IFC, a 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 US$23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
The IFC’s Corporate Finance Services (CFS) unit offers Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Advisory for private sector clients in Emerging Markets. CFS assists clients to: assess and select potential markets for entry/expansion; identify, shortlist and select targets for acquisition or partnership; support valuation, negotiations and transactions execution, including facilitation of investor’s due diligence up to deal closure; optimize financing structures and attract third party funding; advise on balance sheet restructuring and value realization strategies.
The CFS unit is looking for an Associate Investment Officer. The selected candidate will work on transaction advisory activities/projects, which will include: cross-border transaction advisory (buy-side and sell-side M&A Advisory), market analysis, structuring of equity and debt transactions, arrangement of financing and similar activities. In addition, she/he will also be required to support the development and implementation of CFS strategies across various regions and lead the production of communication materials to promote the unit within and outside IFC.
The ideal candidate will have prior experience in transaction advisory/M&A Advisory, Consulting, and/or Strategy, ideally a combination of the above. Prior experience with IFC transactions and procedures is preferred. Prior experience in MAS and INR focused transaction advisory engagements is a strong plus. Prior experience in executing equity transactions in and across emerging markets in multiple continents is a strong plus.
The candidate must have a track record of strong analytical, interpersonal and project management skills working independently. The candidate must be able to thrive in a small, entrepreneurial environment, travel extensively as required, and guide junior team members.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Demonstrate an intellectual flexibility to develop and share insights quickly for the benefit of the team.
- Support business development efforts with a focus on an assigned region(s) and, as required, in other regions.
- Monitor a pipeline of leads and update management as needed.
- Develop relationships internally (with country office and industry teams, approval process stakeholders) and externally (clients, investors, etc.).
- Lead production of a variety of pitchbooks for internal and external dissemination.
- Support transaction leaders on the evaluation, structuring, negotiation, and closing of transactions as part of a CFS advisory team.
- Collaborate with team members to produce integrated solutions for clients, develop high quality client facing deliverables, manage relationships with clients, development partners and peers.
- Monitor the performance of consultants and project budgets.
- Lead the development and implementation of CFS’s strategies for one or more regions.
- Coach junior staff and share experiences within the team.
- Work with transaction leaders to get projects through IFC internal approval and supervision processes.
- Support department-wide initiatives to improve systems and project delivery.
- Help develop internal best practices, guidelines to improve efficiencies, facilitate institutional knowledge transfer between experienced and newer staff.
- MBA or equivalent qualification with specialization in finance
- 4+ years of experience in transaction advisory/M&A Advisory, Consulting, and/or Strategy, ideally a combination of the above.
- Proven track-record of supporting as an advisor the origination process, due diligence, structuring and closing of transactions, ideally across both MAS and INR sub-sectors.
- Understanding of implications of M&A accounting and international cross-country investment.
- Ability to analyze and profile potential clients/targets.
- Strong analytical and financial structuring skills (including financial modeling experience) and sound business judgment.
- Client relationship skills, track record and ability to focus on and communicate the clients’ needs.
- Strong inter-personal skills, ability to adapt effectively with clients and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds.
- Highly motivated, committed to highest ethical standards.
- Genuine commitment to sustainable development.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Proactive, strong project management skills.
- Ability to work well under time pressure, manage own deliverables and deliver effectively under changing conditions.
- Wiling to travel extensively as required.