Local recruitment: Natural Resource Management Specialist

The World Bank

Vientiane, Laos 🇱🇦

Job #:req12729
Organization:World Bank
Term Duration: 3 years
Recruitment Type:Local Recruitment
Required Language(s):English, Lao
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date:8/12/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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Located within the  World Bank’s Sustainable Development Practice Group, the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB) provides expertise, technical assistance and financing to help low- and middle-income countries manage land, sea and freshwater natural resources in a sustainable way to help create jobs, improve livelihoods, enhance ecosystem services, decrease pollution and increase resilience to climate change. Over 360 ENB staff working across the globe help set developing countries on a clean, green growth trajectory for resilient economies and healthy communities.
ENB has five key business lines consisting of lending and non-lending services in (1) Forests, Landscapes and Biodiversity; (2) Blue Economy; (3) Pollution Management, Environmental Health and Circular Economy; (4) Environmental Economics, Policies and Institutions; and (5) Environmental Risk Management. 

ENB has three broad and distinct functions: 1. Provides clients with lending and non-lending services aimed to support the GP’s key business lines; 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 to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.

The SEAE2 unit is one of two ENB units in the East Asia and Pacific Region (EAP) and comprises about 40 staff, of whom about 70 percent are based in Country Offices in Cambodia, South Korea, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The rest of the team is based in Washington DC. All staff in SEAE2 report to a Practice Manager based in Sydney, Australia. The unit works closely with the second ENB unit, SEAE1 (China, Indonesia and the Pacific Island Countries), and leads a full spectrum of environment, climate change, green growth, blue economy, pollution management and natural resource lending and non-lending tasks, as well as the environmental risk management ESF/safeguards function.

Lao PDR Country Program Context

The WBG Country Programming Framework was approved in April 2017, with three focus areas: supporting inclusive growth, investing in people, and protecting the environment.  The World Bank portfolio comprises 23 active projects for a total amount of US$744.8 million, 20 of which are financed by the International Development Association (IDA). The largest sectors by total financing are health, nutrition and population (14%), transport (12%), water (10%), environment, natural resources and the blue economy (10%) and energy and extractives (8%). Analytical work is also being done on early childhood education, public financial management, macroeconomic monitoring, health, the business climate, poverty reduction and the Lao China Railway, and green growth — which is an organizing theme for the Lao PDR lending portfolio across sectors and Practice Groups.

The work program for the Environment Natural Resource and Blue Economy (ENB) team falls into the following areas: (i) providing technical input and advice to sector projects and programs and ensuring compliance of the EAP operations with the Bank’s environmental safeguard policies; (ii) leading policy and investment lending and non-lending operations on environmental management (including pollution, solid waste management and marine plastics), natural resources (including forests and landscapes), nature-based tourism, climate change, and green growth. The engagement spans strengthening institutional capacity, physical investments, policy formulation and development of regulatory instruments, strategic planning, private sector participation, convening funding and development partners, and innovative use of instruments and digital development. 


SEAE2 is seeking to recruit a local Natural Resource Management Specialist (NRM Specialist) to be based at the Vientiane World Bank office. Working in close collaboration with colleagues in the Unit and other units of the Bank, the NRM Specialists responsibilities will be concerned with supporting the overall green growth and climate change program in Laos with a focus on the forests and landscapes program. This includes support to existing ENB operational and analytical work in Lao PDR and provide inputs that would help to support business development for the ENB GP in Laos. S/he will work according to an annual work plan, adjusted periodically as necessary. S/he will report to the EAP SEAE2 Practice Manager based in Australia and the ENB Coordinator in Laos.
The NRM Specialists responsibilities will include the following:

• Provide strategic advice on issues related to forest management, biodiversity, protected area management, rural livelihood creation, promotion of non-timber forest products (NTFP), land degradation and restoration, sustainable tourism, community strengthening in natural resource management, gender in natural resource management.

• Advise and/or assist teams working in the landscape portfolio to maximize the value of landscapes/forests, biodiversity, and natural resources.

• Contribute to the NRM and environment portfolio related business and pipeline development.

• Participate in and/or lead natural resource or environmental management projects and the policy dialog with the government and other partners on environment or natural resources. This includes coordination with other financiers, review of sector policies, strategies, and legislation. 

• Participate as team member or leader in the development and/or supervision of implementation of environment or natural resources activities or components in projects, including participation in missions; maintaining dialog with the client; and contributing to mission outputs including Aide Memoires.

• Support the implementation of Analytical and Advisory Services Activities in Laos. The Specialist will be expected to provide technical inputs for terms of reference; undertake technical reviews of studies and reports; coordinate and manage consultants and support client engagement on the ASA program.

• Share technical knowledge with clients and partners on different environment and NRM topics.

• Build relationships and facilitate effective communication with other clients, development partners, NGOs, civil society, the private sector, and other partners.

• Proactively participate in and contribute to dialogue on ENB issues within the Country Management Unit and within and across Global Practice supporting the Lao PDR portfolio.  

Selection Criteria

• Advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D) in environment and/or natural resource management, forestry, environmental policy and or other relevant fields. 
• Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the environment and natural resources management sector, including proven experience in integrated landscapes, forestry, community-based development, biodiversity, and rural development.
• Knowledge of Lao PDR legislation, policies, and standards in the field of environment, natural resource management and climate change is desirable.
• Strong client orientation with the ability to build an understanding with implementing agency counterparts on the value-added of Bank products. 
• A good teammate who can contribute as a member of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with an ability to function independently, with a degree of motivation, flexibility, and reliability.
• A drive for results while working with limited supervision and under tight timelines.
• Previous experience of working in a development organization is desirable.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Lao. 

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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