Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist

The World Bank

Tunis, , TN


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.

Global Practice Context
Sustainable environment, natural resources management and the blue economy is at the heart of the WBG’s poverty reduction and shared prosperity agenda. It promotes a green, clean, and resilient world where natural resources – from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems – are managed to support livelihoods and strong economies. It builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity and negative health impacts, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change. 

The Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice has been set-up to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources. The ENB GP has close to 300 operations under management, representing close to $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development. The practice consists of some 275 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and CCSAs that are professionally associated with it. 

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.

Unit Context
The Middle East and North Africa Region (MNA) ENB Unit (SMNEN) comprises of about 25 staff, based in the various country offices in the Region as well as in Washington, DC. All report to a Practice Manager based in DC. The unit manages a full spectrum of environment, climate change, green growth and natural resource, pollution management lending and non-lending tasks, as well as the environment safeguards function throughout the Region.

The incoming staff will join SMNEN. S/he will report to the Practice Manager of the unit. The Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist will be based in Tunis and will work out of the Tunis World Bank Country Office.  S/he will lead the will lead the engagement in the Maghreb countries. Working in close collaboration with colleagues in the Unit and other units of the World Bank Group, the Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist responsibilities will be concerned with providing leadership to the coordination of ENB operational and analytical work in the Maghreb including business development while task managing a series of operations and analytical work.  
Duties and Accountabilities:

The Sr Natural Resources Management will be responsible for the day-to-day support to the Bank’s ENB program in Maghreb. 

The Sr Natural Resources Management will be required to undertake the following tasks:
• Contribute to the policy dialogue and strategic communication with counterparts on environment and natural resources management and sustainable development 
• Carry out the day to day management of the ENB Maghreb program.
• Coordinate with key counterpart agencies as well as local stakeholders and consultants. 
• In coordination with the counterpart agencies, support the collection of data and necessary information, communication with stakeholders.
• Provide deep technical skills in environment and natural resources management in the areas of land degradation, biodiversity and as well as marine and coastal resources management. Overall with a strong focus on land management.

The Sr Natural Resources Management specialist responsibilities will include the following:

ENB Maghreb Program Coordination: 
i.Support practice manager in the WPA preparation and discussion with CMU
ii.Prepare briefs and talking points on key ENB issues and report, as needed to CMU, on progress of ENB activities
iii.Represent ENB at workshops and events 
iv.Lead/coordinate ENB feedback and inputs to products/outputs being developed
v.Participate in CMU Leadership Team meetings and coordinate closely with the SD Sector leader

i.Task lead preparation and implementation of complex and integrated operations and involve diverse range of central and subnational stakeholders and departments. 
ii.Co-lead or be a technical team member on operations led by other GPs and PGs including development policy operations and IPFs. 
iii.Conduct timely project preparation, implementation support missions, catalyze project disbursement and provide technical leadership on ENB related topics. 
iv.Coordinate operations with development partner activities and development partner technical assistance.

i.Mobilize grant co-financing for IBRD operations or standalone grant financing
ii.Task lead the preparation and implementation of grant financed operations 
iii.Task lead programmatic ASAs that span a range of topics from green economy to integrated development to institutional strengthening on issues of regional planning and coordination. 
iv.Co-lead or be a technical specialist on the PASAs or ASAs led by other GPs and PGs.

Country and sector engagement dialogues: 
i.Engage in the preparation of the SCD and CPF
ii.Participate in sector dialogue and business development relative to Green and Blue Economy, NRM, Climate and overall environmental agenda; 
iii.Support in-country environmental risk management reviews and thematic supervisions, prepare reports, and disseminate lessons learned; 
iv.Maintain effective communication with government counterparts, (and development partner community and NGOs, as and when required or needed), and other local agencies and organizations on the World Bank activities in the environment sector and provide local perspective and insights; 
v.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; and 
vi.Assist in the design and delivery of knowledge management and training activities.

Selection Criteria

• Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in economics, environmental engineering, environmental science, natural science or related field, with a strong preference for candidates with good technical training in landscape program management.  
• A minimum of 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience in environmental management.
• Deep technical expertise in at least three of the following subjects: 1) Forestry, protected area management, biodiversity, 2) coastal zone management; 3) landscape restoration; 4) desertification and land degradation;
• Demonstrated track record in project management / operational skills and familiarity with Bank procedures is required.  
• Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate activities involving multiple disciplines and organizational units, as well as to maintain high service standards under pressure, meet deadlines, and accommodate simultaneous demands from various sources. 
• Demonstrated track record managing a portfolio of large scale investment projects, is required. 
• Demonstrated ability to lead high-quality analytical tasks that include environmentally-related data and information, linking those analyses to country development priorities and economic impacts. 
• Proven team leadership and project and portfolio management capacity. 
• A minimum of 5 years of track record in strategic engagement experience with senior level policy makers (director general level at government ministry or higher) is required. 
• Exceptional ability to identify long-range goals and objectives, develop strategic approaches, and conceptualize a multi-year plan to operationalize these strategies.
• Ability to build and sustain key stakeholder relationships with government and other key stakeholders; and to integrate divergent viewpoints of multiple external and internal stakeholders into a coherent project/program/strategy.
• Ability to guide clients and/or development partners in identifying key policy issues and optional solutions with a demonstrated ability to bring together different perspectives. 
• A proven track record working with a wide range of stakeholders, NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or with the government.
• Excellent workflow management and task organization skills; able to coordinate all aspects of the workflow of assigned responsibilities.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to draft concise reports and correspondence, and ability to defend orally and in writing difficult issues and positions to a variety of stakeholders. 
• 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.
• Well-developed interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, including the ability to write concisely and translate technical knowledge and ideas into fluent and understandable English as well as French. 
• High motivation, flexibility, reliability and a proactive approach to working with all staff in a team-driven environment, and initiative and ability to work on his/her own. 
• Experience in engaging with government and private sector counterparts and facilitating deliberations among various stakeholders. 
• Experience in working with clients to achieve compliance and leads discussions on environmental matters.
• Willingness to travel extensively nationally and internationally is required, also to remote areas. 
• Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and French
• Ability to work well independently.
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.