Mongolia nationals: Senior Environment Officer

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 🇲🇳



Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.  

1Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle

Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.

This vacancy is a local staff position. It is open only to nationals and residents of Mongolia.

This is a special fixed-term appointment for a period of three (3) years following Section 3.1 (c.) of Administrative Order No. 2.01 (“Recruitment and Appointment’). This appointment is not convertible to a regular appointment. It may be extended on exceptional basis for a further fixed period at the option of ADB. This appointment is open to internal and external applicants.

If the successful candidate is an ADB staff member holding a regular appointment, his/her regular appointment will be converted to a special fixed-term appointment. A special fixed-term appointment will automatically and without prior notice expire at the end of the term.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.  ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Mongolia Resident Mission (MNRM) within the East Asia Department (EARD) in ADB. EARD is responsible for providing leadership innovation, lending, project implementation and knowledge sharing for ADB’s sector and thematic work that covers operations in People’s Republic of China and Mongolia (MON). MNRM is responsible for development and implementation of project managed by the resident mission (RM).  

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Job Purpose

The Senior Environment Officer will: (i) contribute to ADB’s work in reducing poverty in MON, and addressing environmental issues, climate change and disaster risk management; (ii) provide expertise in environment, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction and management as well as civil society and private sector engagement, for application in country strategy and pipeline development, project preparation, project administration and knowledge work; and (iii) promote the sustainability of project outcomes by protecting the environment and people from potential adverse impacts of projects. The incumbent will report to designated International Staff and will supervise Administrative Staff (AS).   


Country Partnership Strategy and Indicative Country Pipeline Development

•    Prepares and enacts ADB’s country partnership strategy (CPS) and indicative country pipeline and monitoring report (ICPM) with strong national ownership, and in line with ADB-wide priorities.
•    Prepares environment and climate change inputs for CPS, ICPM and country performance assessment (CPA), as well as for other key ADB products.
•    Monitors, analyzes and disseminates key policy reforms in environment, climate change and disaster risk management within ADB. 
•    Develops and maintains networks among government, civil society, academia, media and other development agencies, with a focus on environment, climate change and disaster risk management related issues. 
•    Leads awareness of ADB strategy and plans built and maintained across key stakeholders.
•    Monitors effectiveness of CPS/ICPM in the environment, climate change and disaster risk management.  

Project Processing

•    Co-leads preparation of loan, grant and technical assistance (TA) projects in environment, climate change and disaster risk management.
•    Achieves strong government/stakeholder support for new projects through effective liaison/collaboration with government, civil society, academia, private sector, media and other development partners, as needed.
•    Advises project teams on key political reforms and developments to ensure relevance of project design.
•    Provides analytical inputs and comments to project teams to ensure project quality, covering sectoral and thematic issues, and builds on generic project management experience.
•    Ensures compliance of new projects with environmental safeguards, as defined in ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS), including project screening and categorization, preparation and review of environmental assessments and plan, information disclosure, consultation and participation with affected people, and Grievance Redress Mechanism.
•    Reviews the projects climate change risks assessments (Rapid Environmental Assessments, Aware TM (climate impact screening tool), and Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments) and associated economic analyses.

Project Administration 

•    Manages delegated loans, grants and TA projects effectively, including planning, procurement, disbursement, monitoring and reporting, and ensuring compliance with safeguards, conducting environmental due diligence for project scope changes.
•     Supports non-delegated loans, grants and TA project effectively, as applicable. 
•    Conducts policy dialogue on environment, climate change and disaster risk management issues related to ongoing ADB operations.
•    Disseminates awareness and knowledge of ADB projects effectively among key stakeholders, including media outreach.
•    Conducts portfolio-wide activities, including annual and quarterly reviews effectively.
•    Establishes and maintains effective coordination with other development partners active in the environment, climate change and disaster risk management fields.
•    Engages in project monitoring and supervision to ensure compliance with ADB’s SPS, with specific focus on monitoring of implementation of the environmental management plans, Environmental and Social Management Systems and Grievance Redress Mechanisms. 

Knowledge Work

•    Enhances knowledge of priority environment climate change issues in MON and headquarters and RM through participation in communities of practice, special events, briefings, publications, etc.
•    Disseminates knowledge learned from ADB operations effectively to key stakeholders through seminars, conferences and publications, and participation in panels. 
•    Disseminates awareness of key development issues related to ADB operations in environment, climate change effectively through media, briefings etc.
•    Prepares ADB publications and other products covering environment and climate change in MON with inputs/leadership from the incumbent. 


•    Develops and maintains effective relationships with civil society.
•    Mentors and supports junior staff as required. 
•    Contributes to internal budget and planning and recruitment exercises.
•    Organizes/supports missions of ADB management and senior staff
•    Performs other duties that may be assigned as reflected in the incumbent’s workplan. 


Relevant Experience & Requirements

•    Bachelor’s degree in environment, natural resource management, climate change or related areas; preferably with Master’s Degree or equivalent.
•    At least 8 years relevant experience in environmental project management, and at least 4 years of supervisory experience. 
•  Experience and knowledge of various stages of the project cycle (project planning/feasibility analysis/detailed design/project implementation/construction supervision/contract management) is desirable.  
•    Experience in development partners-funded projects is an advantage. 
    Sound knowledge of issues in environment, natural resources, water management, agriculture sector management, climate change and disaster risk management.
•    Relevant experience in MON working on environmental issues and demonstrated knowledge of domestic environmental legislation and practices. 
•    Sound knowledge of government institution/administrative systems/procedures in one or more areas including environment, natural resources, disaster risk management and agriculture sector/subsectors is desirable. 
•    Knowledge of social and environmental safeguard issues including community participation.
•    Effective report writing and communication skills in Mongolian and English languages.
•    Strong conceptual skills and ability to identify issues and appropriate actions at the field office level.
•    Proficiency in computers, especially work processing, spreadsheets, and information technology applications. 
•    Able to mentor AS to facilitate work planning, delivery and quality review.
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
•    Strong planning and organizing skills to handle multiple tasks with deadlines. 
•    Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for National Staff Level 3.

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.  

Primary Location: Mongolia Resident Mission-Mongolia-Ulaanbaatar

Department: East Asia Department

Division: Mongolia Resident Mission

Staff Category: National Staff (Field Office)Position Level: NS 3

Job Posting: 03-May-2022, 2:36:59 PM

Closing Date (Period for Applying) – External: 18-May-2022, 12:59:00 AM