Senior Environmental Specialist

Senior Environmental Specialist

Job #: req10717
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Environment
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Addis Ababa,Ethiopia
Required Language(s): English


Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 2/11/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



Do you want to build a career that
is truly worthwhile? The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of
funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership
of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty and
promoting shared prosperity. With 189 member countries and more than 120
offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing
in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to
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and Southern Africa (E AFR) Region

to about 700 million of Africa’s people, Eastern and Southern Africa is a
geographically, culturally and economically diverse region of 26 countries
stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good Hope in the
South. Children under 18 make up almost half of the total population. The
sub-region boasts of some of the world’s richest human and natural resources
and, apart from South Africa, the countries are predominantly raw material

sub-region harbors some of Africa’s protracted conflicts, rendering many of
its countries fragile, while significant gaps in education, health, and
skills development continues to keep people from reaching their full
potential. This creates a huge development challenge, impacts heavily on the
lives and livelihoods of people, and hinders regional integration and trade.
But it also creates an opportunity to work closely with country leaders,
civil society, development partners, and young people to chart a brighter
course for the future.

World Bank’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region, comprised of approximately
1,207 staff, mostly based in 26 country offices, has been helping countries
realize their considerable development potential by focusing on the following

· Creating Jobs and Transforming Economies:  We
are working with countries across Africa to stimulate job creation and
economic transformation by leveraging all sources of finance, expertise, and
solutions to promote investment.

· Building up the Digital Economy:  We
are supporting Africa’s vision to ensure that every African individual,
business, and government is connected by 2030 – a vision that, if realized,
can boost growth by up to 2 percentage points per year, and reduce poverty by
1 percentage point per year in Sub-Saharan Africa alone.

· Institutions more Efficient and
 Our support is helping
governments strengthen public policy processes, manage resources effectively,
and reinforce fair and reliable delivery of public services.

· Investing in People:  We are at the forefront of helping African countries
accelerate human capital gains and empower women by improving their access to
education and skills acquisition, sexual and reproductive health services,
and employment opportunities. With the influx COVID-19, we are mobilizing
financial support and timely analysis and advice to countries across the
sub-region deal with the pandemic.

· Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption:  In the face of increasing climate-related risks, we are
working with African countries to advance efforts to adopt renewable energy,
climate-smart agriculture, and green infrastructure. A number of East African
countries are currently facing a debilitating Desert Locust infestation,
threatening the already precarious food security situation. The Bank has put
together a program to help affected countries deal with the scourge.

· Addressing the Drivers of Fragility, Conflict, and Violence:  Given the cross-border nature of conflicts in Africa, we
are employing an approach that simultaneously focuses on the drivers of
fragility while also supporting well-targeted regional initiatives to create
opportunities for peace and shared prosperity.

· Building Partnerships and Working
across the African Continent:
are scaling up our work on regional integration, taking a holistic view of
the continent that covers both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

and Southern Africa (EAFR)
  Region :

The Sustainable Development
Practice Group

The Sustainable Development (SD)
Practice Group (PG) helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in
the areas of Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Environment, Natural
Resources & Blue Economy, Environmental and Social Framework, Urban, Disaster
Risk Management, Resilience & Land, Social Sustainability and Inclusion,
and Water.

Environment Natural Resources
& Blue Economy Global Practice

The sustainable
management of the environment and natural resources is vital for economic
growth andhuman wellbeing. When managed well, renewable natural resources,
watersheds, productive landscapes and seascapes can provide the foundation
for sustained inclusive growth, food security and poverty reduction.For more information:

Unit and Country

The Environment,
Natural Resources and Blue Economy Unit for Africa East and Southern Region
(one of four Environment units in Africa) has about 40 staff. Half of
these staff work on environmental safeguards/environmental risk
management. The other 50 percent work primarily on lending and knowledge
products in client countries. About 50 percent are based in the field.
The balance is 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.

The position

This position will be
based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and will focus on the environmental risk
management, and a small amount of environmental project management,
analytical and policy work. Ethiopia has very large infrastructure
shortfall. As a result, the Bank has been investing heavily in
infrastructure in the country, and the associated risk management
requirements. This position would focus on implementing
the Bank’s environmental risk management policies (including the
Safeguard Policies and the new Environmental and Social Framework, or
ESF). All World Bank-supported investment projects must meet ambitious
environmental management standards. The Environment and Natural Resources
Global Practice is responsible for providing technical support and oversight
to all investment projects to meet these obligations. In addition, the World
Bank has an increasing portfolio of environment related loans. While the
primary responsibility of this position is on environmental risk management
(at least 80 percent), there an expectation that the position may include
management and technical support of World Bank financed projects in the area
of environment.

Note: This is a locally
recruited position, not an internationally recruited position. As a
result the conditions of employment will be in line with the employment
market in the country.

The Senior
Environmental Specialist – will have the following key responsibilities:
Environmental Risk Management

* Ensure the effective integration of environmental due diligence as defined by World Bank Group (WBG) Environmental and Social Management Framework, safeguards policies as well as international good practice documents (e.g. Equator Principles) into the design, appraisal and implementation of WBG supported projects (environmental lending portfolio and analytical work).

* Provide experienced advice to client and counterpart organizations, project teams and WBG management with regard to the preparation of environmental impact assessments, including regional, strategic and cumulative assessments; environmental management frameworks and plans, including plan for monitoring, reporting and evaluation; public consultation plans; and specific plans related to natural habitats conservation, natural resource management, pest management, forest management, dam safety and international waterways management; such advice will be based on a detailed analysis of baseline conditions, project scope and impacts, requirements from national legal and institutional frameworks and, and compliance with the WBG’s operational policies.

* Provide experienced mentorship to clients in the preparation of project cycle documentation including terms of reference (ToR) for environmental safeguard instruments, such as environmental and social assessments (incl. strategic, regional and cumulative); environmental and social management frameworks and plans, Pest Management Plans, and supervising their implementation. Contract specifications related to environmental safeguards and risks management, particularly for large dams and water projects. Provide technical training for the domestic EA practitioners on the WBG safeguard policies and requirements.

* Provide environmental input in project documents in accordance with the Bank operational policies including Project Concept Note (PCN), Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (ISDS), Project Appraisal Document (PAD) and Decision/Negotiations Packages, and assist with handling timely and accurate disclosure procedures and public consultation requirements for all required environmental assessment and management instruments.

* Work closely with the Regional Safeguards Coordinators in the Africa region who are responsible for assigning safeguards tasks and ensuring the quality of the safeguards work and environmental risk management in the Region.

Project Operations and
Analytical Work

* Participate in and/or lead natural resource or environmental management projects and the policy dialog with the government and other stakeholders on environment or natural resources. This includes coordination with other financiers, review of sector policies, strategies, and legislation. A particular focus will be to build a portfolio of environment projects, which could include waste management, flood management, forestry and land restoration, and protected areas management.

* Participate as team member or team leader in the development and/or supervision of implementation of environment or natural resources activities or components in projects, including participation in identification missions; seeking and developing opportunities to integrate sound environmental management and policies in investment project operations; maintaining dialog with the client and enhancing their capacity for understanding and compliance with on environmental policies; and contributing to mission outputs such as back to office reports (BTORs) and Aide Memoires.

* Facilitate and maintain effective communication with relevant communities of practice, including NGOs, academia, civil society, the private sector as well as specialized international organizations in line with the Bank’s Disclosure Policy and need to harmonize with clients and other international financial institutions in the region. In particular, active participation in communities of practice and global level technical innovation and knowledge sharing in the area of pollution management will be an important component of this position.

* Actively seek to learn World Bank Group procedures, and contribute to their improvement, by participating in training offered, by developing a personal training program, keeping abreast of research and development knowledge in the environment and natural resources sector, and relevant safeguard management process.

* Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the relevant Manager such as for example, contribute to the organization of training or knowledge sharing events.

Selection Criteria

* Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) degree in environmental engineering, civil engineering or natural sciences is required.

* A minimum of 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience in the engineering or environmental management sector is required.

* Fluency in English is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).

* Fluency in Amharic is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
Knowledge and experience in environmental assessment and management of environmental compliance in investment projects involving large scale civil works, extractive or industrial activities is required.

* Technical experience in environmental assessment and compliance related to large infrastructure projects is required.

* Confirmed collaboration and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams.

* A strong sense of partnership and ability to work independently with limited supervision.

* Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

* Experience working in different developing countries.

* Willingness to travel extensively in country and in the Africa region and possibly globally is vital, including to remote rural areas.

The following would be
an advantage but not required:

* Fluency in a number of Ethiopian languages would be an advantage.

* Experience working in developing countries, understanding the institutional and political context and exposure to the national environmental policy challenges would be an advantage.

* Experience in the preparation of environmental safeguard/risk management documents of the lending projects of the WBG or other international organizations is beneficial but not required.

* Demonstrated project management / operational skills, including occupational health and safety management would be an advantage.

* Experience working with contractors that have weak implementation capacity in the area of environmental risk management would be an advantage.

Competencies Level GG,
Senior Environmental Specialist:

– Integrative skills:  demonstrates ability to think and work across WBG, practices
and sectors • Integrates divergent viewpoints of multiple external and
internal stakeholders into a coherent project/program/ strategy • Considers
corporate commitments (e.g., MFD, climate, gender) in project approach.

– Policy Dialogue skills:  possesses political judgment, diplomatic acumen, and
negotiating skills • Builds and sustains key stakeholder relationships with
government and other key stakeholders • Guides clients and/or development
partners in identifying key operational issues and optional solutions with a
demonstrated ability to bring together different perspectives • Leads task
teams, participates in formal negotiations, and assists government in
establishing priorities.

– Knowledge and Experience in Development arena:  demonstrates sound knowledge of World Bank
Group’s Twin Goals and the complementarities among different World Bank Group
member institutions • Demonstrates deep understanding of policy making
process and the role of own sector of expertise in that process • Fully
understands Bank’s development initiatives and policies and practices related
to l ending and non-lending operations • Guides research efforts and
translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications
and contributions to country and sector strategies and for discussions with
clients and development partners • Anticipates client needs and requests and
guides the development/ offering of relevant tools to clients.

– Communication and Influencing Skills:  demonstrates the ability to influence and
persuade others to accept ideas and suggestions (such as counterparts in
government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank
colleagues, senior staff and managers). Has ability to communicate and
defend, orally and in writing, challenges and positions to colleagues and

– Specialized Knowledge & Technical Skills:

Environment & Natural Resources Management Technical Skills
& Knowledge (Specialist / Engineer)

· Demonstrates solid understanding of
environmental/NRM/climate change policies, technologies or strategies, and
institutions needed to support development and for the success of project and
analytic work.

· Demonstrates solid understanding of the roles
of each WBG institution and its relationship to environment/NRM/climate

· Demonstrates strong knowledge of at least one
relevant thematic business line, namely “blue”, “brown”, “green”, climate
change, and environmental risk management.

· Translates technical analyses into policies,
operations and/or research as they relate to any of the following thematic
business lines: “blue”, “brown”, “green”, climate change, and environmental
risk management. • Provides guidance and coaching to others on technical and
operational matters.

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