Senior Environmental Specialist

World Bank Group
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 08

Position description

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally. 

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

As a development organization, environmental and social sustainability are at the core of the World Bank’s mission and development operations.  Likewise, the World Bank has made environmental and social sustainability central in its day-to-day operations.  To support this commitment, the World Bank has empowered the Corporate Responsibility Program to support the integration of environmental and social governance (ESG) principles into the Bank’s internal operations. Its current role can be summarized in three categories: 

(i)catalyzing inter-unit collaboration on sustainability initiatives;
(ii)enhancing transparency about the Bank’s environmental and social commitments, practices, and performance to outside stakeholders, such as civil society organizations and the impact-investor community; and 
(iii)promoting sustainable staff behaviors by sponsoring campaigns, knowledge products, and events. 

The Program operates as a cross-institutional partnership based in the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice of the World Bank and is working closely with other units in the World Bank Group that touch on the corporate responsibility agenda, including CCG, ECR, GCS, HRD, HSD, ITS, SPA, WFA, the IFC, MIGA, and more. It is overseen by the World Bank Group Corporate Responsibility Oversight Committee, co-chaired by the World Bank Chief Executive Officer and World Bank Group Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer. The Program is guided by 10 Corporate Sustainability Principles, developed in FY17 and endorsed by the World Bank Group Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer.   

The Sr. Environment Specialist is responsible for guiding the Corporate Responsibility Program team in support of these initiatives and for Corporate Responsibility strategy development and implementation. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Global Director, ENB.

Specific Duties:  

• Secretariat role: 
a)Serve as the Secretariat to the Corporate Responsibility Oversight Committee, developing Committee agendas, convening meetings, preparing meeting minutes, and ensuring follow-up on priority issues identified by the Committee.  The Secretariat also convenes meetings of the Corporate Responsibility Focal Points, which brings together staff from various units involved in Corporate Responsibility to ensure follow-up on issues prioritized by the Oversight Committee.
b)Oversee and manage the Corporate Responsibility team, which is responsible for key institutional deliverables.  Manage the development of Corporate Responsibility staffing, strategic notes, reports, and the preparation of periodic programmatic and budgetary updates.
c)Advise senior management, through ENB and Oversight Committee, on issues of alignment between the Sustainability Principles and its business lines, recommend actions to be taken to promote consistency across Bank Group units, and facilitate realization of those actions.
d)Promote and facilitate Corporate Responsibility dialogue among staff and senior managers within the Bank and with close development partners.
e)Collaborate with IFC and MIGA, to promote internal alignment, particularly with regard to the World Bank’s corporate carbon footprint and offset options, environmental and socially responsible procurement, and other related activities in headquarters and selected Country Offices. 
f)Plan, prepare, execute, and follow-up on the quarterly meeting of the WBG Corporate Responsibility Oversight Committee.

•Technical expert: 
a)Advise relevant stakeholders on current and emerging priorities and key issues in Corporate Responsibility.
b)Work with relevant units to pull together an articulation of existing environmental management systems with the purpose of communicating them as a unified sustainability management system to concerned stakeholders.
c)Ensure the collection of World Bank Group greenhouse gas emissions data on an annual basis and the associated purchasing of carbon offsets and/or renewable energy credits.
d)Establish and facilitate networks that support the Corporate Sustainability Principles, which include technical working groups, and a Sustainability Community of Practice.
e)Partner with World Bank Capital Markets team to provide support on communicating impact for Investor Relations. 
f)Coordinate sustainability reporting, including the annual GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), inputs to the World Bank Annual Report, inputs to the UN Greening the Blue Report, production of a World Bank sustainability report, etc.  
g)Lead the review of the Corporate Sustainability Principles at least every three years, recommending modifications for approval by the Oversight Committee.

a)Act as liaison and represent the World Bank in meetings with external agencies such as ADB, AfDB, EBRD, EIB, IBRD, IDB, and the UN, on Corporate Responsibility related issues.  
b)Create and execute an all-staff engagement strategy to support and encourage staff toward sustainable behaviors in line with the Corporate Sustainability Principles. 


1)Advanced degree in environmental science, planning, or policy, or related field, in business management, specializing in corporate responsibility, communications or related areas.  
2)Knowledge of key certification programs, commonly applied in Corporate Sustainability Initiatives, such as LEED building standards.
3)Understanding of the carbon market, the trends, and various offset verification or certification programs
4)Familiarity with the priorities and emerging issues of the global Corporate Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investors movements, and relevant reporting standards, such as GRI.
5)At least 8 years’ experience with the WB, other MDBs or relevant organizations/industries.
6)Knowledge of focal issues of concern regarding environmental/social policy. 
7)Ability to participate in consultations with a variety of experts and organizations on matters relating to CR and Greenhouse gas emissions management.
8)Experience managing small teams.
9)Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing, and ability to communicate complex issues clearly and concisely to a variety of audiences. 
10)Ability to encourage an open, team-based environment; building alliances and promoting open communication and collaboration to achieve joint objectives.

WBG Competencies
• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
• Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.

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