Environmental Specialist Job Careers – World Bank

Job Title:         Environmental Specialist
Organization: World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala,
Job #: 162307
About World Bank:
The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding
and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and
extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase
economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can
access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the
World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key
priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and
transparency in development, and improving access to development information
and data.
Job Summary: The
Environmental Specialist will support the GP’s work on the application of
environmental policy to Bank investment lending, including risk management and
knowledge and learning initiatives.  The
Environmental Specialist will play an essential role in the application of the
Bank’s environmental policies (i.e. Environmental Assessment (OP 4.01), Natural
Habitats (OP 4.04), Pest Management (OP 4.09), Physical Cultural Resources (OP
4.11), Forests (OP 4.36), and Safety of Dams (OP 4.37)) and in supporting the
use of environmental assessments methodologies across a range of sectors and
country contexts. The Environmental Specialist will be part of a dynamic team
of environment and natural resources management specialists working in the
Global Practice. The incumbent will also provide technical expertise on a
variety of environmental issues related to investment operations, development
policy loans, and other instruments, such as Technical Assistance, including
with regard to adaptation to climate change, natural resources management and
green and inclusive growth.
Key Duties and
Actively participate as team member in the
preparation and/or supervision of environmental safeguards policy requirements
in different Bank funded operations, including 
participating in identification missions; supporting implementation of
safeguards policy requirements and seeking opportunities to integrate sound
environmental management and policies in various investment operations;
maintaining regular dialogue with the client and enhance their capacity on
environmental policies; and contributing to Aide Memoires.
Seek and develop opportunities to integrate
sound environmental management and environment safeguards policies in different
investment operations, participate as a team member in such operations and
related analytical work, and enhance local capacities for implementing these
Maintain dialogue and coordination between the
Uganda national counterparts/Government and the teams working in Uganda, with
an emphasis in developing long-lasting relations with Government counterparts
and relevant national institutions.
Significantly contribute to and participate in
quality reviews within the Region and provide environmental input in project
documents in accordance with the Bank operational policies including Concept
Review, Appraisal and Decision/Negotiations Packages.
Actively facilitate and maintain effective
communication with the local partners, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs),
civil society, the private sector as well as specialized international
organizations in line with the Bank’s Access to Information Policy and need to
harmonize with clients and other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in
the region.
Actively participate in and/or possibly lead
natural resource projects and the policy dialog with the government and other
stakeholder relevant to environment or natural resources in
Kenya/Uganda/Rwanda.  This includes
coordination with other financiers, review of sector policies, strategies, and
Coordinate and carry out other tasks as
requested by the relevant Practice manager such as contribute to the
organization of training or knowledge sharing events.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant for the World Bank Environmental
Specialist career opportunity should hold an Advanced degree (PhD or Masters)
in environmental economics, environmental science/engineering, natural
resources management or related field, preferably with major in one or more of
the following areas: environmental institutions or policy, environmental health
or pollution, forestry, biodiversity or climate change.
At least five years of full-time relevant
professional experience in the environment sector.
Broad knowledge and experience in one or more of
the following areas: environmental management, environmental sector policy, or
integrated development planning or climate change mitigation or adaption, in
various sectors (e.g., water supply and sanitation; transport, energy, natural
disaster management, rural development, environmental pollution and health).
Previous exposure and experience working in middle income countries;
understanding of the institutional and political context and exposure to the
national environmental policy challenges.
International work experience would be an
Proven teamwork and successful experience
working with multi-disciplinary teams.
Demonstrated project management / operational
skills and familiarity with Bank procedures and business practices including
occupational health and safety management and the WBG safeguard policies would
be an advantage.
Experience working with a wide range of
stakeholders, NGOs, private sector international organizations, development
partners and/or with the government will be an advantage.
A strong sense of team work and ability to work
independently with limited supervision;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Willingness to travel extensively in rural areas
of Kenya/Uganda/Rwanda if necessary.
Fluency in English is required (writing,
speaking, listening and reading).
Personal Competencies:
Broad knowledge and experience in successfully
applying the environmental safeguard policies and high risk projects,
especially infrastructure projects, in sectors such as Agriculture, Energy,
Transport, Urban and Water Infrastructure.
Applies technical knowledge on the job and
provides inputs to country and sector strategies.  Interacts with clients on technical level.
Environmental Policy, Strategy and
– Basic understanding of environmental policies,
strategies, institutions, and regulations, specifically related to climate change.
Environmental Sciences – Basic
experience applying knowledge (air pollution and meteorology; soil science;
water; ecosystems; conservation; agriculture concerns, etc.) to policy-related
decisions and advice.
Project Design for Impact and Sustainability
– Contributes to the design of projects and programs, based on an understanding
of the country and sector context. 
Sector Dialogue – IL – Contributes
to dialogues with the client on familiar topics, with a narrow scope, based on
a solid understanding of the sector. 
Operational Project Management –
Demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of project management tools
& methodologies, as well as of Bank instruments and processes related to
project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder
Strategic and Technical Analyses for
Country/Sector Issues
– Contributes to the formulation and implementation
of complex analytical work and policy papers, leveraging relevant analytical
tools and a grasp of issues surrounding policy and sector reform.  
Client Orientation – Demonstrates
diplomacy, tact and sensitivity in the face of conflicting demands or
directions and provides inputs to develop evidence-based advice and solutions
based on sound diagnosis and knowledge. 
Drive for Results – Provides inputs
to efforts to identify and acquire resources to accomplish results involving
multiple stakeholders and contributes to solutions to obstacles affecting key
Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion –
Participates in teams to achieve outcomes, provides inputs to team solutions
and demonstrates good inter-personal skills for teamwork, demonstrating respect
for different points of view. 
Knowledge, Learning and Communication
– Contributes to sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons
learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally
and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.
Business Judgment and Analytical Decision
– Under direction of senior staff, gathers inputs, contributes
to risk assessments, and provides information relevant to assessment of decisions
affecting internal and external stakeholders.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
World Bank in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to send their
applications Online by reviewing details at the web link below and clicking
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Deadline: 14th November 2016
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