World Bank Group Senior Environmental Specialist Jobs in Kenya

World Bank Group Senior Environmental Specialist Jobs in Kenya

Job Description

  • The World Bank Group (WBG) is a family of five international organizations that make leveraged loans to developing countries. It is the largest and most famous development bank in the world and is an observer at the United Nations Development Group. The bank is based in Washington, D.C. and provided around $61 billion in loans and assistance to “developing” and transition countries in the 2014 fiscal year. The bank’s stated mission is to achieve the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity.

    The position

  • This is a mid-career position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will focus on the environmental risk management, and a small amount of environmental project management, analytical and policy work. Kenya has very large infrastructure shortfall. As a result, the Bank has been investing heavily in infrastructure in the country, and the associated risk management requirements.

  • While the primary responsibility of this position is on environmental risk management (at least 80 percent), there an expectation that the position may include management and technical support of World Bank financed projects in the area of environment.

  • 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. External candidates will be offered a 3-year term appointment.

  • This is a locally recruited position, not an internationally recruited position. As a result the conditions of employment will be in line with the employment market in the country.


  • The Senior Environmental Specialist will have the following key responsibilities: Environmental Risk Management

  • Ensure the effective integration of environmental due diligence as defined by World Bank Group (WBG) Environmental and Social Management Framework, safeguards policies as well as international good practice documents (e.g. Equator Principles) into the design, appraisal and implementation of WBG supported projects (environmental lending portfolio and analytical work).

  • Provide experienced mentorship to clients in the preparation of project cycle documentation including terms of reference (ToR) for environmental safeguard instruments, such as environmental and social assessments (incl. strategic, regional and cumulative); environmental and social management frameworks and plans, Pest Management Plans, and supervising their implementation. Contract specifications related to environmental safeguards and risks management, particularly for large dams and water projects. Provide technical training for the domestic EA practitioners on the WBG safeguard policies and requirements.

  • Provide environmental input in project documents in accordance with the Bank operational policies including Project Concept Note (PCN), Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (ISDS), Project Appraisal Document (PAD) and Decision/Negotiations Packages, and assist with handling timely and accurate disclosure procedures and public consultation requirements for all required environmental assessment and management instruments.

  • Work closely with the Regional Safeguards Coordinators in the Africa region who are responsible for assigning safeguards tasks and ensuring the quality of the safeguards work and environmental risk management in the Region.

    Project Operations and Analytical Work

  • Participate in and/or lead natural resource or environmental management projects and the policy dialog with the government and other stakeholders on environment or natural resources. This includes coordination with other financiers, review of sector policies, strategies, and legislation. A particular focus will be to build a portfolio of environment projects, which could include waste management, flood management, forestry and land restoration, and protected areas management.

  • Participate as team member or team leader in the development and/or supervision of implementation of environment or natural resources activities or components in projects, including participation in identification missions; seeking and developing opportunities to integrate sound environmental management and policies in investment project operations; maintaining dialog with the client and enhancing
    their capacity for understanding and compliance with on environmental policies; and contributing to mission outputs such as back to office reports (BTORs) and Aide Memoires.

  • Facilitate and maintain effective communication with relevant communities of practice, including NGOs, academia, civil society, the private sector as well as specialized international organizations in line with the Bank’s Disclosure Policy and need to harmonize with clients and other international financial institutions in the region.

  • Actively seek to learn World Bank Group procedures, and contribute to their improvement, by participating in training offered, by developing a personal training program, keeping abreast of research and development knowledge in the environment and natural resources sector, and relevant safeguard management process.

  • Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the relevant Manager such as for example, contribute to the organization of training or knowledge sharing events.

    Selection Criteria

  • Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) degree in environmental engineering, civil engineering or natural sciences is required.

  • A minimum of 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience in the engineering or environmental management sector is required.

  • Fluency in English is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).

  • Fluency in Swahili is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).

  • Experience working with contractors that have weak implementation capacity in the area of environmental risk management would be an advantage.

    Competencies Level GG, Senior Environmental Specialist:

  • 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/ strategyConsiders corporate commitments (e.g., MFD, climate, gender) in project approach

  • 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 (e.g., MFD, climate, gender) 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 institutionsDemonstrates 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 operationsGuides 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 partnersAnticipates 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.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; World Bank Group Senior Environmental Specialist Jobs in Kenya

    Find jobs in Kenya. Jobs - Kenya jobs. Search our career portal & find the latest Kenyan job positions, career opportunities & jobs in Kenya.

    Jobs in Kenya - banking jobs, IT jobs, accounting jobs, NGO jobs, business administration, ICT, UN jobs, procurement jobs, education jobs, hospital jobs, human resources jobs, engineering, teaching jobs, and other careers in Kenya.

    Find your dream job from 1000s of vacancies in Kenya posted and updated daily - click here!

  • Click here to post comments

    Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Best Africa Jobs.