Consultant (EBA Water Team STC)

The World Bank

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

Background on the EBA project

Achieving transformative growth in agriculture is a key global development objective. To support the agenda of strengthening agriculture, the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice and the World Bank’s Global Indicators Group have partnered to implement the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project. The project seeks to generate comparative information on how laws and regulations can help farmers to thrive and grow more food for growing populations. Ten separate focus areas (“topics”) are studied under the project, including for example, seed, machinery, finance, and water. The project has just begun collecting information in 82 countries spread around the globe, and we aim to publish our data and findings in early to mid-2019.

Background on the EBA Water Team

Without water there is no food, and without water security there is no food security. In response, countries are working to make their water resources management practices more sustainable, meaning more inclusive, efficient, productive and environmentally sound. This is in line with Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for sustainable water withdrawals (Target 6.4), integrated water resources management (Target 6.5), and the protection of water-related ecosystems (Target 6.6). However, significant hurdles remain in translating that motivation to action.  In particular, the role of law as a tool for supporting sustainable water resources management is often underappreciated, and there are only limited guidance resources available for countries that wish to learn from each other’s experiences for the development of their legal frameworks.

Under the broader EBA project, the EBA Water Team collects, catalogs and analyzes information on how countries are designing their laws and regulations to support sustainable water resources management. The team relies on a combination of internal desk research and inputs from questionnaires received from identified experts in each covered country. The result is a quantitative picture of the presence or absence of key legal elements across countries – connecting the dots for cross-learning on relevant examples between countries. The EBA Water Team has an opening for a new member to join the team.

Scope of Work

The short-term consultant (STC) will be a key member of the Water Team within the EBA project. S/he will provide assistance to the team in support of the following activities:

  • Conducting communications and outreach with our network of in-country contributing experts: communicating with local experts by email and phone to collect information about the legal framework in each studied country.
  • Developing and maintaining a deep, high-quality network of relevant experts in each country covered by the project.
  • Collecting information and analyze legal frameworks for water resources management.
  • Conducting background research on water resources to supplement primary data collection and legal analysis.
  • Working with the team to produce a high-quality comparative data set covering 80+ countries.
  • Supporting day-to-day team tasks, including background research for topic strategy development, data management, internal briefings and reports, project dissemination, external reporting, presentations, etc.
  • Providing cross-cutting support to other topic teams and the central EBA project management team in areas such as data management, website management, report development, etc.

Selection Criteria

  • Team-first mentality; well-developed interpersonal and team work skills; ability to operate effectively as a team member.
  • Methodical, proactive and positive attitude.
  • Critical thinker, constantly looking for how to improve processes and output quality.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-moving environment.
  • Self-starter; demonstrated ability to contribute well when collaborating remotely.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Passionate about water, environment and sustainable development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in French, Russian and/or Arabic desired.
  • Degrees in one or more of the following fields desired: law, preferably with an environmental law or public/administrative law focus; environmental engineering; environmental science; water resources engineering; international relations.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant experience desired.
  • Professional, formal and diplomatic communication style (oral and written).
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with legal/regulatory issues related to water, environment, and agriculture, especially in the context of developing countries.
  • Experience with data management and analysis.

Contract Period and Location

The desired start date for this consultancy is late May or early June. STC contracts are for a maximum of 150 working days upon satisfactory performance and continued project funding. During this period, the consultant is expected to work a full-time schedule based at the World Bank’s Washington DC headquarters.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter expressing interest to Mr. Bill Garthwaite at [email protected].

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found.