Senior Environmental Engineer

The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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.

The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation. 

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 (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.

The ENR GP is seeking to recruit a Senior Environmental Engineer based in Washington DC with a to develop and lead ENR’s Pollution Management Program in the Middle East and North Africa Region. She/he will be responsible for the development and implementation of the large and growing Middle East and North Africa’s (MNA) Solid Waste, Waste Water and Pollution Management agenda (i.e. the Brown agenda) in GENME, with a strong focus on the operations side of the business. 

The Senior Environmental Engineer will report to the ENR Practice Manager for the Middle East and North Africa Region with Afghanistan and Pakistan (GENME/GENMS).

The primary responsibilities for the tasks are listed below.

Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Contribute to the policy dialogue and strategic communication with counterparts on the Brown agenda.
  • Lead the preparation and implementation of a large brown portfolio (pollution management, hazardous and solid waste and waste water pollution) in the Middle East and North Africa Region; advise borrowers and colleagues on technical matters, supervise the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure consistency and conformity to Bank standards; evaluate studies and sector-related project documentation.
  • Lead and support the development and implementation of pollution management (waste water pollution, waste and watershed management) lending operations, technical assistance or analytical work, including leading and participating in preparation and supervision missions.  This includes leading design/preparation and supervision of tasks and/or components as a technical expert and in collaboration with partner agencies and donors.  This also includes generating 'think pieces' and 'best practice' papers; handling complex technical, institutional and program implementation issues in the sectors; leading the development of proposals; leading the interface with member governments and agencies in resolving implementation issues.
  • Provide and mobilize strategic technical assistance in support of client’s needs to improve capacity for pollution management, solid waste management and watershed management from within and outside the Bank’s global network.
  • Produce and present major/complex reports, including the supervision, coordination and quality control of consultant reports. 
  • Work independently under the general direction of the Practice Manager, and guide and mentor more junior staff.
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities with key clients internally and externally.
  • Facilitate and maintain effective communication and coordination with government and other local partners, including civil society (environmental and community organizations, etc.), academic/research institutions, the private sector, and bilateral and multilateral development partner agencies.
  • Actively seek to learn World Bank Group procedures, and contribute to their improvement, by participating in training offered, by developing a personal training program, keeping abreast of research and development knowledge in the brown agenda. 
  • Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the Practice Manager such as for example the organization of training or knowledge sharing events, business development and specific technical guidance to projects across the Region. 
  • Build long-term business relationships with national and local stakeholders through AAA and policy dialogue, leading program development, task management, leading strategic communications and outreach activities.    
  • Advise the Country Directors/Managers and the ENR Practice Manager for MNA and Afghanistan and Pakistan on the brown agenda business development opportunities, and lead and/or contribute to ENR projects and Advisory Services and Analytics (ASAs).  
  • The applicant may also be asked to work on environmental compliance and in taking environmental concerns in the design and implementation of Reimbursable Advisory Services (RASs).
  • Represent the ENR GP in meetings with the Country Directors/County Managers, country clients, and development partners as requested by the Practice Manager. 
  • Contribute to analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank brown agenda projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
  • Collaborate with World Bank GPs and IFC/MIGA colleagues on joint projects as well as other colleagues from multilateral development institutions. 

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in environmental engineering, pollution management, waste/waste water management, environmental or civil engineering, or closely related technical field. 
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant full-time professional experience in environmental engineering or related field, with a sustained record of achieving high quality substantive results, in pollution control, environmental engineering, environmental management and related capacity assessments and institutional strengthening measures. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of track record in strategic engagement experience with senior level policy makers (director general level at government ministry or higher) is required. 
  • Strong technical skills in the areas of pollution control, hazardous and non-hazardous waste management and environmental management.
  • Proven experience in leading operations and policy dialogue.
  • Deep knowledge of the technical aspects of waste and pollution management is required. 
  • 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.
  • Deep knowledge of the engineering and technical aspects of solid waste management, waste water and pollution management is required.
  • A proven track record in the design of waste management facilities and supervision of their implementation would be an added advantage.
  • Proven track record on operational and field experience in leading the implementing of large projects in the brown/pollution agenda in middle- and low-income countries. 
  • 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.
  • Track record in conducting assessments of existing solid waste and wastewater facilities in order to enhance their operation would be a solid plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparation of national and regional solid waste masterplans would be an advantage.
  • 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.
  • Excellent workflow management and task organization skills; able to coordinate all aspects of the workflow of assigned responsibilities.
  • Excellent written and oral English 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 is essential. Arabic is not required but would be a plus. 
  • 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. 
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision is required. 
  • Proven teamwork and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams is required.
  • Experience in mentoring junior staff. 
  • Willingness to travel extensively nationally and internationally, including in rural areas is required. 
  • Willingness to work in FCV environments is required. 
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including in rural areas is required.


  • 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 WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.