World Bank Group (WBG) Jobs – Senior Environmental Specialist

Job Title:    Senior Environmental Specialist

Organization: World Bank Group (WBG)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Environment and Natural Resource Manager for East Africa


About World Bank:

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank provides low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, and grants to developing countries. These support a widearray of investments in such areas as education, health, public administration,infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, andenvironmental and natural resource management. Some of our projects areco-financed with governments, other multilateral institutions, commercial banks, export credit agencies, and private sector investors.


Job Summary: The Senior Environmental Specialist will be based in Kampala, Uganda and will report to the Environment and Natural Resource Manager for East Africa (SAEE2). The Senior Environmental Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources program in Uganda. The Senior Environmental Specialist would coordinate closely with other Bank staff working across different sectors, countries and regions as needed.


The Senior Environment Specialist will be responsible for building long-term business relationships with national and local stakeholders through ASA and policy dialogue; leading program development, task management; leading strategic communications and outreach activities on environment and natural resource management to ensure that best practices and lessons learned are reflected in the unit’s operations. The Senior Environment Specialist may also coordinate the environmental risk management team and to work as the designated environmental risk management specialist on specific projects. The selected candidate would also be expected to provide country, regional and global technical advisory service to team in her/his technical area of expertise.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Specifically, the responsibilities of this position will fall into the following categories:

Policy dialogue and strategy development

  • Leading policy dialogue on landscape, environment and natural resource issues, including the climate change agenda, with key Government counterparts and participating in policy dialogue with other sectors to ensure the consistency and coherence in collaboration with sector colleagues at HQ and Country Office.
  • Preparing, in coordination with colleagues, environment and natural resources inputs to SCD, CPS, CEM and other cross-sectoral products.
  • Keeping management and sector staff in Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy and the CMU in the Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya offices (CD, PL, Country Managers and Ops Manager) regularly updated on environment and natural resource activities in Uganda, and in Rwanda and Kenya if working on projects in those countries.

Program development, task management, and quality control

  • Working closely with other key sectors such as water, agriculture, urban and land management, provide technical leadership to the Protected Area Management, Nature Based Tourism, Watershed Management, Climate Change, Natural Capital Accounting, Forestry, Pollution Management and Fisheries.
  • Developing the Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources work program in Uganda and monitoring its implementation with government agencies and stakeholders.
  • Undertaking task management of ASA and lending operations.
  • Supporting the Practice Manager to ensure the quality of the environment and natural resource management portfolio in Uganda.
  • Managing designated budgets and administrative tasks well and on time.

Knowledge Management

  • Assisting in learning and training activities, including mentoring of staff.
  • Serving as a focal point or spokesperson on environment and natural resource development issues to clients and external constituencies.
  • Engaging with universities, civil society organizations, and private sector partners.
  • Contributing to the Bank’s global knowledge pool through peer reviews, ad hoc just in time advice, and structured inter-regional cross support.

Safeguards/Environmental Risk Management

  • Playing a role in the coordination of safeguards activities in Uganda.
  • Working as a safeguards specialist on selected projects and remain up to date on safeguards policies.

Global Technical Support

  • Providing Global Leadership in a technical area of expertise. The Senior Environmental Specialist would be expected to contribute to global technical cross-support and to make a meaningful contribution to global knowledge in their technical area of expertise

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the World Bank Group Senior Environmental Specialist job placement must hold an advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in environmental economics, economics, finance, ecotourism management, environmental engineering, environmental science or other relevant technical training.
  • A minimum of a Masters and 8 years of experience in the environment and natural resource sector with a track record of leading analytical work, operations and/or environmental risk management (professional experience in a PhD program counts toward this time requirement).
  • Recognized technical leadership in the environmental and natural resource sector.
  • Deep technical knowledge and experience of the ecotourism management sector, ecology or forestry would be strongly preferred.
  • The Uganda program has a large protected area program so skill and experience in land based protected areas management is required.
  • Proven track record of innovation in Bank operational or ASA work and active engagement in knowledge sharing across countries and regions.
  • Exceptional ability to identify long-range goals and objectives, develop strategic approaches, and conceptualize a multi-year plan to operationalize these strategies.
  • Proven ability to build client relationships involving multiple stakeholders. With a proven track record of results on the ground.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate activities involving multiple disciplines, organizational units and working across Global Practices, as well as to maintain high service standards under pressure, meet deadlines, and accommodate simultaneous demands from various sources;
  • Strong leadership skills with ability to manage multi-disciplinary teams, including developing, coaching, guiding and mentoring staff; and resolving conflicts taking into account cultural sensitivities.
  • Proven teamwork and leadership skills, working with multi-disciplinary teams across different sectors, across operational boundaries within the World Bank Group and outside it;
  • Skill at managing donor engagements;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English.
  • Willingness to travel in Sudan, the Africa region and possibly globally as needed, including to remote rural areas.


How to Apply:  

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