Senior Environmental Specialist (Climate Change & Energy)

WBI Strategic Directions

The new vision for the World Bank Institute (WBI) is as a dynamic catalyst for development, to inspire policymakers to undertake innovative reforms in frontier areas, to scale up cutting-edge global knowledge and learning informed by local conditions through regional centers of excellence, to connect practitioners across regions for knowledge exchange around shared problems, and to facilitate transformative learning and leadership capacity building for results on the ground. This new vision calls for enhancing WBI’s traditional role from a core training institute delivering structured learning, through new roles that will incubate innovative reforms, wholesale transformative learning, and facilitate knowledge exchange among practitioners. WBI supports these initiatives across regions in many of the key sectors of the World Bank’s work, with a focus on seven themes that reflect corporate priorities and strong country demand — fragile and conflict-affected states, governance, growth and competitiveness, climate change, health systems reform, urban management, and public-private partnerships. WBI also houses a pedagogical and e-learning unit, including the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and multimedia services, as well as units for external partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, scholarships, communications and resource management. The framework for delivering these outcomes is built on four business lines: (i) structured learning, (ii) practitioner exchanges, (iii) scaling innovations, and (iv) leadership & coalition building. WBI has nearly 200 staff, who play a crucial role in supporting the Bank’s strategic mission and can serve as a knowledge connector for staff and clients, working in close partnership with Regions and Networks to complement and strengthen the Bank’s traditional lending business with cutting-edge knowledge and capacity development services that can be the lead into lending to support implementation where needed. Externally, WBI seeks to wholesale and scale up its development impact by working with regional and national centers of excellence, and with multi-lateral and bilateral donor partners, and by leveraging technology to deliver content through multiple channels (e.g. face to face, e-learning, video conferencing, radio).

Climate Change Practice

Climate Change is one of the defining phenomena of the 21st century. The world is facing the challenge which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate impacts at a global, national and local level; at the same time, as large scale urbanization happens, cities account for the majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the urban poor are amongst the populations most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. The World Bank Group works with the client countries along two fronts: ensuring that mitigation (GHG emission reducing) activities are carried out consistent with national climate change strategies at a scale where climate financing is able to significantly support low-carbon growth, and enabling growth and development to be undertaken in a sustainable climate-friendly and climate-resilient manner. This will require huge leaps forward in innovation, knowledge sharing, and capacity-building at scale.

WBI’s Climate Change Practice (WBICC) mission is to share practical knowledge that can help countries move towards low carbon growth and climate resilient development. WBICC has built up programs in climate mitigation, in particular through Carbon Finance Assist, the Bank’s principal capacity building program for carbon finance, as well as in adaptation. Special programs have been designed to focus on Cities and Climate Change and to reach non-traditional stakeholders who are not typically accessed via Bank operations, such as Youth and Parliamentarians. WBICC aims to support the transformation of technical knowledge into practice for achieving results on the ground. Activities and learning products are designed with technical partners, to develop branded content, to create regional partnerships around the world to deliver WBI learning products, to foster knowledge exchange on climate issues, to help develop consensus building and to support hands-on problem solving through practitioner-to-practitioner learning. Top quality technical content on climate change is to be used in many learning modalities, emphasizing the “how-to-do” of implementation and the political economy of reforms. WBICC delivers programs at the global, regional and country levels in coordination with Bank’s operational staff in the regions. WBICC builds and expands capacity through regional partnerships by developing networks of institutions and of practitioners around the world.

Given that climate change responses are an integral part of the development agenda, WBICC has three areas of broad thematic focus: (i) carbon markets and climate finance (including Cities and climate change), (ii) low carbon growth and energy access, and (iii) agriculture, soils and forest. For all of these thematic areas, focus is on less developed countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.?

WBICC is looking for a Sr. Climate Change Specialist to support coordination of its operations for all the thematic focus areas in the Practice, with lead functions in the focus area of low carbon growth and energy access. The Climate Change Specialist will report to the Practice Manager of WBICC, and will have the following responsibilities:

1. Support WBICC in developing a coherent vision, strategic direction and key priorities for all three thematic areas. This will include building on the strategic work and dialogues that have taken place, consolidating WBICC’s efforts into a sustainable program of work, and significantly scaling up WBICC’s impact and outcomes for clients.

1. At least a Master’s degree in environment, economics, energy, communications or related field.

2. At least twelve years of relevant work experience, of which seven years of operational experience should preferably have been in the World Bank Group or international development agencies in areas related to climate change, sustainable development and low carbon growth, with special focus on energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency, energy access, clean energy policy and regulations, climate strategies and financing). Knowledge of broader clean energy sector issues and associated regulatory, financial and institutional considerations.

3. Work experience in developing countries, in particular low income countries, is essential.

4. Experience in client capacity building, knowledge management, structured learning is essential; experience of working in partnership with regional organizations and networks is preferred.

5. Demonstrated ability to work with operational practices, regions and across networks within the Bank or similar development agencies, with senior government officials, international agencies, and private sector, as well as ability to develop effective client relationships.

6. Strong team leadership skills, including demonstrated team work and project management skills, with a demonstrated drive for delivery.

7. Experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams, multi-/bilateral donor community; preparing TF grant proposals; and managing and reporting on grant implementation is desirable, but not essential.

8. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable, but not essential.

Additional information
  • Date Posted: March 15, 2011
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Job Status: Sourcing
  • Compensation: To be determined
  • Deadline: 2011-03-24
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