IFC â a member of the World Bank Group â is the largestglobal development institution focused on the private sector in emergingmarkets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, andinfluence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. Infiscal year 2023, IFC committed a record US$43.7 billion to private companiesand financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of theprivate sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economiesgrapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information,visit .
IFC has embarked on an ambitious new growth strategy (IFC3.0) to stimulate more investment activity, especially in Low Income Countries(LICs) and Fragile and Conflict affected Situations (FCS). This strategy callsfor generating our own investment opportunities by proactively workingâUpstreamâ to create, deepen, and expand markets and to imagine, design andimplement investment projects as well as providing operational and technicalsupport to investee companies. It requires taking a systematic approach tounderstanding the regulatory and sector bottlenecks that prevent the flow ofprivate capital into productive investment in our member countries andaddressing these bottlenecks through World Bank Group engagement on policyreforms and programmatic interventions at the country and sector level. It alsorequires capacity to leverage World Bank Group programs and projects to developour own proactive sector interventions and to imagine and design projects evenin the absence of reforms.
IFC is seeking an Investment Officer for its UpstreamAdvisory with deep expertise in the Agri sectors (agriculture, agribusiness andforestry). The selected candidates will focus on developing high-qualityUpstream and Advisory project pipeline in Africa with a particular focus on theWest and Central Africa region under the supervision of the West Africa AgriUpstream Advisory Lead. S/he will also support policy work and otherinterventions across the World Bank Group to prioritize various initiatives andto maximize the impact of Upstream efforts. Please visit our website for moreinformation on IFCâs work in Agri.
Duties & Accountabilities
The role and responsibilities of the position will includebut not be limited to:
â¢ Identify and assess Upstream opportunities that will connect to investment in 6-24 months based on country and sector strategies and market creation potential.
â¢ Develop feasibility studies and implementation plans for Upstream projects that lead to IFC investments.
â¢ Spot game-changing trends, technologies and business models that can bring solutions to emerging markets.
â¢ Produce regular reports on the assigned Upstream Advisory portfolio including monitoring progress against project milestones and key performance indicators.
â¢ Conduct sector-specific data analysis and stress-testing of various operating models to help generate ideas for new projects, new products and platform businesses.
â¢ Work with the World Bank to identify and help implement sector and regulatory reforms that are needed to unlock opportunities for private investment.
â¢ Collaborate with stakeholders and form partnerships with staff across IFC and the World Bank Group, sponsors, clients and other external parties to enable delivery of Upstream Advisory projects.
â¢ Facilitate knowledge flow across IFC and the World Bank Group and promote adoption of new approaches and best practices.
â¢ Help build external recognition of IFCâs distinctive capabilities in working Upstream to catalyze greater flow of investment opportunities in the sector.
â¢ Mentor more junior staff working on Upstream Advisory activities.
â¢ Master's degree or equivalent professional qualification in Business, Finance, Economics, International Relations, Science, Engineering, or other relevant field.
â¢ At least 8-10 years of relevant experience in investment, project development, producing feasibility studies, hands-on advisory and/or consulting functions and deep understanding of investments in emerging markets.
â¢ Genuine commitment to development and to the World Bank Group and IFC's mission, strategy and values.
â¢ Understanding of IFCâs strategic priorities and changing business model against the backdrop of IFC 3.0.
â¢ Strong financial, credit and equity skills; demonstrated ability to structure debt and equity instruments.
â¢ Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, financial and technical partners.
â¢ Capacity to innovate and challenge the status quo and a proven track record in new idea generation, business development, and creating projects/programs from scratch.
â¢ Sound business judgment in identifying potential investment opportunities.
â¢ Strong understanding of the Agribusiness sector and ability to link policy reforms, advisory interventions, investment, and mobilization to deliver solutions at a country level via the Cascade approach.
â¢ Experience engaging with private sector clients, local and national governments and other stakeholders to encourage pioneering business and market development.
â¢ Experience in project/program management, including executing against implementation plans with defined business development milestones.
â¢ Experience in monitoring and reporting on a portfolio of investment and/or projects/programs/initiatives.
â¢ Outstanding analytical and critical thinking skills; demonstrated ability to synthetize complex information and make concrete strategic and tactical recommendations.
â¢ Excellent people skills, openness to feedback, new ideas, and ability to guide and motivate others.
â¢ Exceptional attention to detail.
â¢ Strong written and verbal communications skills in English. French, Arabic or Portuguese will be a plus.Â
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