Environmental Specialist at World Bank

  • Full Time
  • Greater Accra
  • Applications have closed
  • Full Time
  • Greater Accra
  • Applications have closed

World Bank Group

World Bank Group

State: Accra
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 09/11/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: 4 Years
Career Level: Mid Career
Industry: NGO

Environmental Specialist Summary

The World Bank is looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID.


Environmental Specialist Duties and Accountabilities

Environment Safeguard and Standards

During project preparation: Screen potential Environmental and Social (E&S) risks & impacts; Determine the appropriate risk classification; Prepare Concept Environmental and Social Review Summary (ESRS); Conduct thorough assessment of E&S risks & impacts; Review E&S documents available prior to Appraisal; and Prepare Appraisal ESRS.During project implementation: Supervise project compliance with the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and Safeguard Policies as provided in the environmental and social assessment documents and management plans. Participate in project technical discussions and field visits. Review project reports and build effective working relationships with the project implementation agency to ensure proper implementation of the ESF.During both preparation and implementation: Go beyond narrow policy compliance to look for opportunities to support clients in achieving the project development goals. Work closely with the project task team and the social development specialist to ensure that projects are implemented in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.Capacity building. Enhance the Client’s capacity to manage environmental and social risks and impacts of projects. Provide training to i) Environment Specialists of various World Bank funded project implementation agency and ii) staff of the line ministries.
Operations Support:

Provide support in the implementation of ENB operations in Ghana including: Day-to-day follow up on project implementation; review procurement plans and TORs submitted by the client to ensure alignment with the project objectives and consistency with World Bank fiduciary policies; participate in implementation support missions under the guidance of the Task Team Leader and follow up on project progress; elaborate mission aide-memoires and ensure timely execution of missions’ action plans.
Selection Criteria

Master’s degree or equivalent in engineering, environmental science, natural resource management, Geography, or a related field from a recognized university5+ years of proven, relevant professional experience including environmental risk management (safeguards) and project management, candidates with 8+ years is preferredStrong knowledge of environmental and climate issues in GhanaStrong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally related data and informationFamiliarity with the World Bank Group’s organizational structure, its Policies, and procedures; experience working on World Bank Group projects is preferredKnowledge of Bank Environmental and Social Standards is preferredGood team player who can work as a member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, motivate and lead group efforts and network effectively across boundaries; ability to function independently, with a high degree of motivation, flexibility, and reliabilityExcellent oral communication and writing skills in English and French to deliver information effectively in support of team or workgroup.

Environmental Specialist Competencies

Integrative skills: demonstrates ability to think and work across WBG, practices and sectors
• Integrates divergent viewpoints of multiple external and internal stakeholders into a coherent project/program/ strategy
• Considers corporate commitments (eg Gender, Climate) in project approach.

Policy Dialogue skills: possesses political judgment, diplomatic acumen, and negotiating skills
• Builds and sustains key stakeholder relationships with government and other key stakeholders
• Guides clients and/or development partners in identifying key operational issues and optional solutions with a demonstrated ability to bring together different perspectives
• Leads task teams, participates in formal negotiations, and assists government in establishing priorities.

Knowledge and Experience in Development arena: demonstrates sound knowledge of World Bank Group’s Twin Goals and the complementarities among different World Bank Group member institutions
• Demonstrates deep understanding of policy making process and the role of own sector of expertise in that process
• Fully understands Bank’s development initiatives and policies and practices related to l ending and non-lending operations
• Guides research efforts and translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies and for discussions with clients and development partners
• Anticipates client needs and requests and guides the development/ offering of relevant tools to clients.

Communication and Influencing Skills: demonstrates the ability to influence and persuade others to accept ideas and suggestions (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers). Has ability to communicate and defend, orally and in writing, challenges and positions to colleagues and management

Specialized Knowledge & Technical Skills:

Environment & Natural Resources Management Technical Skills & Knowledge (Specialist)

Demonstrates solid understanding of environmental/NRM/climate change policies, environmental/cleaner technologies or strategies, and institutions needed to support development and for the success of project and analytic work.

• Demonstrates solid understanding of the roles of each WBG institution and its relationship to environment/NRM/climate change.
• Demonstrates strong knowledge of at least one relevant thematic business line, namely “blue”, “brown”, “green”, climate change, and environmental risk management.
• Translates technical analyses into policies, operations and/or research as they relate to any of the following thematic business lines: “blue”, “brown”, “green”, climate change, and environmental risk management.
• Provides guidance and coaching to others on technical and operational matters.


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