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Date Posted: 27/Feb/2014
Deadline: 12/Mar/2014

Operations Officer


Background / General description:

Sub-Saharan Africa, with a population of around 782 million people in 47 countries, is home to 36 of the world’s poorest countries.  Making headway against poverty in sub-Saharan Africa continues to present the world with its most formidable development challenge.  The Africa Region is committed to working with Africans and other development partners to make faster progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, particularly cutting poverty levels in half by 2015. 


The strategic thrust of the Environment and Natural Resources group (AFTNW) includes sustainable land, water, forest, coastal and fisheries management; climate change adaptation and mitigation and related disaster risk management; environmental governance; and ensuring sound environmental design and implementation of all projects and programs in the Africa region, including addressing environmental issues in key natural resource extraction and large infrastructure projects, and protecting regional and global public goods.


Within the Africa Region’s Sustainable Development Department, the mission of AFTNW is to work with national and local governments and with communities to improve sustainable management of natural resources and improve preparedness to natural disasters across several CMUs. AFTNW is also involved with and in charge of cross-cutting themes program for sustainable land and water management.


The core values guiding our work are passion for our mission of sustainable development and poverty reduction, putting the needs of the client at the center of all our activities, trust and respect as a common currency, intellectual rigor and curiosity, honesty and integrity, teamwork, openness to learning and the courage to admit we do not always have the answer.


More specifically, the World Bank is supporting the implementation of a range of programs in natural resources management including integrated water shed management, sustainable land and landscape management, policy dialogue on green economy, mitigation, adaptation and resilience to climate change, as well as climate finance supporting clients’ mitigation and adaptation needs.  The region is currently identifying and scaling up opportunities to assist clients in addressing their most critical environmental challenges.  The Bank is also promoting the adoption of sustainable land management practices  with a view to generating multiple benefits on the ground. Not only do these practices prevent land degradation but they also enhance the resilience of operating systems in relation to climate change, they can sequester carbon (conservation agriculture, reforestation, etc.) and they contribute to improve biodiversity.


In Nigeria, the World Bank currently has a huge role supporting the success and implementation of activities financed under International Development Association (IDA), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) for the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP). This is a $500 million 8-year multi-sectoral and multi-scale project designed for intervention to mitigate the impact of gully erosion and land degradation, disaster risk management. It also includes actions that contribute to strengthening Nigeria’s strategic framework for climate action with an objective to enhance Nigeria’s capacity to promote low carbon, climate resilient development. Given the enormity of the problem of soil erosion in the project area, the complex web of actors and stakeholders, the range of control measures, and the slow commencement of intervention activities on the ground, a robust implementation support and supervision are required.


In Zambia the World Bank has a particular role to support implementation of activities financed under the Multi-Donor Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) through the Zambia, Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Barotse Sub-Basin Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Phase II) Project. This is expected to contribute towards the achievement of Zambia’s PPCR goal to mainstream climate change into the most economically and vulnerable sectors of the economy, in order to ensure sustainable economic development towards the attainment of the country’s Vision 2030. PPCR is one of the sub-set funding for SCF under climate investment fund (CIF). The PPCR is a dedicated funding to pilot new approaches with potential for scaled-up, transformational action aimed at a specific climate change challenge or sectoral response.  In Zambia,   The PPCR follows a programmatic and multi-sectoral coordinating approach to achieving climate resilience in vulnerable sectors of a national economy. This helped to directly target the rural most vulnerable communities through a participatory investment planning process while leveraging additional funding from over 5 donors to date.


The Bank is also expecting to experience an increasing support request from the client on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation "plus" conservation, the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+), agenda in Nigeria through Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) with the current selection nomination of Nigeria into the FCPF and related potential investments in Zambia (e.g., under the BioCarbon Fund).


In order to help strengthen and implement its interventions under its Sub-Saharan Africa Program, AFTNW is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Operations Officer with a focus on climate change to be based in Nigeria. The Climate Change Adaptation Operation Officer will provide technical and advisory support to the Banks’ projects and program in Nigeria and Zambia as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


Specifically, the Operations Officer’s support will include, but will not be limited to, supporting:  the Nigeria NEWMAP; Zambia PPCR (II); and REDD+ agenda in Nigeria as a core member of the Bank Operations. The position staff time will be shared on a 50-50 basis between Nigeria and Zambia.


Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a two year-term appointment that is renewable.


Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.


Duties and Accountabilities:

The main expertise brought by the selected candidate will be operational experience in the field of environment and natural resource management and climate change. The selected candidate will be required to provide substantive technical, operational, and knowledge management support to the Nigeria NEWMAP and Zambia PPCR projects including other country-led initiatives under AFTNW.


Specific duties are to:

•Support the Task Team Leaders (TTLs) for Nigeria NEWMAP and Zambia PPCR for operational support to client implementation of the two projects, and specifically support the implementation of respective components and activities on climate change;

•Provide technical inputs and guidance to clients on appropriate scope, technology, costs, and related issues in connection with the preparation of terms of reference for project- or sector-related work;

•Interact with and strengthen cooperation with local development partners, represent the Bank's environment and climate change sector program in national-level fora, provide support as appropriate as the Bank’s focal point within task teams, and liaise with government counterparts and other partner organizations (civil society organizations, academia, etc.)

•Interact closely with the TTLs to brief them on all relevant aspects of the projects, including, but not limited to:

(a) the rationale for design choices made during preparation;

(b) analysis and positions of key stakeholders;

(c) institutional and coordination challenges relevant to project implementation and management;

(d) coordination with other Integrated Watershed Management program partners International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) etc.) and  Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)/Climate Change Program Partners, particularly African Development Bank (AfDB), Nordic Development Fund (NDF), International Finance Corporation (IFC), United States Agency for International Development  (USAID), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau(GiZ/KfW),  World Fish, Concern Worldwide,  Red Cross, and the Zambia (Civil Society) Climate Change Network;

•Contribute to the Bank’s analytical, advisory and technical work related to sustainable development on issues such as integrated water resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and Disaster Risk Management (DRM), including support to development/advice on national policies and strategies;

•Monitor and provide advisory support for the adherence to World Bank’s operational policies and quality requirements in technical and fiduciary due diligence. In addition, the candidate may contribute to development of pipeline projects and the mobilization of resources and expertise for their realization.

•Provide inputs to the preparation of diverse operational products/outputs (e.g., sector and country briefings, background reports, case studies, portfolio performance reviews, Trust Fund (TF) Grant Fund Request  (GFR), Grant Report Monitoring (GRM) and closing reports, Implementation Summary Reports (ISRs), activity completion reports, etc.);

•Participate in missions within area of specialization and participate in discussions regarding advice to borrowers;

•Participate in review meetings and represent AFTNW in relevant Bank-wide initiatives; represent the Bank in donor meetings;

•Works independently, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior officers.

•Other duties and tasks as specified by the Sector Manager, and the relevant project Task Team Leaders/ Program Leaders or whoever they may designate.


Selection Criteria:

Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.

•Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.

•Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Familiarity with environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.

•Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.

•Master’s degree or equivalent academic qualification in a relevant discipline, e.g. environmental Management, ecology, environmental economics, natural resource management, environmental science or related discipline and a minimum of five years of professional experience in the environmental sector and projects.

•Related country work experience in Nigeria and Zambia are essential.

•Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively negotiate and

achieve balanced solutions to environmental development problems.

•Ability to work independently and seek guidance on complex projects/issues from senior officers.

•Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams based in multiple locations on diverse and complex


•Strong client orientation with the ability to build an understanding with implementing agency


•A drive for results while working with limited supervision and under tight timelines;

•Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and manage complex operations and tasks, including a track record of building partnerships and collaborations across institutional boundaries.

•Excellent analytical, communications, and writing skills, especially the ability to translate technical research into policy related reports and briefs.

•Behavioral competencies that facilitate dialogue with country partners and country teams, including listening skills, training and capacity development skills, and ability to adapt advice to the local institutional realities.

•Knowledge of the World Bank’s operations and business processes highly desirable.

•Commitment to teamwork, knowledge-sharing, and ability to influence across organizational boundaries.

•Excellent oral and written communication skills.



•Project Management - Understands and utilizes the basic concepts of project management, as they relate to the implementation of a project.

•Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems - Fully familiar with Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures and Systems (including safeguards, FM and procurement).

•Client Orientation - Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.

•Drive for Results - Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so.

•Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.

•Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.

•Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.

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