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E T Consultant

Job #: req17177
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Climate Change
Grade: EC2
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Kathmandu,Nepal
Required Language(s): English, Nepali
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 5/10/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org


The South Asia Region (SAR) has the largest concentration of poor people of any region, home to 2 billion people, with over 1 billion living under $2/day. It has had high growth of 6 percent average annual rate in the last 20 years, despite its poverty, conflict, and instability. The WBG is and will continue to be a key development partner in South Asia. The South Asia Region (SAR) strategy is based on three pillars promoting growth, enhancing social inclusion, and strengthening climate/environment.

South Asia is home to some of the world’s countries most vulnerable to climate change and disasters. In the past decade alone, nearly 700 million people– half of the Region’s population– were affected by one or more climate-related disasters. Now, changing weather patterns are expected to impact directly over 800 million people by 2050 and will continue to burden South Asian countries’ economies. Between 2000 and 2017, disasters caused by natural hazards in the Region caused damages worth $149.27 billion.


The 14 GPs are: Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation; Governance; Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment; Poverty & Equity; Education; Health, Nutrition & Population; Social Protection & Jobs; Agriculture; Energy & Extractives; Environment & Natural Resources; Social; Urban, Rural & Resilience; Transport & Digital Development; Water. The 5 CCSAs are: Climate Change; Fragility, Conflict & Violence; Gender; Infrastructure, PPPs & Guarantees; Knowledge Management. The new operating model is part of a broader internal reform aimed at delivering the best of the World Bank Group to our clients, so that together we can achieve the twin goals of (1) ending extreme poverty by 2030, and (2) promote shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every developing country.


GPURL covers a wide gamut: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) enhancing urban and rural development through supporting and managing the urban-rural transition, assisting local development through developing land tenure, management and information systems; and (iii) assisting in disaster risk management through issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood management, urban drainage, coastal management, and retrofitting of infrastructure), disaster preparedness (including hydromet services, early warning systems, and civil defense), risk financing (including CAT-DDO), and resilient reconstruction (including post-disaster damage and loss assessment). A key responsibility of the GP is to provide professional expertise and operational support to other GPs to deliver sustainable development results that ensure that any adverse impacts of WBG interventions are limited and mitigated.


Nepal is highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters and faces both extreme and slow-onset climate-related hazards. Nepal’s climate vulnerabilities emerge from an interaction of climatic factors involving its fragile mountainous topography and ecosystems, monsoon-driven hydrology, unplanned settlements, lack of resilient infrastructure, and an economy that has sustained several shocks in the recent past (Gorkha earthquake 2015, floods in 2017, landslides, and the COVID-19). Approximately 80 percent of Nepal’s population is at risk from natural and climate-induced hazards, and Nepal ranks as the 10th most affected country in the world according to the Climate Risk Index. Vulnerable communities, particularly those living in poverty, in remote areas, and working in subsistence agriculture, are at highest risk. Earthquake and flood risk are the most damaging natural hazards to date, while floods and landslides were the most frequent hazards over the past 40 years. Mountains are warming faster than the plains triggering melting of ice and permafrost and an increase in the risk of landslides. Incidences of dry spells, droughts, forest fires, heatwaves, flash floods, and disease outbreaks are increasing along with slow-onset risk.

Nepal is committed to addressing climate change. The government submitted a more ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in late 2020 with a vision to achieve socio-economic prosperity by building a climate-resilient society. In October 2021, Nepal further raised its ambition and submitted a Long-Term Strategy that aims to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2045. Nepal recognizes that adaptation is a priority and published its National Adaptation Plan that aims to boost adaptive capacity and resilience by setting out strategic goals to 2050. Effective devolution of climate resilience and adaptation responsibilities to provincial and local governments in Nepal is of critical importance and would require streamlining the institutional set-up with adequate financing and technical staffing, and extensive capacity building to implement climate-risk informed development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The ETC will provide support to the SSACD unit in Kathmandu for the overall development and implementation of climate change and disaster risk management engagements.

The ETC is expected to undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to mainstream climate change in the pipeline investment and development policy operations and analytical activities including carrying out or coordinating research, data collection and analysis, drafting or contributing to concept notes, project papers, presentations, blogs as well as other analytical pieces.
  • Carry out responsibilities for a number of operational tasks, including technical analyses, design of interventions, and implementation support to clients, amongst others;
  • Co-lead the day-to-day implementation support to GPs on climate co-benefits assessments in the Nepal country office, including preparing presentations and briefs for management on Nepal numbers, targets and review of co-benefit analysis;
  • Support the preparation and supervision of lending and technical assistance activities focused on addressing climate change;
  • Support the client dialogue on climate change at the national as well as sub-national level, and further develop the agenda in close coordination with GP colleagues on approaches such as disaster risk financing, flood risk management, urban resilience, and climate change adaptation.
  • Provide technical and operational support to task teams preparing and implementing Bank lending and analytical operations focusing on climate and disaster resilience;
  • Support the implementation of the World Bank South Asia Climate Roadmap 2021-2025 that contributes to Nepal’s climate priorities covered under the Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development approach, National Adaptation Plan and NDC;
  • Contribute to the development of the business and technical strategies of the South Asia CC&DRM Unit;
  • Assist in the development of new business opportunities in the climate change sector in line with the country strategy and the Bank’s comparative advantage;
  • Facilitate communications and general outreach, including organizing workshops or events and drafting outreach documents and materials.

Please note this is a local position. Only Nepal citizens or non-citizens with an authorization to work in Nepal will be considered.

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in economics, water resource management, climate change, environmental science, or similar relevant discipline.
  • At least five years of full-time relevant professional experience, with demonstrated experience in research or applied work on climate change and sustainable development analytical themes.
  • A publication track record in issues related to climate change is highly desirable
  • Prior experience of working directly on climate change adaptation and/or mitigation issues is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with the institutional and policy landscape for climate change in Nepal will be preferred.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write quickly and concisely on a variety of topics in a well-structured manner.
  • Excellent English oral and written skills and native fluency in Nepali is required.
  • Prior knowledge of/experience with WBG operational and analytical products, climate change strategy and activities/ plans will be a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability of problem-solving and developing win-win solutions in critical situations of project preparation and implementation with stakeholders.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and GP colleagues.

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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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