Environment and Social Specialist

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Istanbul, Turkey 🇹🇷

Background / General description:

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

The Risk and Sustainability VPU helps ensure that IFC is sufficiently profitable and capitalized to sustain and grow its operations through prudent risk management at the corporate, portfolio, project, and client levels. It enhances IFC’s license to operate through setting and bearing best practice standards to drive sustainable private sector development in emerging markets. The VPU work in partnership with other Vice Presidents to ensure IFC meets its corporate targets.

Sustainability is a strategic priority for IFC. It underpins the World Bank Group’s efforts to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in a sustainable way. We focus on the most urgent challenges helping businesses address climate change, and foster sustainable practices in key sectors such as agribusiness, infrastructure and natural resources and financial markets. In some of the world’s most challenging markets, we help create the conditions that can accelerate investment in these areas.

IFC is seeking to strengthen its global team of environmental and social specialists through the recruitment of an Environmental and Social Specialist for the EMENA region with expertise working with Agribusiness, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, and Financial sector.

The positions will be based in Istanbul.

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.


Duties and Accountabilities:

Review and appraise the environmental social risks and impacts associated with IFC investments against the requirements of IFC’s Performance Standards (PSs) on Environmental and Social Sustainability as early in the project cycle as possible, and develop recommendations for client actions and draft relevant project documentation.

Define steps required to assist clients improve their performance and meet requirements of IFC’s Performance Standards (PSs) and the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines.

Oversee the supervision of the environment and social performance of projects in IFC’s portfolio, and assist in the delivery of annual supervision work plans for projects including coordination with regional departments.

Contribute to the corporate knowledge base by analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practice from specific IFC investments.

Provide training on E&S issues to IFC clients, investment staff and other Specialists.

Maintain and update IFC management systems and tools relating to E&S appraisal and supervision. Work on the development of tools, checklists and guidelines to improve efficiencies of project processing and enable improved client management of environmental and social issues.

Working with other IFIs to synergize efforts on E&S training and capacity building and harmonization of requirements on projects.

Represent IFC at technical meetings, industry events and environmental and social development fora.

Resumes should not exceed two pages and other supporting materials should be no more than four pages (including statement of interest). Candidates should specify in their statement of interest which of the regions locations listed above they would like to be considered for.

Selection Criteria:

Post-graduate or graduate degree in relevant discipline (environmental and/or social sciences,engineering, or finance).

A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in assessing environmental and social development aspects of private sector business activities.

Track record in working with private sector firms across industry sectors (including agribusiness, infrastructure, manufacturing and/or financial sector) to identify environmental and social risks, issues and mitigation measures.

Must understand the concept of management systems in general, and environmental and social management systems in particular.

Experience and/or familiarity with indicators capturing effectiveness of environmental and social management in the context of FIs and real sector projects.

Experience and/or familiarity with the IFC Performance Standards.

Familiarity with financial sector products and how they operate is a plus.

Ability to develop mitigation measures to ensure compliance with good international industry practice.

Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze diverse information and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions.

Excellent verbal and written English language skills. Knowledge of another language spoken in any of the regions (specifically French, Turkish, Russian, and or Arabic).

Self-starter with enthusiasm for complex project challenges, integrated business solutions and IFC’s Sustainability initiative.

Experience in the EMENA region (Middle East North Africa, Central Asia, Balkans, Pakistan and Afghanistan) of hire preferred, and ability to travel frequently in the region required.

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.

Resumes should not exceed two pages and other supporting materials should be no more than four pages (including statement of interest).