Local recruitment: Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist

The World Bank
Jakarta, Indonesia
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 Bahasa Indonesia


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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 more than 16,000 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). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) 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 2018, 75% 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 FY18 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 Environment and Natural Resources Unit for East Asia and Pacific (EAP GENE1) covers China, Indonesia and the Pacific, comprising about 30 staff working on environmental safeguards as well as on lending and analytics and advisory services (ASA). About 60 percent of our staff are based in the field offices of EAP. We comprise of specialists in economics, pollution management, forestry, fisheries management, landscapes management, watershed management, natural areas protection, and more.  

You will work in Jakarta, focusing on oceans and natural resources management programs. The country's fisheries sector is the second largest in the world, and plays a meaningful role in national poverty elimination, food security and employment. Fisheries and marine and coastal (MAC) assets are also tied closely with Indonesia's tourism sector and culture. However, recent analysis suggests that Indonesia's ocean-related sectors are suffering from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, high production costs, wastage, and inefficient management which could lead to threatened natural ecosystems and unsustainable tourism.  

Awareness of these challenges has grown significantly within the government and society in the recent past. The Government of Indonesia (GOI) is bringing together various oceans-related sectors under the recently-created Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs. In addition, the GOI is working to reduce Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, developing a marine debris action plan, and working with the Bank on sector reforms and cross-sector investments to protect and manage MAC assets. 

Our Oceans program consists of investment and policy advisory support on a range of issues including fisheries and coral reef management, coastal zone management, and pollution management. Current programming includes the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program – Coral Triangle Initiative (Coremap CTI), and policy and advisory support through financing from the Oceans, Marine Debris and Coastal Resources Multi-Donor Trust Fund (OMC-MDTF).  


This position is a locally recruited position, not an internationally recruited position, in the World Banks hiring structure.  The position would be based in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Locally recruited positions are paid in local currency with the standard World Bank benefit package including health insurance, but are not eligible for expatriate benefits including relocation.   

Duties and Responsibilities: 

As a Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist stationed in Jakarta, you will support our growing country oceans and environment program, and, in particular, our coastal and marine agenda. You will support the GoI activities, policies, and capacity development to improve fisheries and coastal/aquatic habitat management, strengthen coastal resilience, control aquatic pollution, and to better manage marine resources such as mangroves. This includes coordinating with the GoI to strengthen cross-sectoral coordination among various relevant ministries. 

Your key responsibilities will be to: 

  • Carry out in-depth technical assessments of environmental and natural resource management issues in Indonesia, with a focus on oceans, coastal and aquatic management, and climate resilience. 
  • Conduct natural resource policy dialogue and manage effective communication with government and other partners (NGOs, the private sector, international organizations, and more) related to the Bank’s natural resources and environment portfolio. This includes coordination with other financiers, and review of sector policies, strategies, and legislation. 
  • Lead and/or support the development and implementation of environment or natural resources operations, technical assistance or analytical work, including your preparation and participation in supervision missions. 
  • Develop a personal training program to stay on top of World Bank procedures, and environment and natural resources/climate change research and knowledge. 
  • Organize training or knowledge sharing events, and help the country office staff with various tasks specific to the management of the office. 
  • Lead and or produce input for and present major/complex reports, including the supervision, coordination and quality control of consultant reports. 
  • Work independently under the general direction of the Environment and Oceans Coordinators, and guide and mentor junior staff. 
  • Supply knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities with key clients. 

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in environment or natural resource economics/management, environmental science, engineering, fisheries or coastal management or related field is required.
  • A minimum of 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience in the environment/natural resources management field. 
  • A consistent track record in strategic engagement experience with multidisciplinary teams, and with senior-level NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or government. 
  • Deep knowledge of oceans/coastal/fisheries/natural resources issues, policies, and institutions, as well as the social issues related to small-scale fishery and coastal settlement 
  • Understanding of the institutional complexities of coastal zone planning and management jurisdictions in Indonesia. 
  • Ability to work independently and with a team with limited supervision. 
  • Excellent English and Indonesian (Bahasa) language skills (writing, speaking, listening and reading). 
  • Strong social and communication skills. 
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including to rural areas. 
  • Proven project management / operational skills and familiarity with Bank procedures and business practices, including the WBG safeguard policies, would be an advantage. 

Competencies (Level GG, Environmental Specialist) 

  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics  
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions  
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences  
  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena  
  • Policy Dialogue Skills  
  • Integrative Skills