Associate Operations Officer

IFC - International Finance Corporation, India

Skill RequiredFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th February, 2018

Job Description

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit IFC's Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services (MAS) Department covers sectors, which cater to basic human needs such as food, shelter, jobs, and health and education. They play a critical role in providing goods and services to consumers, creating jobs, contributing to government revenue, and stimulating growth through SMEs. IFC's priorities in MAS are: (i) increasing access to goods and services with a particular focus on frontier countries and regions; (ii) building top sector expertise to make IFC the preferred partner for key clients, (iii) supporting local companies while improving their transparency, efficiency and sustainability; (iv) catalyzing foreign investment, and (v) developing client, sector and country-level solutions which can be scaled and replicated with a special focus on agriculture. MAS Advisory Services (MAS AS) are currently focused on supporting clients in the agribusiness and retail sectors in five key areas: Increasing the efficiency of smallholder supply chains, improving food safety, enhancing the productivity and sustainability of the animal protein sector, promoting the uptake of water efficient practices and technologies, and providing trade finance for sustainable products. In India and elsewhere in South Asia, MAS AS focuses on collaboration with leading private sector agribusinesses and their associated small farmer suppliers, to build the capacity of these small farmers, improving their technical knowledge and business skills whilst at the same time meeting the business objectives of IFC and its agribusiness client companies, and introducing and disseminating on a broad scale water saving technology and practices. In addition, IFC seeks to improve the farmers' access to finance, technology and markets in order to develop sustainable value chains. This position supports the development, implementation, monitoring and report of the above activities in India and elsewhere in South Asia as necessary. 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 2 year term appointment.

Background / General description

The Associate Operations Officer will support India MAS AS program staff on:

  • Take the lead in conducting market research and data analysis, and any other materials that need be developed for concept notes, implementation plans, including client presentations, and assist with all necessary tasks for project approval.
  • Serve as an integral part of project teams and support colleagues who are Task Team Leaders (TTLs) of demanding operations, providing them with advice, implementation support, and assistance with client relationship management.
  • Ensuring that projects move smoothly through the project cycle, including compliance with WBG internal systems, AS project governance, iDesk, iPortal, IBIS, legal documentation, and compliance with all procurement processes.
  • Assure a strategic approach to support business growth in MAS Advisory, and effectively communicate the advisory offering to investment and country teams.
  • Reporting on the implementation of advisory projects with IFC clients in India and elsewhere in South Asia which includes: o Preparing semi-annual project supervision and donor reports, including M&E reports and the required back-up data which confirms the reported results and achievements. o Preparing project completion reports (PCRs).
  • Remaining current with major trends in agribusiness and supporting building partnerships with major WBG internal and external players in agribusiness advisory; leading or engaging in major pieces of analytical work to strengthen and broaden the MAS Advisory offering.
  • Developing ideas and concepts for joint advisory and investment products for existing and/or potential clients.
  • Working with TTLs to organize and carry out missions; and support all follow-on work with the client, project team, and the focal point in-country.
  • In partnership with the communications team, TTLs, donors and client, developing media outreach messages for projects.
  • Working with platform leads, sector anchors, and regional leads to identify opportunities across the four advisory platforms (animal protein, food safety, smallholders, water efficiency).
  • Supporting identification of innovative new opportunities or ways to address existing needs in the agricultural sector, by leveraging the experience from the World Bank Group, IFC advisory, experiences from other countries through the MAS advisory sector anchors and regional leads; and external development organizations.
  • Representing MAS advisory at fora and events with sectoral focus involving the WBG and community of development partners.
  • Developing strong relations with agribusiness clients, other WBG units and development partners.
  • Responding to ad hoc information requests from internal and external parties, including donors.
  • Working independently, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior officers.

Duties and Accountabilities

The candidate should have experience in agribusiness and agriculture supply chain development in India, and demonstrated experience in working directly with and, or in the private sector, including in providing advisory services to corporate clients. S/he should have experience of donor funded projects and must be able to interact with clients, government officials, farmers, cooperatives and staff from other organizations with confidence. Experience of technology, as that might relate to the agriculture sector, is important. Demonstrated experience with agriculture water efficiency and water savings is preferred. Requirements

  • Master's degree in a field related to the position (economics, business, agriculture, etc.) with 5+ years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Good theoretical base in agribusiness subject area, combining a broad grasp of relevant theory and principles and ability to translate theory into practical applications in the context of IFC Advisory projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the agricultural sector in India and key private sector players and public sector agencies.
  • Good understanding of the development challenges facing the agriculture sector in India.
  • Experience with smallholder farmers required.
  • Experience and knowledge of technology, particularly as that might relate to agriculture, and supply chain information and communication very highly regarded.
  • Demonstrated experience working on agricultural supply chain issues ideally in South Asia.
  • Experience of working within donor funded projects.
  • Strong commercial awareness and hands on approach; recognized as a team player, collaborator, leader and strategic thinker.
  • Ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams and provide cross-support.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Able to communicate ideas clearly, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
  • Strong computer skills and willingness/ability to learn IFC's internal procedures and processes.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Hindi, including ability to write clear, succinct reports.
  • Willingness to travel frequently throughout India and as required in South Asia. Preferences
  • Experience in at least two of the following areas: Livestock/poultry production, sustainability, farmer training, traceability or agriculture water and water savings technologies and projects.
  • Experience with other South Asian countries. IFC values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of IFC member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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