Senior Environmental Engineer

The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group (WBG) provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit

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 WBG 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 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.

  • 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; and
  • Environmental Risk Management and Sustainability: Managing risks and creating opportunity to advice sustainable development in accordance with the Bank’s Operational Policies and, since October 1, 2018, the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

The ENR Global Practice (GP) has close to 300 operations, representing $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments and ASAs under active development.

The ENR GP Global Platform Unit (GENGE) comprises about 30 staff, most of them based in Washington, DC. The team reports to the Practice Manager also based in DC. GENGE is primarily responsible for (i) designing and leading the global programs for the GP whose implementation in country rests with the GP's regional units, including alignment to key business areas and cross-cutting solutions; (ii) resource mobilization and donor coordination, including trust fund management, planning and reporting; (iii) conducting key global studies to advance the environmental agenda globally and internally; and (iv) knowledge management of GENGE's key outputs.

GENGE facilitates the global agenda for promoting a sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem, or the Blue Economy. Building on its expertise in a wide variety of oceanic economic sectors, the WBG is now focused on developing the full potential of the Blue Economy, which is understood as the development of oceanic economic activities in an integrated and sustainable way in healthy oceans. To that effect, GENGE has established a Multi-Donor Trust Fund named PROBLUE. PROBLUE supports implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) and is fully aligned with the WBG’s goals of ending extreme poverty and shared prosperity in a sustainable fashion. PROBLUE supports the WBG’s overall Blue Economy program, which takes a multi-pronged, coordinated approach to ensuring the protection and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources. PROBLUE focuses on four key pillars, namely: (i) the sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture; (ii) Marine pollution prevention, including litter and plastics; (iii) the sustainable development of key oceanic sectors such as tourism, maritime transport and off-shore renewable energy; and (iv) building the capacity of governments to manage their marine and coastal resources in an integrated fashion to deliver more and sustainable benefits to countries and communities.

Our ambition is to turn PROBLUE into an international partnership to support marine pollution prevention, including marine plastics, among other ocean priorities; enhance our portfolio to help countries build their capacity and enable investment interventions across sectors (environment, urban, rural, agriculture, water), and create a favorable environment for private sector involvement. The Marine Pollution prevention program aims at addressing point and non-point sources of pollution, on land and at sea. One of the focus of the Marine Pollution prevention pillar in PROBLUE is about marine plastic prevention, and it revolves around stopping leakages by improving solid waste management; transitioning to a more circular economy, in which products are designed for reuse and recycling, meaning that waste will become value; and reducing the upstream production and use of plastics and phasing out fossil fuels subsidies. WBG is already active in implementing these solutions, and the portfolio is growing, with engagements in all regions and across sectors.

We aim to recruit a Senior Environmental Engineer based in Washington, DC, to support the Marine Pollution Prevention Program led by GENGE.

Duties and Responsibilities

You will work in close collaboration with the PROBLUE Marine Pollution pillar manager and report to the Practice Manager. Key responsibilities are around three main tasks: 1. Contribute to develop the pillar on marine pollution prevention in PROBLUE, 2. Support the development of the agenda by leading and/or supporting “game changing” analytics and innovative solutions, and 3. Disseminate and provide expertise to projects.

1(a) Support the Marine pollution prevention pillar manager and PROBLUE manager in preparing the strategic directions, workplans for the Partnership council, and in reporting activities, e.g. progress reports, liaison with projects teams, etc.

1(b) Help to design, implement, manage and monitor the grant allocation process, including e.g. review of proposals, monitoring of activities.

1(c) Support the PROBLUE team in the dialogue with partners, donor countries and external partners.

2(a) Support and/or lead global knowledge products related to marine litter, plastics and marine pollution. This includes designing, producing and disseminating major/complex reports, including the supervision, coordination and quality control of consultant reports. This also includes generating 'think pieces' and 'best practice papers; handling complex technical, institutional and program implementation issues in the sectors; and leading the development of proposals.

2(b) Support and/or lead the development of platforms, for marine litter and pollution monitoring for knowledge exchange and partnerships and for innovation, to develop new methodologies as well as new business models, new financing instruments, fiscal mechanisms or policy reforms. This includes supporting and/or leading the development of innovative instruments to stimulate innovation. This task will be conducted in cooperation with the ENR Global Lead for disruptive technologies, the Lead specialist for pollution and circular economy, and the marine pollution window manager.

3(a) Facilitate and maintain effective communication and coordination within the WBG on marine pollution issues, and help convene a community of practice (CoP) for marine pollution, building on the existing initiatives on marine plastics and existing CoP for solid waste management. This includes participation in the PROBLUE Guidance Committee, liaising with project teams to follow progress and provide guidance as relevant, to ensure that activities conducted are aligned with the program objectives.

3(b) Provide strategic technical assistance and/or peer reviews in support of projects in marine pollution across regions, to improve capacity for marine pollution management and waste management. This includes leading or contributing to the design/preparation and supervision of tasks and/or components as a technical expert in collaboration with the WBG project teams.

3(c) Contribute to knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities in relation to PROBLUE and marine pollution prevention activities within the WBG and with external stakeholders and Development Partners.

Selection Criteria

In addition to meeting Bank-wide requirements for Grade GG level positions, it is expected that the successful candidate will meet the following selection criteria:

Educational requirements:

Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in environment engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, pollution management or related field.


  • 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience in the environment engineering, with experience in solid waste management and pollution management.
  • 5 years of track record in strategic engagement experience with senior level policy makers (director general level at government ministry or higher).
  • Experience working with a wide range of partners, NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or with governments.
  • Deep knowledge of the engineering and technical aspects of waste and pollution management is required. Experience in agricultural pollution, and in the other fields of PROBLUE would be an advantage (e.g. impact assessments from maritime industries, coastal and marine spatial planning, relevant international agreements).
  • Experience with circular economy and with private sector would be a preference.
  • Demonstrated track record in project management / operational skills with experience in technically difficult pollution and engineering related issues; familiarity with Bank procedures would be an asset.


  • Collaboration and teamwork in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Work independently with limited supervision.
  • Communicate in a constructive and professional manner. Assist in the preparation of written materials in line with internal processes. Contribute to unit's knowledge sharing.
  • Willingness to travel extensively is required

Poverty has no borders. Neither does excellence. This is why we continually search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.