Local recruitment: Environmental Specialist
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.
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES GLOBAL PRACTICE (GP)
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 Global Practice has two key 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.
- Supports effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development, in a large part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies, such Safeguards Policies for investment projects with concept notes approved before October 1 2018 and Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) for all other investment projects.
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 consists of 10 regional units and one global unit. ENR GP is seeking to recruit an Environmental Specialist with skills in environmental impact assessment, environmental management, climate change mitigation and /or adaptation screening and/or Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the Bishkek office. The selected specialist will report to Practice Manager of the Europe and Central Asia Unit of ENR GP, located in Washington DC, and will join a team of about 30 staff, half of which half is based in various ECA countries. The specialist will also work closely with Country Manager and staff in the Bishkek office.
Role & Responsibilities:
The Environmental Specialist will be required to undertake the following tasks, mainly focused on Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asia countries:
- Provide technical support for the screening of Bank projects for environmental impacts, and vulnerabilities and identify risk management opportunities/strategies in Bank operations. (Familiarity with the WBG instruments and procedures is a plus but not a requirement).
- Under the supervision of senior environmental specialists, monitor compliance of all project-financed activities with safeguards policies for projects under implementing or with concepts approved before October 1 2018;
- For projects being supported by the Bank’s ESF, monitor compliance with the ESSs, sector specific guidelines, other relevant policies, and contract specific conditions; flag issues of non-compliance to borrower and Bank management and advise and support the borrower in developing and implementing remedies.
- Under the supervision of senior environmental specialists, work with borrowers / recipients to effectively assess environmental risks, evaluate all relevant information, propose project risk classification and recommend solutions to comply with the Bank’s ESF, using ESSs, related guidance and good practice notes, as well as internationally accepted good industry practice for informed decision making
- Contribute to analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices from specific World Bank projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
- Provide guidance to the borrower on open and transparent engagement (through consultations, information disclosure and grievance redress mechanism) with relevant project stakeholders throughout the project cycle.
- Based on experience with project preparation and implementation under the ESF, contribute to the further development of ESS related guidance and technical support materials, such as guidelines, knowledge materials as applicable.
- Contribute to other ENR programs and activities in ECA, as needed, and maintain effective dialogue with environmental authorities in the country of posting.
- Contribute to activities and initiatives of the Bishkek office, as needed, raising profile of the environmental sustainability agenda within the office and the country.
- Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in environmental science, natural resources management, environmental or civil engineering, or other relevant disciplines (e.g. applied natural sciences).
- 5+ years of proven, relevant experience (work or applied research) as an environmental assessment and management professional.
- Good analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally-related data and information.
- Ability to manage and follow up on multiple work-streams simultaneously.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently 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.
- Familiarity with World Bank’s safeguards policies, ESF and/or IFC’s Performance Standards /MIGA Environmental and Social policies or similar standards would be an advantage. Knowledge of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change GHG accounting methodologies, or similar standards, is a plus.
- Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
- Excellent verbal and written English, Russian and Kyrgyz 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 Environmental and Social Standards Specialists.
Able to write and/or present in a fluent, business-like manner with minimal supervision. Able to synthesize (both verbally and in writing) complex issues and clearly summarize key points and questions. Understands the need to tailor communication to the audience and can prepare effective supporting documents to facilitate his/her oral presentation on straightforward subject matter. Creates an environment where respect, tact, and consideration for all cultures are used in all communication.
Mentoring and Developing People:
Proactively provides mentoring and coaching to junior colleagues within team or in other departments. Assists with onboarding of new Bank staff (including any specific onboarding programs). Contributes to training exercises.
Demonstrates understanding of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework and applies the Framework to identify and address environmental and social issues and risks. Works under the supervision of Senior Environmental Specialists to undertake environmental and social due diligence and provides input to the project team on environmental and social issues/risks with minimal supervision. Proactively determines risk mitigation measures. Demonstrates effective time and resource management skills. Provides effective and timely guidance to clients on environmental and social issues/risks, and actively participates in discussions with clients on environmental and social matters.
Works independently requiring minimal supervision to proactively monitor the environmental and social performance of assigned projects. Anticipates potential issues and formulates corrective plans for identified environmental and social problems. Engages effectively with clients to achieve compliance and contributes to discussions on environmental and social matters.