Local recruitment: E T Consultant (Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice)

The World Bank
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Description

 

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 300 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and Cross Cutting SAs that are professionally associated with it.  ENR GP also manages the environmental risk aspects of about 2000 projects in the World Bank’s global portfolio.  About 150 staff work specifically on environmental risk management safeguards.    

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.

ENRM activities in East Asia and the Pacific accounts for a substantial part of the ENR Global Practice’s business:

• delivery of about 10 operations per year, amounting to about $500 million annually
• an active dialogue on regional issues, such as climate change, coastal and marine economies, improving governance of natural resources, watershed management, pollution management, and wealth accounting and valuation of ecosystem services
• about 61 active projects in the portfolio, amounting to around $1.8 billion 

A key characteristic of the Bank program in the region is a high level of decentralization.  In 2016, 70% of staff is located in the country level offices, and about 60% of operations are managed and led from the country level offices. All environmental risk management safeguards staff are based in country level offices outside of Washington DC.  The underpinning of this decentralization rests on four main pillars:

• better integration at the field level to provide greater synergies and integrated responses
• a decentralized management structure supported by regional and global knowledge  
• provision of faster responses and management decisions to our clients
• the need to reposition ourselves in the region given the large urbanization and decentralization trend in almost all countries, the need to incorporate better environment dimensions of the fast growth rates and huge demand for infrastructure, and the need to better deal with governance issues and growing income disparities between urban centers and rural areas and lagging regions.

Regional Context

The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region presents a dramatic illustration of the global dynamics, opportunities and risks of the 21st century. After making the fastest progress in growth and poverty reduction of any region around the world in the last fifteen years, some countries in the region – such as Mongolia – are poised to become middle-income, and some are preparing to join the small group of high-income countries. Such a rapid transformation is leading to the largest shift in rural-to-urban population in human history, generating rising inequality within and across countries, leaving individuals and regions behind in the dash for prosperity.  Meanwhile, the uncertainty in the advanced economies clouds the prospects for countries across the region which are being forced to adjust to changed growth and development prospects while addressing evolving impacts on macroeconomic stability, employment and poverty.

EAP comprises of more than 20 countries, including China, several MICs, LICs, and fragile states (EAP has the second highest number of fragile states amongst all the Bank regions – 6 of 7 are in the Pacific). The Region is characterized by generally rapid growth, both sophisticated and low capacity borrowers, and some highly dynamic sectors. At the same time, EAP countries are faced with weak governance environments. The Bank's program in EAP is multi-faceted and has grown rapidly in recent years: annual new lending in FY15 exceeded $6.0 billion; the existing portfolio consists of about 250 operations with a value of about $12 billion; and the TF program is significant (with a portfolio of about $1.2 billion).  EAP consists of over 1000 staff with 25% in Washington and 75% based in the country offices in the six Country Management Units.

Unit and Country Context

The World Bank member countries of the Pacific Region (Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu); Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea are important clients for the World Bank.  Six of these countries are considered to be fragile states.  The World Bank’s existing portfolio in the Pacific is about 55 projects with a value of US$1.2 billion.  New lending is about 15 projects with a value of US$360 million per year.  Lending is expected to double in the next 3 years.  The portfolio is heavily focused on infrastructure development, particularly airports, roads, hydropower, solar power, coastal reinforcement; human resource development, particularly health and education; and natural resource management in such areas as fishery and forestry management.   The entire portfolio is focused on the adaptation and risk reduction related to climate change and natural disasters, which are a very serious development challenge for this region.  The Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice provides environmental safeguards and environmental risk management support to the broader World Bank portfolio in the Pacific, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.  

The Environment and Natural Resource Management Global Practice Unit for East Asia and Pacific, for China, Indonesia and Pacific is managed by a Manager based in Washington DC.   This manager is supported by senior staff who provide day to day technical leadership in their areas of specialization and are responsible for providing technical and quality support for outputs across the region, leading the region-wide communities of practice, connecting staff to international knowledge, leading cutting-edge sector policy and lending work in the region, and mentoring staff mapped to that particular sector on the latest developments in that practice.   In the case of environmental risk management safeguards the manager is supported by a Regional Safeguards Coordinator, based in Bangkok, and a Pacific Regional Safeguards Focal Point based in Sydney, who are responsible for day to day management of safeguards activities.  Most staff in the Environment and Natural Resources Practice are expected to provide at least part-time safeguards support in their area of technical expertise.   About one third of the Environment and Natural Resources Practice staff in East Asia work exclusively on safeguards and environmental risk management.  The regional management attaches particular importance to creating a supportive work environment based on the values of teamwork, transparency, trust and client services, accompanied by professional excellence.  

Roles & Responsibilities:

The World Bank Group (WBG) is seeking to recruit an Extended Term Consultant (ETC), to be stationed in Sydney, Australia to support the growing country environment program. 

This position would be primarily focused on the existing fisheries and natural resource management program, with a particular focus on the PROP series of projects. It would support general engagements in the fisheries, community development, resilient coastal and landscape management and coastal pollution areas.  

The ETC under the supervision of the Pacific Environment Coordinator will have the following scope of work:

• Support and/or possibly lead natural resource policy dialog with the government and other stakeholders related to the Bank’s environment or natural resources portfolio, with a strong focus on fisheries, coastal zone management/resilience, pollution and climate change.  This includes coordination with other financiers, and review of sector policies, strategies, and legislation.
• Support and/or possibly lead the development and implementation of environment or natural resources operations, technical assistance or analytical work, including participation in preparation and supervision missions.  
• Facilitate and maintain effective communication with the local partners, NGOs, civil society, the private sector as well as specialized international organizations.
• Actively seek to learn World Bank Group procedures, and keep abreast of research and development knowledge in the environment and natural resources/fisheries sectors.
• Provide and mobilize strategic technical assistance in support of client’s needs to improve capacity for fisheries or natural resource management, from within and outside the Bank’s global network.
• Produce input for and present major/complex reports, including the supervision, coordination and quality control of consultant reports. 
• Work independently under general direction of the Pacific Environment Coordinator, and guide and mentor more junior staff.
• Contribute to knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities with key clients.

Selection Criteria

• Advanced degree (PhD or Masters or equivalent) in environment or natural resource management and/or related public policy/law is required.  
• A minimum of masters and 5 years of full-time relevant professional experience in an area related to development of policy, institutions, programs, operations and/or stakeholder engagement, ideally in the environment and natural resources field. 
• Knowledge of oceans, environmental management, fisheries/natural resources management and related social issues, policies and institutions would be an advantage.
• Demonstrated project management / operational skills would be an advantage. 
• Proven teamwork and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams is required.
• Experience in community development/empowerment working with a wide range of stakeholders, NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or with the government would be an advantage.
• Experience working in the Pacific would be an advantage
• Excellent English language skill is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
• A strong sense of team work and ability to work independently with limited supervision is required.
• Strong interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills are required. 
• Willingness to travel extensively, primarily in the Pacific, including in rural and remote areas is required.

Desired / Preferred:

• Demonstrated experience working on policy or investment initiatives anchored in environment and natural resources-related sectors, including fisheries, forestry, agriculture, water, and other environmental services.

Competencies:

Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena –  Applies technical knowledge on the job and provides inputs to country and sector strategies. Interacts with clients on technical level. 

Policy Dialogue Skills - Ability to respond to requests regarding policy issues in their respective discipline and participate in policy discussions with government and non-government partners. Integrative skills – ability to present issues in their discipline for team formulation of cross-sectoral approaches to lending and non-lending operations.

Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Basic understanding of environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.

Natural Resources Management - Focused experience in natural resources management, including specialized experience in one thematic area, with ability to apply this knowledge to policy-related decisions and advice.

Project Design for Impact and Sustainability - Contributes to the design of projects and programs, based on an understanding of the country and sector context.  

Sector Dialogue - Contributes to dialogues with the client on familiar topics, with a narrow scope, based on a solid understanding of the sector.  

Operational Project Management  - Demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies, as well as of Bank instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder communications.

Strategic and Technical Analyses for Country/Sector Issues - Contributes to the formulation and implementation of complex analytical work and policy papers, leveraging relevant analytical tools and a grasp of issues surrounding policy and sector reform.   

Client Orientation  - Demonstrates diplomacy, tact and sensitivity in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides inputs to develop evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.  

Drive for Results  - Provides inputs to efforts to identify and acquire resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and contributes to solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.  

• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Participates in teams to achieve outcomes, provides inputs to team solutions and demonstrates good inter-personal skills for teamwork, demonstrating respect for different points of view.  

Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Contributes to sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.  

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Under direction of senior staff, gathers inputs, contributes to risk assessments, and provides information relevant to assessment of decisions affecting internal and external stakeholders

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.