The circular economy can support COVID-19 response and build resilience

eC2: Economist for Water Security Analytical Studies

Deadline:  27-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The Water Security Diagnostics (WSD) team under the Water Global Practice is looking for an economist expert on water security assessment on a short-term consultancy basis. The position will entail providing support to the global team, in addition to teams working on WSD in countries and regions. Solid expertise in the field of water economics is required, particularly in developing contexts and including hydro-economic modelling and political economic analysis. The contract will initially starting out as a 40-day timeframe with the potential for recurring contract limited to 150 days per financial year based on need and performance. Location is flexible and commensurate with identification of best candidate for position.

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eC2: Market Assessment of the Temperature-Controlled Logistics (TCL) in Thailand

Deadline: 10-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)logistics_management_information_system_sarah_farhat

This Assignment is a market study for TCL services sector in Thailand. TCL services would include transportation/storage/distribution, together with other value-added services, of food/perishable products in a temperature-controlled environment.

The main objectives of the Assignment are to:
i. determine the existing and future demand and supply for TCL services along the entire value chain for several sub sectors requiring such services such as agribusiness, supermarkets, dairy, meats, quick foods, seafood, pharmaceuticals etc. and the extent of inhouse versus independent TCL service providers (3PL players) in this space
ii. carry out a comprehensive analysis of the margin structure and economics of the value chain
iii. determine the key constraints and growth drivers for these services as well as for increased outsourcing of such services to 3PL players, and
iv. recommend strategies which could be followed for establishing a new TCL service operation in Thailand, especially private sector involvement and help IFC identify leading operators in this space, that may be candidates for potential financing to support their growth plans.

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eC2: Offshore Wind Financing for Emerging Markets

Deadline: 03-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The objective of this assignment is to assist IFC staff (primarily investment, credit and management) in understanding: 1) differences between offshore wind and onshore solar/wind/hydro projects in terms of risks, challenges, contractual structures, studies and financing structures, and; 2) potential project financing structures for offshore wind in emerging markets and how IFC can best mitigate any associated risks. Note that the analysis of current projects will focus on fixed foundation rather than floating or intertidal/nearshore projects. The analysis of future projects will consider floating, although to a lesser extent than fixed.

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IFC TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling in Latin American Cities program

We are very pleased to inform you that today we launched an International Call for logo_ifcInnovation under the IFC TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling in Latin American Cities program.

Companies interested in joining the TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling program can apply from now until September 18, 2020.

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eC2: Short Term Consultant: Blue Economy – Industry Specialist

Deadline: 03-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) blue_recovery_world_bank_environment

IFC is seeking an experienced Short-Term Consultant (STC) specialized in blue economy and bilingual in English and Mandarin, to support the development and implementation of a successful Blue Finance Pilot for IFC. This assignment is estimated to require a maximum of thirty (30) working days and a maximum of 3 trips, from the period from August 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The contract might be further extended depending on business need and performance. The STC will work with a multi-disciplinary team led by the Project Leader in Beijing. The STC will be based in Beijing, with some domestic travels together with IFC team.

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Relief, restructuring and resilient recovery key to building back better

The COVID-19 pandemic demands World Bank engagement with unprecedented speed, scale and selectivity. We’re organizing our crisis response across the three stages of relief, restructuring, and resilient recovery. Learn more about our priorities for broad and fast action with our new crisis response paper, Saving Lives, Scaling-up Impact and Getting Back on Track.

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Four strategies for helping women in fragile settings succeed in the digital economy

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is disproportionately impacting women’s ng-click on kaduna4-wblivelihoods. Young women are more prone to unemployment and under-employment than men, and many work in service and informal sector jobs that have been most disrupted during the crisis.

As part of their COVID-19 response, governments are exploring digital solutions to promote economic recovery. However, gender gaps in internet use and mobile phone access mean that job opportunities in the digital economy remain out of reach for many women. This inequality is exacerbated in communities affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), where women often face greater safety and security concerns, significant mobility constraints, and restrictive sociocultural norms. This is the case in Kaduna, a state in northern Nigeria affected by years of conflict and instability.

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Corruption has modernized, so should anticorruption initiatives

The World Bank’s commitment to helping countries control corruption dates to 1996 20038907351_4a3e9c5c97_kwhen then President James Wolfensohn made his “cancer of corruption” speech. It was the first time the issue was given such prominence by a World Bank President and put squarely on the agenda of the institution.

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What do we know about the relationship between air pollution and COVID-19?

The global COVID-19 lockdown to contain the spread of the virus has severely restricted economic activity, and reports are emerging from across the globe of blue skies becoming visible, in some cases for the first time in people’s lifetime. These improvements will likely dissipate as lockdowns are lifted, and economic activity resumes. Will the air once again become polluted, or is there a possibility for countries to use economic recovery programs to grow back stronger and cleaner? Discover in our latest analysis!

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