled business model trends and digital public goods, such as digital ID, that are relevant to socio-economic development in the Asian context and enthusiasm to stay abreast of new innovations.
- Prior work experience in India, in the South Asia region, and good knowledge of digital development issues in the region is a plus.
- Strong client engagement skills, taking responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or project success.
- Excellent written communication skills in English as demonstrated in a proven track record of effectively delivering technical information in a clear, easily understandable and effective manner.
- Excellent presentation skills, using charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists.
- Proven ability to function effectively as a team member of multi-disciplinary teams and resolve conflicts constructively.
- Willingness and ability to travel.
- Proficiency in English is essential.
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