Local recruitment: Environmental Engineer (Risk Management)
Unit and Country Context:
The Environment and Natural Resources Unit for East Africa (one of three Environment units in Africa) has about 40 staff. Half of these staff work on environmental safeguards/environmental risk management. The other 50 percent work primarily on lending and knowledge products in client countries. About 50 percent are based in the field. The balance is based in Washington DC and travel to the region frequently. The skills of these staff include, economics, pollution management, forestry, fisheries management, landscapes management, watershed management, and natural areas protection.
This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda and will focus on the environmental risk management. Rwanda has a large infrastructure shortfall. As a result, the Bank has been investing heavily in infrastructure in the country. This requires staff in the Rwanda office to implement the Bank’s environmental risk management policies (including the Safeguard Policies and the new Environmental and Social Framework, or ESF). All World Bank-supported investment projects must meet ambitious environmental management standards. The Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice is responsible for providing technical support and oversight to all investment projects in order to meet these obligations.
Duties & Accountablities:
The Environmental Engineer- Risk Management will have the following key responsibilities as agreed with his/her Practice Manager based on an annual Result Agreement:
- Work closely with the Safeguards Focal Point in Nairobi, Kenya and the Regional Safeguards Coordinator for East Africa who are responsible for assigning safeguards tasks and ensuring quality of the safeguards work in Tanzania and the East Africa Region, respectively.
- Ensure the effective integration of environmental due diligence as defined by World Bank Group Environmental and Social Management Framework, safeguards policies as well as international good practice documents (e.g. Equator Principles) into the design, appraisal and implementation of WBG supported projects (environmental lending portfolio and analytical work).
- Provide expert advice to client and counterpart organizations, project teams and WBG management with regard to the preparation of environmental impact assessments, including regional, strategic and cumulative assessments; environmental management frameworks and plans, including plan for monitoring, reporting and evaluation; public consultation plans; and specific plans related to natural habitats conservation, natural resource management, pest management, forest management, dam safety and international waterways management; such advice will be based on thorough analysis of baseline conditions, project scope and impacts, requirements from national legal and institutional frameworks, and compliance with the WBG’s operational policies.
- Provide expert guidance to clients in the preparation of relevant project cycle documentation including terms of reference (ToR) for environmental safeguard instruments, such as environmental and social assessments (incl. strategic, regional and cumulative environmental assessments, environmental and social management frameworks and plans, Pest Management Plans, and supervising their implementation. Provide technical training for the EA practitioners in client countries on the WBG safeguard policies and requirements.
- Provide environmental input in project documents in accordance with the Bank operational policies including Project Concept Note (PCN), Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (ISDS), Project Appraisal Document (PAD) and Decision/Negotiations Packages, and assist with managing timely and proper disclosure procedures and public consultation requirements for all required environmental assessment and management instruments.
- Participate as team member in the development and/or supervision of the implementation of environment or natural resources activities or components in various projects, including participation in identification missions; seeking and developing opportunities to integrate sound environmental management and policies in various investment project operations; maintaining regular dialog with the client and enhancing their capacity for understanding and compliance with on environmental policies; and contributing to mission outputs such as back to office reports (BTORs) and Aide Memoires.
- Facilitate and maintain effective communication with the local community of practice, including NGOs, academia, civil society, the private sector as well as specialized international organizations in line with the Bank’s Disclosure Policy and need to harmonize with clients and other international financial institutions in the region.
- Coordinate all environmental safeguards and enhancement activities within and between projects, share information with Task Team Leaders (Project Managers), project team members, staff/consultants responsible for projects’ social safeguards management, and other regional staff working on the environmental and NRM agenda, and in particular with the EAP regional safeguards advisor, EAP regional safeguards coordinator and the Pacific safeguards coordinator.
- Participate in and/or possibly lead natural resource or environmental management projects and the policy dialog with the government and other stakeholders on environment or natural resources aspects relevant the region, including climate change. This includes coordination with other financiers, review of sector policies, strategies, and legislation.
- Resolve project related questions from clients related to the interpretation of the Bank safeguards policies.
- Actively seek to learn World Bank Group procedures, and contribute to their improvement, by participating in training offered, by developing a personal training program, keeping abreast of research and development knowledge in the environment and natural resources sector, and relevant safeguard management process. This will become especially important over the coming 1-3 years during the Bank’s transition from the current framework of safeguards policies to a new environmental and social framework (ESF) which constitutes a radical overhaul and modernization of the Bank’s policies, standards and implementation procedures.
- Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the relevant Manager such as for example, contribute to the organization of training or knowledge sharing events, and help the country office staff with various tasks specific to the management of the office.
The following are required:
- Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in environmental engineering, civil engineering, or related field, with a strong preference for candidates with good technical training in engineering and experience in environmental risk management related to large scale civil engineering or industrial engineering projects, pollution management, solid waste management, or soil, water and groundwater remediation and clean-up.
- A minimum of 3 years of full-time relevant professional experience in the engineering risk management or environmental management sector is required.
- Fluency in English is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading)
- Fluency in French is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading)
- Fluency in Kinyarwanda is required.
- Proven teamwork and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams.
- A strong sense of team work and ability to work independently with limited supervision.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Willingness to travel extensively in Rwanda and possibly to other countries is necessary, including to remote rural areas.
The following would be an advantage but not required:
- Knowledge and experience in environmental assessment and management of investment projects involving large scale civil works, extractive or industrial activities would be a strong advantage, especially the experience in the preparation of environmental safeguard/risk management documents.
- Experience working in developing countries, like Rwanda, understanding the institutional and political context and exposure to the national environmental policy challenges would be an advantage.
- Demonstrated project management / operational skills, including occupational health and safety management would be an advantage.
- Experience working with contractors that have weak implementation capacity in the area of environmental risk management would be an advantage.