Local recruitment: Natural Resources Management Specialist

The World Bank

Madagascar 🇲🇬

Job #:req21428
Organization:World Bank
Term Duration: 4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type:Local Recruitment
Required Language(s):French and English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date:3/17/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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. Visit www.worldbank.org.

The Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice has five key business lines consisting of Lending and non-lending services in (1) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes (‘Green Business line’); (2) Marine, Coastal, Aquatic Resources and Ocean Health (‘Blue Economy Business line’); (3) Pollution Management and Environmental Health (‘Pollution Management Business line’); (4) Environmental Economics, Policies and Institutions Business line, and (5) Safeguards/ Environmental Risk Management Business line:  delivery of effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development. This includes provision of high-quality and timely safeguards services across the Bank, including safeguards policies and the effective implementation of the Environment and Social Framework (ESF).

The ENB Global Practice in Sub Saharan Africa includes four units SAWE1, SAEE2, SAEE3 and SAWE4. SAEE3 covers East and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean islands; and manages operations in a variety of areas such as natural resources management, coastal zone management, forestry, pollution, climate change, landscape, and terrestrial and marine natural resources. In addition, the unit, like other ENB GP units provides environmental safeguards and ESF services across all sectors and projects.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The Natural Resources Management (NRM) Specialist will be based in Antananarivo, Madagascar and will be working on a broad and evolving portfolio of lending and policy dialogue on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Forestry, and Landscapes, and the Blue Economy. This portfolio includes integrated lending and non-lending programs led and co-led by ENB with a focus on NRM, sustainable landscape management, rural and community-based development, blue economy, and REDD+. The selected candidate will work under supervision of the Practice Manager for SAEE3 based in the World Bank’s Mozambique Country Office, and will have the following main duties and responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation, in collaboration with Task Teams, of investment projects in Madagascar’s Environment and NRM portfolio.
  • Provide strategic advice to team leaders of projects that include ENB activities, with emphasis on issues related to Integrated Landscapes, biodiversity, protected area management, rural livelihoods, promotion of sustainable value chains and non-timber forest products (NTFP), land degradation and restoration, forest management, and REDD+.
  • Assist the teams working in the landscape portfolio in Madagascar to maximize the value of landscapes/forests, biodiversity, and natural resources.
  • Review and provide advice for operational and analytical work on forests, climate and NRM and the links to poverty reduction and development in Madagascar.
  • Contribute to ENB and corporate tasks, including corporate products and ASA (CEA, SCDR, CPF, CCDR, etc.) related to forests, REDD+, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Nature-based tourism.
  • Participate actively in project implementation support missions, contribute to mission aide-memoires, ISRs and ensuring timely execution of mission’ action plans.
  • Contribute to NRM portfolio related business and pipeline development (e.g., policy lending, program for results, etc.), as well as donor dialogue, private sector engagement and identification of additional funding opportunities.
  • Promote, through ongoing and future portfolio, community-based approaches, and planning processes. Support the ongoing PADAP, SWIOFish, and Ethanol operations.
  • Explore and promote approaches to promote equitable, productive, and sustainable natural resource management outcomes in conflict sensitive and affected areas.
  • Share technical knowledge with clients and partners on different environment and NRM topics (forestry, agroforestry, biodiversity, protected areas etc.,).
  • Build relationships and facilitate effective communication with other development partners, NGOs, the private sector, and other stakeholders.
  • Support, in coordination with the Senior NRM Specialist, the CMU and the unit in general in NRM country dialogue and corporate commitments. This includes participating in developing and implementing sector strategy and assist in country-specific policy work (CEA, SCD, CPF, CCDR, etc.,).
  • In coordination with Senior NRM Specialist, participate in discussions with governments, donors and other stakeholders on Landscapes/Forests, Climate Change and NRM.

Selection Criteria

  • ·        Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in natural resource management, forestry/ agriculture, environmental management or science, environmental finance, sustainability, environmental engineering, or a similar relevant field
  • ·        Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the environment and natural resources management sector, including proven experience in integrated landscapes, REDD+, environment, forestry, blue economy, community-based development, biodiversity, and protected areas management.
  • ·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French.
  • ·        Familiarity with the World Bank Group’s organizational structure, processes, guidelines, and procedures will be highly desirable.
  • ·        Strong client orientation with the ability to build an understanding with implementing agency counterparts on the value-added of Bank products.
  • ·        Good team player who can work as a member of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, ability to function independently, with a degree of motivation, flexibility, and reliability.
  • ·        A drive for results while working with limited supervision and under tight timelines.
  • ·        Knowledge of Safeguards/ESF will be a strong advantage.

•     Understanding of the programmatic approach to forests, climate change and natural resources management (in the context of multi-sectoral approaches and the national development plan and using various sources of financing.

  • ·        Strong understanding of REDD+ as a policy instrument, including the use and design of jurisdictional REDD+ Emission Reductions Programs; and familiarity with the application of the World Bank’s environmental safeguards policies and ESF.
  • ·        Well-developed interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, including the ability to write concisely and translate technical knowledge and ideas into professional and accessible English.
  • ·        A drive for results while working under tight timelines.
  • ·        Willingness to travel.

WBG Core Competencies

  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.
  • Integrative Skills – Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
  • Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions – Familiarity with environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
  • Environmental Sciences – Depth in at least one area: water; ecosystems; forests; conservation; agriculture concerns, etc.
  • 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

For more information about WBG Core Competencies, please visit: https://bit.ly/2kbIA7O.

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.

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