Program Analyst

The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally. 

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.


Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the WBG's poverty agenda. Biodiversity and natural resources constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood.   Sustainable ENRM promotes a green, clean, and resilient world where natural resources – from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems – are managed to support livelihoods and strong economies. Sustainable ENRM builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change.

The Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice has been set-up to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources. The ENR GP has close to 300 operations under management, representing close to $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development. The practice consists of some 275 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and CCSAs that are professionally associated with it. 

The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice has three broad and distinct functions: 

Provides clients with lending and non-lending services aimed to support the GP’s three core business lines, namely: (i) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes; (ii) Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Resources; and (iii) Pollution Management and Environmental Health. The GP’s activities also include a focus on Clean and Resilient Growth through its work on environmental economics and support to institutional development.

On August 4, 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), which became effective on October 1, 2018, to help protect people and the environment in the investment projects it finances. This effort is one of several key initiatives, including procurement reform, and the climate and gender strategies, recently undertaken by the Bank to improve development outcomes. The ESF responds to new and varied development demands and challenges that have arisen over time.  It brings the World Bank’s environmental and social protections into closer harmony with those of other development institutions, and makes important advances in areas such as transparency, non-discrimination, social inclusion, public participation, and accountability – including expanded roles for grievance redress mechanisms. The framework helps to ensure social inclusion, and explicitly references human rights in the overarching vision statement.

The ESF is made up of the World Bank’s vision for sustainable development, the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Policy for Investment Project Financing, and ten Environmental and Social Standards (ESS). These set out the mandatory requirements for the World Bank, in relation to the projects it supports through Investment Project Financing (IPF), and for Borrowers.

ENR GP is seeking to recruit a Program Analyst based in Washington, DC to help with the application of the new ESF. The new staff will cover the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) Region as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan. The primary responsibilities for the tasks are listed below. 

This posting will be in Washington DC.

Role & Responsibilities:

The Program Analyst will be required to undertake the following tasks:

• Assist the ENR GP MNA/Pakistan and Afghanistan Practice Manager to track assignments to Environmental and Social Specialists working on the ESF and track filing of key safeguards/ESF instruments. 
• Follow up with the ENR GP MNA/Pakistan and Afghanistan Practice Manager to complete the quality assurance in the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) and to clear documents in a timely manner as per ADM business procedures; and track the clearances.
• Assist teams in processing the Environmental and Social Review Summary (ESRS).
• Help teams prepare the ESMS in the Operations Portal through project-specific forms.  
• Keep a repository of safeguards and ESF related documents, including TORs for ESF/Safeguards instruments, cleared Environment and Social Commitment Plans (ESCPs), cleared ESRSs etc.
• For projects being supported by the Bank’s ESF, using the ESCP as benchmarking tool, help monitor compliance with the ESSs, sector specific guidelines, other relevant policies, contract specific conditions, and track deadlines. 
• Facilitate the preparation of training activities on the WB’s safeguard policies and the ESSs and their provisions and implications for project preparation and implementation to World Bank Clients, WBG staff and other interested / relevant parties (e.g. NGOs, academia). 
• Contribute to analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
• Under the supervision of the Regional Safeguards Coordinator and Senior Environmental Safeguards Specialist, monitor compliance of all project-financed activities with the ESSs and the Bank’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines, as well as GIIP (good international industry practice).
• Assist, if needed, teams in preparing and processing the Environmental and Social documentation through project-specific forms.  
• Monitor the portfolio/pipeline of projects in MNA and Afghanistan and Pakistan including monitoring of the budget allocation and utilisation thereof. • Provide on a monthly basis an overview of burn rates to Practice Manager and Regional Safeguards Coordinator. Develop portfolio/pipeline assessments as requested for presentation to the CMU. 
• Contribute to the risk mapping by consolidating the information and tracking the implementation of follow up actions agreed upon. 
• Contribute to analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
• Maintain a repository of safeguards and ESF related documents, including TORs for ESF/Safeguards instruments.
• Any other ESF related tasks as requested by the Practice Manager.

Selection Criteria

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental or civil engineering, in environmental or natural sciences management, or other relevant disciplines (e.g. applied natural sciences). If Bachelor’s, minimum 4 years of relevant experience. If Master’s, minimum of 2 years of experience.
• Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally-related data and information. Ability to set up a data bank/spreadsheet to monitor the various sets if information.
• Ability to follow up multiple work-streams simultaneously.
• Knowledge of World Bank’s safeguards policies, ESF and/or IFC Performance Standards/MIGA Environmental and Social policies or similar standards would be an advantage.
• Ability to follow up multiple work-streams simultaneously.
• Experience in working in least developed and developing countries/emerging  economies is a strong advantage. 
• Ability and willingness to travel frequently, including to developing countries and possibly remote, fragile and conflict affected areas (FCV), is required.
• Ability to work well with a range of stakeholders, including project-affected parties, government officials, non-governmental organizations / civil society, as well as project investors and their staff.
• Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
• Excellent verbal and written English and French language skills are essential. 
• Good team player who can work as a member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, motivate and lead group efforts and network effectively across boundaries.

Bank competencies for Analysts positions:

• Solid theoretical base in a relevant discipline (e.g. environmental or natural sciences).
• Client Orientation – Translates insight into practice across disciplines, hierarchies, geographies and organizational units in service of clients.
• Drive for Results – Ensures successful implementation and delivery of key programs and projects, ensuring that outputs positively impact results.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Creates a team climate of practical and innovative action, facilitating collaboration between competing interests and stakeholders.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Demonstrates command of all forms of communication and presents in a clear, objective and engaging manner in high-level settings; ensures knowledge is captured and shared in a variety of ways.