Local recruitment: Consultant (Blue Economy)

The World Bank

Washington, DC, US



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 World Bank 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.

For the World bank, the Blue Economy is understood as comprising the range of economic sectors and related policies that together determine whether the use of oceanic resources is sustainable.   An important challenge of the blue economy is to understand and better manage the many aspects of oceanic sustainability, ranging from sustainable fisheries to ecosystem health to pollution. According to OECD, oceans are valued at $ 24 trillion, generating an annual economic value of $2.5 trillion (or 3 to 5% of global GDP), making it the world’s seventh largest economy.  In addition to providing resources for key industries to prosper, such as fisheries, maritime transport (90% of all goods used by the world are shipped across oceans), tourism, oceans also provide key environmental services, local as well as global whose importance is increasingly being recognized.  OECD notes that oceans could outperform the growth of the global economy as a whole, both in terms of value added and employment.  In the coming decade, marine energy, marine biotechnology, coastal tourism, transport and food production sectors could offer unprecedented development and investment opportunities.  

The development of the Blue Economy is closely associated with the Bank’s support for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 14, and meeting its corporate twin goals in a sustainable fashion.  Recognizing the critical importance of the blue economy and its supporting ecosystems for the economy of developing countries, as well as for poverty reduction, food security, balance of payment, sociocultural identity and gender balance, the World Bank has significantly expanded activities in this area over the recent years. 

In this context, further expertise is needed to support the ongoing marine and coastal portfolio of Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) global practice in the Latin America and Caribbean (LCR) region, including fisheries management, fisheries insurance, aquaculture, marine pollution and more broadly the Blue Economy. 


The Extended-term consultant (ETC) will play a key role in assisting the LCR ENB team in the coordination of the blue economy portfolio supporting operations addressing ocean governance, fisheries and aquaculture management and development including fisheries insurance, conservation and sustainable use of marine resources in the context of the blue economy agenda, coastal zone management, prevention of marine pollution, etc.  LCR client countries with ongoing blue economy operations include the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Peru, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Brazil, etc. 

The ETC will work as an operation officer who will contribute to the overall blue economy work program contributing to the management of Blue Economy-related information and knowledge,  support coordination of PROBLUE activities in LCR, preparation and implementation of operations, by providing active support (technical and reporting) to the task team at Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The ETC will be a full member of the LCR ENB team, and is expected to participate in field missions, and to benefit from the interaction with more senior staff and to challenging analytical work. Her/his main tasks will include the following: 

• Contribute to the development of new Bank operations (combining various sources of financing including International Development Association – IDA, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – IBRD, Global Environment Facility – GEF and other Trust Funds (e.g., Green Climate Fund – GCF; Nordic Development Fund – NDF), both from Bank’s Headquarter and in field visits to countries, by providing assistance to their preparation with client countries. 
• Contribute to the project implementation support through performance supervision of specific projects. Subsequently providing technical advice and supporting client countries, especially in the fields of project planning and management to achieve positive sustainable development outcomes. 
• Contribute to the preparation of briefs, notes, presentations, etc. 
• Undertake research for the development of new operations and analyze data generated either from surveys or from secondary sources to enhance understanding of linkages between fisheries governance and management, marine and coastal ecosystems management and protection, and economic development, poverty reduction and gender balance. 
• Help mobilize support from donor funded facilities and trust funds, and direct or parallel co-financing. 
• Help coordinate activities financed under PROBLUE trust fund.
• Draft relevant Bank-project cycle’s documentation (e.g. sector contribution to Systematic Country Diagnostic, Country Partnership Framework, Project Concept Notes, Project Appraisal Documents, Implementation Support Reports, and Implementation Completion Reports), documents related to missions (e.g. Announcement Letters, Statement of Mission Objectives, Aide-Mémoire, and Back-to-Office reports) and others, as relevant.

Selection Criteria

• Minimum:  Master’s Degree with at least five years of experience in development projects and/or renewable natural resources management. 
• Appropriate technical background, with particular expertise and practical field experience in fisheries and/or renewable natural resources management. Additional expertise and experience in one or more of the following areas will be considered as advantage(s): development economy; natural renewable resources and/or environmental economics; project planning and management; marine and coastal zone management; environment and biodiversity conservation; natural resources co-management; participatory planning; public policy and planning; gender approach; poverty reduction. 
• Good understanding of the project cycle and operations, good understanding and experience of project management, practices and procedures desirable. 
• Strong organizational, research, analytical and oral presentation skills. 
• Proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision. 
• Hands-on and action-oriented approach. 
• Computer literate (e.g., Microsoft Office) essential. 
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. 
• Additional language skill essential: Spanish; desirable: Portuguese. 
• Enthusiasm for and commitment to development work. 
• Willing to travel regularly.
• Previous work experience in LCR a plus.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.