Local recruitment: Environmental Specialist (ETC)

The World Bank

Quito, , EC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.

Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the WBG poverty agenda. Biodiversity and natural resources constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood. Sustainable ENRM promotes a green clean, and resilient world where natural resources—from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems—are handled to support livelihoods and strong economies. Sustainable ENRM builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity, weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change. This work is carried out by the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP).

We cover the following business lines:
Green: Forests, Watersheds & Sustainable Landscapes – managing renewable natural capital across landscapes;
Blue: Marine, Coastal & Aquatic Resources – unlocking the wealth of marine, coastal and fresh water economies;
Brown: Pollution Management & Environmental Health – reducing pollution to improve environmental conditions;
Clean and Resilient Growth: Fostering economics and institutions for sustainable and sustained growth; and
Environmental Risk Management and Sustainability: Handling risks and creating opportunity to advise sustainable development in accordance with the Bank’s Operational Policies and, since October 1, 2018, the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

The ENB GP has close to 300 operations, representing $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of investments and ASAs under development.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The ENB GP is seeking a highly qualified ET Consultant (Environmental Specialist) based in Quito, Ecuador,who would provide environmental management support to Bank-financed projects, and contribute to developing and supervising ENB projects, particularly in environmental risk management.  The ETC will have the following key responsibilities: 

• Ensure the effective integration of environmental due diligence as defined by World Bank Group Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and the 10 associated Environmental and Social Standards (ESS), as well as safeguards policies and international good practice documents (e.g. Equator Principles) into the design, appraisal and implementation of WBG supported projects.
• Provide expert advice to client and counterpart organizations, project teams and WBG management with regard to the preparation of environmental impact assessments, including regional, strategic and cumulative assessments; environmental management frameworks and plans, including plans for monitoring, reporting and evaluation; public consultation plans; and specific plans related to natural habitats conservation, natural resource management, pest management, forest management, dam safety and international waterways management and occupational health and safety among others; such advice will be based on thorough analysis of baseline conditions, project scope and impacts, requirements from national legal and institutional frameworks and compliance with the WBG’s operational policies and the ESF.
• Provide expert guidance to clients in tendering and contracting specialized consultant services for environmental risk assessment and management tasks, including the preparation of terms of reference (ToR) for environmental safeguard instruments (see above).
• Provide environmental input in project documents in accordance with the Bank operational policies including Project Concept Note (PCN), Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (ISDS under safeguards policies) and Environmental and Social Review Summary, (ESRS, under ESF), Project Appraisal Document (PAD) and Decision/Negotiations Packages, and assist with managing timely and proper disclosure procedures and public consultation requirements for all required environmental assessment and management instruments.
• Participate as team member in the development and/or supervision of Bank operations related to Bank environmental safeguard policies and the ESF and project-specific environmental requirements; seeking and developing opportunities to integrate sound environmental management and policies in various investment project operations; maintaining regular dialog with the client and enhancing their capacity for understanding of and compliance with environmental policies and the ESF; and contributing to mission outputs such as back to office reports (BTORs) and Aide Memoires.
• Actively seek to learn World Bank Group procedures, and contribute to their improvement, by participating in training offered, by developing a personal training program, keeping abreast of research and development knowledge in the environment and natural resources sector, and relevant safeguard management process.
• Seeking and developing opportunities to improve and integrate sound environmental management and policies in Bank operations, including improving environmental benefits and providing value-added service, and the capacities of relevant local clients and other stakeholders;
• Coordinating and sharing information with Bank staff and consultants providing environmental risk management project support; and
• Contributing as required to the broader work of ENB GP on improving environmental sustainability.

Selection Criteria

• A Masters or PhD Degree in environmental sciences, engineering or other relevant discipline;
• A minimum of eight years of full-time relevant experience including the preparation and/or review of project environmental impact assessments, environmental management plans, capacity assessment and institutional strengthening, public consultation plans, health and safety management/plans, emergency/contingency plans, or other related project environmental plans/studies, environmental project management;
• Knowledge and experience related to environmental impact assessment and management in various sectors, such as water supply and sanitation, energy, transportation, urban development, natural disaster management, agriculture and rural development, health, and education; 
• Understanding of the environmental regulatory and institutional framework in LCR countries, specifically in Ecuador;
• Knowledge and experience with Bank environmental safeguard policies and procedures;
• Knowledge of the Bank’s  ESF and the ten associated Environmental and Social Standards;
• Preferably knowledge of project management skills, including client management, scheduling and budgeting, financial management, procurement, and project team management;
• Preferably knowledge of relevant Bank operational policies and experience in identifying, preparing, appraising, and supervising financial institution operations;
• Ability to effectively communicate and provide guidance to Bank teams and clients; 
• Proven ability to articulate the development rationale for safeguards and the ESF and a commitment to implementing the policies and standards in a manner which is both pragmatic but fully respects the intent of the policies and the ESF;
• Proven ability to exercise sound judgments in a work environment with tight processing constraints;
• Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and diplomatic skills, and the ability to effectively negotiate and achieve balanced solutions to complex development problems;
• Experience with the planning and conduct of training programs for external and internal audiences concerning environmental risk/safeguards management;
• Demonstrated skills and commitment to: Client Orientation; Drive for Results; Teamwork (collaboration) and Inclusion; Knowledge, Learning and Communication; and Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making;
• Excellent writing and communication skills; 
• Fluency in written and oral Spanish and English; 
• Ability to travel frequently;

Click here for the five WBG Core Competencies for all staff: https://bit.ly/2kbIA7O