Environment Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Manila, Philippines
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
8-9 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Safeguards Division (SDSS) within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. The Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department provides leadership, innovation, and knowledge sharing for ADB’s sector and thematic work. SDSS provide policy oversight and technical guidance to ADB operations on the implementation of the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement, as well as the mainstreaming of environment.

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Job Purpose

The Environment Specialist will provide policy guidance, technical advice and support to operations on environmental safeguards. The staff will participate in internal and external working groups on safeguard policy implementation, while developing and sharing knowledge on environment and safeguard issues and best practices. The incumbent will report to Director, Safeguards Division and may supervise national and administrative staff.


• Strategy and Planning. Promote the implementation of ADB’s Safeguards Policy Statement, while contributing to further safeguard policy development and reform. In addition, provide linked support for Strategy 2030 operational priorities for environmental sustainability.
• Operations Advice and Support. Advise ADB operations on safeguard policy requirements and compliance risks in the design and implementation of environmentally sensitive projects and identify necessary mitigation measures and corrective actions, taking into consideration international good practices. Provide advice and support to ADB operations to mainstream environment and safeguard issues in country operations and enhance project quality, including participation in project teams.
• Knowledge Generation and Sharing. Conduct training and capacity building activities for staff, executing agencies of developing member countries (DMCs), and other concerned parties on environmental management, and safeguard issues. Provide DMCs with support to strengthen country safeguard systems and implementation practices.
• Regional Cooperation: Process and implement regional technical assistance on safeguard good practices, innovation and capacity, as well as the delivery of global and regional public goods.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

• Master’s degree, or equivalent, in environmental management, environment policy, environmental engineering, environmental economics or related fields. Alternatively, university degree in related fields combined with additional relevant professional experience can be considered
• At least 8 years of relevant professional experience
• Multidisciplinary competence combined with broad expertise in the environmental management of projects in several sectors
• Broad experience in environmental management
• Significant experience in environmental assessment of complex/sensitive project
• Knowledge of policy and regulatory frameworks for environmental management in DMCs, environmental standards and good practices
• Familiarity with the operations, policies and procedures of multilateral financing institutions, and experience in processing and implementation of loans and technical assistance projects
• Strong interpersonal, conceptual, and analytical skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
• International experience working in development in several countries in Asia and the Pacific
• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS4.

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.