Local recruitment: Senior Environmental Specialist

The World Bank
Mexico City, Mexico
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
8-9 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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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

The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.

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 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 ENR 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 300 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and Cross Cutting SAs that are professionally associated with it.ENR GP also manages the environmental risk aspects of about 2000 projects in the World Bank’s global portfolio.  About 150 staff work specifically on environmental risk management safeguards.

ENB 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.


The Latin America and Caribbean Region (LCR) unit of the ENR GP (SLCEN) is comprised of professionals based in LCR country offices and Washington DC. We work on a dynamic program that includes lending operations under implementation and preparation, policy dialogue, thought leadership and environmental risk management. In addition, there is a strong demand for Green Growth and Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation and broader climate change-related analytical, advisory and technical assistance work.

If you are a highly-qualified Senior Environmental Specialist, we urge you to apply to join our team in Mexico City, Mexico. Your specific role will include the following tasks:

i) Strategic Dialogue and Analytical Leadership

* Provide policy and strategic leadership, quality assurance and vision to the achievement of our climate and green growth agendas in Mexico and across Central America, thus positioning the WBG at the forefront of the agenda;

* Advise, at a high-level and technical manner, government and Bank staff on climate change and green growth, focusing particularly on forestry, landscape management and broader adaptation agendas;

* Provide strategic leadership on the gender dialogue and the interplay of gender and forestry across LCR;

* Coordinate and conduct policy dialogue with the client and relevant development partners active across the region.

ii) Business Development and Project Management

* Lead the technical input and dialogue on various projects that span the forestry and climate portfolio across Mexico and Central America;

* Manage a portfolio of development policy finance and investment finance operations in Mexico, from project design, to preparation, to implementation support and closure;

* Design and implement cutting-edge analytical work on environment agendas;

* Construct a medium-term vision of ENB support to Mexico, focusing on resilience, and build a lending program around that vision in collaboration with the client and partners;

* Work with other Bank Global Practices to assure attention to sustainability, green growth, gender and climate change is mainstreamed across the Bank’s lending portfolio in Mexico and Central America, including through the inclusion of specific prior actions in development policy lending under other GPs.

Selection Criteria

* A Masters or PhD Degree in natural resources management, environmental sciences, environmental economics, engineering or other relevant discipline;

* A minimum of eight years of full-time relevant experience, especially focused on policy dialogue, but including experience with environmental risk management, environmental impact assessment (in water supply and sanitation, energy, and other sectors);

* An ability to articulate an environment and climate change agenda;

* Knowledge of World Bank operational policies and procedures, and familiarity with and leadership of different WB instruments, including DPOs and IPFs, as well as our Environment and Social Framework and environmental safeguards, policies, and procedures;

* Understanding of the environmental regulatory and institutional framework in LCR countries, in particular in Mexico and Central America;

* Proven project management skills, including client management, scheduling and budgeting, financial management, procurement, and project team management;

* Proven ability to communicate, exercise good judgment, solve problems, and exercise diplomacy in a work environment with tight processing constraints and complex development issues

* Experience with the planning and conduct of training programs for external and internal audiences concerning environmental risk/safeguards management;

* Excellent writing and communication skills;

* Fluency in written and oral Spanish and English;

* Ability to travel frequently; and

* Knowledge of relevant software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).