Environment and Social Specialist

International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Environmental & Social (E&S) Policy and Risk Department (CES), is a brand-new department, created in July 2019, which reports directly to the IFC CEO.  Seeded with 12 seasoned E&S staff, the department is expected to grow to around 30 by the end of the financial year.  CES is responsible for:

  1. Policy: maintaining IFC’s E&S policies, procedures and systems;
  2. Knowledge and Learning: developing knowledge products and training programs, including accreditation of IFC staff;
  3. Risk: providing E&S policy and risk oversight of the high-risk projects in IFC’s investment and advisory pipeline, and high-risk and non-performing projects in IFC’s investment portfolio;
  4. Grievance Response: providing support and training to operational teams in responding to complaints associated with IFC’s clients as well as in responding to the Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO), IFC’s independent accountability mechanism.

CES works in close collaboration with IFC’s investment departments and the ESG Sustainability Advice and Solutions Department (CEG) which has 150 professionals and is housed in IFC Operations.  CES provides an independent review in the management of E&S risk and the implementation of IFC’s E&S policies and procedures.

IFC is unique among Development Finance Institutions in having this cadre of in-house environment, social and corporate governance experts. More details can be found at www.ifc.org/sustainability.  It is through this expertise that CES and CEG: (i) partner with IFC’s investment and advisory departments to manage ESG risks associated with their activities and find solutions to client issues and (ii) leverage ESG expertise and operational experience in emerging markets to maintain IFC’s leadership in sustainability through ESG standards – the Environmental and Social (E&S) Performance Standards (www.ifc.org/performancestandards) - to encourage the effective adoption of these standards by companies and investors across emerging markets. 

Duties and Accountabilities

The E&S Specialist for Learning will lead the development of CES’s training, knowledge and accreditation program for IFC’s investment, legal and E&S staff.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Development and implementation of a training strategy for investment staff, advisory staff and E&S staff in collaboration with the knowledge and learning teams in CEG and IFC’s credit departments;
  • Development and implementation of an accreditation strategy for E&S staff in coordination with CES Risk Officers and CEG Management;
  • Coordination with CES Risk Officers and Grievance Team and with CEG in maintaining and implementing a pipeline of knowledge products (guidance and tools) to support effective E&S risk management by IFC staff as well as external stakeholders;

Selection Criteria

  • Graduate/advanced degree in environment, social or related discipline; certification in learning and training preferred
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience, including applied private sector experience in E&S risk management, investment and sustainable investment policies; and designing and delivering training and knowledge products on good practice in E&S risk management and/or assurance, including instructional design experience; experience with designing professional accreditation and evaluation schemes preferred;
  • A passion for teaching, training and knowledge transfer of E&S issues and practices;
  • International experience required with experience in developing countries preferred. Willingness and ability to travel to developing countries;
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to deliver presentations and training programs to a varied spectrum of staff across the organization;
  • Ability to identify and adapt learning and training methods to effectively transfer knowledge to meet the specific needs of different groups and situations;  
  • Strong interpersonal, listening and communication skills and ability to collaborate with and relate to other learning teams, subject-matter experts and trainers to effectively develop and deliver learning programs and products;
  • Exemplary project management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to effectively and concisely communicate ideas, learning and training needs in spoken and written English is essential.  Additional language skills are advantageous;
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team, influence and negotiate point of view within teams, superior mentoring skills;
  • A self-starter who is able to drive programs with minimal supervision; and
  • High personal integrity and emotional intelligence, with demonstrated ability to handle sensitive matters in a discreet and respectful manner. Diplomatic approach and calm under pressure.