Senior Environmental Specialist

The World Bank

Abidjan, , CI


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 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 current safeguards policies and the effective implementation of the new Environment and Social Framework (ESF) that was roll out on October 1, 2018

The ENB Global Practice in Sub Saharan Africa includes four units SAFE1, SAFE2, SAFE3 and SAFE4. The mission of the SAFE1 unit is to work with national and local governments and with communities to improve sustainable management of natural resources and improve preparedness to natural disasters in the following three Country Management Units: AFCF1 (Senegal), AFCF2 (Cote d’Ivoire) and AFCW3 (Mali). 

SAFE1 is seeking to recruit a Senior Environment Specialist to be based Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to support a broad portfolio of lending, policy dialogue and safeguards activities for SAFE1.  The Selected candidate will work under supervision of the Practice Manager for SAFE1 based in the WB ‘s Washington. He/she will have the following main duties and responsibilities: 

Duties and accountabilities:

Operations and Policy Dialogue:
• Task lead the preparation and implementation of environment, climate and natural resources management operations, co-lead or be a technical team member on operations led by other GPs and PGs including development policy operations and IPFs, conduct timely project preparation, implementation support missions, catalyze project disbursement and provide technical leadership on ENB related topics. 
• Lead policy dialog on environment, climate and natural resources management with the government and other stakeholders.  With attention to the agro forestry dialogue, which is the focus of ENB intervention in Cote d’Ivoire. 
• Represent ENB in developing and implementing sector strategy and assists in country-specific policy work (CEA, SCD, CPF, etc.)
• Proactively participate in other key GP dialogue (e.g. agriculture, governance, land tenure, competitiveness, water, etc.) and represent ENB GP is such a dialogue.
• Represent the Bank in donor meetings on the environment; and contribute to knowledge generation and diffusion within the region and beyond.
• Support the CMU and represent the team in environment and climate meetings in-country. Participate in CMU Leadership Team meetings and coordinate closely with the SD Sector leader.
• Support practice manager in the WPA preparation and discussion with CMU
• Prepare briefs and talking points on key ENB issues and report, as needed to CMU, on progress of ENB activities. 
• Advise clients in the Government and consultants on environmental policy and technical matters, and conduct on-the-job and formal training for the clients and consultants 

Safeguard/ Environment and Social Standards :
• Serve as the point person for environmental safeguards policies and/or environmental and social standards (ESSs) in Cote d’Ivoire  and coordinate all environmental safeguards/ESSs activities between projects, share information with Task Team Leaders, project team members, staff/consultants responsible for projects’ environmental safeguards/ESSs management, and other regional staff working on the environmental and NRM agenda. 
• In close coordination with other Environment Safeguard Specialists; ensure safeguard/ standard compliance of selected projects; determine the appropriate Environment and Social risk classification of the project you are working on; guide the borrower/project implementation agency in process of preparing the necessary safeguard instruments; contribute well-written summaries of key safeguards instruments for inclusion in project documentation; ensure that projects are executed in an environmental sustainable during their implementation period.

Selection Criteria

• Masters or PhD degree in environmental science, natural resources management, environmental or civil engineering, or other relevant disciplines.
• Deep technical expertise in at least two of the following subjects: 1) Forestry, protected area management, biodiversity, 2) coastal zone management; 3) pollution, air, water, waste management or 4) landscape restoration (agro forestry);
• Minimum of 8 years’ experience of proven, relevant experience in environmental management sector. 
• Work experience in West Africa is a plus; 
• Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally-related data and information
• Familiarity with the World Bank Group’s organizational structure, its Policies and procedures including knowledge of Bank Environmental and Social Standards
• Team Leadership – Leads teams to achieve challenging outcomes, providing a role model and enhancing the team-leadership skills of team members 
• Excellent oral communication and writing skills in French and English. Fluency in French is a requirement for this position. 
• Advanced working skills in multiple software applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

WBG Competencies:
• 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.
• Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions.