IDB3152 - Lead Global ICT & Digital Development Specialist

Business Unit: Operations- Global Practice & Partnership
Division: Economic Infrastructure
Department: Economic & Social Infrastructure
Country: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
Closing date: 03-Oct-2023

Job Purpose::

To lead the Information, Communications Technology (ICT) aspects. Advise the management and staff on ICT strategy related aspects and long-range interventions on portfolio, policy, operations, and strategic partnerships. To conceive, develop and promote innovations in Bank Policy, operational procedures, projects/programs design in organization and management of operations in ICT sector in IsDB Member Countries. To provide advisory services and technical guidance in matters related to ICT sector. Build, collaborate, engage with nurtures a network of developers with focus on resource mobilization and to ensure that IsDB follows best practices in project management and in development and implementation of ICT sector strategy.

Key Accountabilities::

1- Strategic & Operational Planning:

• Contribute to the development of Annual Work Programs and the preparation of budget for the ICT sector.

• Participate in and contribute to the preparation of key strategy papers, new programs and knowledge product development to ensure the sector is contributing to the achievement of Bank’s strategic goals.

• Lead the Economic and Sector Work (ESW) analysis as well as the ICT Sector Dialogue and contribute to the development of Member Country Partnership Strategies (MCPS).

• Provide technical inputs and lead the development, review and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the ICT sector and Core Sector Indicators (CSI) in IsDB financed projects in the Member Countries to ensure the highest level of efficiency is achieved.

• Provide technical leadership to the ICT team on all strategic matters.

2- Policies, Processes and Procedures:

• Oversee and contribute to the development, review, and implementation of the IsDB's policies, procedures, and guidelines on ICT Sector interventions to ensure alignment with the local and international standards.

• Ensure compliance with IsDB’s policies and guidelines to ensure quality in the operational work of ICT Sector as well as maintaining good working relationships with various stakeholders.

3- Sector Portfolio Management:

• Ensure quality throughout project lifecycle of IsDB financed projects to ensure that all projects abide by the high-quality standards demanded by the Bank through involvement in the projects design stage and review the final projects documentation.

• Monitor sector portfolio implementation in order to ensure its successful implementation or take corrective measures, if necessary, in coordination with Regional Hubs.

• Lead the preparation of Project Completion Reports (PCRs).

• Contribute to the Country /sector portfolio reviews exercises.

• Participate/provide guidance during the project’s formulation and design and participate in all meetings discussing the projects formulation to ensure the proper quality.

4- Knowledge Sharing & Innovation:

• Provide technical guidance and insights to team members to ensure all team members are capable to deliver efficiently.

• Contribute to IsDB knowledge repository by documenting best practices and lessons learned.

• Share knowledge as subject matter expert related to sector issues to enhance a knowledge sharing culture across the Bank that would allow it to create more value.

• Use innovative approaches in conceptualizing, designing, and implementing ICT sector projects and programs to ensure best practices are used and adopted to sector projects and programs.

• Collaborate with other pillars/sectoral teams to ensure dissemination of tailored knowledge and expertise to support project implementation.

• Participate and contribute to regional and international events/forums on ICT to stay abreast with the latest development in the sector.

5- Reporting & Communication:

• Produce and lead preparation of a range of key policy papers, regional studies, operational reports, etc.

• Serve as focal point or spokesperson on technical, policy and operational issues to clients and other external constituencies and expert groups.

• Communicate with various stakeholders for resolution of issues and provide clarification on technical matters as needed.

• Oversee the preparation of periodical reports on sector related activities in compliance with the Bank rules and procedures.

Education, Certification & Experience::

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or ICT related fields.

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in ICT or related field in case of bachelor’s degree, 8 years in case of Master’s and 6 years in case of PhD.

  • Experience working with IFIs/Development Agencies/Multilateral Development Banks preferred.

  • Minimum 3 years of Managerial / Supervisory experience.

Skills & Necessary Knowledge::

  • Knowledge of ICT trends in MCs and the developing world.

  • Project Management skills.

  • Analytical skills (sector analysis, diagnosis studies and country context analysis).

  • Advanced Communication Skills.

  • Planning and organizing skills.

  • Relationship building.


  • English is Mandatory

  • Arabic is Preferred

  • French is Preferred