|Term Duration:||3 years 0 months|
|Recruitment Type:||Local Recruitment|
|Location:||Kinshasa,Congo Democratic Republic|
|Required Language(s):||English and French|
|Closing Date:||11/15/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC|
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The Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB GP) is located within the World Banks Sustainable Development Practice Group. We provide expertise, technical assistance, and financing to help low- and middle-income countries manage land, sea, and freshwater natural resources in a sustainable way to help create jobs, improve livelihoods, enhance ecosystem services, decrease pollution, and increase resilience to climate change! Over 360 ENB staff working across the globe help set developing countries on a clean, green growth trajectory for resilient economies and healthy communities.
The ENB GP in East and Southern Africa Region includes two units: SAEE2 and SAEE3. The SAEE3 unit covers three country management units (CMUs), DRC, Mozambique, and South Africa, and comprises approximate 30 staff, about half based in country offices. SAEE3 staff provide advice to clients on environmental risk management in World Bank-financed projects, and work with national and local governments and with communities to improve sustainable management of natural resources through operations in a variety of areas such as natural resources management, coastal zone management, forestry, pollution, climate change, landscape, and terrestrial and marine natural resources.
This position will be based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and focus on implementation of the World Banks environmental risk management policies (including the Safeguard Policies and the Environmental and Social Framework, or ESF). All World Bank-financed investment projects must meet ambitious standards for environmental management.
Note: This is a nationally recruited position intended for nationals of DRC. Remuneration is based on the national remuneration rates in the country for individuals working with international organizations in DRC. Female Candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Duties and Accountabilities
The Environmental Engineers role will be to work in close collaboration with colleagues in the SAEE3 unit and AFE region to advise, oversee and support clients to ensure that World Bank-financed projects comply with the World Banks Safeguards Policies and ESF, ensuring that environmental sustainability is integrated into project design and implementation.
The EnvironmentalEngineers specific responsibilities include:
- Provide advice to clients on environmental risk management in World Bank-financed projects, including providing technical expertise and guidance on environmental health and safety (EHS) and occupational health and safety (OHS) matters.
- Ensure the effective integration of environmental due diligence as defined by the ESF, Safeguards Policies and international good practice (e.g. World Bank Environment, Health and Safety Guidelines) into the design, appraisal and implementation of World Bank-financed investment projects.
- Provide expert advice to client and counterpart organizations, project teams and World Bank management regarding the preparation of environmental impact assessments, including regional, strategic, and cumulative assessments; environmental management frameworks and plans, including plan for monitoring, reporting and evaluation; and public consultation.
- Designing and implementing OHS training programs for clients and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of EHS/OHS programs and providing recommendations for improvement.
- Provide experienced mentorship to clients in the preparation of project cycle documentation including terms of reference (ToR) for environmental assessment and management instruments, such as environmental and social impact assessments (incl. strategic, regional, and cumulative); environmental and social management frameworks and plans, pest management plans, and supervising their implementation. Contract specifications related to environmental assessment and management, particularly for substantial and high-risk projects. Provide technical training for local EA practitioners on the World Bank's ESF and safeguard policies.
- Provide environmental input in project documents in accordance with World Bank operational policies and assist with managing timely and proper disclosure procedures and public consultation requirements for all required environmental assessment and management instruments. Join supervision missions to evaluate the implementation of prepared environmental assessment instruments and ESF/Safeguards action plans.
- Work closely with World Bank procurement specialists, provide expert guidance to clients in tendering and contracting specialized consultant services for environmental risk assessment and management tasks. This includes the preparation of terms of reference for due diligence and management activities, and assistance in selection, contracting and supervision of consultants.
- Maintaining records and documentation related to safety programs and incidents in the DRC CMU.
- Work closely with the World Bank social development specialist assigned to each operation to develop and implement projects that are environmentally and socially sustainable, and to enhance the capacity of Borrowers environmental and social frameworks to assess and manage the environmental and social risks and impacts of projects.
- Build client capacity to conduct regular inspections and audits to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
- Contribute to the countrys environment and social management capacity building by maintaining regular dialogue with clients and providing support to enhance the countrys framework for managing environmental risk.
The following are required:
Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) degree in environmental engineering, chemical, civil engineering, or related engineering fields.
A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in the environmental sector, including proven experience in environment assessment, environmental risk assessment, and compliance audits.
Strong understanding of occupational health and safety laws, regulations, and standards. This includes knowledge of local, national, and international OHS requirements and monitoring environmental compliance, for international financial institutions, engineering companies, energy or extractive industries for projects involving large scale civil works, pollution management, waste management, extractive or industrial activities.
Good knowledge of environmental legislation, regulatory and institutional arrangements in DRC. The selected candidate should be able to develop and deliver effective training programs to educate clients on OHS policies, procedures, and safe work practices.
Professional fluency in English and French
Confirmed collaboration and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams.
A strong sense of teamwork and ability to work independently with limited supervision.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Willingness to travel extensively in DRC and possibly other countries in East and Southern Africa, including remote locations.
The following would be an advantage during shortlisting:
Sound knowledge of the World Banks safeguards policies, the ESF, IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles or similar standards.
Experience in DRC, understanding the institutional and political context and exposure to the national environmental policy challenges and opportunities for building environmental and social risk management capacity.
Possession of relevant certifications in OHS.
Experience working with contractors that have weak implementation capacity for environmental risk management, particular in managing OHS risks.
Proficiency in developing and implementing OHS and EHS management systems.
Knowledge of emergency response planning and preparedness; and ability to conduct thorough risk assessments and identify potential hazards in the workplace.
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