Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
About the Organization:
World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.
ENB GP has three broad and distinct functions:
ENRM activities in East Asia and the Pacific accounts for a substantial part of the ENB Global Practice’s business:
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:
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 more than 20 countries, including China, several Middle Income Countries, Lower Income Countries, 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 FY15 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
China is one of the World Bank’s biggest borrowers. The World Bank’s existing portfolio in China is about 80 projects with a current value of $12 billion. Most lending is focused on the provincial and local levels, where the Chinese Government works with the Bank to test new ideas and demonstrate approaches that can be scaled up elsewhere. The portfolio performs well with most projects completed in satisfactory status. Given the strong linkages between China’s development and the global public goods agenda, ENB plays a key role in the leadership of cutting-edge ASA and development of new pipeline projects.
While China is experiencing rapid economic development, it is also facing serious environmental challenges including pollution associated with rapid industrialization and urbanization, the degradation of the urban and rural environment, and the implications of climate change. China’s 13th 5-year plan recognizes the importance of balanced growth, resource efficiency, and improved environmental management. In response, addressing resource scarcity and environmental challenges is one of the key pillars of the Bank’s Country Partnership Framework (CPF) with the Government of China. The 14th 5-year plan is expected to emphasize these directions further.
The World Bank has a strong work program on the environment in China from policy dialogue to strategic analytical products and lending operations in the urban and rural environments. In addition to own-managed program, the environment team is also engaged in working across sectors to integrate environmental considerations into analytical products and projects, including for example a flagship ASA on “Ecological Civilization”, which is co-led by the Macro, Trade and Investment (MTI) and ENB GPs. The Government of China, with the involvement of the World Bank, are also involved in the implementation of several global and regional environmental conventions and agreements financed through special financing instruments such as the Montreal Protocol Fund, Global Environment Facility, and carbon finance. China’s expanding global leadership on issues of public goods, such as their hosting of the upcoming Biodiversity COP which will take place in Kunming, China in 2021, provides another opportunity for Bank engagement on the ENB agenda.
An addition to ENB’s own managed portfolio, ENB provides support to the broader World Bank portfolio in China and in East Asia to ensure environmental risk management and safeguards policy compliance. The Bank’s portfolio in China has substantial lending operations in various sectors such as transport, hydropower, education, health, trade and natural resources management that require support for environmental risk management and safeguards policy compliance. Most staff in ENB are expected to provide at least part-time safeguards support in their area of technical expertise. About one third of the ENB staff in East Asia work exclusively on environmental risk management.
The Practice Manager (PM) of the ENB Global Practice for China, Indonesia and the Pacific (SEAE1) is based in Singapore. The PM 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. 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.
Duties and Accountabilities
The EAP region is seeking to hire a Lead Environmental Economist with strong analytical skills and operational experience in the areas of Environment and Natural Resources, the Blue Economy, sustainability, and climate change. The Lead Economist will be based in Beijing, China, and report to the SEAE1 Practice Manager.
Your key responsibilities will be to:
In addition to meeting Bank-wide Grade GH level positions (see below), it is expected that the successful candidate will meet the following selection criteria.
The following are required:
The following would be an advantage but not required: