Environmental Specialist

World Bank

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low and middle income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects. It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group. The World Bank's most recently stated goal is the reduction of poverty

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 5+ years
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    Job Category Development & Project
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    Job Qualification : PHD
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    Posted Date : Apr 20, 2022

Job Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. 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, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. 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 develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org

The Environment and Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP): The ENB GP has been established to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources! One specific ENB GP responsibility is to support effective environmental risk management, and to ensure good environmental management across our work in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies and its Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

ESF brings the World Bank’s environmental and social (E&S) protections into closer harmony with those of other development institutions and makes important advances in areas such as transparency, non-discrimination, social inclusion, public participation, and accountability – including expanded roles for grievance redress mechanisms. The framework helps to ensure social inclusion, and explicitly references human rights in the overarching vision statement!

The ENB GP in South Asia seeks to recruit a highly skilled Environmental Specialist based at the Kathmandu Country office in Nepal to provide ESF/environmental safeguards and technical support to the Nepal portfolio.  The Environmental Specialist will report to the ENB Practice Manager for the South Asia Region (SAR) and work as part of the World Bank Nepal Country Unit.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve as a point person for environmental safeguards policies and/or environmental and social standards (ESSs) and work on environmental safeguards/ESSs and enhancement activities within and between projects, share information with Task Team Leaders, project team members, staff/consultants responsible for projects’ environmental safeguards/ESSs management.
  • Provide technical support for the screening of Bank projects for environmental risks and impacts, and vulnerabilities and identify risk management opportunities/strategies, including in Occupational and Community Health and Safety and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Bank operations.
  • Perform environmental risk management function for IPFs under World Bank’s ESF/safeguards policies and by providing technical input and advice to sector projects and programs ensuring compliance of the operations with the Bank’s ESF and standards.
  • Under the supervision of the Regional Safeguards Coordinator and the Quality Assurance and Support Team (QAST), monitor compliance of all project-financed activities through the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP), including those relating to associated facilities with the ESSs and the Bank’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines, as well as GIIP (Good International Industry Practice).
  • For projects being supported by the Bank’s ESF, using the ESCP as benchmarking tool, monitor compliance with the ESSs including on OHS guidelines, sector specific guidelines, other relevant policies, and contract specific conditions; flag issues of non-compliance to borrower and Bank management and advise and support the borrower in developing and implementing remedies.
  • Contribute to developing and supervising ENB projects and in policy dialogue in the country.
  • Contribute to analyzing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
  •  Provide guidance to the borrower on open and transparent engagement (through consultations, information disclosure and grievance redress mechanism) with relevant project stakeholders throughout the project cycle.
  • Contribute to the further development of ESS related guidance and technical support materials, such as guidelines, knowledge materials as applicable, including developing methodologies and training materials for task teams and borrowers / recipients on the calculation of gross GHG emissions (as required by ESS3); participate in knowledge sharing, capacity building and training activities to improve systematic GHG accounting in WBG financed projects.
  • Monitor the environmental performance of the project in accordance with the Environment and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP).
  • Collaborate with World Bank GPs and IFC/MIGA colleagues on joint projects as well as other colleagues from multilateral development institutions when supporting same projects, understanding and implementing a common approach when formally approved.
  • Responsible for environmental input in project documents in accordance with the Bank operational policies including Project Concept Note (PCN), Environmental and Social Review Summary (ESRS), Project Appraisal Document (PAD), as well as Program Documents (PDs) for other Bank lending instruments, and Decision/Negotiations Packages and assist with managing timely and proper disclosure procedures and public consultation requirements for all required environmental assessment and management instruments under IPFs, DPFs and P4Rs.
  • Analyze existing systems for environmental risk management in place for managing impacts of programs to support/prepare Environmental and Social Systems Assessments for PforR operations.
  • Disseminate/Support dissemination of lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects/activities for research, knowledge and learning purposes.
  •  Conduct timely project preparation, implementation support missions, and reporting and provide technical support on ENB related topics and provide guidance on open and transparent engagement (through consultations, information disclosure and grievance redress mechanism) with relevant project stakeholders throughout the project cycle.
  • Make a difference in client capacity building by leading and/or supporting the development and delivery of training in line with the client capacity support and development plan for Nepal.
  • Represent the Global Practice in relevant internal and external meetings on ENB thematic areas within the Nepal country program.

Required Qualification & Experience

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Environmental or Civil engineering, or other relevant disciplines (e.g., applied natural sciences).
  • 5+ years of proven, relevant experience (work or applied scientific research) as environmental assessment and management professional.
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally related data and information.
  • Ability to follow up multiple work-streams simultaneously.
  • International experience is an advantage; experience in developing countries / emerging economies is a strong advantage.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently, including to developing countries and possibly remote, fragile and conflict affected areas, is required.
  • Familiarity with World Bank’s safeguards policies, ESF and/or IFC’s Performance Standards /MIGA Environmental and Social policies or similar standards would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work well with a range of stakeholders, including project-affected parties, government officials, non-governmental organizations / civil society, as well as project investors and their staff
  • Sound knowledge of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change GHG accounting methodologies, or similar standards, is an advantage.
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
  • Excellent inter-personal and team leadership skills and ability to easily interact with people of different backgrounds and seniority inside and outside the World Bank, including clients and partners.
  •  Excellent writing and communication skills in both local language and English are required. Knowledge of other languages will be an advantage.
  • Good team player who can work as a member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, motivate and lead group efforts and network effectively across boundaries.
  • A drive for results while working with limited supervision and under tight timelines.

How to Apply

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