Local recruitment: Environmental Analyst

The World Bank

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Job #:req20376
Organization:World Bank
Sector:Environment
Grade:GE
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type:Local Recruitment
Location:Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s):English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date:1/6/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

Description

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 www.worldbank.org.

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;
CleanPollution 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).

UNIT CONTEXT

The Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice (GP) has close to 300 operations, representing $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments and ASAs under active development. The ENB GP Global Platform Unit (SENGL) comprises about 30 staff, most of them based in Washington, DC. The team reports to the Practice Manager also based in DC. SENGL 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 crosscutting 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 SENGL’s key outputs.

THE POSITION

This position will be based in Washington DC and will be part of the Green Business Line Team within SENGL.  As a member of Program Management Team (PMT) the incumbent’s work program will focus on providing technical, knowledge and administrative support the implementation of the Global Partnership for Sustainable and Resilient Landscapes – PROGREEN.

The position requires the ability to learn new concepts and methodologies quickly and with personal initiative, as s/he must have the technical fluency to work across a wide range of topics (e.g., sustainable growth, forests, agriculture, pollution, climate change, fisheries, produced capital, human capital, statistical methodologies). The position also requires the ability to closely collaborate across ENB Business Lines and other units in the World Bank,

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3-year term appointment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Environmental Analyst will have the following key responsibilities, noting that the work program might be adjusted based on business needs and priorities. 

Country Program Operations and Management

The incumbent will support the PROGREEN Program Manager and the broader PROGREEN team in  program management, relations with donors, results measurement, and reporting. Focus will be on (i) coordinating internal review of PROGREEN proposals and monitoring overall activity status/progress; (ii) support task teams and regional focal points in addressing implementation issues and ensuring compliance with Bank procedures including TF policies; (iii) coordinating the internal Grant Report Monitoring (GRM) process ; (iv) support the preparation of grant approval documentation, and (iv) in close coordination with the SENGL TF Coordinator, liaise with DFI and TACT on grant extension requests and TF procedural issues.

PROGREEN Country/Region Engagement

The Environmental Analyst will work with other PMT members to allow wider coverage and personalize PMT relations with country/regional task teams. As one of several PMT regional focal points, the incumbent will (i) facilitate the review of grant proposals, funding requests, progress and completion reports, results, and deliverables to ensure consistency with PROGREEN objectives, priorities and criteria and ensure quality and timely submission, (ii) provide advice, technical inputs, and guidance to task teams on grant proposals, process and procedures and documenting these interactions and decisions for consistency; (ii) review annual country progress reports for consistency, quality and policy alignment and summarize/synthesize achievements/results as substantive content to the PROGREEN Annual Report and Annual Work Plan; (iii) provide critical inputs to corporate monitoring requests, prepare and analyze PROGREEN (and the overall green business line) portfolio reports and identify existing or potential issues, focusing on risks in operation; and (iv) in close coordination with the SENGL M&E specialist, support the maintenance and regular updating of M&E and portfolio databases and continually improve their quality and content.

Technical Contributions on Global Program Analytics and Flagships

In line with her/his area of expertise, the Environmental Analyst will provide technical contributions, synthesize consultant inputs and support task teams working on PROGREEN Analytical Work, such as the Improving Governance of Forest Landscapes Flagship. This will involve producing / contributing to technical reports, summaries, presentations, briefings and progress reports that contribute to the quality and scope of the knowledge product.

Support ENB Corporate Commitments, Assessments, and Knowledge Management

The Environmental Analyst will support the provision of quarterly updates to SD front office and the Climate Change Group on the status of IDA Policy and CCAP Commitments. In addition, the incumbent will co-lead the ENB CPIA annual exercise for Q11 on Environment by leading the GP review process, reviewing inputs from country offices for quality and consistency. The incumbent will coordinate two ENB Communities of Practice – Landscapes Management and Forestry – and support the organization of regular learning events that serve the entire ENB GP and beyond. Finally, the Environmental Analyst will support the WB’s focal point representing the Bank in the Collaborative Partnership for Forests (CPF) and inputs to the UNFF for high-level events. 

Selection Criteria

• Masters’ degree or equivalent, preferably in environmental science, natural resource management, or related field.
• At least two years of relevant professional work experience.
• Excellent attention to detail, can manage multiple tasks at a time.
• Excellent writing and analytical skills, including the ability to draft presentations, outcome reporting, and other written communications.
• Ability to develop professional presentations and other documents.
• Strong interpersonal, relationship building and diplomatic skills.
• Data collection and proficiency in using analytical tools such as Microsoft Excel.
• Ability to apply a practical approach to problem solving, produce high quality work outputs, effectively prioritize, and adapt to competing and unexpected demands.
• Should be a self-starter, with a demonstrated high level of initiative.
• Commitment to maintain the highest ethical standards.
• Proficiency in other languages than English a plus.  

Key Competencies â€“ The preferred candidate must demonstrate the following competencies: 

Technology and systems knowledge – Exhibits excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and proficiency of technology or/and systems relevant to functional area.

Institutional policies, processes, and procedures – Demonstrates relevant functional knowledge and understanding of institutional priorities, policies, operational and administrative procedures, and people. Able to practically apply and guide others in policy application.

Versatility and adaptability
 – Demonstrates initiative and motivation to proactively learn new developments in relevant policies, procedures and technology. Is able proactively identify, prevent and/or solve problems. Able to participate in change activities and initiatives.

Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed- upon results and has the personal organization to do so.

Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.

Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Able to communicate in a constructive and professional manner. Can assist in the preparation of written materials in accordance with WB administrative guidelines and best practices. Able to contribute to unit’s knowledge sharing.

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Able to effectively and independently provide general research support. Demonstrates ability to assess situation and make sound judgment on action needed.

Communication –  Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.  Can assist in the preparation of written materials in accordance with WB administrative guidelines and best practices.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.  Women and SSA/CR candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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.

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POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED

IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development