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World Bank recruiting Energy and Water-telecoms Infrastructure Sharing Expert

31 December 2013


Many developing countries have a significant opportunity to accelerate the deployment of telecommunications networks, at lower cost, enhance competition in telecommunications markets, and improve infrastructure services in sectors such as energy, water, and transport. This opportunity could be unleashed by sharing infrastructure across linear energy, water, and transport networks.

Most of these infrastructure networksoil & gas pipelines, electricity grids, and railwayshave fiber optic cables, ducts, and towers for their own use (e.g. for control and monitoring in energy networks and for signaling and telecoms for railways). Roads and highways could include (and sometimes have) ducts for cables at a fraction of the cost of developing the host infrastructure. Unleashing and using or developing these infrastructures would help in expanding the reach of telecommunications services at significantly lower cost and at a faster pace.

Sharing of these network elements would also benefit hosts. Benefits include rental revenues. ICTs would also enable applications such as intelligent transport systems, smart grids, and integrated water management systems. Such applications would improve the quality of infrastructure services and further benefit users.

That such sharing should occur is obvious. But coordination failures across various ministries, government departments, and infrastructure developers/managers, the lack of enabling legal and regulatory frameworks, limited understanding of the business opportunity, and in many cases, limited awareness, mean that most developing countries have not implemented sharing or derived its benefits. In some cases, the business models and strategic approaches to develop such opportunities are lacking.

Scope of work

The World Banks Information & Communication Technology Unit (TWICT) has secured funding from the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) to develop a global knowledge resource on the topic of cross-sector infrastructure sharing. The overall objective is to empower infrastructure operators and public sector agencies to: (1) realize cross-sector infrastructure sharing opportunities and, (2) provide them with the necessary knowledge products and tools to take advantage of synergies across infrastructure project in various sectors. Consequently, this activity will maximize the economic impact of telecommunications connectivity by reducing costs, enhancing competition, and increasing access by mainstreaming cross-sector infrastructure sharing. There are also downstream opportunities for the increased ICT capacity to help make host infrastructures more reliable and sustainable (e.g. through smart systems).

The knowledge resource, which will be prepared as an online toolkit, will serve a global audience of policymakers, regulators, utility managers, telecommunications network operators, and other stakeholders. Its objectives are to: (1) provide a view as to the opportunities and benefits of cross-sector infrastructure sharing, to raise awareness of the concept; (2) discuss the various technical, financial, commercial, institutional, and policy and regulatory issues related to cross-sector infrastructure sharing; (3) offer a wide range of case studies, examples, and models on how the concept can be implemented in a range of contexts; (4) provide specific decision- and implementation-oriented analysis and discussion relevant to the cases.

Stakeholders should find the toolkit as an in-depth and practical resource that provides useful and implementation oriented information and examples, as well as links to global standards, specifications, technical, regulatory, and legal information.

The consultant shall develop cases and examples, and the analysis in the context of global opportunities, technological, and market trends; overall principles (e.g. open access, competition promotion, non-discrimination, cost-based tariffs), and the specific implementation considerations to enable cross-sector infrastructure sharing (including strategic, legal, regulatory, financial, environmental, technical, and operational aspects). The consultant shall provide economic feasibility study templates that can be customized to assess the economic viability of sharing across sectors, and which will help to develop public-private partnerships in the implementation of the concept. The consultant shall also provide a very candid and useful discussion of the challenges and difficulties in implementing infrastructure sharing, and how various stakeholders addressed them.

The consultant may also be requested to provide ad hoc support to various World Bank teams working on the concept of infrastructure sharing, and the contract will be adjusted to accommodate the time spent on such efforts.

The overall toolkit will cover multiple linear network infrastructures, including roads and highways, railways, electricity networks, water/sanitation networks, oil & gas pipelines etc.

This consultancy assignment will focus on the possibilities of developing and sharing elements of energy & water/sanitation network infrastructure, i.e. oil/gas/petroleum/water/sanitation networks, looking at e.g. use of existing ducts and conduits, development of rights-of-way, and addition of elements such as cable hooks or niches along and in pipelines, and other possible sharing opportunities.


The consultant shall:

  • Prepare an inception report;

  • Prepare an electronic document, in English, suitably edited and structured, that will: Develop an assessment of the opportunities realizable through infrastructure sharing (in the field of focus); Identify and develop at least ten case studies providing specific technical, regulatory, financial, institutional, environmental, and policy, regulatory, and legal information and documentationthese cases should showcase a range of arrangements with focus on those which embed public-private partnership models; Develop necessary typologies, frameworks, and analytical tools to present the information in a useful manner that will support stakeholders in understanding the concept, making decisions, and implementing the concept of infrastructure sharing in the field of focus; Analyze the various cases and identify factors of their success or failure; Have an extensive list of resources for practitioners reference; and Include references to global or other high-quality standards and specifications.

  • These documents shall be prepared, structured, and presented to make it possible to transfer to an online website format with minimal editorial intervention.

  • The consultant shall also: Identify and secure the support and partnership of at least five global-standard organizations that can be knowledge providers and partners in the field of focus; Be engaged in the process of disseminating the results of this work through global and regional conferences and events.

All of these activities shall be undertaken in coordination with the TWICT team and other designated World Bank staff. The consultant shall consider and undertake the necessary revisions and improvements based on feedback provided by the TWICT team and World Bank staff and other identified reviewers.

The expected level of effort is up to 40 person-days between February 15 and August 31, 2014. Payment will be made only upon completion of the deliverables of high quality, and incorporating at least two rounds of review by World Bank staff and other designated reviewers, and subsequent revisions by the consultant.

Deadline:  27 January 2014

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