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The Environment and Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP): Sustainable environment and natural resources 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. One specific ENB GP responsibility is 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 team is also leading analytical work, policy dialogue, and lending operations in a range of areas such as pollution and waste management, air quality improvement, integrated coastal zone management, forest and fisheries management.
The ENB GP’s unit in South Asia is looking to further enhance its field-based capacity of Program Analyst (Extended Term Consultant) in the Kathmandu Office to support the environmental work on ongoing and new operations and activities of the Nepal program. The ETC will be based in Kathmandu, reporting directly to the ENB GP Practice Manager and working as part of the World Bank Nepal Country Unit.
Duties and Accountabilities:
ENB GP is looking for technical and operations support based in Kathmandu, who will be hired as an ET Consultant (Environment Analyst) who would provide environmental management support to Bank-financed projects, and contribute to developing and supervising ENB projects, particularly in environmental risk management. The Analyst would work in the following areas:
• Provide substantive operational, research, statistical and other analytical support to unit’s operations, including active participation in the design and development of innovative projects, implementation support to borrowers, and analytical services.
• Provide technical support for the screening of Bank projects for environmental (especially for projects with low or moderate risk ratings) risks, impacts, and vulnerabilities. Participate in project technical discussions, field visits, and reviewing project reports. Basic understanding of existing WB safeguard policies and the new Environmental and Social Standard Framework is a plus.
• Using the ESCP as a key tool, work under the guidance of Senior Environmental Specialists to help assess environmental risks.
• For projects being supported by the Bank’s ESF, using the ESCP as benchmarking tool, help monitor compliance with the ESSs, sector specific guidelines, other relevant policies, and contract specific conditions.
• Support and participate in training activities on the WB’s safeguards policies and the ESSs and their provisions and implications for project preparations and implementation to World Bank Clients. WBG staff and other interested/relevant parties (e.g. NGPs, academia).
• Contribute to analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
• Contribute to the further development of ESS related guidance and technical support materials, such as guidelines, knowledge tools, or metrics as applicable.
• Collaborate with World Bank GPs and IF/MIGA colleagues on joint projects as well as other colleagues from multilateral development institutions when supporting same projects, understanding and implementing a common approach.
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental or natural sciences, environmental policy engineering, energy, agriculture, geography, development studies, or equivalent areas. If Bachelor’s, minimum 4 years of relevant experience. If Master’s, minimum of 2 years of experience
• Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally-related data and information.
• Ability to follow up multiple work-streams simultaneously.
• Basic knowledge or World Bank’s safeguards policies, ESF/or IFC Performance Standards/MIGA Environmental and Social policies or similar standards would be an advantage.
• Ability to work well with a range of stakeholders, including project-affected parties, government officials, non-governmental organizations / civil society, as well as project investors and their staff.
• Basic knowledge of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change GHG accounting methodologies, or similar standards, is n advantage.
• Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
• Excellent verbal and written English language skills are essential; Nepali language proficiency is highly desirable. Knowledge of other languages will be an advantage.
• 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.
The five WBG Core Competencies for all staff
• Solid theoretical base in a relevant discipline (e.g. environmental or natural sciences)
• Client Orientation – Translates insight into practice across disciplines, hierarchies, geographies and organizational units in service of clients.
• Drive for Results – Ensure successful implementation and delivery of key programs and projects, ensuring that outputs positively impact results.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and inclusion – Creates a team climate of practical and innovative action, facilitation collaboration between competing interests and stakeholders.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Demonstrates command of all forms of communication and presents in a clear, objective and engaging manner in high-level settings; ensures knowledge is captured and shared in a variety of ways.
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.