Extended Term Consultant - Environment, Accra
Job # 111883
Job Title Extended Term Consultant
Job Family Environment
Location Accra, Ghana
Appointment Local Hire
Language Requirements English [Essential]
Background / General description
The World Bank group is committed to working with member countries to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development . Recognizing the inter-linkages between economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development , the Bank is increasingly taking an integrated approach to achieving these goals. To ensure 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 the World Bank's Africa Regional Environment and Natural Resources Sector Unit (AFTEN) has commited to a wide range of areas and themes including, but not limited to: forestry, fisheries, land management , climate change and environmental management.
The core values guiding AFTEN's work are: passion for its 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. 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 MDGs, particularly cutting poverty levels in half by 2015. To deliver its work program the Bank is organized in Country Management Units (CMU).
The CMU in charge of the Bank's program for Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia is located in Accra, Ghana. With a population of 24 million people, and centrally located in West Africa, Ghana is one of the economically dynamic countries in the region. The Ghana portfolio currently supports about twenty-five IDA projects and 2 Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants. The Bank is the largest development partner in Ghana Bank, with commitments of about $1.3 billion in FY10. The strong focus on the current portfolio is on project implementation for results and on enhancing the disbursement of the portfolio. The World Bank is strongly engaged in the natural resources and environmental management sectors in Ghana. The Bank, along with four other donors, supports the Government's multi-year development policy effort through the Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (NREG) Program, which focuses on forestry sector, mineral sector, and environmental protection . The Bank is also engaging in the marine and lake fisheries sector as well as watershed and water resources management in partnership with NEPAD. Ghana, along with Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was selected as one of the global pilots for the Forestry Investment Program (FIP) under the Strategic Climate Funds (SCF).
The country is preparing its Investement Plan for the FIP in close collaboration with the African Development Bank, IFC and the World Bank. The World Bank in Ghana has also started stronger engagement in the fisheries sector, a critical at the national level with large potential for freshwater aquaculture in the Lake Volta, and with opportunities to manage the marine fisheries better for sustainable growth of the sector. In Sierra Leone, AFTEN is currently focused on biodiversity conservation, whilst in Liberia the portfolio focus on land law and management.
AFTEN has fielded one Natural Resources Management Specialist and Environmental Management Specialist to oversee its work program delivery in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia. To enhance its capacity AFTEN is seeking to recruit a Extended Term Consultant with proven operational and analytical experience to join its field-based team in Accra, Ghana to provide implementation support of natural resources sector programs in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In particular, the incumbent will assist the field based Natural Resources Management Specialist with the day to day management of Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone portfolio.
Duties and Accountabilities
The candidate will contribute to Bank lending operations and non-lending services related to natural resources and environmental management. Specific responsibilities will include, but not limited to the following:
1. Assist the Natural Resources Management Specialist in the day-to-day management of the following projects:
1) Natural Resources and Governance (NREG);
2) Sustainable Land and Water Management project (SLWM)
3) Forest Investment Program (FIP);
4) Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF);
5) West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP);
6) Sierra Leone GEF Biodiversity Conservation Project (BCP) and Wetlands Conservation Project (WCP); and
7) Liberia Land Right Reform Project (LRRP);
2. Assist in project planning, management and evaluation of activities;
3. Participate in missions and technical discussions;
4. Facilitate and prepare government - donor negotiations and other related processes
5. Prepare and update reports, meeting minutes and aide memoires and other documents;
6. Represent the natural Resources Management Specialist in meetings and other events if required;
7. Attend to ad-hoc activities as requested.
1. At least three years of relevant professional experience;
2. Have a minimum of a Master's degree in environment, natural resource management, or related field;
3. Demonstrated capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and complex tasks, independently adjusting to priorities and achieving results with agreed objectives and deadlines. Proven ability to work under pressure, delivering quality work in time;
4. Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment;
5. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external partners and promote collaboration in a multi-cultural environment;
6. Strong communications skills, in addition to excellent writing and communications ability in English;
7. Strong client orientation with commitment to results on the ground;
8. Ability and willingness to travel frequently within the Africa Region;
9. Command of Bank and operational rules and procedures, including safeguards would be an advantage;
10. Experience with multi-stakeholder dialogue a strong advantage.
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