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 Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position of 




Reporting to the Manager: Environmental and Social Development, the Environmental and Social Development Officer (ESD Officer) is responsible for successful execution of the operational ESMS processes for external clients, including due diligence on loan applications and assessment, monitoring, providing technical support and reporting on environmental and social development compliance of clients. The ESD Officer is also responsible for the internal DBN environment, including providing technical and consultative advisory service, occupational health, safety, environmental and social surveillance advice, performing risk assessments, creating awareness and training on the DBN’s ESMS. The ESD Officer will also provide information management and administration support to the Risk and Compliance Department.






  • Execute the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) processes for low to medium risk clients and assist the Manager: Environmental and Social Development with high risk clients.
  • Perform the relevant due diligence tasks during the loan appraisal stage, such as site visits and collection of necessary environmental and social (E&S) documentation (e.g. certificates and authorizations) and compile E&S due diligence reports.
  • Monitor the compliance of DBN clients with the applicable requirements on a regular basis. Conduct site visits, monitor the implementation of the E&S action plan (if any) by clients, review clients’ annual reports, and record clients’ ongoing E&S performance.
  • Provide technical support to clients on E&S policy and operational matters.
  • Resolve or escalate E&S issues in case of non-compliance, and where needed, prepare a timebound corrective plan with specific follow-up procedures.
  • Ensure that these procedures are implemented for each project / loan application and that records of environmental reviews (i.e. appraisal / due diligence and monitoring reports) are maintained.
  • Monitor and provide an advisory function on the ESMS processes as they pertain to the internal DBN environment to support the work activities of the ESMS unit, ensure alignment with organizational strategic objectives and ensure consistency and adherence to set standards.
  • Create awareness and offer training on the DBN ESMS to address shortcomings through effective training programmes and awareness sessions.
  • Assist with the amendment or update and dissemination of all procedures, standards and other documents to ensure that E&S and Risk and Compliance documents are current and accessible to all.
  • Provide administrative support to the Risk and Compliance department to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the department.



  •  Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Management / Environmental Health & Science/ Geography & Environmental Studies / Natural Resource Management.
  • At least 3 years’ relevant professional experience in occupational health, safety, environmental and social management in mining, manufacturing, heavy industry operations, legal compliance, integrated risk management system as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Sound understanding of applicable laws, codes and regulations.
  • Computer literacy, specifically in MS Office package.
  • Sound communication skills, including English proficiency and proficiency in one or more local languages.
  • Sound customer orientation / focus.
  • Good organizing and goal setting skills.
  • A high level of decisiveness and resilience.
  • Interpersonal sensitivity and the ability to build strong work-related relationships.
  • The ability to influence and inspire change in behaviour


The DBN offers market related remuneration packages commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications are invited from Namibian citizens. Interested candidates should forward resumés, which should include three contactable references, in strictest confidence



The Human Resources Practitioner, 

Development Bank of Namibia, 

12 Daniel Munamava Street, PO Box 235, Windhoek. 

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The closing date for applications is Friday, 21 April 2017. 



Applicants who do not receive any response within three weeks after the closing date must accept that their applications were not considered favourably. The Bank regrets that it cannot return documents.