Environmental Specialist ??? Agribusiness/Forestry
IFC - Washington, DC

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The mission of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the arm of the World Bank Group (WBG) working with the private sector, is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries, help reduce poverty, and improve people’s lives. IFC finances projects that are commercially viable and environmentally and socially sound.

Sustainable development is a strategic priority for IFC. On the basis of IFC’s Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability, the Environment, Social and Governance Department (CES) has helped IFC establish a leadership position in the global development community on the application of environment, social and governance practices in the private sector. The commitment to sustainable development and good governance is achieved through the promotion of good practice standards and provision of advice and support to clients that help manage risk, enhance development outcomes and add value to client’s businesses.

IFC is seeking to strengthen its global team of environmental and social specialists through the recruitment of an Environmental Specialist to support IFC’s rapidly growing agribusiness and forestry program.

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 term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Technical responsibilities will include:
• The review and appraisal of new investment proposals for IFC’s consideration, including the identification of potential environmental and social impacts, risks and issues as early in the project cycle as possible, develop recommendations for client actions and draft relevant project processing documentation.
• Work with clients to define steps required to meet the requirements of IFC’s Performance Standards and the World Bank Group’s Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines.
• Oversee the supervision of the environmental and social performance of specific allocated projects.
• Identify opportunities for adding value in an investment project structure. Where and when appropriate, assist IFC investment staff with business development related to environmental opportunities above and beyond risk management.
• Work with client companies and IFC’s Advisory Services department to mobilize technical and financial support for clients to address environmental and social aspects of client’s operations.
• Produce and disseminate good practices and lessons learned documents from IFC’s work around the globe.
• Provide training on environmental and/or social issues to IFC borrowers and IFC investment officers.
• Represent IFC at technical meetings, industry events and environmental fora.
• A post graduate degree in conservation biology, ecology, environmental sciences, natural resource management, environmental/agricultural engineering or other relevant discipline.
• Deep knowledge of biodiversity/ecology issues in order to carry-out technical reviews of in-field biodiversity assessments (including baseline studies) conducted by clients to determine their adequacy with respect to design and implementation.
• Knowledge of agro-commodity voluntary standards, such as, for example, the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Round Table for Sustainable Soy (RTRS), among others, as well as forestry-related standards.
• At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in environmental management with a demonstrated track record of biodiversity assessment and management with the private sector;
• Demonstrated experience with the implementation of Performance Standard 6 on Biodiversity Conservation and the Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources, and experience and/or familiarity with the effective application of other IFC Performance Standards and with IFC’s operations.
• Experience with the implementation of the mitigation hierarchy, with best practice in biodiversity offset programs, with the concept of achieving Net Positive Impact (NPI) in project operations and with biodiversity monitoring programs.
•Familiarity and experience with the concept of ecosystem services, with High Conservation Value (HCV) and with the implementation of agri-commodity third party voluntary standards.
•Ability to establish strong credibility among private sector clients as well as with conservation organizations given his/her expertise and/or technical background;
• Willingness and demonstrated experience to collaborate in teams, to seek innovative solutions and an excellent communicator.
• Ability to travel frequently to developing countries.
•Excellent verbal and written English language skills. Other languages a plus.
Selection Criteria:
Relevant technical background
• Self-starter with enthusiasm for integrated business solutions and IFC’s Sustainability initiative.
• In-depth, practical experience in addressing environmental and social issues on various agricultural production and processing projects, particularly including biodiversity and natural resource management issues, and with experience in both tropical and temperate environments. Consultancy, contracting and/or operational experience in developing countries would be advantageous.
• Direct experience in working with the private sector agribusiness industry, especially as it relates to upstream agricultural operations (palm oil, sugar, soy, rice, etc.).
• Excellent understanding of agri-commodity voluntary standards as well as environmental and food safety management systems, and training and experience in auditing against relevant certification systems.
• Familiarity with IFC’s Performance Standards and sustainability approach would be an advantage.
• Experience in assessing and managing supply chain risks would be an advantage.
• Innovative approach with ability to generate and sell value-added solutions to IFC’s clients and investment staff.
• Ability to operate as a member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
•Excellent communication skills.
The position is currently expected to be based in Washington, DC. The successful candidate should be willing to consider assignments in IFC’s field offices. Application should be submitted by April 6, 2013. Resumes should not exceed 4 pages and other supporting materials should be no more than four pages (including cover letter). No phone calls, paper mail or faxes, please. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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