European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

EBRD London

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United Kingdom

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The Principal Water Sector Specialist is responsible for the technical aspects of projects within the water sector contributing to all phases of the investment cycle primarily involved in project preparation and to a much lesser extent project implementation and monitoring. In addition, the Water Sector Specialist will assist in assessing project opportunities, risks and addressing transition impact from an engineering point of view as well as supporting and promoting the integration of sustainable solutions in cities and regions the Bank operates. The role also includes elements of supporting the Bank’s infrastructure strategy. The Principal Water Sector Specialist will distinguish themselves by the depth and complexity of water sector projects to be assessed for the SIG banking teams, as well as the ability to handle diversity of project structures and risks to be analysed with regard to technical innovation brought in particular by private sector clients of the Bank

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Independently carry out, lead and/or supervise technical due diligence in order to appraise technical and commercial viability of projects in preparation.

  • Screen initial project proposals to help inform the OL and Team Director as to whether Bank resources should be committed to develop specific projects providing sound reasoning in that guidance
  • Undertake or supervise technical due diligence in order to objectively appraise the technical and commercial viability of projects in a timely manner focusing on the project’s interconnection, construction and operational arrangements and determining any key risks
  • Apply expert technical knowledge and experience to technical documentation including review of financial models (to ensure adequacy of technical/engineering assumptions)
  • Validate Green Economy Transition benefits
  • Prepare project-related documentation (such as Technical Due Diligence ToRs) including internal Bank documents (CRMs and FRMs etc), where necessary review Loan Agreements and provide technical input in the covenants in accordance with OL agreed priorities
  • Provide technical inputs as required to facilitate securing of donor financing for transactional and non-transactional Technical Cooperation
  • Assist in selection and appointment of outside technical consultants (sign-off on TORs), manage the assignments of outside technical consultants and prepare appraisals at the end of each assignment, and
  • Participate in/lead pre-feasibility site investigations
  • Technically support the development of individual Green City Action Plans
  • Apply Technical Advisory to Projects in Delivery

    • Carry out or supervise project monitoring in order to support the loan disbursement process
    • Actively assist with the pragmatic resolution of project delivery issues (as appropriate)
    • Provide objective, impartial, technical advice to OLs, and
    • Participate in/lead site investigations working with Lenders’ Technical Advisors
  • Offer-up practical and imaginative solutions that facilitate project signing and project delivery whilst maintaining the bank’s integrity.
  • Maintain benchmarks of different technologies to ensure Team has state-of-the-art sector expertise
  • Seek opportunities across sectors and across teams where a more integrated or novel approach could realise better projects
  • Where necessary, carry out or supervise project monitoring in order to support loan disbursement process.
  • Contribute to development of related policies, country and Bank strategies and to the EBRD’s Green Cities initiative.

  • Support the teams in Head Quarters and Regional Offices with relevant sector related marketing activities to identify and scope new operations in the water sector.
  • Provide on the job support/coaching to team colleagues in technical aspects of project screening, scoping, due diligence and monitoring to increase sector related skills and understandings.
  • Advise and assist team procurement specialist on technical aspects of the projects to facilitate project implementation; advise PSD on rationale and transition impact aspects; interact with CSD on carbon mitigation and adaptation aspects of the projects and engage with ESD on environmental and social dimensions.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Degree qualified in a relevant engineering/technical discipline; additional higher degree in a relevant finance, economics or business degree would be beneficial. Ideally chartered engineer status.
  • Proven track record and extensive experience in the wider water sector with a relevant infrastructure utility company or corporate/project finance group or an IFI and/or a technical consultancy firm with experience of advising IFIs in relation to water sector projects, or organisation of similar expertise.
  • Deep know-how in a technical or specialised field built on understanding of theoretical concepts and principles and their organisational context with this knowledge gained through qualification and/or extensive practical experience.
  • Experience of carrying out technical due diligence and monitoring of projects in water resources management, drinking water production and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, bio-resources, blue-green systems, irrigation infrastructure, climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Understand options for supporting low-carbon pathways in the water sector including solutions for improving maturity of operators including digitalisation.
  • Breadth of international experience in the water sector, encompassing network rehabilitation/reinforcement/expansion projects and associated water loss studies and metering, would be considered particularly beneficial.
  • Broader knowledge of public and private sector markets, the regulated business and regulatory environments that influence EBRD’s work in the water sectors.
  • Extensive experience of leading and managing projects to time, cost and quality.
  • Experience in working in cross-cultural teams.
  • Sound understanding of banking/business principles.
  • Strong analytical and technical skills with the ability to interpret technical and financial information and able to analyse and assess project viability.
  • Commercial acumen.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidence in handling internal and external senior stakeholders.
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Language skills from one of the Bank’s countries of operation is desirable.

What is it like to work at the EBRD?

Our agile and innovative approach is what makes life at the EBRD a unique experience! You will be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, and use your talents to make a real difference to people’s lives and help shape the future of the regions we invest in.

The EBRD environment provides you with:

  • Varied, stimulating and engaging work that gives you an opportunity to interact with a wide range of experts in the financial, political, public and private sectors across the regions we invest in;
  • A working culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity;
  • An environment that places sustainability, equality and digital transformation at the heart of what we do.

Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.

Tags: banking, carbon, drinking water, procurement, project implementation, project monitoring, project preparation, technical aspects, technical cooperation, water resources