Local recruitment: Environmental Analyst

The World Bank
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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This position is a locally recruited position, not an internationally recruited position, in the World Banks hiring structure.  The position would be based in Sydney, Australia.  Locally recruited positions are paid in local currency at salaries based on the local salary markets, and are not eligible for expatriate relocation benefits.  Locally recruited staff are not expected to relocate regularly, as is required of internationally recruited staff.
Global Practice Context:

Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the WBG's poverty agenda. Biodiversity and natural resources constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood.   Sustainable ENRM promotes a green, clean, and resilient world where natural resources – from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems – are managed to support livelihoods and strong economies. Sustainable ENRM builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change. 

The Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice has been set-up to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources. The ENR GP has close to 300 operations under management, representing close to $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development. The practice consists of some 300 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and Cross Cutting SAs that are professionally associated with it.  ENR GP also manages the environmental risk aspects of about 2000 projects in the World Bank’s global portfolio.  About 150 staff work specifically on environmental risk management safeguards. 
The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice has three broad and distinct functions: 

1. Provides clients with lending and non-lending services aimed to support the GP’s three core business lines, namely: (i) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes; (ii) Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Resources; and (iii) Pollution Management and Environmental Health. The GP’s activities also include a focus on Clean and Resilient Growth through its work on environmental economics and support to institutional development. 
2. Supports effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development, in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies.
3. Works closely with other sectors, including by leveraging GEF grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.

ENRM activities in East Asia and the Pacific accounts for a substantial part of the ENR Global Practice’s business:

• delivery of about 10 operations per year, amounting to about $500 million annually
• an active dialogue on regional issues, such as climate change, coastal and marine economies, improving governance of natural resources, watershed management, pollution management, and wealth accounting and valuation of ecosystem services
• about 61 active projects in the portfolio, amounting to around $1.8 billion 

A key characteristic of the Bank program in the region is a high level of decentralization.  In 2016, 70% of staff is located in the country level offices, and about 60% of operations are managed and led from the country level offices. All environmental risk management safeguards staff are based in country level offices outside of Washington DC.  The underpinning of this decentralization rests on four main pillars:

• better integration at the field level to provide greater synergies and integrated responses
• a decentralized management structure supported by regional and global knowledge  
• provision of faster responses and management decisions to our clients
• the need to reposition ourselves in the region given the large urbanization and decentralization trend in almost all countries, the need to incorporate better environment dimensions of the fast growth rates and huge demand for infrastructure, and the need to better deal with governance issues and growing income disparities between urban centers and rural areas and lagging regions.

Regional Context 

The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region presents a dramatic illustration of the global dynamics, opportunities and risks of the 21st century. After making the fastest progress in growth and poverty reduction of any region around the world in the last fifteen years, some countries in the region – such as Mongolia – are poised to become middle-income, and some are preparing to join the small group of high-income countries. Such a rapid transformation is leading to the largest shift in rural-to-urban population in human history, generating rising inequality within and across countries, leaving individuals and regions behind in the dash for prosperity.  Meanwhile, the uncertainty in the advanced economies clouds the prospects for countries across the region which are being forced to adjust to changed growth and development prospects while addressing evolving impacts on macroeconomic stability, employment and poverty.

EAP comprises of more than 20 countries, including China, several MICs, LICs, and fragile states (EAP has the second highest number of fragile states amongst all the Bank regions – 6 of 7 are in the Pacific). 

Unit and Country Context

The World Bank member countries of the Pacific Region (Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu); Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea are important clients for the World Bank.  Six of these countries are considered to be fragile states.  The World Bank’s existing portfolio in the Pacific is about 55 projects with a value of US$1.2 billion.  New lending is about 15 projects with a value of US$360 million per year.  Lending is expected to double in the next 3 years.  The portfolio is heavily focused on infrastructure development, particularly airports, roads, hydropower, solar power, coastal reinforcement; human resource development, particularly health and education; and natural resource management in such areas as fishery and forestry management.   The entire portfolio is focused on the adaptation and risk reduction related to climate change and natural disasters, which are a very serious development challenge for this region.  The Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice provides environmental safeguards and environmental risk management support to the broader World Bank portfolio in the Pacific, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.  

The Environment and Natural Resource Management Global Practice Unit for East Asia and Pacific, for China, Indonesia and Pacific is managed by a Manager based in Washington DC.   This manager is supported by senior staff who provide day to day technical leadership in their areas of specialization and are responsible for providing technical and quality support for outputs across the region, leading the region-wide communities of practice, connecting staff to international knowledge, leading cutting-edge sector policy and lending work in the region, and mentoring staff mapped to that particular sector on the latest developments in that practice. In the case of environmental risk management safeguards the manager is supported by a Regional Safeguards Coordinator, based in Bangkok, and a Pacific Regional Safeguards Focal Point based in Sydney, who are responsible for day to day management of safeguards activities.  Most staff in the Environment and Natural Resources Practice are expected to provide at least part-time safeguards support in their area of technical expertise.   About one third of the Environment and Natural Resources Practice staff in East Asia work exclusively on safeguards and environmental risk management.  The regional management attaches particular importance to creating a supportive work environment based on the values of teamwork, transparency, trust and client services, accompanied by professional excellence.  

Roles & Responsibility:

We are seeking to recruit an Environmental Analyst, to be stationed in Sydney, Australia to support the growing country environment program. You will focus primarily on the fisheries and natural resource management agenda, including ocean fisheries, near shore fisheries, community development, resilient coastal and landscape management, coastal pollution and climate change.  

Your responsibilities will include:

• Contributing to specific operational activities at all stages of the project cycle, including responsibility for costing, financing and disbursements aspects, portfolio and pipeline management activities, etc.;

• Interacting with and guiding task team members and clients in ensuring compliance of World Bank ENB project objectives and requirements;

• Helping to ensure that the World Bank’s responsibilities for administrative, operational and performance reporting and tasks are fulfilled as required by the institution and donors including PROBLUE, PROGREEN and GEF; 

• Analyzing portfolio and pipeline data and drafting regular and ad-hoc reporting internally to management and externally including to donors and other stakeholders, including briefs and presentations;

• Carrying out substantive research and analytical tasks including on fisheries, pollution management, tourism, climate change, and forest/land management;

• Developing functional expertise in at least one of the technical areas covered by the ENB program, including fisheries, coastal zone management, resilience, tourism, etc. and providing relevant operational support as needed; 

• Supporting communications and knowledge management activities and assisting with knowledge product development and facilitation, preparing briefing and presentation material on oceans, fisheries, tourism, pollution management, resilient growth, and sustainable landscapes management, and producing knowledge products on thematic areas as requested by TTLs;

• Coordinating closely with clients on implementation of ENB-related tasks to facilitate communication, coordination and impact;

• Supporting natural resource policy dialog with the government and other stakeholders related to the Bank’s environment or natural resources portfolio, with a strong focus on the management of fisheries, coastal zone management, climate change and pollution management.  This includes coordination with other financiers, and review of sector policies, strategies, and legislation;

• Participating in preparation and/or implementation support missions in support of ENB activities in the Pacific.

Selection Criteria

• Masters degree in environment or natural resource management or economics, environmental science or policy, agriculture, engineering, fisheries or forest management, climate change or equivalent is required. 

• At least 2 years of full-time professional experience in the natural resources, environment, fisheries and/or agricultural field. Experience with extension, community engagement, program development, operations and stakeholder engagement in the environment and natural resources field, and/or applied research works are appreciated. 

• Knowledge of operational processes and procedures; Knowledge of World Bank procedures would be an advantage.

• Good analytical and numeracy skills are essential; 

• Demonstrated inter-personal skills; experience of working effectively in large and multi-disciplinary teams of specialists;

• Good communications skills, specifically in writing briefs, reports and preparing power point presentations;

• Capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and tasks, independently adjusting to priorities;

•  Excellent English language skill.

•  Willingness to travel extensively, primarily in the Pacific, including in rural and remote areas is required.


• Proven project management/ operational skills.

• Demonstrated experience working on policy or investment initiatives anchored in environment and natural resources-related sectors, including fisheries, forestry, agriculture, water, and other environmental services.

• Experience in community development/empowerment working with a wide range of stakeholders, NGOs, international organizations, development partners and/or with the government.