Local recruitment: Program Analyst
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.
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES GLOBAL PRACTICE (GP)
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 275 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and CCSAs that are professionally associated with it.
The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice has three broad and distinct functions:
- 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.
- 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.
- Works closely with other sectors, including by leveraging GEF grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.
On August 4, 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) to help protect people and the environment in the investment projects it finances. This effort is one of several key initiatives, including procurement reform, and the climate and gender strategies, recently undertaken by the Bank to improve development outcomes.
The ESF responds to new and varied development demands and challenges that have arisen over time.It brings the World Bank’s environmental and social protections into closer harmony with those of other development institutions, and makes important advances in areas such as transparency, non-discrimination, social inclusion, public participation, and accountability – including expanded roles for grievance redress mechanisms. The framework helps to ensure social inclusion, and explicitly references human rights in the overarching vision statement.
The ESF is made up of the World Bank’s vision for sustainable development, the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Policy for Investment Project Financing, and ten Environmental and Social Standards (ESS). These set out the mandatory requirements for the World Bank, in relation to the projects it supports through Investment Project Financing (IPF), and for Borrowers.
ENR GP is seeking to recruit a Program Analyst with familiarity in environmental risk assessment and management. The primary responsibility for the tasks are listed below.
This posting will be in Washington DC.
Role & Responsibilities:
The Program Analyst will be required to undertake the following tasks:
- Assist ENR Practice Manager and Senior ESF Specialist to track the assignments of Environmental and Social Specialists working on ESF track filing of key safeguards/ESF instruments. Follow up with ENR PMs for them to complete their quality assurance in the Environmental/Social Management System (ESMS), supporting them in clearing documents in a timely manner as per ADM business procedures.
- Champion knowledge management by seeking, curating, and sharing knowledge across the unit, cooperating with peers across the GP, and contributing to the creation and maintenance of joint, GP-wide knowledge management tools on environmental risk assessment and management.
- To support research, knowledge and learning, you will co-create and maintain a repository of safeguards and ESF-related documents, including TORs for ESF/Safeguards instruments, cleared Environment and Social Commitment Plans (ESCPs), cleared Environmental and Social Review Summaries (ESRSs), and lessons learned and best practice information from Bank projects.
- Monitor risk and compliance in the portfolio, and participate in risk review meetings at the regional, GP and corporate level.
- Assist teams in tracking the processing of ESRS, promptly identifying delays and inconsistencies with ADM guidelines.
- Assist in consolidating the GP’s project risk lists, and obtain, monitor and incorporate other corporate risk lists, e.g. those maintained by OPCS and CMUs. Maintain and update GP’s consolidated risk list and assist in preparing various risk review meetings (GP director, CESSO, CMUs).
- Assist Senior Environmental Specialist and Regional Safeguards Coordinator (RSC) in overseeing TFs for knowledge generation and management.
- Assist Senior Environmental Specialists in providing guidance and oversight to teams in tracking ESRS processing. Perform quality assurance by managing records and pre-screening ESRSs, and other process documents.
- Monitor compliance with ES instruments and measures as per ESCP (ES Commitment Plan) through project preparation and implementation by benchmarking ES deliverables and results against agreed actions and milestones, considering relevant ESSs, sector-specific guidelines, other relevant policies, and contract-specific conditions. Track deadlines and work under the guidance of Senior Environmental Specialists to help identify and monitor emerging environmental risks and their management and resolution during project implementation.
- Under guidance of Senior Environmental Specialists, contribute to the development of ESS-related technical materials, such as Good Practice Notes, knowledge tools, or metrics.
- Support overall pipeline and portfolio monitoring and management, including ensuring information systems are updated to accurately reflect project status.
- Master’s degree in environmental or natural sciences, environmental policy engineering, energy, agriculture, geography, development studies, or equivalent. At least 2 years of experience in environmental risk assessment and management. Bachelor’s degree with minimum 4 years of experience will be considered.
- Strong analytical skills, ability to think holistically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmental data and information.
- Ability to follow up multiple work-streams simultaneously.
- Deep knowledge of World Bank’s safeguards policies, ESF and/or IFC Performance Standards/MIGA Environmental and Social policies or similar standards would be considered an advantage.
- Ability to interact effectively with different stakeholders, including project-affected parties, government officials, non-governmental organizations/civil society, and project investors.
- Basic knowledge of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, GHG accounting methodologies, or similar standards is deemed an advantage.
- Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, explaining issues and recommending solutions.
- Excellent verbal and written English language skills are critical; knowledge of additional languages would be an advantage.
- High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, including its analytical and data mining functions, and familiarity with database management applications would be an advantage.
- Teamwork skills, including the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, motivate and convene group efforts, and network effectively across boundaries.