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Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR)
The WorldBank Group serves 30 client countries in the Latin America and the CaribbeanRegion (LCR). Clients range from large rapidly growing sophisticatedmiddle-income countries to IDA countries to small Caribbean states to onefragile state.
Despite immense resources and dynamic societies, deepinequalities persist in most LCR countries, with nearly a quarter of theRegion's people living in poverty.
Set a coursetowards a greener development to ensure the post pandemic trajectory is alsosustainable. The region will continue to support progress on structural reformsand invest in inclusion, gender equality, productive jobs and climateresilience.
In FY22, the region delivered $10.5 billion in financing for clientcountries ($9.4 billion from IBRD, $1 billion from IDA and $144 million fromtrust funds) and an impressive amount of ASA and engagements with countries.
The Sustainable Development (SD) Department supports the WBG’s twin goals by focusing on green, resilient, and inclusive growth.
Urban, Resilience and Land; Social Sustainability and Inclusion; and Water. The SD program in LCR includes an FY22 lending program of 24 operations for $3 billion, an active portfolio of 102 operations with $10.
9 billion under implementation, and a dynamic program of 82 pieces of advisory services and analytics (ASA) across all SD sectors.
ENVIRONMENT NATURAL RESOURCES & BLUE ECONOMY GLOBAL PRACTICE
The sustainable management of the environment and natural resources is vital for economic growth and human wellbeing. When managed well, renewable natural resources, watersheds, productive landscapes, and seascapes can provide the foundation for sustained inclusive growth, food security and poverty reduction. For more information :
4) Environmental Economics, Policies and Institutions Business line, and (5) Environmental Risk Management Business line : delivery of effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development.
As mentioned above, one specific ENB GP business line is to support effective environmental risk management, and to ensure good environmental management across the Bank’s work in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies and its Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).
On August 4, 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) to help protect people and the environment in the investment projects it finances.
This effort is one of several key initiatives, including procurement reform, and the climate and gender strategies, recently undertaken by the Bank to improve development outcomes.
The ESF responds to new and varied development demands and challenges that have arisen over time. It brings the World Bank’s environmental and social (E&S) protections into closer harmony with those of other development institutions, and makes important advances in areas such as transparency, non-discrimination, social inclusion, public participation, and accountability including expanded roles for grievance redress mechanisms.
The framework helps to ensure social inclusion, and explicitly references human rights in the overarching vision statement.
The ESF is made up of the World Bank’s vision for sustainable development, the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Policy for Investment Project Financing, and ten Environmental and Social Standards (ESS).
These set out the mandatory requirements for the World Bank, in relation to the projects it supports through Investment Project Financing (IPF), and for Borrowers.
Unit and Country Context
The Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Unit for LCR has about 45 staff. A third of these staff work on environmental safeguards and environmental risk management, with the other two-thirds work primarily on lending and knowledge products.
About half are based in country offices, with the balance based in Washington DC travelling to the region frequently. The skills and expertise of these staff include : economics, pollution management, forestry, fisheries management, landscapes management, watershed management, and natural areas protection.
The LC6 Country Management Unit (CMU) is responsible for Bank operations in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, managed from the Lima Hub, where the Country Director (CD), the Operations Manager (OM) and Program Leaders (PL) are based.
The LC6 CMU includes an Anchor Office at Headquarters, and Country Offices in Quito, La Paz, and Santiago. By the end-FY22, LC6 portfolio included $7.
5b with a steady increase in size of investment projects and 37 advisory services and analytics (ASA).
The ENB LAC Unit is seeking a highly qualified Environmental Specialist to provide operational support to the unit’s expanding portfolio in the LC6 CMU.
The Environmental Specialist will be based in the country office in Quito, Ecuador.
The Environmental Specialist will be part of a dynamic team of environment, natural resources and blue economy management specialists working of the ENB LAC Unit.
He / she will provide technical contributions to a variety of investment operations, development policy loans and advisory services and analytics for LC6 countries with regard to, among others, climate change, biodiversity conservation, natural resources management, forestry and landscape management, marine and coastal resources management, and environmental quality management.
DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
The Environmental Specialist will report to the Practice Manager of the ENB LAC Unit and work under direct guidance of two Task Team Leaders on specific tasks in Peru and the rest of LC6 countries.
It is expected that the Environmental Specialist will spend 1 / 3 of his / her time on operations in Peru and 2 / 3 on operations in other LC6 countries.
Based in Quito, the Specialist is expected to travel frequently to Peru and Chile.
Under the guidance of the Task Team Leaders, he / she will manage regular communications between the Bank team and project counterparts on technical and administrative issues, coordinate the CMU and counterparts on the planning and logistics of Bank missions, participate in mission visits, collect technical information and perform technical analyses, lead technical discussions on assigned tasks within the Bank team and with the counterparts, review technical documents from consultants and counterparts, monitor the status of agreed actions performed by the counterparts, and contribute to the preparation and review of Bank documents, which may include aide memoires, implementation status reports, grant reports, and project documents.
As the key team member, the Specialist is expected to maintain, develop and expand the Bank and the ENB LAC Unit’s relationships with key client counterparts of the LC6 countries.
It is expected that the Specialist will assist the ENB LAC Team’s technical review of technical and analytical studies prepared in Ecuador, Peru and Chile on sustainable forestry, emissions reductions, blue economy and other topics related to the sustainable management of natural resources.
Per the request of the Task Team Leaders and the Practice Manager, the Specialist may perform additional tasks related to the ENB GP Unit’s priorities.
These may include participation in strategic discussions with the LC6 CMU and counterparts and preparation of briefings, updates and reports to the CMU, GP management, TF donors and other relevant stakeholders on ENB related issues, as well as other activities in the Region, based on business needs.
Specific Operational Tasks in Peru (1 / 3 of time)
Specifically, under the guidance of the Task Team Leader (TTL) he / she will lead the preparation of a draft Implementation Completion Report (ICR) and support the Task Team Leader to finalize the ICR for the environmental quality management project.
As appropriate, she / he will facilitate the review process of such deliverables with counterparts and within the Bank.
Specific Operational Tasks in Ecuador and Chile (2 / 3 of time)
He / she will be responsible for managing the selection process of consultants, facilitate the interactions between consultants and counterparts, monitor and review deliverables of consultants.
Experience with environmental and climate funds such as GEF, PROGREEN, PROBLUE, FCPF, BioCF, with other major multilateral, bilateral and philanthropic donors, and with LC6 countries will be a plus.
Good knowledge and understanding of environmental legislation and institutions at the levels of LC6 countries and Andean Region will be a plus.
Willingness to travel regularly in the region and occasionally beyond.
Specialized Knowledge & Technical Skills
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