IFC/World Bank Group recruits 01 Environmental and Social Development Analyst
IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, we invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Sustainability Advice and Solutions Department (CEG), includes approximately 200 staff and consultants, substantially involved in pre-investment environmental and social (E&S) due diligence and monitoring of portfolio clients’ E&S outcomes. CEG supports IFC’s investment and advisory departments to manage ESG risks associated with their activities and find solutions to client issues based on our Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability http://www.ifc.org/performancestandards) and the Corporate Governance Methodology (www.ifc.org/corporategovernance). CEG further leverages this expertise and operational experience in emerging markets to encourage the effective adoption of these standards by companies and investors across emerging markets. More details can be found at http://www.ifc.org/sustainability.
IFC is unique among Development Finance Institutions to have this cadre of in-house environment, social and corporate governance experts. It is through this expertise that CEG delivers on the two goals of its strategy: (i) partnering with IFC’s investment departments to manage ESG risks associated with their investments and find solutions to client issues and (ii) leveraging our ESG expertise and operational experience in emerging markets to maintain IFC’s leadership in sustainability through ESG standards and to encourage the effective adoption of these standards by companies and investors across the emerging markets. IFC’s standards have been widely adopted in emerging markets by development banks, project finance banks (www.equator-principles.com), and export credit agencies such that over the last decade US$4.5trillion have been invested adhering to them.
IFC is looking for dynamic, motivated, and detail-oriented junior professional with strong communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills. The Environmental and Social Development Analyst will be expected to assist environmental and social specialists at IFC in their work on reviewing environmental and social risks and impacts in clients’ and potential clients’ operations. The position offers suitable candidates a unique opportunity to gather unparalleled private sector environmental and social risk management experience in emerging markets and exposure to the wider operations of the World Bank Group. This position will report to the CEG Middle East and Africa Regional Manager, with Regional Team Lead Direct Investments as primary Supervisor.
Duties and Accountabilities
The Analyst’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Supporting analysis (through internal and external tools) to assist environmental and social specialists in appraising the environmental and social risks and impacts associated with IFC investments against the requirements of IFC’s Performance Standards
- Assist in defining steps required to ensure compliance with the PSs and the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines (www.ifc.org/ehsguidelines).
- Assist in supervising the environmental and social performance of client companies through the review of monitoring reports and site visits to supervise social aspects of clients’ operations.
- Assist in providing training on environmental and social risk management and sustainability issues to IFC clients, investment staff and other specialists.
- Support in sectoral and regional portfolio reviews, in developing an understanding of systematic risk and compliance issues in the portfolio.
- Collect and analyze data to assist specialists in preparation of reports, management briefs on specific E&S issues and on IFC’s portfolio.
- Assist in providing inputs around operational experiences, lessons learned and evolving practices and challenges at the regional level in building the department’s knowledge base.
- Participate in ongoing and emerging corporate initiatives related to social requirements, through participation in the Social Practice Group (IFC’s internal peer network of Social Development Specialists).
- Support the ESG Advisory Services (AS) team with preparation of new ESG AS projects (e.g. in identification of key E&S risk and issues, areas of potential IFC support, baseline assessments, development of project components and activities, project budgets and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) frameworks, and drafting high-quality project documents including concept notes and implementation plans) including through research and analysis.
- Assist Project Leaders with the implementation of selected project activities (e.g. development and delivery of workshop/trainings, preparation of diagnostics of client’s ESG practices, preparation of AS proposals and delivery).
- A degree in environmental management or sciences, social sciences, anthropology, sociology, engineering, or other relevant discipline.
- A minimum of three years of relevant experience in environmental and social and impact assessment related to private sector business activities.
- Experience working with private sector firms across industry sectors (including agribusiness, infrastructure and/or manufacturing) to identify environmental and social risks and issues and develop mitigation measures in line with good international industry practice.
- Knowledge of IFC Sustainability Framework and supporting documents such as Guidance Notes, EHS Guidelines, and other IFC publications on sustainability a plus.
- Strong research and analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse related data and information.
- Attention to detail a must.
- Strong organizational skills, to prioritize and deal with frequent and unexpected tight deadlines.
- Ability to communicate ideas clearly, articulate issues and assist in the recommendation and implementation of solutions.
- Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English is essential.
- French language skills will be highly advantageous.
- Good team player with strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, work effectively in and influence a team, and network effectively across boundaries.
- Familiarity with IFC/World Bank operations, procedures, and culture will be advantageous.
- Ability to travel internationally at short notice.
Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.
Application deadline: 21 Feb 2021.
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