Local hire: Environmental Specialist

Jakarta, Indonesia 🇮🇩

Background / General description:


This is a 2 year Term Appointment.  There is no expectation that this position would be extended beyond the two year term.  

Global Practice Context

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 (ENR) 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 275 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and CCSAs that are professionally associated with it.

The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice 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 GEF grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.

ENRM activities in East Asia and the Pacific accounts for a substantial part of the ENR Global Practice’s business:

•    delivery of about 10 operations per year, amounting to about $500 million annually;
•    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;
•    about 61 active projects in the portfolio, amounting to around $1.8 billion;

A key characteristic of the Bank program in the region is a high level of decentralization.  About 60% of staff is located in the field, and about 45% of operations are managed and led from the field. The underpinning of this decentralization rests on four main pillars:

•    better integration at the field level to provide greater synergies and integrated responses;
•    a decentralized management structure supported by regional and global knowledge;  
•    provision of faster responses and management decisions to our clients; and
•    the need to reposition ourselves in the region given the large urbanization and decentralization trend in almost all countries, the need to incorporate better environment dimensions of the fast growth rates and huge demand for infrastructure, and the need to better deal with governance issues and growing income disparities between urban centers and rural areas and lagging regions.

Regional Context

The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region presents a dramatic illustration of the global dynamics, opportunities and risks of the 21st century. After making the fastest progress in growth and poverty reduction of any region around the world in the last fifteen years, some countries in the region – such as Mongolia – are poised to become middle-income, and some are preparing to join the small group of high-income countries. Such a rapid transformation is leading to the largest shift in rural-to-urban population in human history, generating rising inequality within and across countries, leaving individuals and regions behind in the dash for prosperity.  Meanwhile, the uncertainty in the advanced economies clouds the prospects for countries across the region which are being forced to adjust to changed growth and development prospects while addressing evolving impacts on macroeconomic stability, employment and poverty.
EAP comprises of more than 20 countries, including China, several MICs, LICs, and fragile states (EAP has 7 fragile states, the second highest number of fragile states amongst all the Bank regions). The Region is characterized by generally rapid growth, both sophisticated and low capacity borrowers, and some highly dynamic sectors. At the same time, EAP countries are faced with weak governance environments. The Bank’s program in EAP is multi-faceted and has grown rapidly in recent years: lending in FY17 exceeds $7 billion in about 80 projects; the portfolio consists of nearly 300 operations for about $35 billion; and the TF program is also significant.  EAP Regional Operations consists of over 1000 staff with 25% in Washington and 75% based in the country offices in the six CMUs.

Unit and Country Context

The Environment and Natural Resources Unit for East Asia and Pacific (EAP) for China, Indonesia and Pacific has about 30 staff.  Half of these staff work on environmental safeguards.  The other 50 percent work primarily on lending and knowledge products in client countries.   About 60 percent of staff are based in the field offices of EAP.  The balance are 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.   

This position will be based in Indonesia and will focus on the Indonesia Sustainable Landscapes Program.   Indonesia is a global epi-center of terrestrial (and marine) biodiversity, yet its natural wealth is under threat from deforestation, degradation, pollution and haze from forest and peat fires. Indonesia is also a globally significant source of GHG emissions and highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. With more than two thirds of emissions coming from land use change, Indonesia is an outlier among East Asia and Pacific and other G20 countries. Fire, which is a primary tool for land clearance, leads to significant negative externalities, most importantly to Indonesia. Indeed the 2015 fire and haze crisis cost Indonesia at least $16.1 billion due to health, education, infrastructure, transportation and environmental losses. The energy sector, the second largest source of emissions, is expanding rapidly and expected to significantly increase its contribution over the medium-term. Tackling these challenges is a major task in a country in which half the population continues to live on less than USD2 per day and in which some 75 million citizens (half the entire East Asian total) are not yet connected to grid supplied electricity.

Awareness of these challenges has grown significantly within the government and society overall in the recent past. Since 2010, when the Indonesian government signed a letter of intent with Norway to accept USD1 billion in grant resources in exchange for steps towards the reduction of GHG emissions from deforestation, slow progress has been made. The 2015 fire crisis highlighted the need for urgent action, and the GoI responded with a series of ambitious actions to reduce fire, conserve and restore peatlands, and reduce incentives for clearing through e.g. demarcation of forest areas (through their One Map initiative).

The Bank’s Sustainable Landscapes Program aims to support the GoI’s efforts to reduce deforestation and natural resource degradation with an initial focus on fire and haze. It includes a substantial program of AAA/Analytical and Advisory (including third-party-financed advisory services), complemented by a portfolio/pipeline of IBRD- and trust fund-financed projects including activities on carbon finance/REDD, lowland/peat restoration, conservation and development, fire management and forest/land management (including One Map) designed to support the government’s agenda.  The Sustainable Landscapes Program is a multi-GP initiative, involving members of the Environment and Natural Resources, Water, Social, Urban and Rural Resilience, and Agriculture Global Practices (GPs).  

The Sustainable Landscapes Program receives significant financing from the Sustainable Landscape Management Multi Donor Trust Fund (SLM-MDTF), which aims to support the GoI to improve the integration and coordination of landscape management across multi-sector stakeholders and demonstrate sustainable landscape management approaches in selected areas of Indonesia. The SLM-MDTF is initially supported by contributions from the Governments of Australia and Norway. It currently supports the development of programs on Integrated Land and Forest Fire Risk Management, One Map and Sustainable Lowlands Development.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The World Bank Group (WBG) is seeking to recruit an Environmental Specialist, to be stationed in Jakarta Indonesia, to support the growing country environment program.

This position would be primarily focused on the forest/REDD+ agenda, including working in depth on supporting Government of Indonesia (GOI) activities, policies and capacity development to control deforestation and improve land management. This includes supporting GOI efforts to develop and implement jurisdictional-scale REDD+ pilots in East Kalimantan and Jambi, among other activities.

The Environment Specialist under the supervision of the GENDR Practice Manager will have the following key responsibilities as agreed with his/her Practice Manager based on an annual Result Agreement:

•    Support and/or possibly lead natural resource policy dialog with the government and other stakeholders related to the Bank’s environment or natural resources portfolio, with a strong focus on forestry, climate change and REDD+.  This includes coordination with other financiers, and review of sector policies, strategies, and legislation.

•    Support and/or possibly lead the development and implementation of environment or natural resources operations, technical assistance or analytical work, including participation in preparation and supervision missions.  

•    Facilitate and maintain effective communication with the local partners, NGOs, civil society, the private sector as well as specialized international organizations.

•    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/climate change sectors.

•    Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the relevant Practice manager such as for example the organization of training or knowledge sharing events, and helping the country office staff with various tasks specific to the management of the office.
•    Provide and mobilize strategic technical assistance in support of client’s needs to improve capacity for landscape management and climate change, from within and outside the Bank’s global network.
•    Produce input for and present major/complex reports, including the supervision, coordination and quality control of consultant reports.
•    Work independently under general direction of Sustainable Landscapes Program Coordinator, and guide and mentor more junior staff.
•    Contribute to knowledge sharing, dissemination and awareness raising activities with key clients.
•    Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the Sustainable Landscape Program Coordinator and core team such as for example the organization of training or knowledge sharing events, and helping the country office staff with various tasks specific to the management of the office.

Selection Criteria:

In addition to meeting Bank-wide Grade GF level positions, it is expected that the successful candidate will meet the following selection criteria:

•     Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in environment or natural resource economics, environment or natural resource management, environmental policy, environmental science, geography, engineering, forest management or related field is required.
•     A minimum of 5 years of full-time relevant professional experience on policy, program development, operations and stakeholder engagement in the environment and natural resources field.  
•    A minimum of 5 years of track record in strategic engagement experience with senior level policy makers (director level at government ministry or higher) is required.
•     Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is required: environmental or natural resource economics, policy, engineering, environment or natural resource management, forestry, and/or climate change.
•     Deep knowledge of environmental, land management/natural resources and related social issues, policies and institutions in Indonesia is required.
•     Demonstrated project management / operational skills and familiarity with Bank procedures and business practices including the WBG safeguard policies would be an advantage.
•     Proven teamwork and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams is required.
•     Experience in REDD+ would be an advantage.  
•     Experience in community development/empowerment working with a wide range of stakeholders, NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or with the government would be an advantage.
•     Excellent English language skill is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
•     Excellent Indonesian (Bahasa) language skill is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
•     A strong sense of team work and ability to work independently with limited supervision is required.
•     Strong interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills are required.
•     Willingness to travel extensively, including in rural and remote areas is required.


•    Demonstrated experience working on policy or investment initiatives anchored in environment and natural resources-related sectors, including forestry, agriculture, water, and other environmental services.

Competencies (Level GF, Environmental Specialist)

•    Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena –  Applies technical knowledge on the job and provides inputs to country and sector strategies. Interacts with clients on technical level.
•    Policy Dialogue Skills – Ability to respond to requests regarding policy issues in their respective discipline and participate in policy discussions with government and non-government partners. Integrative skills – ability to present issues in their discipline for team formulation of cross-sectoral approaches to lending and non-lending operations.
•    Environmental Economics – Basic understanding of relevant economic concepts related to environmental themes, with limited experience.
•    Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions – Basic understanding of environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
•    Environmental Sciences – Basic experience applying knowledge (soil science; water; ecosystems; conservation; agriculture concerns, etc.) to policy-related decisions and advice.
•    Natural Resources Management – Focused experience in natural resources management, including specialized experience in one thematic area, with ability to apply this knowledge to policy-related decisions and advice.
•    Biodiversity  – Limited experience in field application of activities in at least one area (biology and biological systems; species preservation and sustainability; protection policies; conservation management; etc.), with ability to apply knowledge to projects and analytical work.  
•    Environment / Climate / Carbon Finance – Basic knowledge of project financing alternatives; ability to provide inputs to develop solutions to financing in the environment sector.
•    Project Design for Impact and Sustainability – Contributes to the design of projects and programs, based on an understanding of the country and sector context.  
•    Sector Dialogue – Contributes to dialogues with the client on familiar topics, with a narrow scope, based on a solid understanding of the sector.  
•    Operational Project Management  – Demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies, as well as of Bank instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder communications.
•    Operational Policies Application to the Project Cycle (fiduciary, disbursement, safeguard and GAC policies) – Possesses a basic understanding of procurement and disbursement policies; knows who to involve in problem resolution.  
•    Knowledge of Relevant Operational Policy and Associated Good Practices – Has a basic understanding of the concepts of development policy lending and willingness to participate in DPL operations and lending.
•    Strategic and Technical Analyses for Country/Sector Issues – Contributes to the formulation and implementation of complex analytical work and policy papers, leveraging relevant analytical tools and a grasp of issues surrounding policy and sector reform.   
•    Client Orientation  – Demonstrates diplomacy, tact and sensitivity in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides inputs to develop evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.  
•    Drive for Results  – Provides inputs to efforts to identify and acquire resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and contributes to solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.  
•    Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Participates in teams to achieve outcomes, provides inputs to team solutions and demonstrates good inter-personal skills for teamwork, demonstrating respect for different points of view.  
•    Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Contributes to sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.  
•    Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Under direction of senior staff, gathers inputs, contributes to risk assessments, and provides information relevant to assessment of decisions