JOB ADVERT: Environment Specialist
Job #: req964
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 2 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Yaounde, Cameroon
Required Language(s): English, French
Preferred Language(s): English, French
Closing Date: 11/10/2018 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
ABOUT THE WORLD BANK GROUP (WBG)
Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2017, the WBG committed $59 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $19 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 WBG is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and is introducing fourteen Global Practices as well as various Cross-Cutting Solution Areas to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
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 and analytical products under management, representing investments over $7.5 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development. The Practice consists of over 340 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and parts of the Bank that are professionally associated with it.
The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice has five key business lines consisting of:
- Lending and non-lending services in
- Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes (‘Green Business line’);
- Marine, Coastal, Aquatic Resources and Ocean Health (‘Blue Economy Business line’);
- Pollution Management and Environmental Health (‘Pollution Management Business line’)
- Environmental Economics, Policies and Institutions Business line, and
- Safeguards/Environmental Risk Management Business line: Delivery of effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development. This includes provision of high-quality and timely safeguards services across the Bank, including current safeguards policies and the effective implementation of the new Environment and Social Framework (ESF) that was roll out on October 1, 2018.
ENR 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.
Within the Global Practice on Environment and Natural Resources, one unit covers West and Central Africa and Indian Ocean islands (GEN07) and the other covers Eastern and Southern Africa (GEN01). These two units develop and manage operations in a variety of areas such as natural resources management, coastal zone management, forestry, pollution, landscape and terrestrial and marine natural resources. Considering that most of the projects developed in the different sectors covered carry significant environmental and social impacts, the ENR units contribute specialized staff for ensuring that environmental safeguards are addressed in an efficient and credible manner.
More specifically, the mission of the GEN07 unit is to work with national and local governments and with communities to improve sustainable management of natural resources and improve preparedness to natural disasters in the following seven Country Management Units: Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal (AFCF1); Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo (AFCF2); Guinea, Chad, Mali, Niger (AFCW3); Nigeria (AFCW2); Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe (AFCC1); Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic (AFCC2); and Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles (AFCS2).
With the increase in project activities and new projects in the Cameroon Country Management Unit (CMU), coupled with the new ESF, it becomes necessary to increase the staff strength working on environmental safeguards and Environmental and Social Standards (ESS)
The Environment Specialist will be based in Yaoundé, Cameroon and will be supporting a broad portfolio of safeguards activities, focusing on category A and B projects; and High, Substantial and Moderate risks projects under the ESF. He/she will work on 100% on safeguards and ESF.
Selected candidate will work under supervision of the Practice Manager for GEN 07 based in the WB 's Washington Office and the Country Director for Cameroon based in Yaoundé. He/she will be co-supervised by the Regional Safeguards Coordinator and the CMU environmental safeguards focal point; and will work in close collaboration with the other environment specialists, NRM specialists, and Social Development staff working on the Cameroon CMU (consisting of Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe)
DUTIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES
The Environmental Specialist will have the following main duties and responsibilities:
- During project preparation: assess the project’s potential environmental footprint and determine which of the Bank’s safeguards policies and/or ESS will be triggered; guide the borrower/project implementation agency in process of preparing the necessary safeguard instruments and review them for quality; contribute well-written summaries of key safeguards instruments for inclusion in project documentation; and assist in the preparation of Environmental and Social Risk Classifications (ESRCs) and Environmental and Social Commitment Plans (ESCPs). This will also entail helping staff or client to assure the quality of project documentation before submission to the Regional Safeguards Adviser (RSA) Secretariat for review and approval.
- Provide expert 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 Bank projects
- In accordance with the Bank’s ESF, determine the appropriate Environment and Social (E&S) Risk classification and review the risk classification assigned to the project on a regular basis. In determining and managing E&S risk, 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 relating to associated facilities with the WB’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: go beyond narrow policy compliance to 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, targeted management and action plans are developed and steps taken for projects to comply with the Bank’s ESF
- Participate in review meetings and represent GEN07 in relevant Bank-wide initiatives; represent the Bank in donor meetings on the environment; and contribute to knowledge generation and diffusion within the region and beyond.
- Regularly complete all project related reporting requirements in Bank system and provide project related synopsis to management as and when required.
- Master’s degree or equivalent academic qualification in 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 5 years of professional experience in the environmental sector, including proven experience in environment, health and safety (EHS); risk assessment; occupational, health and safety (OHS); due diligence, environmental site assessment, and compliance audits.
- Good knowledge of environmental legislation, regulatory and institutional arrangements in African countries.
- Experience with the application of the World Bank’s environmental safeguards policies; and knowledge of the new ESF.
- Familiarity with social safeguards issues will be a strong asset.
In addition, the following skills will be particularly considered during the selection process:
- 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 value-added 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 innovatively and negotiate effectively;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French.
- Environmental implications on Policy, Institutions, and Operations -Solid understanding of the implications of environment on policy, institutions, and operations.
- Analytical Tools for Environmental and Social Sustainability - Extensive experience conducting environmental analysis, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the tools.
- Participation and Consultation - Extensive experience conducting environmental and social development consultative and participatory approaches, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the interventions.
- Environmental Safeguards - Experience successfully applying the social safeguard policies.
- ESF – Knowledge of 10 Standards and the mechanics of ESCP and ESRC
- Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-practice areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-practice work in lending and non-lending operations.
- Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.
- Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.
- Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
- Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients stated and unstated needs.
- Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
- Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
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