Junior or Mid-level Environment Specialist - Asia/Pacific Division

Landell Mills

Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.landell-mills.com hr@landell-mills.com

Sectors: sustainability

Closing date: Wednesday, 4th December 2019  

Junior or Mid-level Environment Specialist
Asia/Pacific Division

Landell Mills

Landell Mills (www.landell-mills.com) is a private company and leading provider of international development consulting services. We have been in business for over 35 years and are active across the emerging and developing world. We work with private and public sector clients on assignments lasting from a few days to several years. Our work is ordinarily financed by international development agencies such as the EU, UK DFID, and Asian Development Bank. We provide multi-disciplinary services in project design; project management; fund/grant management; management of framework contracts; rapid mobilisation of expertise; technical advisory services; institutional strengthening; training and capacity building; research and studies; monitoring, evaluation and learning; and communications and knowledge management.

We have four principal core skill areas. These are:

  • Markets, enterprise and trade
  • Agriculture, fisheries, food security and nutrition
  • Natural resource management (including water resource management) and climate change
  • Policy, dialogue, governance and regional integration

We have over 40 staff based at our offices in Trowbridge (just outside Bath, UK), Bristol and Blackrock (just south of Dublin, Ireland) and with numerous other consultants throughout the world.

Asia/Pacific Division

The Division comprises nine in-house staff. The main client for the Division is the Asian Development Bank (www.adb.org) for which Landell Mills is the second largest provider of services worldwide (2015-2017 data). Most of our contracts with ADB are for the feasibility design of new investment projects particularly in the areas of water resources development and agriculture value chain development. Current and upcoming work includes:

  • The design of a rural infrastructure project in Uzbekistan, potentially financing irrigation; modernisation, rural roads, rural water supply, agricultural markets, and waste infrastructure;
  • The design of a new large-scale irrigation scheme in the Punjab province of Pakistan;
  • The design of a managed aquifer recharge project for Kabul
  • The design of modernised climate-resilient irrigation schemes in Central Vietnam;
  • Potential new projects in the areas of agribusiness development in Indonesia and the Philippines and irrigation projects in Cambodia and Myanmar.

For all such projects there is a need to undertake environmental (and social) due diligence to ensure that impacts upon the environment are minimised and mitigated, in line with ADB’s safeguard policy (see www.adb.org/documents/safeguard-policy-statement), and opportunities to improve the environment are realised. This requires the preparation of due diligence reports, initial environmental examination reports or environmental impact assessments (depending on the level of environmental impact).

To date Landell Mills has contracted external freelance international consultants on a fixed-term basis to undertake environmental safeguards work (who work with local consultants contracted for the assignment). To improve the quality of work which we can offer, and to continue to learn from assignments, we now wish to build our in-house capacity by hiring an environment specialist who can oversee the work of external consultants, as well as undertaking the work directly. While the focus of the work will be on ADB feasibility design contracts, the specialist may be required to undertake work on other assignments, as well as supporting the acquisition of new projects (business development) and potentially project management. For example, providing support to the World Bank funded Export Readiness Fund in Bangladesh, where support is being provided to firms to improve their ability to meet Environmental, Social and Quality Standards.

Role and responsibilities

The specialist would report to the APA Divisional Manager but work closely with Project Managers within the team. The specific responsibilities would be commensurate with the experience of the selected candidate, hence why the position is open to both junior (at least 3 years’ relevant experience) and mid-level (at least seven years’ relevant experience) candidates. For junior candidates, initial assignments would include shadowing of experienced international environment experts employed on projects to understand further ADB requirements, and to learn by on-the-job training, before having the knowledge and ability to undertake such work directly. In addition, external peer support may be available.

The position will be based in Trowbridge (with the opportunity to work for up to two days a week at home or from the Bristol sub-office) and will require regular international travel. At some point, based on the person’s interest, the role could be based overseas in one of our partner countries, although this is not mandatory.

Key tasks include (see further above for the split between junior and mid-level):

  • To oversee the work of international environment experts on ADB project design contracts, providing guidance and undertaking quality control of their work;
  • Commensurate with experience, to take the position of international environment expert on ADB project design contracts (a fee earning position), working together with a local expert. This will require field work. Such work will normally require the preparation of an initial environmental examination report or environmental impact assessment report for the proposed project. Typical tasks will include writing up information provided by the national expert on local environmental legislation and comparing this with ADB or international standards; identifying key environmental risks for a project through interaction with other team members and public consultations (in association with the local expert); establishing baselines (through guiding the collection of field data undertaken by the local expert or a sub-contractor); quantifying impacts and proposing mitigation measures; and preparing a costed environmental management and monitoring plan.

Additional tasks may include:

  • Supporting the acquisition of new environmental projects (either as a bid manager or as a technical support to the bid team);
  • Project management of environmentally focused projects (previous environmental projects have included a wetlands management project, a sustainable forestry management project, and an integrated coastal resources management project, and a climate change policy project).

Person specification

Key qualifications and attributes

  • Educated to degree level, ideally in a relevant field. Any training related to environmental impact assessments is preferred
  • Commercial awareness. Client-focused.
  • Pro-active and flexible approach to work.
  • Attention to detail (especially in terms of report writing)
  • Excellent English language writing skills, and ability to integrate technical inputs from multiple contributors into coherent and concise text.
  • Ability to work independently with excellent organisation and time management skills, and perform effectively under pressure.
  • Ability to travel to partner countries, as and when required.


  • Experience in undertaking environmental impact assessments on infrastructure projects either as a lead or as part of a team. Such experience can be domestic. Overseas experience is not essential.
  • Proven ability to draft high quality environmental reports for clients in the public or private sector (either as lead drafter or as a contributor/researcher).
  • Experience with GIS (e.g. QGIS) is preferred but not essential
  • Broader environmental experience in other areas is preferred but not essential
  • Experience with social impact assessments is preferred but not essential

The successful candidate should also have an interest and ability to travel outside the UK and by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.

What we offer

  • A full-time position within a company with highly developed expertise and experience;
  • A competitive salary – commensurate with experience;
  • A workplace pension;
  • 24 days of holiday per year, exclusive of bank holiday entitlement, rising to 25 with 2 years of service;
  • Flexible working provisions.

A variety of non-contractual benefits are also available, including but not limited to:

  • An annual bonus scheme;
  • Travel insurance with emergency medical cover covering holidays as well as work.
  • Paid professional subscriptions;
  • A holiday purchase and sale scheme;
  • Internal and external training and development.

Our Trowbridge office is located next to the Trowbridge train station, with main line train access to Bath and Bristol; our Bristol office is a 20 minute walk from Temple Meads train station and 5 minutes from Bristol city centre with access to showers and bike storage on-site.

How to apply

Please submit a CV to hr@landell-mills.com with ‘Environment Specialist’ in the subject title.

Please also state when you may be able to take up the role, and, preferably, your expected salary range. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 4th December 2019. Interviews are to be carried out on a rolling basis.

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