Local recruitment: Environmental Specialist

The World Bank

New Delhi, Delhi, India 🇮🇳

Job #:req21112
Organization:World Bank
Term Duration: 2 years 0 months
Recruitment Type:Local Recruitment
Location:New Delhi,India
Required Language(s):English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date:2/17/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Would you like 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 www.worldbank.org

The Environment and Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP): The ENB GP has been established to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources! One specific ENB GP responsibility is to support effective environmental risk management, and to ensure good environmental management across our work in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies and its Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

ESF brings the World Bank’s environmental and social (E&S) protections into closer harmony with those of other development institutions and makes important advances in areas such as transparency, non-discrimination, social inclusion, public participation, and accountability – including expanded roles for grievance redress mechanisms. The framework helps to ensure social inclusion and explicitly references human rights in the overarching vision statement!

This position is based in New Delhi, India and focuses on pollution management, and a particular focus on Air Pollution. Air pollution in India is a multi-sector and multi-jurisdictional challenge. It has originally been tackled by a city-by-city approach, but poor air quality in Indian cities is driven not only by urban sources, such as transport, industry, and power generation, as is common in other countries, but also by a range of rural sources outside the cities, and sources beyond state borders. It is well known that crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana affects air quality in the NCR (National Capital Region). In Kanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh, 50 percent of air pollution is contributed by sources that lie outside the city boundary, and some outside the boundary of the State. Within India the most severely polluted region is the vast and high populated Indo-Gangetic plain (comprising of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Jharkhand). Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are additionally home to India’s largest contiguous population of households with incomes below the poverty line.

The ENB GP in South Asia seeks to recruit a highly skilled Environmental Specialist who would work as part of various task teams involved in developing (preparing) and providing implementation support to World Bank-financed projects/activities. The Environmental Specialist will report to the ENB Practice Manager for the South Asia Region (SAR) and work as part of the World Bank India Country Unit.

Job duties and responsibilities:

• Contributing to the broader work of ENB GP on improving environmental sustainability; and identifying and pursuing innovative approaches including contributing as part of task teams providing expert guidance and advice to borrowers/counterparts from project conceptualization, preparation of detailed project reports, development of implementation plans, appraisal, implementation and completion of projects related to (a) pollution management (including air, soil and chemical) (b) pollution prevention and management (c) environmental management and others as needed. 
• Support environmental policy dialogue with India government and other stakeholders, with a strong focus on pollution, and linkages to climate change, and resilience.
• Support the development and implementation of environmental operations, technical assistance, or analytical work, including the preparation and supervision of missions.
• Contributing to relevant analytical work in the areas of Air Quality Management.
• Participating in portfolio reviews, analytical activities, and project preparation and implementation in the environment sector, as and when required.
• Disseminate/Support dissemination of lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects/activities for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
• Represent ENB GP in relevant internal and external meetings on ENB thematic areas within the region. 
• Contribute to a variety of written products and communications, including components of major reports (Briefs, Analytical Notes, Aide Memoires, Project Concept Notes, and Project Documents), as well as drafts other technical working papers for wider circulation.
• Work closely with colleagues in other Bank Global Practices working in India.
• Collaborating with WBG staff across regions and across sector boundaries and seeking opportunities for knowledge sharing. 
• Support and expand building relationships and facilitate effective communication with other development partners, NGOs, the private sector, and other collaborators. 

Selection Criteria

• Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in Environmental management, public policy, or other relevant disciplines (e.g., applied natural sciences). 
• 5+ years of proven, relevant professional experience in the environment/pollution management field.
• Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally related data and information.
• Deep knowledge of environmental and pollution management issues, policies, and institutions in developing country contexts. 
• Ability to follow up multiple work-streams simultaneously. 
• International experience is an advantage; experience in developing countries / emerging economies is a strong advantage. Ability and willingness to travel frequently, including to developing countries and possibly remote, fragile and conflict affected areas, is required. 
• Ability to work well with a range of stakeholders, including project-affected parties, government officials, non-governmental organizations / civil society, as well as project investors and their staff.
• Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions. 
• Excellent inter-personal and team leadership skills and ability to easily interact with people of different backgrounds and seniority inside and outside the World Bank, including clients and partners.
• Excellent writing and communication skills in both local language and English are required. Knowledge of other languages will be an advantage.
• Good team player who can work as a member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, motivate and lead group efforts and network effectively across boundaries.
• A drive for results while working with limited supervision and under tight timelines.

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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.

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