Local recruitment: Environmental Specialist

The World Bank

Dhaka, , BD


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.

The Environment and Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP): Sustainable environment and natural resources (ENR) management, including support to the blue economy, is at the heart of the World Bank Group (WBG) poverty agenda. Natural resources and biodiversity often constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood. The world Bank promotes green, clean, and resilient development where natural resources–from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems–are managed to support livelihoods, strong economies, and a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges. The ENB GP has been established to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources. The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice has three broad and distinct functions:

(a)Provides clients with lending and non-lending services, analytical work and lending operations, policy dialogues aimed to support (i) sustainable natural resources management with focus on forests, fisheries, biodiversity, watersheds, integrated coastal and oceans management; (ii) pollution and waste management and air quality improvement; and (iii) environment, natural resources management, and climate change policy reforms.
(b)Works closely with other sectors, including by leveraging GEF grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations, and address policy, governance, and infrastructure failures that lead to boom and bust economies.
(c)Provides technical input to other GPs to support effective environmental risk management, and to ensure good environmental management across the Bank’s work in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies and its Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

The ENB GP’s unit in South Asia is looking to further enhance its field-based capacity of environmental specialists in the Dhaka Office to support the environmental work on ongoing and new operations and activities of the Bangladesh program. The Bangladesh program is expanding, with a significant number of infrastructures, energy, transport, water, urban, agriculture and other projects that have environmental dimensions and impacts. 


ENB GP is seeking to employ an Environmental Specialist who would provide environmental management support to Bank-financed projects, and contribute to developing and supervising ENB projects, particularly in environmental risk management and the blue economy areas (fisheries and coastal zone management in particular). The Specialist will be based at the World Bank Country Office in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Specialist would work in the following areas: 

• Working with task teams from project identification to preparation, appraisal, implementation and completion to ensure that environmental issues are properly addressed, according to the Bank’s environmental policies and ESF, through project-specific environmental analysis and systemwide capacity building. Specific areas to be addressed may include issues related to environmental and social impact assessments; community health and safety; workplace safety; resources efficiency including water and energy efficiency; pollution prevention; management chemicals and wastes including hazardous wastes; ecosystem services; biodiversity and forest resources, cultural properties and stakeholder’s engagement on all project-specific relevant environmental issues;
• Providing expert guidance and advice to borrowers/counterparts in the preparation and successful implementation of project environmental assessment instruments/documentation, including Terms of Reference for the preparation of environmental instruments, such as environmental impact/risk assessments or environmental management plans etc., and building capacity of relevant local clients and other stakeholders;
• Contributing to the broader work of ENB GP on improving environmental sustainability; and identifying and pursuing innovative approaches including contributing to preparation and supervision of projects in the areas of blue economy (fisheries and coastal zone management in particular);
• Leading or contributing to relevant analytical work and project preparation and implementation in the areas of natural resource management and blue economy (fisheries and coastal zone management in particular) ;
• Collaborating with WBG staff across regions and across sector boundaries and seeking opportunities for knowledge sharing.

The specialist will be required, as needed, to provide a range of technical support to WB projects and activities, including some of the following potential areas:
• Environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental management plan (EMP), sectoral/strategic environmental assessments (EAs), cumulative impact analysis, and other forms of environmental assessments/analysis; 
• Project design in order to improve environmental benefits (positive impacts) and outcomes of project;
• Technical expertise, practices, and methods and their application to the climate change, natural resources particularly Blue Economy;
• Develop strong client work relationship at the working level in national governments or other businesses and organizations

Selection Criteria

1.Master’s or PhD degree in environmental sciences/management or natural resources management (coastal zone management and fisheries would be a plus) with experience in preparing EIAs, EAs and EMPs (knowledge of the Bank Environmental and Social Framework – ESF – would be a plus). 
2.A minimum of at least five years of relevant experience including, preferably, experience of working on strategic environmental issues related to the areas of focus for this position; on capacity assessment and institutional strengthening for improved environmental management; and on other project environmental plans/studies. Preferably if experience is in multilateral financial institution supported operations.
3.Knowledge and experience related to environmental impact assessment, management and stakeholder engagement in some of the key areas of economic activity with significant environmental implications.
4.In-depth knowledge of the environmental regulatory and institutional framework in Bangladesh. 
5.Experience in designing and supervising projects in some of the following areas: coastal zone management and fisheries and climate change.
6.Proven ability to exercise sound judgments in a work environment with tight processing constraints, and proven record of good teamwork and delivering under pressure.
7.Ability to analyze cross-sectoral issues with respect to environmental outcomes, especially within the broader framework of national development agenda. Extensive field-based experience, including the carrying out of baseline surveys and stakeholder consultations, are desired.
8.Familiarity with Bank’s operational policies and procedures as they relate to environmental aspects of the Bank’s work would be as asset but is not a requirement.
9.Ability to effectively communicate and provide guidance to the Bank and clients’ teams, and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and in inter-disciplinary teams.
10.Excellent writing and communication skills in both Bangla and English and inter-personal skills with appropriate level of office information technology skills.
11.Willingness to travel frequently in remote part of Bangladesh, in the SAR countries and outside.
12.Ability to translate theory into practical applications in context of Bank work.

WBG Competencies:

• 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.