The World Bank
World Bank in Ankara, Turkey
Job #: req19172
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Required Language(s): English, Turkish
Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 10/10/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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 and promoting shared prosperity. 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. For more information, visit (link)
The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region
The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region comprises 30 extremely diverse countries, with a population of nearly 500 million people. Although ten of our clients have joined the EU and seven of these have graduated, most continue to remain active recipients of knowledge and/or lending services. Furthermore, in the midst of a crisis like the pandemic that we are experiencing now, some of the advanced countries re-engage with the Bank for additional support, including financial. ECA has a strong lending pipeline as well as a large and growing portfolio of Reimbursable Advisory Services. Knowledge is critical to the Bank’s value proposition to client countries in the ECA region in both lending and advisory services.
A predominantly middle- and high-income region, ECA continues to be at the forefront in confronting the numerous development challenges that countries face in the evolving global economy. The region is at the vanguard of building regional connectivity while having to manage the changing structure of the labor market. At the same time, digital technologies are changing the nature of work, populations are aging, and large migration flows have generated social tensions that have contributed to increased political polarization. These emerging trends threaten to reverse the region’s achievements in regional integration, poverty reduction and shared prosperity.
The ECA region is also vulnerable to climate change. It has a large potential to strengthen climate resilience and reduce its contribution to GHG emissions. Other important challenges affecting parts of the region include frozen conflicts and domestic political instability.
In February 2020, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak interrupted the incipient recovery and the impact on growth remains highly uncertain and in a downside scenario of prolonged shutdowns, output in ECA could contract by nearly 8 percent in 2020. The pandemic also poses medium-term risks, particularly if global value chain linkages are lost or if extended school closures have a significant impact on learning, dropout rates, and human capital development. The near- and medium-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis serve to re-emphasize the critical importance of ECA’s medium-term strategic agenda on raising productivity and boosting resilience, while pursuing “green transition” that addresses environmental and climate risks.
The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region: (link)
The Sustainable Development Practice Group
The Sustainable Development (SD) Practice Group (PG) helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy, Environmental and Social Framework, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, and Water.
Environment Natural Resources & Blue Economy (ENB) 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: (link)
The World Bank program in Turkiye
The partnership between Turkiye and the World Bank Group (WBG) is outlined in the Country Partnership Framework (CPF), which was initially designed to cover the FY18–21 period and was updated and extended to include FY22–23 through the FY21 Performance and Learning Review (PLR). The PLR ensured continued alignment of the CPF with the Government strategies including the 11th Development Plan (DP, 2019-2023) and New Economic Program (launched in 2021). The WBG program continues to maintain a long- term focus that maximizes opportunities to support Turkiye’s progression to higher-income status. With the ratification of the Paris Agreement by Turkiye in 2021, the World Bank has also expanded its support to mainstreaming climate actions, both mitigation and adaptation, and pursuing green growth opportunities in country development plans and programs.
The Turkiye Portfolio
There are 22 IBRD operations for US$7.1 billion, placing Turkiye in the top five IBRD countries by portfolio size. The portfolio also includes one Global Environment Facility (GEF)-financed project and six trust-funded projects for a combined total of US$7.64 billion. The CPF proposed IBRD financing for the FY17-23 period at US$7-10.5 billion and, to date, US7.0 billion of this envelope has been used. The ratio of IBRD climate co-benefits for the FY19-21 period averaged over 50 percent and is projected to reach 80% for FY22. The country program also includes extensive analytical and advisory, including one of the first Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDR) and a multi- year Green Growth diagnostics and technical assistance.
The Country Director for Turkiye oversees the program from the Ankara office which comprises 53 staff from different GPs and units.
Duties and Accountabilities
SCAEN, the ENB unit of SD PG in ECA, seeks to recruit an Environment Specialist in the Ankara Country Office. The Specialist will join a team of over 40 environmental professionals located in Washington DC, Vienna and various ECA countries and will report to unit’s Practice Manager (currently located in Washington DC). The Specialist will provide environmental risk management support to Bank-financed projects and contribute to developing and supervising ENB-led lending and non-lending operations in Turkiye and may also support other SD activities in Turkiye. The Specialist will be an integral part of the Ankara country office.
The list of responsibilities below is indicative. Specific assignments will be decided in dialogue with the Practice Manager and based on ENB/SD portfolio and priority needs.
As part of environmental impact and risk management of the World Bank portfolio, the Environmental Specialist will provide operational and technical support for the World Bank financed projects, under the respective World Bank safeguards operational policies (OPs), the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and other risk management policies as appropriate, working closely with and under guidance of assigned senior specialists:
- Working with task team and providing expert guidance and advice to borrowers/counterparts from project identification to preparation, appraisal, implementation, and completion to ensure that environmental issues are properly addressed, according to the Bank’s environmental policies and ESF, through project-specific environmental analysis and systemwide capacity building.
- Provide guidance and technical support for screening Bank projects for environmental impacts and vulnerabilities and identify impact and risk management opportunities/strategies
- Guide the project implementing agencies in preparing the necessary ESF instruments and Environmental Assessment (EA) documents and review them for quality assurance; maintain regular dialogue and assist with enhancing implementing agency capacity to comply with World Bank environmental policies
- Monitor compliance of project-financed activities with environmental safeguards OPs or ESF by participating in project technical discussions and field visits, reviewing project reports and recommending adequate measures
- Participating in portfolio reviews, analytical activities, and project preparation and implementation in the environment sector.
- Collaborating with WBG staff across regions and across sector boundaries and seeking opportunities for knowledge sharing
As part of advancing environmental/sustainable development operations and analytical work, the Environmental Specialist will undertake some of the following:
- Engage in policy dialogue with the government and other stakeholders in the thematic areas that could include pollution management, circular economy, natural resource management, climate resilience, and green growth.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of lending operations, technical assistance, or/and analytical work which would require knowledge of the abovementioned thematic areas;
- Advise CMU and ECA SD management on environmental issues and priorities in Turkiye
As a staff member of the SCAEN, ECA Sustainable Development and the Turkiye Country Office, the Environment Specialist will:
- Keep abreast of cutting-edge knowledge in the areas of technical expertise, including by participating in the respective Communities of Practice to learn from relevant global experience and share lessons from own work.
- Facilitate and maintain effective communication with relevant stakeholders in Turkiye inside and outside the World Bank Group, including government officials, NGOs, academia, civil society, the private sector, as well as specialized international organizations;
- Contribute to activities and initiatives of the Ankara office, as needed, raising the profile of the environmental sustainability and climate change agendas within the office and the country.
- Advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D) in environmental or natural management, engineering, science, policy, or other relevant disciplines;
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience as an environmental professional in the fields of: environmental risk management, environmental policy, pollution or/and natural resource management, including both sector-wide policy review and project-specific experience.
- Good analytical skills with ability to analyze and synthesize diverse qualitative and quantitative environmentally related data and information;
- Ability to work well with a range of stakeholders, including project-affected parties, government officials, non-governmental organizations / civil society, development partners as well as project investors;
- A good team player who works well as a member of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, motivate others and network effectively across boundaries;
- Knowledge of EU legislation, policies, and standards in the field of environment and climate change is desirable
- Knowledge of international good practice for management of environmental risks, including World Bank ESF/Safeguards policies and instruments, and/or IFC’s Performance Standards /MIGA Environmental and Social policies, or similar standards, would be an advantage;
- Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions;
- Excellent verbal and written skills in English and Turkish are essential;
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently within and outside Turkiye is required
World Bank Group Core Competencies
The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
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