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Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.
ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.
The position is assigned in the Sustainable Infrastructure Division (EASI) within the East Asia Department, which is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships on all matters concerning ADB operations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Mongolia (MON) in the East Asia subregion, and with other multilateral and bilateral development agencies and other sources of development finance on matters relating to the subregion. EASI will specifically focus on the energy and transport sectors, low carbon development, and integrated solution for operations in PRC and MON in line with Strategy 2030.
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The Senior Environment Specialist (Climate Change and Low Carbon Development) will lead in: (i) processing and implementing projects to address climate change impacts in infrastructure projects and towards low carbon development in East Asia Sustainable Infrastructure division, (ii) providing substantive assistance, technical guidance, knowledge sharing and capacity building to ensure compliance of the division’s projects with ADB’s environmental safeguard policy, (iii) monitoring and reporting on compliance during project implementation, and (iv) conducting studies, policy dialogue and sector work to enhance the positive environmental contributions of infrastructure projects and mitigating adverse environmental impacts. The incumbent will report to Director, EASI and will supervise National Staff and Administrative Staff.
- Lead the provision of information and analyses for the development of strategies for environmentally sustainable development in developing member countries (DMCs) in consultation with relevant government agencies and Resident Missions (RMs) in the infrastructure sector
- Identify and resolve environmental issues, particularly compliance risks for complex/sensitive infrastructure projects.
- Assist Project Team Leaders in ensuring complying with environmental policies and practices in project implementation of infrastructure projects.
- Contribute information and analyses to interdepartmental working groups on the environment.
- Lead in the development, processing, and administration of the division’s loan and technical assistance (TA) projects with respect to ensuring compliance with ADB’s environment policy and safeguards, by undertaking activities such as environmental reviews and assessments (in particular preparing environmental impact assessments), economic valuation of environmental impacts, and consulting with stakeholders in civil society, non-government organizations (NGOs).
- Engage, guide and manage consultants to assist in conducting such work, including through undertaking of field surveys and studies and having consultations with DMC stakeholders, and provide quality control over their work
- Within project teams, take responsibility for obtaining ADB and DMC environmental safeguard compliance approvals, including for initial environmental categorization, project concept paper, management consideration, and board consideration
- Identify opportunities for ADB assistance projects for the implementation of the environment policy in DMCs and the promotion of cross-sectoral work.
- Lead due diligence on environmental issues during project identification, design, loan processing and implementation to ensure realization of positive impacts and mitigate negative impacts.
- Provide advice to executing agencies and clients on improvement of environment policy compliance documentation during project processing and project preparation.
- Keep abreast of the latest institutional developments in international and national sustainable development, environmental sustainability, environmental management of relevance to the division.
- Liaise with governments, multilateral and bilateral organizations, civil society and NGOs to review and exchange information on environmental issues and programs
- Evaluate the environmental impacts of infrastructure projects to ensure compliance with ADB’s environmental safeguards policies.
- Prepare studies, sector work, knowledge products, and knowledge dissemination activities on the environmental aspects of infrastructure sector.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
- Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering or related fields. University degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering or related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree
- At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in environmental policy, environmental management, environmental safeguard, climate change, and low carbon development, including working in several developing member countries
- Demonstrated experience in analyzing environmental issues associated with major infrastructure projects, and operational experience in the preparation and implementation of such projects
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong conceptual and analytical skills
- Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff level 5
The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.
ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.
ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.