Local hire: Natural Resources Management Specialist

Jakarta, , ID

Background / General description:

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 [mandatory

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.

This position would primarily work on the Lowlands component of the Sustainable Landscapes Program. The Lowlands program supports the government of Indonesia’s efforts to restore priority degraded peatlands, conserve remaining peatlands, and promote sustainable development of other lowlands areas. It involves analytical activities (including identifying options for, and tradeoffs among, sustainable development of lowland/peatland landscapes), as well as government-executed activities to: 1) build BRG’s capacity to plan and execute a national lowlands/peatlands restoration, conservation and development program; 2) build capacity of local actors to contribute to implementation of such a program; and 3) support the overall program implementation.

This is a 2 year Term Appointment.  There is no expectation that this position would be extended beyond the two year term. New positions may become available under this program but are not guaranteed.

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.


The World Bank Group (WBG) is seeking to recruit a Natural Resources/Rural Development Specialist, to be stationed in Jakarta Indonesia, to support the Sustainable Landscape Program in Indonesia. The position would focus primarily on activities related to lowlands/peatlands restoration, conservation and sustainable management.

The Natural Resources 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 design of program, and related subprojects, to achieve GoI targets of peat restoration, conservation and sustainable management. Specifically, support preparation of technical and institutional elements to enable GoI-led implementation of a multi-sector program to reduce conversion of priority peat lands, promote conservation of intact peatlands, and incentivize sustainable development of Indonesia’s lowlands. The design should align with the Government’s “3R” approach to peat restoration (rewetting, revegetation and revitalization of livelihoods) focusing on integrated cross-sectoral interventions.
•    Working with key government agencies (e.g., BRG, KLHK, MOHA, Min Ag), and related stakeholders, support efforts to prepare and implement technical and institutional program elements. Facilitate and maintain effective communication and coordination with national and local partners, including government, civil society (environmental and community/indigenous people organizations, etc.), academic/research institutions, the private sector, and bilateral and multilateral development partner agencies. Ensure program design and implementation reflects inputs of all key stakeholders. Responsible for ensuring program design and implementation responds to local needs, and leverages activities of other partners.
•    Contribute to analytical work to support lowlands program.  Assess and advise on policy framework, particularly around trade-offs between agriculture and land/forest/water management, and promoting sustainable development of Indonesia’s lowland areas.  Focus on promoting natural resource management and agricultural practices that are compatible with sustainable land management objectives.
•    Assess capacity building needs of the above key government agencies and their partners, develop programs to build needed capacity at technical and administrative levels, and deliver priority related trainings as needed.
•    Play key role in supporting the development and implementation of investment projects, technical assistance or analytical work related primarily to lowlands/peatland restoration, conservation and management. This includes leading design/preparation and supervision of tasks and/or components as a technical expert and in collaboration with other Task Team members as well as partner agencies and donors. Responsible for handling complex technical institutional and program implementation issues; leading the development of proposals; leading the interface with government ministries and agencies in resolving technical design and implementation issues.
•    Provide and mobilize strategic technical assistance in support of client’s needs to improve capacity for landscape management, 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.
•    Actively seek to learn World Bank Group procedures, and contribute to their improvement, by participating in training offered, by developing a personal training program, and keeping abreast of research and development knowledge in relevant sectors.
•    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.


In addition to meeting Bank-wide requirements for Grade GF level positions (see below), 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 science or engineering, agriculture, forest management or related field is required.  
•    A minimum of 5 years of full-time relevant professional experience in the natural resources, environment and/or agriculture field.  Experiences with extension, community engagement and/or applied research works are appreciated.
•    A minimum of 2 years of experience in strategic engagement with senior level policy makers (director level at government ministry or higher) is required.
•    A proven track record working with a wide range of stakeholders, NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or with the government would be an advantage.
•    Deep knowledge of environmental, land management/natural resources and agriculture issues, policies and institutions in Indonesia is required.
•    Outstanding ability to build effective working relations across sectors and disciplines. Experience in helping build institutional capacity, e.g. among state or non-state partners.
•    Ability to work independently with limited supervision is required.
•    Excellent English language skill is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
•    Excellent Indonesian (Bahasa) language skill is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
•    Strong interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills are required.
•    Willingness to travel extensively, including in rural and remote areas is required.


•    Proven ability to translate analytical work into policy advice and operational, actionable, recommendations.
•    Experience in supporting the preparation and/or management of development operations would be a strong advantage.

Competencies (Level GF, Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist)

•    Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions – Advanced understanding of natural resource and environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.  
•    Sustainable Agriculture and Land Development – Advanced understanding of agriculture development challenges and opportunities in rural lands, with experiences in extension services and promoting green development.
•    Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences – Solid experience applying technical knowledge in the areas of natural resource and environmental management such as ecology, pollution/land management, watershed management, forestry, and fisheries to policy-related decisions and advice. Familiarity with Climate Change issues and impacts to development.
•    Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.
•    Policy Dialogue Skills – Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.
•    Integrative Skills – Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations. Ability to work in inter-disciplinary team.
•    Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions with others.
•    Deliver Results for Clients – Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client.
•    Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront.
•    Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.
•    Make Smart Decisions – Recommends and takes decisive action.