Local recruitment: E T Consultant (Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM))

The World Bank
Vientiane, Laos
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


Please note: this job post has expired! To the best of our knowledge, this job is no longer available and this page remains here for archival purposes only.


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.

Global Practice Context:

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 (GP) 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 $8 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development. The practice consists of some 320 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:

1.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. 

2.Supports effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development, in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies.

3.Works closely with other sectors, including by leveraging grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.

4.ENRM activities in East Asia and the Pacific account for a substantial part of the ENR Global Practice’s business:
• an active dialogue on regional issues, such as climate change, coastal and marine economies, improving governance of natural resources,      watershed management, pollution management, and wealth accounting and valuation of ecosystem services;
• about 61 active projects in the portfolio, amounting to around $1.8 billion;

5.A key characteristic of the Bank program in the region is a high level of decentralization. In FY14, 60% of staff was based in the field, and about 45% of operations are managed and led from the field. The underpinning of this decentralization rests on four pillars:
•better integration at the field level to provide greater synergies and integrated responses;
•a decentralized management structure supported by regional and global knowledge; 
•provision of faster responses and management decisions to our clients; and
•the need to reposition ourselves in the region given the large urbanization and decentralization trend in almost all countries, the need to  incorporate better environment dimensions of the fast growth rates and huge demand for infrastructure, and the need to better deal with  governance issues and growing income disparities between urban centers and rural areas and lagging regions.

Regional Context:

The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region presents a dramatic illustration of the global dynamics, opportunities and risks of the 21st century. After making the fastest progress in growth and poverty reduction of any region around the world in the last fifteen years, some countries in the region–such as Mongolia–are poised to become middle-income, and some are preparing to join the small group of high-income countries. Such a rapid transformation is leading to the largest shift in rural-to-urban population in human history, generating rising inequality within and across countries, leaving individuals and regions behind in the dash for prosperity. Meanwhile, the uncertainty in the advanced economies clouds the prospects for countries across the region which are being forced to adjust to changed growth and development prospects while addressing evolving impacts on macroeconomic stability, employment and poverty.

EAP comprises of more than 20 countries, including China, several MICs, LICs, and fragile states (EAP has the second highest number of fragile states amongst all the Bank regions). The Region is characterized by generally rapid growth, both sophisticated and low capacity borrowers, and some highly dynamic sectors. At the same time, EAP countries are faced with weak governance environments. The Bank's program in EAP is multi-faceted and has grown rapidly in recent years: lending in FY18 exceeded $7.0 billion; the portfolio consists of nearly 88 operations for about $6.5 billion; and the TF program is significant (with a portfolio of about $1.2 billion).  EAP consists of over 1000 staff with 25% in Washington and 75% based in the country offices in the six Country Management Units (CMUs).

Laos Context:

The Lao PDR Country Office, based in Vientiane, is currently involved in a wide range of investment projects and advisory services focused on green growth, health and nutrition and macroeconomic stability. The green growth agenda is defined by several lending and non-lending tasks implemented by several GPs and led by the ENR GP which also leads a portfolio covering individual tasks on forestry, protected area management, nature-based tourism, wildlife law enforcement, environmental and waste management, climate change, and livelihoods.  
This portfolio includes diverse and increasingly consolidated program in line with ENR’s green product line, including a large sustainable forestry investment project (SUFORD-SU), REDD+ readiness technical assistance and carbon finance operations, the second Lao Environmental and Social Project (LENS2), the programmatic Green Growth Development Policy Operation (DPO) series, the Programmatic Green Growth Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA), and a potential new investment operation on landscapes and livelihoods.

SUFORD-SU is an investment project that aims to scale up sustainable forest management in 41 of the country’s 51 Production Forest Areas and raise capacity nationwide for forest inspection and law enforcement. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MAF) and sub-national institutions.

The REDD+ readiness technical assistance project is under implementation and is building the systems for implementing a new emissions reduction program under development that would cover six northern provinces. These are implemented by MAF.  

LENS2 is an investment project that aims to help strengthen environmental management systems, protected areas, enforcement of wildlife laws, and green growth planning. The LENS2 project is implemented by the Environmental Protection Fund through sub-projects executed by various Lao government entities. There are 38 subprojects throughout the country which require extensive implementation support.

The GGDPO supports Lao PDR in achieving fiscal stability and transitioning to greener, more resilient economic growth.  A range of policy actions are supported including protected area management, forestry, environmental assessment, environmental fiscal instruments, and pollution management. 

The Green Growth Programmatic ASA supports the GG DPO series and the broader portfolio by providing technical and analytical support including: (i) an assessment of nature-based tourism, (ii) a state of environment assessment, and (iii) sustainable forest management. New work supported by the WAVES trust fund involves valuation of landscapes and ecosystem services, building on the forestry analytics. New work is also being initiated to develop a strategic Country Forest Note in line with the Bank’s Forest Action Plan.  A successor Programmatic ASA is being identified. 

The potential new landscapes and livelihoods investment operation is being conceptualized with counterparts from ministries and organizations.

Unit Context:

EAP GENE2 unit comprises about 30 staff, of whom about 70% are based in Country Offices in East Asia and the Pacific. The rest of the team is based in Washington DC. All report to a Practice Manager based in DC.  The unit works closely with GENE1 (China, Indonesia and the Pacific Island Countries) and manages a full spectrum of environment, climate change, green growth and natural resource lending and non-lending tasks, as well as the environmental safeguards and standards function for the above-mentioned countries.

Duties and Accountabilities:

To respond to these challenges, GENE2 is seeking to recruit a E T Consultant to be based in the World Bank Office in Vientiane for a 2-year Extended Term Consultant contract. Working in close collaboration with colleagues in the Unit, other units of the Bank, and the client, the Specialist will provide technical, analytical, and operational expertise for developing and implementing the Laos ENR portfolio across the full range of tasks, with a focus on the green product line. There are also opportunities to contribute to other responsibilities of the unit including possible responsibilities in other countries.  

The assignment is for two (2) years, starting April 2019. The assignment cannot be renewed for additional years. The duty station is Vientiane with extensive travel to the provinces envisaged, as required to undertake the above assignments. He/she will work according to an annual work plan, adjusted periodically as necessary.  He/she will report to and work under the guidance and mentoring of the Task Team Leader and ENR coordinator for the ENR Portfolio in Laos, and co-TTLs of individual operations.

Specific activities/deliverables include:

• Participate as task team member in identifying, preparing, processing, and supervising lending and non-lending operations.
• Proactively work with the client, task teams, and other Bank units to improve the performance of operations, with a focus on achieving and reporting on results, supporting implementation, and managing risks.
• Prepare reports and reviews and provide advice covering: analytical reports, policy notes, client policies, aides memoire, Implementation and Supervision Reports, Grant Report Monitoring and other trust fund reporting requirements, briefs, presentations, and proposals.
• Carry out research, data analysis, and summary diagnostics for specific tasks in the portfolio.
• Assist in the design and delivery of knowledge management and strategic communication and outreach activities and take the lead on discrete activities.
• Participate in or lead organization of relevant engagements, including conferences, meetings, workshops, and consultations to underpin a strong dialogue and dissemination of lessons.
• Maintain effective communication with counterparts from line ministries, (and donor community and NGOs as and when required or needed), and other local agencies and organizations on ENR activities, and assist the Team Leader in dialogue with high-level officials, including ministerial and provincial levels.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will meet the following selection criteria:

•Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in natural resources, forest management, environmental economics, environmental science/management, public policy, or other relevant discipline; 
• A minimum of 5 years relevant operational experience and proven track record in working on projects covering a broad range of natural resource management issues.  This should include specific field-based project experience.
•Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: natural resource management, conservation, forestry,
climate change, landscape ecology or management, economics or public policy in a related field.
•Ability to identify long-range goals and objectives, develop strategic approaches, and conceptualize a multi-year plan to operationalize these strategies;
• Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate activities involving multiple disciplines and organizational units, as well as to maintain high service standards under pressure, meet deadlines, and accommodate simultaneous demands from various sources;
• Track record of dealing effectively with external and internal clients. Skill at managing client and partner engagements. Strong client orientation with commitment to results on the ground;
• Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision, and achieving results with agreed upon objectives and deadlines;
• Demonstrated capacity to work in teams and share knowledge;
• Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate activities involving multiple disciplines and organizational units, as well as to maintain high service standards under pressure, meet deadlines, and accommodate simultaneous demands from various sources;
• Passion and commitment to development and environmental objectives;
• Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and Lao, with professional English writing skills; 
• Willingness to travel frequently within Laos.

In addition to the above, the successful candidate must demonstrate the following competencies:

• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions. 
• Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs. 
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives. 
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across GPs and WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years.