IDB2601 - Global Lead Transport Specialist

Business Unit: Country Programs Complex
Division: Not Applicable
Department: Economic & Social Infrastructure
Country: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
Closing date: 01-Jul-2021

Job Purpose:

To lead the Connectivity and Transport unit. Advise management and staff on strategy and long-range interventions on portfolio, policy, operations and strategic partnerships. To conceive, develop and promote innovations in Bank Policy, operational procedures, project/program design in organization and management of operations in connectivity and transport in IsDB member countries. To provide advisory services and technical guidance in matter related to Transportation and connectivity. Builds, collaborates, engages with and nurtures a network of developers with focus on resource mobilization and to ensure that IsDB follows best practices in project management and in development & implementation of sector strategy.


Key Accountabilities:

Strategic & Operational Planning  

  • Lead annual work program and budget preparation activities of the unit. 
  • Participate and contribute to the preparation of key strategy papers, new programs and knowledge product development to ensure the unit is contributing to the overall goal of the bank. Development of products for resource mobilization. 
  • Lead the analytical/economic and sector work (ESW) as well as sector dialogue during Member Country Partnership Strategy (MCPS) and programming missions.
  • Provide technical input and lead the development, review and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the Connectivity and Transport Unit and Core Sector Indicators (CSI) in IsDB financed projects in Member Countries to ensure the highest level of efficiency is achieved. 

Sector Portfolio Management        

  • Ensure quality throughout project lifecycle of IsDB financed projects to ensure 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 project implementation in order to ensure of its successful implementation or take corrective measures if necessary. Lead the preparation of Project completion Reports (PCRs). 
  • Contribute to the Country /sector portfolio reviews exercises.
  • Participate in Regional Network Meetings and prepare cost-benefit, socioeconomic, financial/economic analyses of the Bank’s projects in the Connectivity and Transport sector to ensure the complete understanding of the Connectivity and Transport sector’s environment.

Policies, Processes and Procedures

  • Oversee to the design, review and implementation of the IsDB's policies, procedures and guidelines relating to the transport sector interventions to ensure alignment with local and industry standards. 
  • Ensure compliance with IsDB’s policies and guidelines to ensure quality in the operational work of Connectivity and Transport sector as well as maintaining good working relationships with various clients.

Knowledge Sharing & Innovation

  • Provide technical guidance and insights to team members to ensure all team members are able 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 transport projects and programs to ensure best practices are used and adapted to sector projects and programs.

Reporting & Communication

  • Oversee the preparation of progress reports on transport sector/projects related activities in compliance with the Bank rules and procedures.

Job Requirements:

Academic qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in economics, engineering, economic development studies or related field.  



  • English (mandatory)
  • French (preferred)
  • Arabic (preferred)

Minimum number of years and nature of experience

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in transport, infrastructure development sector or related field, of which 5 years in a multilateral development bank
  • Minimum 3 years in the managerial /supervisory role.

Job specific competencies

  • Advanced knowledge of Islamic Financing Instruments 
  • Advanced Islamic Finance knowledge
  • Ability to Work with different stakeholders
  • Advanced Communication Skills 
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills.



IsDB HQ, Jeddah, KSA