Senior Environmental Specialist

World Bank Group

Kathmandu, Nepal

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

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.
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).
The ENB GP in South Asia seeks to recruit a skilled Senior Environmental Specialist to provide environmental management support to Bank-financed projects and programs, and contribute to developing and supervising ENB lending and non-lending tasks, particularly in addressing environmental risk, biodiversity issues and environmental health. The position 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 environmental risk management and biodiversity issues of substantial and high risk operations. 
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to operational teams to strengthen project design and implementation performance, including leading and participating in identification missions; seeking and developing opportunities to integrate sound environmental management, including risk 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 staff across regions and across sector boundaries and seeking opportunities for knowledge sharing. Disseminate and support dissemination of lessons learned and best practices from best practices Bank lending and non-lending for client engagement, knowledge sharing and learning purposes.
  • Contribute to 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 other technical working papers for wider circulation.
  • 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.
  • Provide environmental risk management support to Investment Project Financing, Program for Results and Development Policy Lending.
  • Provide direct support to implementing the client ESF capacity building in Nepal and in the use of Borrower Framework.
  • Find opportunities to integrate/mainstream ESF and Environmental staffing and capacity building into Bank-financed operations.
  • Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the Manager, such as contributing to the organization of training or knowledge sharing events.
Selection Criteria:
  • An advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in environmental engineering, environmental science, biological sciences and  related field is required.  
  • A minimum of 8 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. 
  • Track record 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 / civil society, as well as project investors and their staff.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.