Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist

The World Bank
Jakarta, Indonesia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
8-9 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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 and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice was established to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources. The ENB 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. ENB 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.

Note: “safeguards” has been the global term for the World Bank’s environmental and social risk assessment and management support for the operations it finances. On October 1st, 2018 the World Bank switched from the safeguards policies to the new Environmental and Social Framework – ESF, and its 10 environmental and social standards (ESS) that govern ES compliance and sustainability in the Bank’s portfolio of investment project financing (IPF). Under the ESF “safeguards” are now defined as “Environmental and Social Risk Management”, ESRM. The safeguards policies still apply to projects that had conceptual designs approved before October 1st, 2018. In this job description, ES risk management and safeguards are used as synonyms, unless explicitly differentiated. 

ENB GP 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 ENB 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 ENB portfolio, amounting to around $1.8 billion, with around 250 active projects in the EAP regional portfolio 
• A key characteristic of the Bank program in the region is a high level of decentralization. In 2019, of the 1000 EAP staff, 75% were located in the country level offices, and about 60% of operations were managed and led from the country level offices. 

Almost all environmental risk management / safeguards staff are based in country level offices outside of the Washington, D.C. headquarters. 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). The Region is characterized by generally rapid growth, both sophisticated and low capacity borrowers, and some highly dynamic sectors. At the same time, EAP countries are faced with weak governance environments. The Bank's program in EAP is multi-faceted and has grown rapidly in recent years: annual new lending in FY18 exceeded $6.0 billion; the existing portfolio consists of about 250 operations with a value of about $12 billion; and the TF program is significant (with a portfolio of about $1.2 billion).  EAP consists of over 1000 staff with 25% in Washington and 75% based in the country offices in the six Country Management Units. 
Unit and Country Context: 
The Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Unit for East Asia and Pacific (SEAE1) covers China/Mongolia, Indonesia/Timor Leste and the Pacific, comprising about 40 staff working on ENRM activities including environmental safeguards as well as on lending and analytics and advisory services (ASA). About 70 percent of our staff are based in our field offices in Beijing, Jakarta, Sydney and Suva. We comprise specialists in environmental economics, pollution management, forestry, fisheries, landscapes and watershed management, conservation, climate change and environmental risk management.  

The Indonesia program is one of ENB’s largest, comprising over $400 million of loan and grant financing support under implementation, with another $200 million in the pipeline, all towards a program on sustainable landscapes and forests, oceans and climate change, reflecting the critical importance of renewable natural resources for the economy and jobs. As a mega-biodiverse country, Indonesia’s extensive tropical forests and carbon-rich peatlands provide important environmental services such as food security, climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation; its fishery sector is the world’s second-largest and plays an important role in food security and employment. Its landscapes and marine and coastal assets are also tied closely with Indonesia's tourism sector and culture. However, these resources are under significant pressure, with deforestation and land use change, land and water pollution, and fisheries overcapacity important challenges. 

To support the Government of Indonesia (GOI), the World Bank has four areas of engagement including sustainable landscapes management, sustainable ocean economy, pollution management and the environmental risk management. For the landscapes and oceans program two flagship NRM programs, each supported by separate multi-donor trust funds, provide analytics, policy advisory support and just in time technical assistance: (i) Sustainable Landscape Management Program (SLMP); and (ii) Indonesia Sustainable Oceans Program (ISOP). Both programs provide integrated solutions to the government involving several global practices and comprising investments, policy advisory and technical assistance. For example, SLMP supports innovative analytics such as management of lowlands/peatland and forest fire management, and several investment projects such as the One Map Project, “REDD” performance-based payment projects in two jurisdictions (Jambi and East Kalimantan), integrated forest management to promote decentralized forest management and support to strengthening of the GOI’s flagship Social Forestry Program.  ISOP is providing TA and analytics to support the government in managing coastal zones, marine fisheries and marine debris. These analytics have been instrumental in developing investment projects including the Oceans for Prosperity project under preparation.  

The pollution agenda has recently expanded from small grant-financed activities (focused on chemicals with high global warming potential) to include solid waste management with a large focus on marine plastics, supported with IBRD resources, complemented by analytical programming.

Duties and Responsibilities:
SEAE1 is seeking to recruit a Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist to be based at the Jakarta World Bank office. Working in close collaboration with the ENB Country Sector Coordinator and colleagues from ENB and other units, the Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist’s responsibilities will be to lead ENB operational and analytical work in Indonesia. S/he will work according to an annual work plan, adjusted periodically as necessary. S/he will report to the EAP SEAE1 Practice Manager based in Singapore.

The Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist’s responsibilities will include the following:

Working closely with the ENB Indonesia Sector Coordinator and ENB team: 

ENB Indonesia Program Support:

i. Support the Practice Manager in task planning, supervision and monitoring budget utilization for managed tasks;
ii. Prepare briefs and talking points on key ENB issues and report, as needed to CMU and PM, on progress of ENB activities;
iii. Represent ENB at workshops and events;
iv. Lead and/or contribute to inputs from ENB on government’s strategic planning; and
v. Participate in CMU and SD Team meetings. 


i. Task lead preparation and implementation of complex and multi-sectoral operations;
ii. Co-lead or be a technical team member on operations led by other GPs and PGs including development policy operations and IPFs;
iii. Conduct timely project preparation, implementation support missions, catalyze project disbursement and provide technical leadership on ENB related topics;
iv. Coordinate operations with development partner activities and development partner technical assistance; and
v. Support the Practice Manager and Country Sector Coordinator in ensuring portfolio quality and development of new business.


i. Mobilize grant cofinancing for IBRD operations or standalone grant financing;
ii. Task lead the preparation and implementation of complex grant financed operations;
iii. Task lead programmatic ASAs that span a range of topics in landscapes and/or oceans programs;
iv. Co-lead or be a technical specialist on the PASAs or ASAs led by other GPs and PGs; 
v. Organize and/or contribute to knowledge-sharing events; and
vi. Provide leadership to the ENB staff and mentor junior staff.

Country and sector engagement dialogues:

i. Engage in the preparation of the SCD and upcoming CPF;
ii. Participate in sector dialogue and business development relative to the Green and/or Blue agenda including Climate Change;
iii. Maintain effective communication with government counterparts, development partners, and other local agencies and organizations on the World Bank activities in the environment sector and provide local perspective and insights;
v. Advise clients in the Government and consultants on environmental policy and technical matters, and conduct on-the-job and formal training for the clients and consultants; and
vi. Assist in the design and delivery of knowledge management and training activities.

Selection Criteria

• Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in environment or natural resource economics/management, environmental science, engineering or related field. 
• A minimum of 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience in the environment/natural resources management field. 
• A consistent track record in strategic engagement experience with multidisciplinary teams, and with senior-level government, private sector, NGOs, international organizations, and/or development partners. 
• Deep knowledge of natural resources sectors, policies and institutions, including forestry, land, and/or fisheries. 
• Field experience in project preparation and supervision. 
• Demonstrated ability to lead high-quality analytical tasks that include environmentally-related data and information, linking those analyses to country development priorities and economic impacts. 
• Proven team leadership and project and portfolio management capacity. 
• Well-developed interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, including the ability to write concisely and translate technical knowledge and ideas into fluent and understandable English. 
• High motivation, flexibility, reliability and a proactive approach to working with all staff in a team-driven environment, and initiative and ability to work on his/her own. 

• 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.
• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.

Integrative Skills: 

• Internal and External Stakeholder Engagement. 
• Knowledge of Bank Instruments, Policies, and Procedures, and Ability to Proactively Apply Them. 
• Strategy formulation and policy and program design. 
• Project Design, Implementation, and Management. 
• Portfolio Management and Results Monitoring and Evaluation. 
• Team Leadership. 

Behavioral Competencies: 

• Client Orientation.
• Drive for Results.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making.