Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist

The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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). 



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 Washington DC at the headquarters of the World Bank.  S/he will support/lead and drive on integrated land management, land restoration, the work on marine and coastal management, as well as fisheries resources management in countries of the Middle East and North Africa.  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 contribute to the development of MNA ENB’s operational and analytical work on integrated landscape management, land restoration, land degradation, biodiversity as well as integrated coastal zone management and sustainable fisheries management across the MNA countries including business development while task managing a series of operations and analytical work. The selected candidate shall also be in the position to advise and spearhead the development of green and blue bonds including innovative financing approaches such as Debt for Nature Swaps. The prospective candidate may also be asked to provide support to the Reimbursable Advisory Services activities with countries from the Gulf Cooperation Council region.


Duties and Accountabilities


The Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist will be responsible for developing and carrying out integrated landscape management programs as well as supporting projects in marine and coastal management. 


The Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist will be required to undertake the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the policy dialogue and strategic communication with counterparts on the green and blue agendas 
  • Support the business development in landscape management, as well as marine and coastal management
  • Coordinate with key counterpart agencies as well as local stakeholders and consultants
  • Prepare and spear-head innovative financial products such as Green and Blue Bonds as well as Debt for Nature Swaps
  • Provide policy and strategic leadership, quality assurance and vision to the achievement of our natural resource management and green, resilient and inclusive recovery agendas across the Region, thus positioning the WBG at the forefront of the agenda
  • Advise, at a high-level and technical manner, government and Bank staff on natural resource management, focusing particularly on forestry, landscape management, the blue economy and broader adaptation agendas
  • 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
  • Knowledge and operational experience in the formulation and implementation of environmental strategies, policy and finance is required, in particular with MNA multi-country experience
  • Ability to identify long-range goals and objectives, develop strategic approaches, and conceptualize multi-year plans to operationalize and implement these strategies using Bank instruments
  • Ability to effectively contribute to, or lead as needed, activities involving multiple disciplines and organizational units, as well as to maintain high service standards under pressure, meet deadlines and accommodate simultaneous demands
  • Support practice manager in the budget preparation and discussion with Country Management Units (CMUs)
  • Prepare briefs and talking points on key ENB issues and report, as needed to CMUs, on progress of ENB activities
  • Represent ENB at workshops and events 
  • Lead/coordinate ENB feedback and inputs to products/outputs being developed
  • Participate in respective country team meetings and coordinate closely with the SD Sector leader, as needed


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


  • Develop a plan for innovative financing instruments 
  • Mobilize grant co-financing for IBRD operations or standalone grant financing
  • Task lead the preparation and implementation of grant financed operations 
  • 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
  • Co-lead or be a technical specialist on the PASAs or ASAs led by other GPs and PGs

Country and Sector Engagement Dialogues

  • Engage in the preparation of the SCD and CPF
  • Participate in sector dialogue and business development relative to Green and Blue Economy, NRM, Climate and overall environmental agenda
  • Support in-country environmental risk management reviews and thematic supervisions, prepare reports, and disseminate lessons learned
  • 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
  • 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
  • Assist in the design and delivery of knowledge management and training activities

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in natural resources economics / management, marine and coastal zone management, fisheries management, environmental engineering, environmental science, natural science or related field, with a strong preference for candidates with good technical training in landscape program management with a combination of finance/economics
  • A minimum of 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience in landscape management, land degradation, or forest 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 operational procedures is required
  • Minimum overall experience of 5 years in sustainable development financing, policy analysis, public finance, private sector development, strategic planning and budgeting, capacity building and advisory services
  • Minimum 5 years of experience supporting development partners or central government agencies in the area of development finance and public institutional governance and capacity building
  • Sound knowledge of policy, technical, institutional and political economy issues in the natural resources sub-sectors, good understanding of, and prior experience with international agreements and financing instruments
  • He/she must possess an extensive knowledge in government and corporate bond markets, tax policy evaluation, as well as new product development and implementation
  • 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
  • Solid understanding and experience in the implementation of green financing and services capacity building projects; policy work with governments, business and financial sectors in green economy, climate change adaptation
  • 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
  • Willingness to travel extensively nationally and internationally is required, also to remote areas, including FCV locations
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Preference for knowledge of written and spoken French and/or Arabic
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Strong social and communication skills

WBG Core Competencies

  • Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client 
  • Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable
  • Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients 
  • Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes