Local recruitment: Program Analyst

The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 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: 

  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 GEF grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.

On August 4, 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) 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 with familiarity in environmental risk assessment and management to report directly to the ENR director responsible for ESF. The primary responsibility for the tasks are listed below. 

This position will be based in Washington DC.

Role & Responsibilities:

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

  • Help the ENR Director develop and manage special initiatives (eg community of practice, occupational health and safety retro fitting, client capacity building etc)  
  • Prepare and ensure follow up on the ENR director’s inputs into the Directors’ watchlist meetings. Maintain and update GP’s consolidated risk list and assist in preparing various risk review meetings (GP director, CESSO, CMUs). 
  • Prepare and ensure follow up to the weekly ENR safeguards/standards meetings
  • Work with OPCS to ensure proper functioning of training / systems updates / policy changes
  • Coordinate with social GP team when appropriate  
  • Create (with help of other ENR staff) and maintain a repository of safeguards and ESF related documents, including TORs for ESF/Safeguards instruments, cleared Environment and Social Commitment Plans (ESCPs), cleared ESRSs, as well as lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
  • Maintain list of specialist skills available to work on specific aspects of ESF standards work  
  • Support and participate in 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). 
  • Work on a select number of teams as an ESF specialist, in agreement with the Director 
  • Contribute to the further development of ESS-related technical materials, such as Good Practice Notes, knowledge tools, or metrics as applicable.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental or natural sciences, environmental policy engineering, energy, agriculture, geography, development studies, or equivalent areas. If Bachelor’s, minimum 4 years of relevant experience. If Master’s, minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally-related data and information.
  • Ability to follow up multiple work-streams simultaneously.
  • Basic 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 function effectively 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 language skills are essential; French or Spanish or Arabic language proficiency is highly desirable. 
  • 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:

  • 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.