The World Bank Environment Specialist (Environmental and Social Framework) Jobs in Kenya

The World Bank Environment Specialist (Environmental and Social Framework) Jobs in Kenya

Job Description

  • Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG): the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

  • The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.

    Environment and Social Development Context

  • The World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) is made up of a Vision for Sustainable Development, an Environmental and Social Policy for Investment Project Financing and a set of ten Environmental and Social Standards. These set out the requirements for the Bank and Borrowers relating to identification and assessment of environmental risks and impacts associated with investment projects that the Bank supports.

  • Before the ESF, social and environmental risks associated with Bank projects were governed by a series of Operational Policies and Bank Policies (OP/BPs). These Standards and Policies support borrowers achieving good international practice relating to environmental and social sustainability, assist borrowers fulfilling their national and international environmental and social obligations, enhance non-discrimination, transparency, participation, accountability and governance and enhance the sustainable development outcomes of projects through stakeholder engagement.

  • Staff in the Social Sustainability and Inclusion (SSI) and the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) Global practices, together with the Regional Safeguards Advisor, help Bank teams and clients prepare and implement investment projects in a manner consistent with the ESF or the relevant OP/BPs

    Unit Context

  • The Africa East (AFE) region consists of Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The region has a large portfolio and pipeline, with a disproportionate share of high environmental and risks, including occupational health and safety, security management, sexual exploitation and abuse, and low client capacity to manage those risks.

  • As a result, the AFE Vice President has appointed a Senior Advisor to help reduce risks and manage impacts for projects in implementation across the region. She will pay particular attention to efforts to improve occupational health and safety as well as to build client capacity. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and will have a small team in Nairobi and work closely with the SSI and ENB teams for Africa East as well as with the ESF specialists in the Bank’s Operational Policy and Client Services vice presidency.

  • This position is for an environmental specialist with
    experience in environmental and social impact assessment based in Nairobi, Kenya. The appointee will report to the Sr Advisor.

    Key tasks

    The Specialist Will Have The Following Tasks:

  • Work with the Senior Regional Advisor to review all projects that have had occupational health and safety incidents to ensure that the incidents are properly managed and risks of further accidents reduced. Help develop and implement a plan to reduce such incidents in select countries. Results of this review will go to the Regional Management Team and specific project teams and be conducted in collaboration with the ENB and SSI teams.

  • Work with the Senior Regional Advisor in select countries, in collaboration with the ENB and SSI global practices, to develop loans and technical assistance to strengthen client environmental and social risk management capacity. Perform as a team member in some of the activities.

  • Help the region implement agreed action plans to streamline ESF processing in the region as well as in select countries.

  • Work with the Senior Regional Advisor to properly manage projects that have closed or are shortly to close with outstanding environmental and social commitments.

  • Help task teams manage the environmental and social risks in high-risk operations.

  • Perform as a team member for ESF in select operations.


  • Reports to Senior Regional Advisor AFEVP, based in Nairobi.

  • Mapped professionally to either ENB.

    Selection Criteria


  • At least 5 years’ of experience working in environmental and/or social risk management in sub-Saharan Africa. Experience outside Africa is an advantage

  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline (engineering, environmental science, etc.)

  • Knowledge of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). Experience with ESF or other Good International Practice.

  • Experience managing complex organizational tasks.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with Government, private sector, project beneficiaries and civil society;

  • Experience working in a multicultural setting;

  • Readiness for frequent travel within Kenya and the region;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

    Core Competencies

  • Ability to present complex social risk management and social development issues in a simple way to people of different technical backgrounds;

  • Demonstrated ability to work in and actively contribute to teams and foster a positive team dynamic;

  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving skills, and ability to think innovatively and strategically to find solutions to complex development problems;

  • High level of energy and initiative;

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to develop innovative solutions to complex social risk management problems.

  • Demonstrated ability to create, apply and share knowledge from a range of sources to strengthen internal and or external client solutions.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; The World Bank Environment Specialist (Environmental and Social Framework) Jobs in Kenya

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