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Operations Officer
Job Title: Operations Officer
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Company: IFC
Job Summary: To provide support to IFC’s Africa Cities business development.
Job Description: As a global private sector financier, IFC is well positioned to support municipalities to access and attract private investors and developers to support urban development. Through IFC’s Cites Practice, IFC draws on its global network, mobilizes commercial financing for priority projects, connects cities with capital markets and helps diversify their investor base. We leverage World Bank and private sector expertise and offer project structuring and development support for public private partnerships as well as community outreach and capacity building to facilitate implementation of infrastructure projects. IFC is uniquely positioned to support cities through direct engagement with municipalities, utility companies and private sector solutions providers. In the Sub-Saharan Africa region, IFC launched a new Cities Platform with the aim to ramp up work in the urban space. A significant focus of this platform will be on South Africa, though it is expected that cities across numerous other countries will be included. To support the growth of its African Cities business, IFC seeks an Operations Officer. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The Operations Officer will have a wide range of evolving responsibilities, which will be exclusive or shared with other team members. Anticipated scope of duties and responsibilities during the next two years includes the following: African Cities Platform Support • General support to (or leading some pieces of work related to) IFC’s Africa Cities business development, upstream and value-add advisory engagements. • Map municipal infrastructure leads and conduct industry and market research; • Participate in meetings with potential clients and help diagnose infrastructure issues and developing integrated investment and advisory solutions • Appraise financial information from municipalities and private sector companies and prepare reports on periodic historical and projected financial statements, project progress reports, and other information submitted by clients • Prepare documentation for IFC internal processes and help draft legal agreements • Conduct other financial, legal or technical due diligence • Support specific city engagements by participating in business development when needed, undertaking initial diagnostics of client capacities and needs, identifying and managing consultants. • Drawing on client demands and IFC’s areas of expertise, support, help identify and potentially lead the development & roll-out of specific “advisory products”, working closely with Industry Specialists. • Work with the Platform Lead and Industry Specialists to foster relationships with key internal stakeholders, including WB, Climate, Blended Finance, Partnerships, etc. related to IFC’s Cities Initiative. • Work with other IFC colleagues in the region to map and track municipal and subnational infrastructure characteristics across the Sub-Saharan Africa region including legal, regulatory, political and economic considerations. • Coordinate with WB on fiscal decentralization and other efforts related subnational regulatory frameworks to improve the enabling environment for IFC’s Cities-related engagements within countries and across countries. • Work with the African Cities’ Platform Lead to maintain regular communication with different GPs, representing IFC at various WB events related to cities/fiscal decentralization. Arrange related discussions and research to help advance subnational borrowing frameworks. • Provide support to cities’ platform in the MENA region on an as needed basis. • Possible support to other INR related areas as well.
Requirements: A master’s degree in business, economics or public policy or a closely related field. • At least eight (8) years of professional experience in international development. • Strong knowledge of and practical experience in global urban development agenda, including activities of WBG, other DFIs and donors in this sector. • Infrastructure finance related experience is desirable. • Experience in municipal finance in Africa is a plus. • French language skills are a plus. • Specific experience in South Africa would be a plus. Competencies: • General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills - Possesses Cross country knowledge in economic specialty and demonstrates ability to link the macro, institutional, and micro-level behaviors; able to support findings/policy recommendations with credible analysis and tools. • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with multiple stakeholders. • Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations. • Established industry networks, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication - Demonstrates the ability to influence and persuade others to accept ideas and suggestions (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers). • Brings new and different insights. • Contributes to delivery of results for clients on complex issues. • Collaborates Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates within team and across boundaries. • Creates, Applies and Shares Knowledge - Actively contributes to and readily applies WBG’s body of knowledge for internal and/or external client solutions. • Makes Smart Decisions - Leverages available data and makes timely decisions.
How to apply: Please apply online: http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/careers
Closing Date: 11/06/2019
Additional information: IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
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