Local recruitment: Senior Environmental Specialist

The World Bank
New Delhi, India
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Local Language


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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 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.

The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation. 

The ENB GP’s unit in South Asia is looking to further enhance its field-based capacity of environmental specialists in the New Delhi Office to support the environmental work on ongoing and new operations and activities of the India program, which is one of the largest of the Bank’s operations in diverse areas of the country’s economy. 

Duties and Accountabilities:

ENR GP is seeking to employ a Senior Environmental Specialist who would provide environmental management support to Bank-financed projects, and contribute to developing and supervising ENB projects, particularly in the pollution/waste management areas. The Specialist will be based at the World Bank Country Office in Delhi, India. The Specialist would work in the following areas: 

  • Working with task teams from project identification to preparation, appraisal, implementation and completion to ensure that environmental issues are properly addressed, according to the Bank’s environmental policies and ESF, through project-specific environmental analysis and systemwide capacity building. Specific areas to be addressed may include issues related to environmental and social impact assessments; community health and safety; workplace safety; resources efficiency including water and energy efficiency; pollution prevention; management chemicals and wastes including hazardous wastes; ecosystem services; biodiversity and forest resources, cultural properties and stakeholders engagement on all project-specific relevant environmental issues. 
  • Providing expert guidance and advice to borrowers/counterparts in the preparation and successful implementation of project environmental assessment instruments/documentation, including Terms of Reference for the preparation of environmental instruments, such as environmental impact/risk assessments or environmental management plans etc.
  • Seeking and developing opportunities to improve and integrate sound environmental management and policies in Bank-financed operations, including improving environmental benefits and providing value-added service, and building capacity of relevant local clients and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinating and sharing information with WBG staff and consultants providing environmental risk management project support or working on other environment and natural resource issues;
  • Contributing as required to the broader work of ENB GP on improving environmental sustainability; and identifying and pursuing innovative approaches including contributing to preparation and supervision of projects in the areas of pollution and natural resource management.
  • Leading or contributing to relevant analytical work;
  • Participating in portfolio reviews, analytical activities, and project preparation and implementation in the environment sector, as and when required.
  • Collaborating with WBG staff across regions and across sector boundaries and seeking opportunities for knowledge sharing.

The specialist will be required, as needed, to provide a range of technical support to WB projects and activities, including some of the following potential areas:

  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental management plan (EMP), sectoral/strategic environmental assessments (EAs), cumulative impact analysis, and other forms of environmental assessments/analysis;
  • Environmental risk analysis and management including occupational health and safety or hazard risk analysis and management; and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of mitigation strategies in areas of risk;
  • Project design in order to improve environmental benefits (positive impacts) and outcomes of the project;
  • Engineering principals, practices, and methods and their application to environmental work; and
  • Design, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure in relation to environmental, health and safety management; and ensuring safe workplace practices.

Selection Criteria

  1. Master’s degree in environmental sciences/management/engineering or natural resources management or other related fields with solid experience in preparing EIAs, EAs and EMPs, particularly in the context of infrastructure projects in different states of India and in SAR countries. 
  2. A minimum of at least seven years of relevant experience including, preferably, experience of working on strategic environmental issues related to infrastructure projects; on capacity assessment and institutional strengthening for improved environmental management; and on health and safety management/plans, emergency/contingency plans, or other related project environmental plans/studies. Preferably if experience is in multilateral financial institution supported operations;
  3. Knowledge and experience related to environmental impact assessment, management and stakeholder engagement in some of the key areas of economic activity with significant environmental implications (i.e. agriculture, water, energy and extractives, industries, transport, information technology, urban and rural development, and natural disaster management).
  4. In-depth knowledge of the environmental regulatory and institutional framework in India. 
  5. Experience in designing and supervising projects in some of the following areas: pollution management, forests, biodiversity, landscapes, coastal zone management and fisheries.
  6. Proven ability to exercise sound judgments in a work environment with tight processing constraints, and proven record of good teamwork and delivering under pressure.
  7. Ability to analyze cross-sectoral issues with respect to environmental outcomes, especially within the broader framework of national development agenda. Extensive field-based experience, including the carrying out of baseline surveys and stakeholder consultations, are desired.
  8. Familiarity with Bank's operational policies and procedures as they relate to environmental aspects of the Bank’s work would be as asset, but is not a requirement;
  9. Ability to effectively communicate and provide guidance to the Bank and clients’ teams, and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and in inter-disciplinary teams.
  10. Excellent writing and communication skills in both local language and English and inter-personal skills with appropriate level of office information technology skills.
  11. Willingness to travel frequently in India, in the SAR countries and outside.

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.

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.