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Senior Environment Specialist

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 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). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

The Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice has been set-up to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources. The ENR GP has close to 300 operations under management, representing $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development.

ENRM activities in Sub-Saharan Africa represent a substantial part of the ENR GP Portfolio. Sub-Saharan Africa, with a population of around 875 million people in 47 countries, is home to 36 of the world’s poorest countries. Making headway against poverty in sub-Saharan Africa continues to present the world with its most formidable development challenge.

The World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice for Africa covers the following business lines:

GREEN: Forests, Watersheds & Sustainable Landscapes – managing renewable natural capital across landscapes;

BLUE: Marine, Coastal & Aquatic Resources – unlocking the wealth of marine, coastal and fresh water economies;

BROWN: Pollution Management & Environmental Health – reducing pollution to improve environmental conditions;

Clean and Resilient Growth: – fostering economics and institutions for sustainable and sustained growth; and

Environmental Risk Management & Sustainability: Managing risks and creating opportunity to advice sustainable development.

Within the Global Practice on Environment and Natural Resources, GENA3 covers Southern and Central Africa and Indian Ocean islands; and manage operations in a variety of areas such as natural resources management, coastal zone management, forestry, pollution, climate change, landscape and terrestrial and marine natural resources. In addition, the unit, like other ENR GP units provides environmental safeguards and ESF services across all sectors and projects.

The AFCS1 countries include South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini. Due to growing business needs and the complexity of some of the projects in Zambia portfolio, there now exist a need for Senior Environmental Specialist to be based in the Lusaka office with reporting relationship to the Country Manager and the Practice Manager based in Washington DC.

Duties/Responsibilities:

As a Senior Environment Specialist, your responsibilities would be the following:

  • During project preparation: assess the project’s potential environmental footprint and decide which of the Bank’s safeguards policies and/or ESS is most relevant; guide the borrower/project implementation agency in preparing the necessary safeguard instruments and review them for quality; elaborate well-written summaries of key safeguards instruments to include in project documentation; assist in the preparation of Environmental and Social Risk Classifications (ESRCs) and Environmental and Social Commitment Plans (ESCPs); and help staff/the client to assure the quality of project documentation before submission to the Regional Safeguards Adviser (RSA) Secretariat for review and approval.
  • Provide guidance and support for the screening of Bank projects for environmental risks, impacts and vulnerabilities, and identify risk management opportunities/strategies including labor influx, occupational health and safety, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • In accordance with the Bank’s ESF, decide the appropriate Environment and Social (E&S) Risk classification for the project and review it on a regular basis. In assessing and handling E&S risk, you should use the ESSs-related guidance and good practice notes, as well as internationally accepted good industry practice for informed decision-making.
  • Ensure compliance of all project financed activities, including those related to associated facilities, with the Bank’s Safeguards policies and the ESSs and the Bank Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines, as well as Good International Industry Practice (GIIP).
  • During both preparation and implementation: you should go beyond narrow policy compliance, looking for opportunities to improve the environmental outcomes of the project. Work closely with the project task team and especially the Social Safeguards Specialist assigned to each operation and provide back up support as required.
  • Using the ESCP as a key tool, provide expert advice to borrowers/recipients on the assessment of environmental and social risks, evaluate all relevant information, recommend solutions, and ensure detailed and targeted management and action plans are developed for projects to align with the Bank’s ESF.
  • Participate in review meetings and represent GENA3 in relevant Bank-wide initiatives, represent the Bank in donor meetings on the environment, and promote knowledge generation and diffusion within the region and beyond.
  • Regularly complete all project-related reporting requirements in the Bank system and provide project-related synopsis to Management as required.
  • During both preparation and implementation: you should go beyond narrow policy compliance, looking for opportunities to improve the environmental outcomes of the project. Work closely with the project task team and especially the Social Safeguards Specialist assigned to each operation and provide back up support as required.
  • Using the ESCP as a key tool, provide expert advice to borrowers/recipients on the assessment of environmental and social risks, evaluate all relevant information, recommend solutions, and ensure detailed and targeted management and action plans are developed for projects to align with the Bank’s ESF.
  • Participate in review meetings and represent GENA3 in relevant Bank-wide initiatives, represent the Bank in donor meetings on the environment, and promote knowledge generation and diffusion within the region and beyond.
  • Regularly complete all project-related reporting requirements in the Bank system and provide project-related synopsis to Management as required.

Selection Criteria:

  • A minimum of Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, or the Physical Sciences.
  • Knowledge of international standards and codes of practices in the environment sector, including World Bank Group Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs).
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in the environment sector, including validated experience in environment, health and safety (EHS); risk assessment; occupational, health and safety (OHS); due diligence, environmental site assessment, and compliance audits.
  • Deep knowledge of environmental legislation, regulatory, and institutional arrangements in African countries.
  • Experience applying the World Bank’s environmental safeguards policies, and knowledge of the new ESF.
  • Familiarity with social safeguards issues.
  • Do you also have the following skills? While not required, these are considered advantageous:
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams on diverse and complex tasks.
  • Field experience.
  • Understanding of the Bank’s policies and financial instruments.
  • Strong client orientation with the ability to build an understanding with implementing agency counterparts on the beneficial impacts of Bank safeguards and ESF.
  • A drive for results while working with limited supervision and under tight timelines.
  • A penchant for solving problems rather than merely identifying them.
  • An ability to think creatively and negotiate effectively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Technical Competencies

  • Environmental implications on Policy, Institutions, and Operations.
  • Analytical Tools for Environmental and Social Sustainability.
  • Participation and Consultation.
  • Environmental Safeguards.
  • ESF
  • Integrative Skills.
  • Knowledge and Experience in Development.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Client Orientation
  • Drive for Results
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision-Making.

WBG Competencies:

  • Lead and Innovate.
  • Deliver Results for Clients.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge.
  • Make Smart Decisions.

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