Local recruitment: Natural Resources Management Specialist

The World Bank

Maputo, Mozambique 🇲🇿

Job #:req21416
Organization:World Bank
Term Duration: 4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type:Local Recruitment
Required Language(s):Portuguese 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 Maputo, Mozambique and will working on Landscapes, Forestry, the ERPA program, Climate Change, and Safeguards/ESF. He/She will be a team member of the Mozambique Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) Team, with a portfolio that includes integrated lending and non-lending programs led and co-led by ENB with a focus on forestry, 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 Mozambique’s Environment and NRM portfolio.
  • Provide strategic advice to team leaders of projects that include ENB activities, with emphasis on issues related to Forest monitoring, rural development, landscapes, land degradation and restoration, sustainable forest management, and natural resource m
  • Advice and/or assist the teams working in the landscape portfolio in Mozambique to maximize the value of landscapes/forests, and natural resources. Work on the Zambezia ERPA engagement and operationalization.
  • Contribute to ENB and corporate tasks, including corporate products and ASA (CEA, SCDR, CPF, CCDR, etc.) related to forests, REDD+, Climate Change, and Land Degradation.

·        Conduct climate risk screening and thorough assessment of projects assigned to him/her and propose appropriate mitigation measures to ensure projects supported are resilient to climate change impacts.

·        Identify, track and report climate mitigation and/or climate adaptation finance opportunities in assigned projects in accordance with the joint MDBs Climate Finance Tracking Methodology.

·        Provide technical expertise and support with the calculation of gross and net GHG emissions as well as emission reductions of ER projects as well support the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of GHG emissions.

  • 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.
  • Proactively participate in other key GP dialogues (agriculture, urban, SSI, water, EFI etc.,) and promote ENB collaboration in such dialogues.
  • Support, in coordination with the ENB coordinator, 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.,).
  • Provide Safeguards and ESF support to projects under preparation and supervision
  • In coordination with ENB coordinator, participate in discussions with governments, donors and other stakeholders on Landscapes/Forests, Climate Change and NRM.

Selection Criteria

* Master’s degree or equivalent academic qualification in a relevant discipline with a preference given to forestry, and as alternatives environmental science, environmental economics, biology, public policy, or equivalent.

* Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the environmental sector, including proven experience in REDD+, forest/agriculture landscapes, and NRM projects.

* Good knowledge of NRM and environmental issues in Mozambique, including but not limited to legislation and institutions.

·        * Strong understanding of REDD+ as a policy instrument, including the use and design of jurisdictional REDD+ Emission Reductions Programs

·        * Familiarity with and very good working knowledge of the World Bank’s environmental safeguards policies and ESF.

·        * Experience in project preparation and supervision.

·        * Proven project and portfolio management capacity.

·        * Familiarity with application of spatial (GIS) and statistical tools in the field of natural resources management.

·        * Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Portuguese.

·        * Strong client orientation with the ability to build an understanding with implementing agency counterparts on the value-added of Bank products.

·        * 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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