Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? The International Finance Corporation (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 where they are needed most.
Europe and Central Asia Department (ECA) is hiring a Country Officer to be responsible for overseeing, and monitoring performance of IFC's program for Kazakhstan, to build an environment attractive to private sector investment which results in IFC investment and sustainable development impact. The Country Officer will also help the Country Manager with other IFC countries of operation in Central Asia. The position will be based in Almaty.
Duties and Accountabilities
Develop and implement, in consultation with the IFC Country Manager, an integrated investment and advisory strategy that identifies upstream initiatives needed to deliver on the business targets for IFC, (including country priorities and targets for key industry groups), as well as the key engagements for IFC with a particular focus on high impact projects in priority areas, such as infrastructure, agribusiness, manufacturing and services, financial sector, (covering SME development) as well as investment climate issuesWork with investment and advisory teams to develop the pipeline of projects and the sequencing of upstream activitiesProvide business intelligence to investment teams to enable them to identify integrity issues, to devise adequate investment structuring, and to inform them adequately in the management of portfolio projects and problem casesProvide input on project development and management to the Country Manager, program managers and technical team as neededAssist the different project teams in coordinating missions, including managing relationships with key clients and stakeholders and to follow-up after meetingsIdentify opportunities to strengthen solutions offered to clients by involving other parts of WBG based on a good understanding of the products and project requirements of WBG. Participate in specific activities that may necessary to develop and implement IFC 3.0 in countryBuild and maintain strong relationships with clients, global and regional private businesses, banking and multilateral partners and government officials to further develop investment opportunities in industry sectors with a high developmental impactMonitor all upstream activities happening in Kazakhstan and the rest of Central Asia, to identify opportunities for knowledge management across country teamsIn consultation with the program managers, conduct engagements with clients, stakeholders, and donorsLiaise with client and donor partners, and coordination of technical inputs in project design and implementationProvide guidance and on-ground support in monitoring the progress and impact of projects through regular project monitoring and evaluation of performancePrepare/coordinate any briefing material for the countryRepresent and provide visibility for IFC including through organizing/participating in high profile events (senior level visits, interviews, seminars and conferences)Develop market knowledge to ensure that IFC is working with the right sponsorsTake accountability for client selection, ensure the integrity of potential business partners, and develop and maintain relationships with appropriate stakeholders (government, private sector, business associations, think-tanks, etc.) and identify business opportunities considering IFC’s strategy, priorities and products
Advanced degree in Business, Economics or related fieldAt least eight years of professional experience in banking, auditing, relationship management in public and/or private sector/technical advisory services particularly related to private sector development and/or business environmentExperience in investment transaction, with shown success in developing client relationships as well as sourcing, negotiating, structuring and closing quality investmentsStrong network of contacts in Government and business in Kazakhstan. Same in the other countries in Central Asia will be a plusDeep understanding of sector drivers, business/market development cycles within a country, as well as implications of environmental and social sustainability issues, and how sector dynamics may evolveStrong business acumen in identifying potential business partners; capacity to identify gaps and barriers for market creation opportunities in assigned country by tapping into relevant internal expertise and synthesizing information on local regulatory and economic context, industry/sector structure, and constraints clients are facing to grow their businessGood analytical, financial analysis, financial modeling, credit, integrity assessment, and business skills to screen project proposalsSound business judgment and shown ability to structure a broad range of financial instruments (debt and equity)Proven client relationship skills. Track record and ability to focus on client needs effectively. Good at interacting directly and independently with the key counterparts (clients as well as financial, and technical partners)Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, ability to work successfully in multicultural teams and across boundaries, to build networks across IFC, including the ability to mentor and coach others to achieve resultsExcellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills in both English and Russian are required. Other regional languages a plusExcellent organizational, administrative, and time management skills; ability to deliver in tight deadlines. Strong ability to multitask