Senior Environment Specialist

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Beijing, China 🇨🇳

Ref. Number: 21107

Department: Operational Services Department

Job Type: Global Recruitment

Posting Date: 8 November 2021

Closing Date: 29 November 2021

Senior Environment Specialist

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank whose mission is financing the Infrastructure for Tomorrow—infrastructure with sustainability at its core. We began operations in Beijing in January 2016 and have since grown to 104 approved members worldwide. We are capitalized up to USD100 billion and Triple-A-rated by the major international credit rating agencies. Working with partners, AIIB meets clients’ needs by unlocking new capital and investing in infrastructure that is green, technology-enabled and promotes regional connectivity.

The Senior Environment Specialist will be responsible for integrating environmental dimensions into the work of the AIIB, recognizing the importance of this issue in the development of sustainable infrastructure. The position involves activities to address the environmental dimensions of policies, programs, projects, technical assistance, and training; and appraise the environmental risks and impacts associated with investment projects against the requirements of AIIB’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP).


Operational Support

  • Participate in the identification, appraisal, design and implementation of investment programs and projects to evaluate environmental and social sustainability and support clients in carrying out environmental and social assessments.
  • Appraise the environmental risks and impacts associated with investment projects, both Sovereign-backed Financings (SBF) and Nonsovereign-backed Financings (NSBF) including financial intermediaries (FI) projects, against the requirements of AIIB’s ESP. More specifically, this responsibility includes:
  1. Screening for potential ES risks and impacts and proposing the ES category for the project.
  2. Screening for climate change-related risks and impacts and supporting clients in managing those risks and impacts during the preparation and implementation of projects.
  3. Conducting due diligence assessment of ES aspects of the SBF or NSBF (including FI) Projects and undertaking field visits if needed, to assess the ES feasibility of the project.
  4. Guiding clients on the preparation and implementation of environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) and environmental management plans across priority infrastructure sectors such as water, urban development, energy and transport as per the requirements of AIIB’s ESP.
  5. Supporting clients on stakeholder consultations and disclosure of ESIAs and related studies.
  6. Monitoring implementation of the ES aspects of the Project and addressing any issues that arise during project implementation, including any changes in project design or scope.
  7. Assisting clients to address any noncompliance with their ES obligations by providing support to develop, recommend, and monitor courses of action/corrective measures required of the client to bring the project back to compliance with the AIIB’s ES Policy.
  8. Conducting reviews of a client country’s relevant environmental laws and regulations and corporate environmental management systems and their institutional capacities to implement a project, in order to determine their potential for selective partial or full use in AIIB-financed projects.

Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

  • Contribute to AIIB’s knowledge base on environmental and social aspects, particularly related to climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and emerging ESG frameworks.
  • Develop and conduct training on environmental and social sustainability of infrastructure projects and ES aspects and requirements of AIIB’s ESP for AIIB staff, consultants and clients.


The Senior Environmental Specialist must have proven ability to carry out complex tasks as part of multi-disciplinary teams, capacity to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines; and ability to work with project teams, clients and key stakeholders on managing environmental and social risks and impacts.

  • Qualifications:
    • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in environmental or natural science, engineering, planning or related discipline.
    • Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant experience in environmental planning and management either working for, or as a government counterpart or consultant to, a multilateral development bank (MDB), bilateral donor or a private sector organization.
  • Professional Competencies:
    • Proven application of professional expertise in planning, managing and monitoring of the environmental aspects of infrastructure programs and projects, including in sectors such as energy, transport, water and urban development.
    • Demonstrated experience with the planning, preparation and implementation of project-level environmental and social assessments and related types of studies, including environmental and social management plans and frameworks.
    • Effective ability to participate in project development, project design, conduct of feasibility studies and consultations with stakeholders; and demonstrated experience in monitoring ES aspects during implementation.
    • Proven ability to work with AIIB’s public and/or private sector clients and financial intermediaries, and development partners (MDBs, bilateral development organizations and development finance institutions) in an effective and professional manner in both formal and informal settings.
    • Experience with the development and implementation of environmental strategies, policies, and procedures.
    • Experience in working with civil society organizations and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Communication and Team Skills:
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
    • Knowledge of language(s) of a country in which AIIB invests would be an advantage.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
    • Ability to coach/mentor more junior staff.

AIIB is committed to diversity, transparency and inclusion. We believe our strength comes from having a team with the right diverse skills, experiences and abilities selected through a merit-based competitive process. We actively encourage applications from people from both within and outside AIIB members, regardless of nationality, religion, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation.

Previous experience and qualifications will determine the grade and job title at which successful applicants will enter AIIB.

Join us and help create a prosperous and sustainable Asia while growing your career in a diverse and innovative environment.





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