Local recruitment: Senior Environmental Engineer

The World Bank
Cairo, Egypt
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Arabic


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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 ENR 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 $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 ENR GP 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. Works closely with other sectors to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.
  3. 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. 

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.

The ENR GP is seeking to recruit a Senior Environmental Engineer based in Cairo, Egypt to work mainly on Safeguards, the application of the ESF while also supporting the overall dialogue on Environment and Natural Resources Management. The Senior Environmental Specialist will report to the ENR Practice Manager for MNA, Afghanistan and Pakistan. While based in Cairo, Egypt the candidate is expected to work also on other countries in the Middle East and North Africa Region. The position requires frequent travel across the Region. The primary responsibilities for the tasks are listed below

The Senior Environmental Engineer will be required to undertake the following tasks:

  • In accordance with the Bank’s ESF, contribute to the determination of the appropriate E&S risk classification of projects (including Investment Project Financing, Program-for-Results and Development Policy Financing types of operations) to manage their risks and impacts in a manner consistent with the ESSs.  
  • Provide Safeguards and Environmental and Social Framework risk management support to complex and high-risk operations and identify risk management opportunities/strategies including in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).
  • Under the supervision of the Regional Safeguards Coordinator, 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); and flag issues of non-compliance to borrower and Bank management and advise and support the borrower in developing and implementing remedies. 
  • Work with borrowers/recipients to effectively assess environmental and social risks, evaluate all relevant information, and recommend solutions to comply with the Bank’s ESF.
  • Represent, as requested by the Practice Manager, the ENR GP in meetings with the Country Director, country clients, and development partners.
  • Advise the Country Director and the ENR Practice Manager for MNA and Afghanistan and Pakistan on environment risks in the portfolio and business development opportunities.
  • As requested, provide support to project preparation and implementation as well as to Advisory Services and Analytics.
  • Contribute to analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
  • Contribute to the further development of ESS related guidance and technical support materials, such as guidelines, knowledge materials as applicable.
  • Collaborate with World Bank GPs and IFC/MIGA colleagues on joint projects as well as other colleagues from multilateral development institutions when supporting same projects, understanding and implementing a common approach for ESF implementation.

Selection Criteria 

(i) Educational requirements:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in environmental engineering, pollution management, waste management, or civil engineering or related field.

(ii) Experience and skills: 

  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience, with a sustained record of achieving high quality substantive results, in environmental risk management, preparation and/or review of project environmental risk and impact assessments, environmental management plans, capacity assessments and institutional strengthening measures. 
  • Strong knowledge of the World Bank’s safeguards policies, ESF and/or IFC’s Performance Standards/MIGA Environmental and Social policies or similar standards.
  • Experience in safeguards/ESF implementation, performing safeguards thematic reviews, undertaking policy dialogues and experience in operations are highly considered. 
  • Ability to build and sustain key stakeholder relationships with government and other key stakeholders; and to integrate divergent viewpoints of multiple external and internal stakeholders into a coherent project/program/strategy.
  • Ability to guide clients and/or development partners in identifying key operational issues and optional solutions with a demonstrated ability to bring together different perspectives. 
  • A proven track record working with a wide range of stakeholders, NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or with the government.
  • Deep knowledge of the engineering and technical aspects of waste and pollution management is required. Experience in maritime pollution, would be an advantage (e.g., impacts assessments from maritime industries, coastal and marine spatial planning, relevant international agreements). 
  • Demonstrated track record in project management / operational skills with experience in technically difficult pollution and engineering related issues; familiarity with Bank procedures would be an advantage.
  • Excellent workflow management and task organization skills; able to coordinate all aspects of the workflow of assigned responsibilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to draft concise reports and correspondence, and ability to defend orally and in writing difficult issues and positions to a variety of stakeholders. 
  • Proficiency in English and Arabic is 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.
  • Experience in working with clients to achieve compliance and leads discussions on environmental matters.
  • Experience in mentoring junior staff. 
  • Willingness to travel extensively nationally and internationally is required. 
  • Willingness to work in FCV environments is required. 

(iii) WBG Core Competencies:

  • Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the WBG and brings differing ideas to the forefront. 
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action.