Environmental Specialist

The World Bank

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Job #:req18618
Organization:World Bank
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type:International Recruitment
Location:Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s):English, Spanish
Preferred Language(s):Portuguese
Closing Date:8/23/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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Latin America and Caribbean Region

The World Bank Group (WBG) serves 30 client countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR). Clients range from large, rapidly growing, sophisticated middle-income countries to IDA countries to small Caribbean states to one fragile state. Despite immense resources, dynamic societies, and an average annual per capita income of about $4,000, deep inequalities persist in most LCR countries, with nearly a quarter of the Region’s people living in poverty. The last WBG strategy for LCR focused on three pillars: (a) supporting the foundations for inclusive growth; (b) investing in human capital and protecting the poor; and (c) building resilience. In the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic, while this strategy will be adjusted to better support countries to deal with recovery from the COVID health and economic crisis, the basic elements of the strategy remain fully relevant.

The Sustainable Development Practice Group

The Sustainable Development (SD) Department supports the WBG’s twin goals by focusing on green, resilient, and inclusive growth. It consists of five global practices (GPs): Agriculture and Food; Environment, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy; Urban, Resilience and Land; Social Sustainability and Inclusion; and Water. The SD program in LCR includes an FY22 lending program of 24 operations for $3 billion, an active portfolio of 102 operations with $10.9 billion under implementation, and a dynamic program of 82 pieces of advisory services and analytics (ASA) across all SD sectors.

Environment Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB)

Sustainable management of the environment and natural resources is vital for economic growth and human well-being. When they are well managed, renewable natural resources, watersheds, productive landscapes, and seascapes can provide the foundation for sustained inclusive growth, food security and poverty reduction. This work is carried out by the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP), which covers the following business lines:

– Green: Forests, Watersheds & Sustainable Landscapes – managing renewable natural capital across landscapes;
– Blue: Marine, Coastal & Aquatic Resources – unlocking the wealth of marine, coastal and fresh water economies;
– Brown: Pollution Management & Environmental Health – reducing pollution to improve environmental conditions;
– Clean and Resilient Growth: Fostering economics and institutions for sustainable and sustained growth in the face of climate change; and

– Environmental Risk Management and Sustainability: Handling risks and creating opportunity to advise sustainable development in accordance with the Bank’s Operational Policies and, since October 2018, with the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

For more information:  https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/environment

The Position

The ENB LCR team is seeking an Environmental Specialist. The Specialist is expected to be a highly skilled and motivated individual who will support the ENB natural resource management analytical and operational agenda, with a particular focus on the Amazon region.  The selected candidate will possess technical breadth and depth in environment-related sectors.

This is an internationally recruited position for an Environmental Specialist to be based in Washington DC.  The Environmental Specialist will report to the Practice Manager from the  Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy for LCR Unit. 

The Environmental Specialist will be an integral member of the World Bank’s Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program (ASL) team.  The ASL is a Global Environmental Facility (GEF) financed and WB-led regional program that aims to improve integrated landscape management and ecosystem conservation in priority areas of the Amazon.  

As part of this team, the Environmental Specialist will have the following key responsibilities: 

– Support the regional ENB and country units’ task teams on technical issues related to the implementation of the ASL Program.

– Provide technical and operational support and guidance to the implementation of the ASL regional coordination project across each of its four components: coordination, knowledge management, communications and monitoring and evaluation.

– Guide, support and implement knowledge management and capacity building efforts for ASL participating country stakeholders, both during program/project development as well as during implementation

– Support and/or provide advice for the development of technical and analytical studies prepared for the Amazon countries on sustainable forestry, forest economy, protected area management, nature-based solutions, conservation finance and other topics related to the sustainable management of terrestrial and aquatic natural resources

– Support identification of and engagement with international and national entities working in conservation and sustainable development in the amazon countries with a view to establishing partnerships and coordinated actions to support ASL and WB interventions

– Assist with the preparation of internal and external updates, reports, communications products, and other documentation to GEF secretariat as well as WB/LCR/ENB management, and other relevant stakeholders, on ASL and ENB related issues.

Beyond the ASL:

* Provide technical input to and collaborate with other ENB and GP colleagues with a view to supporting the integration of Amazon related issues into the broader WB and country specific development agenda.

* Contribute to the identification and design of new programs, projects and analytical work for the Amazon, to be funded both via trust funds, such as the GEF and Progreen, as well as IBRD financing 

The Environmental specialist is expected to become familiar with relevant WBG policies and procedures, participate in training offered, keep abreast of research and development knowledge in environment and natural resources management, with a particular focus in the Amazon region, and contribute to the organization of training or knowledge sharing events.

Selection Criteria

– PhD or Master’s degree level in relevant field/discipline and related professional experience

– A minimum of 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience

– Demonstrated experience in successful preparation of conservation and natural resource management projects, with experience with the GEF, Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other major multilateral, bilateral and philanthropic donors considered as an advantage

– Experience in management and implementation support to conservation and natural resource management projects

– Good understanding of and experience in tackling environmental and natural resource management challenges in Latin America

– Candidates with specific experience working in the Amazon region (at least in 2 countries) are encouraged to apply   

– Proven capacity to engage in dialogue on complex environmental and development issues at multiple levels, ranging from the high policy to community levels

– Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop integrated development solutions to multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder challenges

– Demonstrated client orientation

– Familiarity with WBG mission and strategic objectives as an advantage

– Excellent communication skills (writing, speaking, listening, reading) in both English and Spanish are required. Portuguese considered a plus

– Proven teamwork and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams

– Willingness to travel – regularly in the region and occasionally beyond

– An ability to work independently with limited supervision

WBG Competencies

* 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.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

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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.