Background / General description:
Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. The two goals of the WBG are (1) ending extreme poverty by 2030, and (2) promote shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every developing country. 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 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.
The mandate of the Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENR) Global Practice (GP) is at the heart of the WBG’s poverty agenda. Natural resources and biodiversity often constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood. Sustainable ENR management 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 ENR management 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 ENR GP has been established to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources. One specific ENR GP responsibility is to support 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 safeguard policies. The Bank recently approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).
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 Accountabilities:
The ENR GP is seeking a highly qualified Senior Environmental Specialist who will provide environmental risk management support to World Bank projects in Latin American and Caribbean region. The specialist would be based in the World Bank office in Bogota, Colombia and work closely with the Regional Environmental Safeguards Coordinator for LAC and the Practice Manager for ENR LAC. The specialist would provide environmental impact/risk management project support in the following areas:
• Identifying, reviewing and appraising new Bank investment proposals and ensuring that environmental issues are properly addressed by development of project-specific environmental analysis which may include issues related to environmental assessments, natural habitats, pest management, forests, safety of dams, projects on international waterways, public consultations, and occupational health and safety;
• Supervising (implementation support) of Bank operations related to Bank environmental safeguard policies and the new ESF and project-specific environmental requirements;
• Providing expert guidance to borrowers/clients in the preparation and successful implementation of project environmental assessment instruments/documentation, including Terms of Reference for the preparation of environmental instruments, such as environmental impact/risk assessments, environmental management plans, environmental management frameworks;
• Providing expert advice to Bank project teams and Bank management with regard to strategies and approaches to effectively and efficiently comply with relevant Bank environmental safeguard operational policies (and the new ESF) and requirements, and assist in the development of required Bank documentation related to Bank operations;
• Seeking and developing opportunities to improve and integrate sound environmental management and policies in Bank operations, including improving environmental benefits and providing value-added service, and the capacities of relevant local clients and other stakeholders;
• Coordinating and sharing information with Bank staff and consultants providing environmental risk management project support; and
• Contributing as required to the broader work of ENR GP on improving environmental sustainability.
The specialist will be required as needed to provide a range of technical support to Bank projects and activities, including the following potential areas:
• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA);
• Environmental Management Plan (EMP);
• Environmental Management Frameworks;
• Other forms of environmental assessments/analysis;
• Environmental risk analysis and management;
• Occupation health and safety management;
• Environmental, occupational health, and safety laws, regulations and requirements;
• Bank environmental safeguard requirements and approaches/strategies for assuring compliance in Bank financed projects;
• Design and implementation of mitigation strategies in areas of risk;
• Project design in order to improve environmental benefits (positive impacts) and outcomes of the project;
• Engineering principals, practices, and methods and their application to environmental work;
• Design, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure in relation to environmental, health and safety management; and
• Environmental management and pollution control, including wastewater treatment, hazardous and solid waste, air pollution, environmental monitoring systems, public health impacts, environmental remediation, soil and groundwater investigation and remediation, emergency and contingency planning and response, environmental management systems, and health and safety management systems.
• A Masters or PhD Degree in environmental sciences, engineering or other relevant discipline;
• A minimum of eight years of full-time relevant experience including the preparation and/or review of project environmental impact assessments, environmental management plans, capacity assessment and institutional strengthening, public consultation plans, health and safety management/plans, emergency/contingency plans, or other related project environmental plans/studies, environmental project management;
• Knowledge and experience related to environmental impact assessment and management in various sectors, such as water supply and sanitation, energy, transportation, urban development, natural disaster management, agriculture and rural development, health, and education.
• Understanding of the environmental regulatory and institutional framework in LCR countries;
• Knowledge and experience with Bank environmental safeguard policies and procedures (environmental assessments, natural habitats, pest management, forests, physical cultural resources, and safety of dams);
• Knowledge of the new Bank ESF
• Preferably knowledge of project management skills, including client management, scheduling and budgeting, financial management, procurement, and project team management;
• Preferably knowledge of relevant Bank operational policies and experience in identifying, preparing, appraising, and supervising financial institution operations;
• Ability to effectively communicate and provide guidance to Bank teams and clients;
• Proven ability to articulate the development rationale for safeguards and a commitment to implementing the policies in a manner which is both pragmatic but fully respects the intent of the policies;
• Proven ability to exercise sound judgments in a work environment with tight processing constraints;
• Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and diplomatic skills, and the ability to effectively negotiate and achieve balanced solutions to complex development problems;
• Experience with the planning and conduct of training programs for external and internal audiences concerning environmental risk/safeguards management;
• Demonstrated skills and commitment to: Client Orientation; Drive for Results; Teamwork (collaboration) and Inclusion; Knowledge, Learning and Communication; and Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making;
• 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.).