Local recruitment: Senior Environmental Specialist

The World Bank
Beirut, Lebanon
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 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 Specialist based in Beirut, Lebanon. She/he will be responsible for leading a policy dialogue with the Government’s counterpart on environment and natural resources management. She/he will provide day-to day support to the ENR GP’s Pollution Management Program in Lebanon, at operations, policy and strategy level.  

She/he will report to the ENR Practice Manager for the Middle East and North Africa Region (MNA).

The primary responsibilities for the tasks are listed below. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Contribute to the policy dialogue and strategic communication with counterparts on environment and natural resources management with a strong focus on pollution management. 
  • Build long-term business relationships with national and local stakeholders through analytical and policy dialogue, leading program development, task management, leading strategic communications and outreach activities.    
  • Advise the ENR Practice Manager for MNA on environment and natural resources management (with a focus on pollution management), including business development opportunities, and contribute to ENR projects as well as Advisory Services and Analytics (ASAs).  
  • Represent the ENR GP in meetings with the Country Management Unit, country clients, and development partners as requested. 
  • Support the development and implementation of pollution management (waste water pollution, waste and watershed management) lending operations, technical assistance or analytical work, including participating in preparation and implementation support missions.  This includes support in the 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 technical, institutional and program implementation issues in the environment sector; supporting the interface with the Government and agencies on environmental issues. 
  • Provide strategic technical assistance in support of client’s needs to improve capacity for pollution management, solid waste management and watershed management as well as broader environmental management issues. 
  • Support the preparation of reports and strategy papers including the supervision, coordination and quality control of consultant reports. 
  • Contribute to analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
  • Actively seek to learn World Bank Group procedures, by participating in training offered, by developing a personal training program, keeping abreast of research and development knowledge in the environmental and natural resources management 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, and specific technical guidance. 
  • Build long-term business relationships with national and local stakeholders through analytics and advisory services, policy dialogue, leading program development, support to task management, support to strategic communications and outreach activities.    
  • 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 science, natural resources management, pollution management, waste management, environmental or civil engineering, or other relevant disciplines. 
  • 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 management and related capacity assessments and institutional strengthening measures. 
  • A minimum of 3 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 environment and natural resources management.
  • Proven experience in leading operations and policy dialogue.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and supervising operation of facilities such as landfills, dumpsites, wastewater treatment plants, etc. is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated track record in project management / operational skills; familiarity with Bank procedures would be an advantage.
  • 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.
  • Experience in development of masterplans for solid waste management.
  • 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. French 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.
  • Willingness to travel extensively nationally and internationally is required. 
  • Willingness to work in FCV environments 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.