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Environmental and Social Development Specialist in Jakarta, Indonesia (The World bank)
The E&S Development Specialist advises clients and teams on IFC Performance Standards and Sustainability Policy for better compliance and impact in investments. Reports to Asia Regional Manager with East Asia and the Pacific Team Lead as primary supervisor.
Duties and Accountabilities Environmental and Social Development Specialist:
1. Early Screening, Due Diligence, Portfolio supervision :
Lead or support the assessment of E&S issues/risks in new investments (screening, due diligence, assessments, and monitoring stages) and select upstream and advisory engagements in multiple sectors, focusing on infrastructure primarily, but also including manufacturing, agribusiness, and services across East Asia and the Pacific.
Identify and develop risk mitigation measures and value-add solutions that support clients in addressing identified issues; advise on structuring, appropriate mitigation measures and contractual alignment of interest to address risks and impacts.
Prepare necessary E&S documentation and systems contribution at different stages of the investment cycle.
Discuss and support formulation of E&S legal conditions for projects legal agreements.
Proactively monitor portfolio clients and engage with clients to achieve compliance. Clearly document and communicate any outstanding or emerging gaps between client performance and IFC requirements, and related risks to IFC.
Support industry teams and clients in response to CAO and IEG requests, leading discussion with CAO and IEG officers.
In coordination with industry and CEG advisory teams, build capacity with clients on issues related to E&S issues, including clients’ monitoring and evaluation of E&S activities and outcomes.
Contribute to portfolio analysis to identify systemic issues and assess trends; or of policy nature and propose policy adjustments as needed.
Contribute to regional supervision program reviews.
2. Upstream and Advisory Services
On basis of portfolio analysis, help identify systemic bottlenecks existing in the market that prevent adequate E&S risk management in key markets. In collaboration with Upstream officers and Advisory teams, help develop upstream activities by using technical experience and expertise.
Work proactively to identify opportunities for Advisory engagements that result in greater development impact and value for the client. Provide expert input into new IFC advisory offering.
3. Knowledge Management
As needed, participate in cross-regional and global teams responsible for the preparation of policy interpretation notes on E&S topics and contribute to the corporate knowledge base by analyzing and disseminating lessons learned from project work.
Participate in forums or conferences to showcase IFC experience, approach and value proposition.
Prepare management briefs of relevant E&S matters.
Provide guidance to more junior staff and Short-Term Consultants (STCs) working on E&S risk management and supervise the timeliness and quality of their work, in coordination with Regional Team Lead.
Master’s degree or equivalent in environment management, engineering, climate change, social development or other relevant disciplines.
Minimum of 8 years of professional experience working on E&S management and due diligence in the international context, with strong preference for experience in the private sector and Asia region.
Practical experience with internationally recognized E&S Policies and Standards. Experience with International Financial Institutions and/or World Bank Group Standards preferred.
Working experience in emerging markets, including fragile and conflict environment.
Willingness to travel regularly in emerging market countries (when conditions allow).
Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse information sources, and draw conclusions from sometimes limited data.
Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing circumstances, organize and prioritize deliverables, and maintain attention to detail.
Ability to communicate effectively and concisely on complex environmental and social issues in spoken and written form, in a manner that can be understood by non-experts. English is essential, additional language skills such as Bahasa is a plus.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to relate well with a wide range of internal and external parties (including senior staff, management, IFC’s accountability mechanism and clients) and develop solutions in potentially tense or conflicting situation.
Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary, multicultural team, influence and negotiate point of view within teams.
Exemplary project management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
High personal integrity and emotional intelligence, with demonstrated ability to handle sensitive matters in a discreet and respectful manner. Diplomatic and calm under pressure.