Senior Environmental Specialist
The World Bank - Washington, DC

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The Sustainable Development Department in the Africa Region (AFTSD) is responsible for assisting client countries on wide-ranging areas that covers, among others infrastructure, agriculture, urban and rural development, environment, and social development. AFTSD is among the largest departments in the Bank with close to 320 staff plus consultants across 7 sector units and a front office. In FY12, AFTSD projects to deliver over 50 new operations at over US$4bn. The overall portfolio (including IDA/IBRD, GU, large RE TF, and GEF) comprises well over 300 projects worth about $30bn. About 60% of the department’s human resources are decentralized in country offices.

Within the SD department, the 3 Environment/Natural Resources, Water, and Disaster Risk Management units (AFTN1, N2, and N3) are responsible technical leadership, policy dialogue, and management of lending and non-lending operations in these sectors. The 3 units are divided along geographical lines (covering a subset of the country management units each). Under this organizational structure, AFTN1 covers Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe (AFCS2); Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros and Seychelles (AFCS4); Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of Congo (AFCC2); Ethiopia (AFCE3); and Nigeria (AFCW2) and is also in charge of the Climate Change and Forestry thematic areas for the Department.

Forests are an important natural resource for many countries in the Region, contributing to fiscal revenues, supporting livelihoods, and sequestering carbon. With 70% of Africa’s CO2 emissions originating from land use changes and land degradation, REDD+ and the management of forest landscapes are gaining importance. Sustainable forest management and REDD readiness programs are financed under the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Thus far, 14 countries across the Africa Region have been selected into the Readiness Mechanism of the FCPF, three have been selected as pilot countries for the FIP. At the regional level, two GEF financed operations are complementing capacity building efforts in the six Congo Basin countries, with a special focus on the Central African Forest Commission, COMIFAC.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, he/she will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year renewable term appointment.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:
Provide strategic directions and analytical leadership for the Bank’s forest program in the Region
  • Conduct policy dialogue with key counterparts, lead strategic analytical work, prepare regional and country-specific strategy notes and briefings
  • Coordinate across sectors to ensure strategic integration of the forest and NRM agendas
  • Lead teams, provide technical advice, and mentor junior staff
  • Provide peer review and quality enhancement support to TTLs and management on forest and NRM operations
  • Contribute to knowledge products, learning, and corporate dialogue
Manage forest and NRM operations
  • Prepare and supervise NRM operations including DPLs, ILs, and other
  • Supervise the regional REDD+ operations with focus on the Congo Basin
  • Develop a new pipeline of Forestry/NRM operations
  • Provide technical support on NRM/Forestry operations
Coordinate the REDD+ and carbon finance program in Africa
  • Monitor the Region’s REDD+ and carbon finance portfolio, ensure portfolio quality, and provide technical support to the teams working on FCPF (Readiness and Carbon Fund) and FIP operations
  • Provide technical support to the teams to ensure a satisfactory implementation of CF operation as well as transfer of operations to ENVCF when possible
  • Work with ENVCF to prepare and monitor WPA for the various CF funds
  • Disseminate knowledge, best practices and lessons learned on Carbon Finance in Africa
  • Administer FCPF funds at the regional level: ensure efficient use of FCPF budgets at coordination and country levels
Selection Criteria:

  • 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.
  • Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
  • Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Solid understanding of environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
  • Environmental Sciences - Deep experience applying knowledge (soil science; water; ecosystems; conservation; agriculture concerns, etc.) to policy-related decisions and advice.
  • Climate Change - Depth in at least one area: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; carbon financing and other funding mechanisms, etc. Comprehensive understanding of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation issues including governance, institutions and relationship with economic and social development;
  • Environmental Safeguards - Experience successfully applying the environmental safeguard policies to category B and C projects, with minimal supervision.
  • Project Design for Impact and Sustainability - IL - Contributes to the design of projects and programs, based on an understanding of the country and sector context.
  • Operational Project Management - Demonstrates in depth 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 communications.
  • Team Leadership - Leads teams to achieve challenging outcomes, providing a role model and enhancing the team-leadership skills of team members.
  • Knowledge of Relevant Operational Policy and Associated Good Practices - DPL - Has a solid understanding of all aspects of OP 8.60 and associated Good Practice Notes; has experience in designing DPOs.
  • ESW/TA Policy, Strategic and Technical Analysis for Country/Sector Issues - Participates fully in the production of quality AAA work and policy papers, leveraging relevant analytical tools and a grasp of issues surrounding policy and sector reform.
  • Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
  • Drive for Results - Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Leads in the 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 Making - Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.
  • Advanced degree in environmental sciences, economics, engineering or natural resources management or related field.
  • At least eight years of relevant professional experience in environment, natural and water resources management, etc.

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