Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.
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:
ENRM activities in East Asia and the Pacific accounts for a substantial part of the ENR Global Practice’s business:
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:
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:
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