International Finance Corporation (IFC) Vacancy for an Operations/Senior Operations Officer

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working
with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to
create opportunity where it’s needed most.
In FY15, our long-term
investments in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion,
leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private
sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

International Finance Corporation (IFC) is recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title:
Operations/Senior Operations Officer
Job #: 162440
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
The Role of the Program Leader

  • IFC Program Leaders (PLs) work closely with the CAF Regional
    Directors (RD), Regional Heads of Industry (RHIs) the IFC Country
    Managers (CM), and – where the position is joint with the Trade &
    Competitiveness (T&C) World Bank Group (WBG) Global Practice (GP) –
    with the respective T&C Global and Regional Leads.
  • The PL works with the relevant staff across the WBG to design
    and implement Joint Implementation Plans (JIP) to achieve the country’s
    strategic goals identified through the Country Partnership Strategy
    (CPS)/ Country Partnership Framework (CPF).
  • To be effective in this role the PL will bring technical skills,
    strong integrative skills, effective communication and in-depth
    knowledge of the IFC as well as solid understanding of the program and
    modalities of WBG Global Practices.
  • This Terms of Reference relates specifically to the joint
    CAF/T&C PL’s role for the implementation of relevant Joint
    Implementation Plans in the Agribusiness sector, specifically in West
    Africa. The position will be based in Accra/Lagos.
  • PLs will have dual reporting lines to the IFC region and T&C
    Competitive Sectors unit (Global Agribusiness Team). PLs report to the
    IFC Region for their IFC role, which is expected to absorb 50% of the
    staff member’s time, while the remaining 50% of the PLs time will be
    used to deliver a work program for T&C’s Global Agribusiness team.
    The duties and accountabilities described below cover both halves of
    this work program.
  • The IFC Program Leader role was introduced as a partner to the
    World Bank Program Leaders specifically to support the design and
    implementation of those joint implementation plans which have a
    significant private sector component and are particularly complex,
    requiring delivery by multiple units and departments within IFC. Joint
    PL positions with T&C also assist teams in the design of joint WBG
    agribusiness solutions that integrate cross-WB solutions according using
    the T&C Global Agribusiness approach.
  • IFC PLs draw on their technical skills to manage dialogue with
    clients, define problems and possible solutions, and work with the WB
    PLs, Industries, Advisory units as well as the World Bank Country
    Management Units and the Global Practices to determine ways to meet key
    country challenges.
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Duties and Accountabilities
Strategy, Relationship Management:

  • With the CM and Industry Managers, manages client relationships
    in support of the assigned JIP to the PL for program development and
    implementation, coordinating and integrating the engagement of various
    IFC units to deliver on the program;
  • Connects technical expertise and knowledge across multiple IFC, and WBG units to service the Client;
  • As T&C Global Agribusiness Team member, integrate T&C
    technical offering – as relevant to the Client – into the discussion of
    JIPs with IFC, Agriculture GP and other key WBG partners;
  • Maintain up to date information on the total SSA JIP portfolio
    and milestones and integrate this into strategic planning with T&C
    Global Agribusiness;
  • Serve as T&C Global Agribusiness team focal point for the T&C regional SSA agribusiness specialists:
    • Receiving and conveying requests for Global Agribusiness support from SSA regional colleagues;
    • Coordinating with the T&C Global Agribusiness Lead for delivery and response to regional team requests;
    • Providing direct technical support on agribusiness topics
      and on T&C collaboration and coordination of effort with IFC and
      Agric GP.

Integrated program development:

  • With clients, and with the WB PL, RHis, Industry Managers and
    CM, finalize the development of assigned JIPs with a particular emphasis
    on thematic, multi-sectoral work, with clear mix of interventions and
    results framework;
  • Support the joint T&C/Agriculture GP technical teams formed
    around joint product offerings with Agri GP, like Agri Spatial
    Solutions, and others under development;
  • Serve as a technical specialist in support of joint operations
    with the Agriculture GP and ensure communication and appropriate
    linkages with IFC MAS staff around these.
  • Facilitates collaboration across the WB, IFC and MIGA to ensure
    that final JIPs would provide integrated solutions to clients. Presents
    JIPs to the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) when needed;
  • Works with RHIs, RDs and Global units to identify and mobilize
    the appropriate staff and donor resources (if required) to deliver the
    JIPs;

Program implementation:

  • Engages pro-actively in an advisory role with IFC teams, CMs and
    clients on the overall program implementation and jointly with WB PL
    periodically reports progress to the RCM;
  • Provides upstream input to teams to enhance quality, including
    at Concept Review Meetings, but does not play a formal clearance or
    concurrence role in quality assurance;
  • Drawing on relevant substantive and country knowledge, ensures
    ongoing program is delivering expected outcomes and, works with RHI,
    CMs, regional staff, WB PL and clients to problem solve and make
    adjustments based on learning, changing circumstances and client needs;
  • In collaboration with Industry or Advisory Managers, coaches and
    mentors in-country staff working on the program (including providing
    feedback on performance appraisals) and participates in Industry
    Management meetings related to program implementation;
  • Carry the team role for joint product offerings, as described above, into implementation for SSA.
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Knowledge, Learning, Solutions:

  • Initiates and captures outcome of discussions around key development challenges with clients.
  • Facilitates knowledge generation and promotes knowledge sharing,
    both under the IFC program role and as a apart of the T&C Global
    Agribusiness team, particularly in sharing global best practice around
    key agribusiness topics:

    • Develops partnerships with local and regional knowledge institutions, think-tanks and NGOs to facilitate knowledge exchange;
    • Actively participates in GP or IFC communities of practice as appropriate;
    • Contributes expertise and inputs to other countries and on global and regional tasks as required;
    • Does Peer Reviews as requested;
    • Works on corporate assignments, as feasible.

Selection Criteria
In addition to the IFC-wide core competencies, this position
requires technical breadth and depth to devise development solutions and
carry out client dialogue, a combination of integrative skills, strong
operational experience, sensitivity to the political economy of the
country(countries) concerned, in-depth knowledge of IFC services and
products, and strong communication/language skills.

Specifically, PLs
should have:

  • In-depth knowledge of IFC operations including Investment and
    Advisory instruments, experience in work programming, budgeting, task
    management;
  • Demonstrated achievement of results – through building a culture
    that consistently delivers high-quality products and services to
    clients and through engaging others in implementing strategies that have
    long-term impact
  • Demonstrated leadership in teamwork and inclusion to support
    collaboration and working across boundaries, and ensuring diverse talent
    and capability is mobilized
  • Master’s or PhD degree in relevant fields and typically the
    successful candidate will have a minimum of 10-12 years’ experience in
    development
  • French language skills highly desirable.
  • A basic understanding of World Bank products and preparation cycles;
  • Demonstrated experience working with Agriculture GP teams and IFC teams a strong advantage.
  • Demonstrated client orientation through identifying and
    evaluating emerging opportunities and challenging others to remove
    barriers and to deliver beyond client expectations


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group
staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain
his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a
3 year term appointment.

Application Deadline  21st November, 2016.

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