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 World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.
Global Practice Context (Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice):
Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the WBG’s poverty agenda.
Biodiversity and natural resources constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood.
Sustainable ENRM promotes a green, clean, and resilient world where natural resources – from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems – are managed to support livelihoods and strong economies.
Sustainable ENRM builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change.
The Environment & 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 close to $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development. The practice consists of some 300 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and Cross Cutting SAs that are professionally associated with it.
ENR GP also manages the environmental risk aspects of about 2000 projects in the World Bank’s global portfolio.
About 150 staff work specifically on environmental risk management safeguards.
The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice has three broad and distinct functions:
Provides clients with lending and non-lending services aimed to support the GP’s three core business lines, namely: (i) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes; (ii) Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Resources; and (iii) Pollution Management and Environmental Health.
The GP’s activities also include a focus on Clean and Resilient Growth through its work on environmental economics and support to institutional development.
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.
Works closely with other sectors, including by leveraging GEF grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.
ENRM activities in Africa Region accounts for a substantial part of the ENR Global Practice’s business:
delivery of about 10 operations per year, amounting to about $800 million annually;
An active dialogue on regional issues, such as climate change, coastal and marine economies, improving governance of natural resources, watershed management, pollution management, and wealth accounting and valuation of ecosystem services; and
About 100 active projects in the portfolio, amounting to around $3 billion.
A key characteristic of the Bank program in the Africa region is a high level of decentralization. About 50% of staff is located in the country offices (outside of the Headquarters in Washington DC), and about 50% of operations are managed and led from the country offices.
The underpinning of this decentralization rests on four main pillars:
Better integration at the field level to provide greater synergies and integrated responses;
A decentralized management structure supported by regional and global knowledge;
Provision of faster responses and management decisions to our clients; and
Ensuring environment and natural resources dimensions are at the forefront in the region given the large urbanization trend in almost all countries, the need to better incorporate environment and natural resources priorities in the fast growing economies and huge demand for infrastructure where governance issues and growing income disparities between urban centers and rural areas could undermine the growth potential.
Unit and Country Context:
The Environment and Natural Resources Unit for East Africa (one of three 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.
This position will be based in Lusaka, Zambia and will focus on the environmental risk management, and environmental project management, analytical work and policy. Zambia has very large infrastructure shortfall. As a result, the Bank has been investing heavily in infrastructure in the country. This requires staff in the Zambia office to implement 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, analytical work and policy advisory activities that require management.
Duties & Accountabilities:
The Senior Environmental Engineer- will have the following key responsibilities as agreed with his/her Practice Manager based