Natural Resources Management Specialist (Marine)

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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World Bank



Term Duration: 
3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:
International Recruitment

Washington, DC

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Closing Date:
8/25/2019 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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.

Natural Resources Management Specialist (Marine)

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group 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

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 handled 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, weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change. This work is carried out by the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENRB GP).

We cover the following business lines:

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: Handling risks and creating opportunity to advise sustainable development in accordance with the Bank’s Operational Policies and, since October 1, 2018, the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

The ENRB GP has close to 300 operations, representing $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of investments and ASAs under development.

The global platform unit of ENRB GP (SENGL) comprises about 30 staff, most of them based in Washington DC. The staff reports to the Practice Manager also based in Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Global Platform Unit 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 aligning the Global Programs with the GP's main business lines, other key GPs in the SD Practice group and beyond (e.g., MTI, Poverty) and Cross Cutting Solutions (e.g., Climate Change); (ii) resource mobilization and donor coordination, including TF management, planning and reporting; (iii) conducting key global studies to advance the environmental agenda globally and within the Bank, internally, and analytical work to support the GP's regional units in the implementation of the GP's strategy; and (iv) knowledge management of the Unit's key outputs.

SENGL is promoting the World Bank’s 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 Bank 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.

The Blue Economy approach, as defined by the Bank, requires a clear understanding of the various economic activities in marine and coastal areas, their physical as well as economic interactions and interdependencies, and calls for innovative approaches to help guide the alignments and trade-offs that coastal states are required to carry out between these activities.

To that effect, SENGL 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 World Bank’s goals of ending extreme poverty and advancing shared prosperity in a sustainable fashion. PROBLUE supports the World Bank’s overall engagement across all ocean-based sectors, which takes a multi-pronged, coordinated approach to ensuring the protection and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources. PROBLUE has four thematic pillars, namely:

1. Sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture

2. Marine pollution: the threats posed to ocean health by marine pollution, including litter and plastics

3. ‘Blueing’ of traditional and emerging oceanic sectors: the sustainable development of key oceanic sectors such as tourism, maritime transport and off-shore renewable energy

4. Integrated seascape management: 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.

SENGL seeks to add to its PROBLUE team by hiring an experienced and team-oriented Marine Resources Management Specialist.

Duties & Responsiblities:

The Marine Resources Management Specialist will work in close cooperation with the PROBLUE team, and in particular the managers of Pillars 3 and 4, in order to develop new tools and approaches to allow Bank client countries to develop traditional and emerging oceanic activities in an sustainable fashion, facilitate and support their integrated planning and provide technical assistance to other Bank teams as they implement the new Blue Economy Action Plan (decision making tools, planning tools, etc.). The Specialist will report to the Practice Manager and, working with the Pillar 3 and 4 managers will be required to undertake the following tasks:

• Contribute thought leadership and technical expertise to the design and implementation of the PROBLUE workplan, particularly as it relates to Pillars 3 and 4.
• Provide technical support to the development of analytical tools and standard methodologies in the fields of Ecosystem based management/Marine Spatial Planning/ Integrated Coastal Zone Management, economic tools and instruments like natural capital accounting and payment for ecosystem services. Familiarity in applying these approaches to traditional sectors (like shipping and tourism) and emerging activities (like renewable ocean energy, desalination) is preferred.
• In collaboration with the Pillar 3 and 4 managers provide technical advice and quality-control to Bank teams and/or client countries, as they design and implement PROBLUE-financed country-level Advisory Services & Analytics (ASA), technical assistance and other activities in the above-mentioned fields and sectors.
• Lead and/or contribute to the preparation of PROBLUE-financed global ASA and ‘flagship reports.’
• Contribute to the preparation of strategies, in particular the Blue Economy Action Plan, presentations and briefing notes, case studies, and outreach material.
• Stay abreast of the latest advances in MSP, innovative financing mechanisms, blue carbon, and various quantitative tools and methods for supporting decision-making. Conducts desk reviews to identify existing relevant knowledge, and identify critical information gaps;
• Contribute to other knowledge management activities, as requested by supervisor.
• Help in the mobilization of support from donor funded facilities and trust funds, and direct or parallel co-financing.


Selection Criteria

Educational requirements:
• Master’s degree or higher degree in one or more of the following: environmental/natural resources economics, marine policy and management, geography or marine science. Good understanding of GIS as applied to marine ecosystems is preferred.

• Minimum of 5 years of relevant, technical professional experience with demonstrated focus on marine and coastal ecosystems, preferably in international institutions. Specifically, experience in one or, preferably, more of the following areas: economics and natural capital accounting, ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning, coastal zone management and innovative financing.

Preference given to
• Application of this experience to climate change issues in the marine environment including assessing and managing risk, nature-based infrastructure and the potential for carbon sequestration.
• Additional experience in related ocean sectors (e.g. fisheries, ports and shipping, energy, pollution management, coral reef and mangroves rehabilitation)
• Knowledge of World Bank operations

• Excellent English-language communication skills, oral and written, with a record of publications preferred.
• Excellent organizational skills, and ability to work independently as well as in teams.
• High degree of motivation, flexibility and reliability, and willingness to expand job scope as part of team effort.
• Ability to contribute to knowledge sharing, analytical work and publications, and direct communication with Bank colleagues, media and others.
• Additional languages would be an advantage

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.  Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.