Local recruitment: Extended-term Consultant (Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM))
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Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the WBG's 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 managed 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, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change.
The Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP) 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 US$7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development. The practice consists of some 300 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and Cross Cutting Areas that are professionally associated with it. The ENB GP also manages the environmental risk aspects of about 2,000 projects in the World Bank’s global portfolio.
The ENB GP has three broad and distinct functions:
1. Provides clients with lending and non-lending services aimed to support the GP’s three core business lines, namely: (i) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes; (ii) Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Resources; and (iii) Pollution Management and Environmental Health. The GP’s activities also include a focus on Clean and Resilient Growth through its work on environmental economics and support to institutional development.
2. Supports effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development, in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies.
3. Works closely with other sectors, including by leveraging grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.
Regional, Country and Unit Context:
ENB activities in East Asia and the Pacific account for a substantial part of the ENB Global Practice’s business through (i) delivering of about 10 operations per year, amounting to about $500 million annually; (ii) conducting an active dialogue on regional issues, such as climate change, coastal and marine economies, improving governance of natural resources, watershed management, pollution management, and wealth accounting and valuation of ecosystem services; and supervising about 60 active projects in the portfolio, amounting to around US$1.8 billion in commitments.
The ENB GP Unit for East Asia and Pacific (EAP) for China, Indonesia and the Pacific (SEAE1) has about 35 staff and are managed by the SEAE1 Practice Manager, who is based in Singapore. Half of these staff work on environmental risk management. The other 50 percent work primarily on lending and knowledge products in client countries. About 80 percent of staff are based in the field offices of EAP. The remainder is based in Washington DC and travel to the region frequently. The skills of these staff include, economics, pollution management, forestry, fisheries management, landscapes management, watershed management, and natural areas protection.
To manage the China program, the ENB team is comprised of international and Chinese professional staff based in the Beijing Country Office. In addition, there are additional staff, based in Washington DC, managing projects in China. The current portfolio is a mix of investment lending and Advisory Services and Analytics covering a wide range of topics, such as forestry, landscape, watershed and protected area management, renewable energy, green finance, climate change and pollution (including plastics, Persistent Organic Pollutants, Ozone depleting substances (HDFCs), mercury), with an existing portfolio of 12 projects and several new operations under development.
Relevant projects in the Pollution Management area in China, and where the ETC will be providing support, include: (i) Montreal Protocol projects on ozone-depleting substances; (ii) GEF projects on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other polluting chemicals; (ii) air pollution and soil pollution projects; and (iv) solid waste management projects, marine plastics projects, among others. Analytical studies and research topics include issues of integrated pollution management, plastic waste and others.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The ETC will be based in Beijing, China, and s/he will support the growing portfolio of lending and policy dialogue on Pollution Management in the country. The selected candidate will work under the day-to-day supervision of the ENB Country Coordinator based in Beijing, and in close coordination with Beijing and non-Beijing based project leaders and other team members.
He/she will have the following main duties and responsibilities:
• As a key member of the World Bank team, support the development and implementation of pollution management operations, technical assistance or analytical work, including the preparation and participation in supervision missions.
• Assist, help facilitate and engage in policy dialogues, identifying clients’ priority needs for lending, analytical support, and advisory services in relation to pollution management.
• Provide advice and contribute to operational and analytical tasks related to integrated pollution management, air pollution, soil pollution, solid waste (including marine plastics waste), and others as needed.
• Support the development of business opportunities and priority programs in China, to help better manage pollution and reduce health impacts for national economic development.
• Work closely with colleagues in other Bank Global Practices working in China.
• As member of the ENB team, support and expand building relationships and facilitate effective communication with other development partners, NGOs, the private sector, and other stakeholders.
• Supply knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities with key clients.
• Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in environmental engineering or similar relevant discipline.
• Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the pollution management sector, including proven experience in topics such as air pollution, chemical pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, ozone-depleting substances, or similar.
• Demonstrated ability to undertake analytical work, review environmental sector policies, and prepare policy-relevant papers, documents and presentation materials.
• Experience in managing the implementation of projects or tasks, and a track record demonstrating ability to apply analytical results into on-the-ground activities.
• Working knowledge of the Chinese institutional and political context related to environmental and pollution management, and exposure to the national environmental policy challenges.
• Understanding of climate change issues.
• Advanced language skills in Chinese and in English (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
• Strong communication skills.
• Proven teamwork and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams.
• Willingness to travel extensively in China and possibly to other countries as necessary, including remote rural areas.
The following would be an added advantage:
• A proven track record in strategic engagement experience with multidisciplinary teams, and with senior-level NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or government (e.g., Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Foreign Economic Cooperation Center, etc.).
• Experience working with Government organizations on pollution management, or with bilateral or multilateral organizations or NGOs advising government’s policies and programs.
• Experience working in China,
• Familiarity with World Bank procedures and business practices would be a strong advantage.
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.