Local hire: Climate & Disaster Risk Management Analyst

The World Bank

Islamabad, , PK

THE WORLD BANK

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2014, the WBG committed $65.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally. 

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

PAKISTAN COUNTRY CONTEXT

Pakistan is significantly exposed to climate and disaster risks, and has experienced a wide range of disasters over the past 40 years, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, cyclones and tsunamis. These hazards are due to an active floodplain fed by snow and glacial melt from three mountain ranges – Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindu Kush, its location on a seismically active geological plate, a predominantly semi-arid landmass and a coastline frequented by cyclonic events. Exposure and vulnerability to hazards is further exacerbated by rapid population growth, growing urbanization, environmental degradation and shifting climatic patterns that can result in increasingly severe natural disasters. Pakistan continues to be one of the most flood-prone countries suffering US$ 18 billion in losses between 2005 and 2014 (US$ 10.5 billion from the 2010 floods alone).  As the population and asset base of Pakistan has increased, so has its economic exposure to natural disasters. Pakistan has been ranked 6th among the countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change, with the fifth highest total losses of all countries attributed to climate change over the 1994-2014 period. 

Over the past decade, Pakistan has significantly improved regulations and institutional capacity for disaster management, and worked to change how the country addresses natural disasters – from an ex-post disaster response perspective to an ex-ante risk management approach. The National Disaster Management (NDM) Act was passed in 2010, under which Disaster Management Authorities were established at the national and provincial/ regional levels. The disaster management authorities were envisaged to have an integrated mandate encompassing the entire disaster management sector, including risk assessments, mitigation, preparedness, early warnings, as well as response and recovery. Since 2011, the World Bank has been extending assistance to the Government of Pakistan in better understanding the risks of natural disasters – both physical risks and fiscal risks. The Bank is also supporting the Governments of Punjab, and Sindh on disaster and climate resilience, through investments in mitigation of flood and drought risks, and building the capacity of key institutions to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and climate variability.

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 3 year term appointment.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The selected Climate and Disaster Risk Management Analyst will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan, and will be expected to work on the following: 
 

  • Carry out a variety of operational tasks in support of project preparation, implementation support, technical assistance and policy advisory work, e.g. technical analyses, design of technical assistance interventions, participation in loan/credit preparation, negotiations and supervision, contribution to Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD) and Country Partnership Framework (CPF), etc.
  • Provide operational and substantive support to emergency response and recovery activities and operations in the aftermath of disasters. 
  • Support task teams to deliver climate and disaster risk reduction investments/components, emergency recovery loans, Climate & DRM technical assistance programs, as well as support the preparation of analytical and advisory activities.
  • Contribute to sector strategies and assist in country-specific policy dialogue, advisory and technical assistance work and occasionally take the lead in specific activities as requested.
  • Make regular and as needed missions related to lending project preparation, implementation support and analytical/policy advisory work. 
  • Participate in missions in area of specialization; support the team in providing technical input and guidance to counterparts on appropriate scope, technology, costs, alignment with Bank social and environmental safeguards and fiduciary policies; prepare terms of reference for project- or sector-related work.
  • Work independently, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from specialists / senior specialists.
  • Perform regular reviews of technical design and implementation issues, as well as related fiduciary (financial management and procurement), governance, safeguards and budgetary issues, and prepare relevant reports and updates on implementation progress as part of Bank teams. 
  • Provide guidance and hands-on support to implementing agencies and management units as part of Bank teams, assisting them in monitoring project progress, procurement processing, preparing and maintaining essential documentation for these processes. Identify potential problems and advise on required actions. 
  • Participate in professional development and knowledge sharing activities in the DRM sector and contribute specific knowledge both within the assigned countries and in the World Bank.

Selection criteria:

  •  Advanced degree (Master’s) in climate and disaster risk management, water resource management, engineering, economics, public / business administration, or related field from an accredited university with minimum 2 years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Sought after areas of experience include: Climate and disaster risk assessment; urban resilience; climate adaptation, early warning and hydro-meteorological services; post-disaster/post-conflict reconstruction and recovery; as well as risk reduction and cyclone/flood/drought/seismic risk management.
  • Past experience in lending operations/investment projects in climate and disaster risk management issues would be an asset.
  • Past experience in policy dialogue in complex DRM issues and in the area(s) of focus would be an asset. 
  • Past experience in analytical work in DRM issues in the area(s) of focus would be an asset.
  • Past experience in an international organization would be an asset.
  • Ability to mobilize immediately after a disaster and travel to the field with short notice (typically 3-5 days).
  • Excellent organizational and task management skills, with appropriate attention to detail and ability to prioritize work among multiple competing demands, and under tight deadlines.
  • Sustained record of high-quality substantive results over an extended period. 
  • Proactive approach to managing workflow, with keen ability to multi-task and respond quickly and flexibly to a wide range of issues which come up on a regular basis in ad hoc and unexpected ways.
  • Demonstrated strong writing, effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is a must. 

Competencies:  

  • Research Skills – Ability to conduct research and analysis on well-defined corporate and operational tasks, articulate issues and recommend solutions.  Proficiency in data handling and presentation software including PowerPoint, Excel and database software. 
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.
  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
  • Communication Skills – Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to listen carefully and provide sound advice in a constructive manner; ability and readiness to stand firm on difficult and sensitive issues; ability to convey ideas and positions clearly and tactfully to staff and managers at all levels.
  • Collaborate within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
  • Client Orientation – Demonstrated personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
  • Drive for Results – Strong personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, with the personal organization and drive to do so.
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.
  • Knowledge & Learning – Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
  • DRM policy, strategy and institutions – Understands the institutions and governance issues related to DRM, with specific firsthand experience on engaging institutions as well as assessing their respective capacities. Specific elements include: Institutional Assessment; Reconstruction Policy and Planning; International Cooperation; Legislative Framework; Institutional Capacity Building; Transparency and Accountability. Knowledge and understanding of the public sector in Pakistan.

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED