Job Title: Environmental Specialist
Job # 121718
Job Title Environmental Specialist - Uganda
Job Family Environment
Location Kampala, Uganda
Appointment Local Hire
Job Posted 13-Jul-2012
Closing Date 29-Jul-2012
Language Requirements English [Essential]
Background / General description
The mission of the World Bank's Africa Region Environment, Natural Resources, Water, and Disaster Risk Management Unit (AFTNW3) within the Africa Sustainable Development Department is to lead the work in the region in the areas of environmental protection, water and natural resources and disaster risk management. The unit is managing a significant portfolio of lending projects and AAA work, and it provides environmental technical support to a range of projects to enhance their environmental sustainability, and to e nsure their compliance with the Bank’s environmental (safeguard) policies. To support the environmental sustainability of the World Bank’s program, AFTNW3 unit is seeking to hire an environmental specialist to be based in Uganda, to provide environmental support to the Uganda program and, as needed, to projects in neighboring countries. 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 2 year renewable term appointment.
Duties and Accountabilities
Description of Tasks The tasks that this specialist is expected to carry out are the following: • Advise client (governments and beneficiaries) counterparts and TTLs on the environmental issues related to their projects, the best ways to mainstream environmental aspects into project design (including capacity building, awareness raising, public consultation and disclosure), as well as measures needed to ensure compliance with the Bank’s environmental policies related to their projects. • Contribute to the preparation of the project documentation: concept note (PCN), appraisal document ( PAD), project information document (PID) and integrated safeguards data sheet (ISDS). • Carry out quality reviews of the environmental safeguard documentation submitted by counterparts. • Advise client counterparts and TTLs on the environmental issues related to their projects under implementation, draw on experience of the World Bank and others in order to advise on good practice, and contribute accordingly to the supervision of the project by providing specific oversight on the implementation of the environmental safeguards mitigation and monitoring arrangements. • Provide contributions to supervision mission aide-memoires, ISRs and ICRs, as applicable, and participate in thematic safeguards reviews as needed. • Contribute to policy dialogue with client counterparts, and provide training on environmental issues to clients/beneficiaries and also local World Bank staff. • Represent the World Bank at technical meetings, and environmental fora in Uganda and neighboring countries.
COMPETENCIES • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients. • Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders. • Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector. • Environmental Economics - Foundational understanding of many of the economic concepts relevant to environment. • Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Familiarity with environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations. • Environmental Aspects of Infrastructure Design, Construction, and Operation - Direct experience with the environmental aspects of infrastructure design, construction, and operation. • Environmental Sciences - Depth in at least one area: soil science; water; ecosystems; conservation; agriculture concerns, etc. • Environmental Safeguards - Familiar with and can apply (under supervision) the environmental safeguard policies to a situation and identify issues and risks. • Client Orientation - Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success. • Drive for Results - Able to take personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so. • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view. • Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner. • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. Additional Selection Criteria • An advanced degree (post graduate degree) in engineering, ecology/environmental sciences/natural resource management or other relevant discipline. • At least 10 years relevant professional experience with no less than 5 years experience in environment and social assessment. • Excellent verbal and written English language skills. Other regional language (Swahili, …) highly desirable. • Ability to travel frequently. • Working knowledge of specific environmental context in Uganda and neighboring countries. • In-depth, practical experience in addressing a range of social, environmental, occupational health and safety, and social management issues in a variety of sectors. • Consultancy, contracting and/or operational experience in developing countries would be advantageous. • Experience in working with both public as well as private sector counterparts.
How to Apply:
Deadline: 29th July 2012