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The South Asia Region comprises eight countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) that range in size from India (with a population of over 1 billion) to Maldives (with 0.3 million people). The region has experienced a long period of robust economic growth, averaging 6% a year over the past 20 years. It was the second-fastest growing region in the world in the aftermath of the global crisis. This strong growth has translated into declining poverty and impressive improvements in human development. The percentage of people living below the poverty line fell in South Asia from 56% to 16% between 1981 and 2013. Still, the region remains home to a third of the world’s poorest, with 216 million people living below $1.9/day.
The Environment and Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP (Global Practice)): 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).
This position is based in New Delhi, India and focuses on pollution management, environmental risk management and particularly air quality management (AQM). Air pollution in India is a multi-sector and multi-jurisdictional challenge. It has originally been tackled by a city-by-city approach, but poor air quality in Indian cities is driven not only by urban sources, from transport, industry, and power generation, as is common in many countries, but also by a range of rural sources outside the cities, and sources beyond state borders. It is well known that crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana affects air quality in the NCR (National Capital Region) but other agricultural sources (e.g., fertilizer and livestock manure) may contribute more to high air pollution. In Kanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh, 50 percent of air pollution is contributed by sources that lie outside the city boundary, and some outside the boundary of the State. This is a general situation with many cities in India. Within India the most severely polluted region is the vast and high populated Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) (comprising Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Jharkhand). Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are additionally home to India’s largest contiguous population of households with incomes below the poverty line.
Together with the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and particularly the Departments of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change in IGP states, the World Bank has developed a large AQM program that intends to substantively improve air quality throughout IGP by the early 2030s through a combination of lending (international/IBRD and domestic), technical assistance, and concessional grant finance to each of the jurisdictions in IGP. The IGP program also includes AQM activities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Besides the World Bank, the IGP AQM program engages a set of development partners that intends to provide financial, political, and technical support. The program is running an AQM awareness campaign lead by the World Banks regional vice president.
The ENB GP in South Asia seeks to recruit a skilled Senior Environmental Engineer to provide environmental management support to Bank-financed projects with a focus on air Quality, and contribute to developing and supervising ENB projects, particularly in addressing pollution and environmental health. The Senior Environmental Engineer, who will work as part of an India AQM team in the World Bank office in Delhi, will report to the ENB Practice Manager for the South Asia Region (SAR). Duties and responsibilities:
Lead or participate in policy dialogue; analytical and advisory services; lending project preparation and implementation in environment sector; and portfolio reviews with a focus on pollution and circular economy and particularly air quality management.
Provide technical guidance/advice to operational teams to strengthen project design and implementation performance, 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 environmental policies.
Collaborate with WBG (World Bank Group) staff across regions, particularly in the other IGP countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan) and across sector boundaries and seeking opportunities for knowledge sharing. Disseminate/Support dissemination of lessons learned and best practices from specific Bank projects/activities for research, knowledge, and learning purposes.
Contribute to, and sometimes lead in the development of a variety of written products and communications, including components of major reports (Briefs, Analytical Notes, Aide Memoires, Project Concept Notes, and Project Documents), as well as drafts of other reports, technical working papers and professional publications for wider circulation.
Support in the coordination of development partners that contributes to the development and implementation of the IGP AQM program.
Collaborate closely with World Bank Global Practices and IFC/MIGA colleagues on joint projects and with other colleagues from other multilateral development institutions.
Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the Manager, such as contributing to the organization of training or knowledge sharing events.
An advanced degree (master's or PhD) in environmental engineering, civil engineering or environmental related science is required. Preferably strong experience in air quality management that will be relevant for India and the other countries in IGP.
A minimum of 8 or more years' relevant professional practical experience in the engineering or environmental management sector is required.
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.
Record of accomplishment of dealing effectively with external and internal clients. Strong client orientation with commitment to results on.
Ability to work well with a range of stakeholders, including project-affected parties, government officials, non-governmental organizations and civil society, and project investors and their staff.
Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions, particularly related to air quality management.
Excellent inter-personal and team leadership skills and ability to easily interact with people of diverse backgrounds and seniority inside and outside the World Bank, including clients and partners.
Experience working in developing countries.
Experience in the preparation of environmental safeguards/risk management documents of the lending projects of the WBG or other international organizations is beneficial but not required.
Excellent writing and communication skills in English is required that, among others, can contribute substantively to professional publications, particularly in air quality management. 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.