Environmental & Social Expert

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Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany
Apply by 16 July 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 16 April 2018

Job Description

Welcome to KfW – a bank with a unique mission. We promote development and progress worldwide. That is why – for us – sustainability is our requirement and our promise at the same time. It is the foundation of our business model. As such, we take our environmental social responsibility seriously and shape societal change.


Become a part of our team based in Frankfurt am Main and support us as an


Environmental & Social Expert


Welcome to the Competence Centre for Environmental and Social Sustainability at KfW Development Bank. When it comes to assessing projects in terms of their impacts on people and the environment, our expertise is required. We carry out environmental and social due diligence in support of KfW Group. At the same time, we foster professional dialogue around environmental and social issues, both within our institution as well as with stakeholders from civil society and the science community.


Your assignments

  • You will undertake environmental and social appraisal of proposed projects of both KfW Development Bank and KfW IPEX Bank and assess them in terms of environmental and social risks.
  • You will guide the formulation of appropriate mitigation measures and monitor their implementation during project construction and the operational stage.
  • You will work closely with the project-managing departments and are involved with our partners, clients, consultants and local authorities.
  • Whenever there is a need to improve our current environmental and social policy as well as assessment standards and procedures, you will contribute to developing them further.
  • You will actively participate in the professional debate at a national and international level, representing the views of KfW Group.


Your background

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in natural or social sciences, ideally majoring in environmental and resource protection or a comparable qualification in environmental planning
  • Familiar with Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD), Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), Stakeholder Engagement Plan and Mitigation Hierarchy
  • Several years of relevant international experience both in the analysis and assessment of environmental and social risks and impacts, preparation of ESIAs and ESDDs, both internationally and in an EU context
  • Broad ESIA/ESDD experience, ideally profound experience in managing risks and impacts in one or more of the following speciality fields: biodiversity, resettlement, indigenous people and cultural heritage
  • Proven experience in applying the standards and evaluation benchmarks of the World Bank Group (World Bank Safeguards, IFC Performance Standards, EHS Guidelines), the EU and the Equator Principles
  • Intermediate German language proficiency (at least comparable to B2) as well as fluent English and preferably excellent proficiency in another language (e.g. French, Spanish and/or Portuguese)
  • Willingness to travel abroad to developing and emerging countries
  • Pronounced ability to analyse, cooperate and be assertive, coupled with a willingness to get involved in new and diverse topics


If your profile matches the above, we look forward to seeing you. Our corporate culture is characterised by openness and respect, with good employee benefits and a relationship based on trust. Equality of opportunity and diversity in all aspects, such as employing disabled people as well as inclusion are part of our daily routine, just as is creating opportunities for you to find your ideal work-life balance. We have managed to achieve this for decades and we look forward to your commitment and abilities. We especially welcome applications from women.


Please send your application to your contact Nina Poppenhäger using our online application form. Further information is available at kfw.de/karriere.

About the Organization

Based in Frankfurt, Germany, KfW Bankengruppe gives impetus to economic, social and ecological development worldwide. As a promotional bank under the ownership of the Federal Republic and the Länder (federal states), it offers support to encourage sustainable improvement in economic, social, ecological living and business conditions, among others in the areas of small and medium-sized enterprise, entrepreneurialship, environmental protection, housing, infrastructure, education finance, project and export finance, and development cooperation.

More information

KfW_Environmental&Social_Expert_09-04-18.pdf

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