Finance Officer

World Bank Group

New Delhi, India

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises.

The Budget and Business Administration Department plays a pivotal role in allocating IFC scarce resources and aligning them to IFC 3.0 by leveraging budget as a management tool to mainstream the corporate strategy, creating profitability and efficiency metrics, improving the scorecard, and overseeing procurement and facilities administration.

We are seeking a Finance Officer based in New Delhi to support Asia Pacific Operations. The role is expected to lead and support client department financial management related activities including budget and analytics, reporting, Trust Fund Management, Controls and Team management and reports.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Lead departmental budget formulation, execution, monitoring, analysis and reporting activities.
  • Advise on resource allocation and reallocation. Lead forecasts on expenditures (including depreciation forecasting and monitoring) and staffing level reporting.
  • Ensure strong collaboration with the HR Business Partner in order to ensure staff affordability for the unit (including handling the technical aspects in the system)
  • Collaborate with the Partnership team on Donor funding availability and utilization for projects and programs as per Governance.
  • Monitor the implementation of Department’s work program and budget through regular reviews, ensuring the integrity and quality of the unit’s budget data.
  • Identify trends and variations, identify/resolve issues, and discuss them with supervisor/Manager, working groups and other relevant staff.
  • Knowledge sharing of new WBG/IFC resource management & accounting and administrative policies and procedures, ensuring these are communicated and followed by staff.
  • Actively participate in Global/Regional/Functional ad hoc working group and disseminate learnings to other colleagues
  • Produce detailed and summary reports for Department’s management on all funding sources.
  • Run donor reports as per the agreement and in close coordination with the Portfolio team and Partnership teams.
  • Provide reliable and comprehensible information and analysis.
  • Coordinate and lead preparation of monthly and quarterly departmental financial and operational reports.
  • Work on office ecology and other footprint analytics.
  • Promote active sharing of knowledge and establish a strong knowledge network within and outside of department
  • Oversight and supervise all finance and accounting activity within the designated Country Office/s.
  • Support internal control framework of the department’s financial transactions, including review of effectiveness of the internal control systems and monitoring.
  • Ensure correct Time Recording codes for staff in the Unit, ensure correct staff costs accounting.
  • Perform regular analyses on all exception reports and identify problem transactions/irregularities and resolve problems in a timely and effective manner.
  • Within the SAP framework, take initiative to improve process and approaches, demonstrating adaptability to changing priorities and demonstrating innovative technical leadership.
  • Ensure strong control environment and Strong scorecard ratings.
  • Assist and provide business intelligence and, if required, supporting documents and reconciliations during preparation to internal and external audits and coordinate their smooth implementations.
  • Ensures compliance with World Bank group policies and procedures within the Unit.
  • Lead and Manage India and Sri Lanka teams on their day-to-day business as well as long term career growth under guidance of Regional Finance Controller and Manager.
  • Mentor and build capacity within the team meeting the needs of individual staff.
  • Ensure effective back-up arrangements, ensure timely completion of tasks and submission of outputs.
  • Promote sharing of knowledge to improve common practices.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevant Master’s degree (Finance, Accounting, Business Management, Economics, Project Management) with 5 years of relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of accounting theory, concepts and principles, combined with proven practical skills in financial and cost accounting reporting, business planning, work programming, budgeting, financial management and audit. Ability to understand different financial reports and ledgers.
  • Good understanding of critical linkages and relationships between budget processes, business operations and objectives and good conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills.
  • Strong problem solving, conceptual, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and synthesize information, interpret data, retrieve information from SAP or other databases and clearly and concisely prepare results.
  • Exceptional spreadsheet design and manipulation skills, ability to quickly develop effective understandings of logical accounting data structures and data inter-relationships to effectively evaluate and make recommendations on process/system controls; proficiency in using Microsoft
  • Proven, consistent dedication to excellence and consummate attention to detail.
  • Proven experience in the development and implementation of new technologies related to resource management and budget/operations monitoring. Interest in or enthusiasm around working with technology rollouts.
  • Strong communication skills (in English), both written and oral, to convey complex budget and administrative financial issues concisely to management and staff
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Ability to effectively transfer knowledge and stimulate continuous learning.
  • Ability to lead smaller teams and supervise staff, driving for greater results either on a project basis or as part of the regular organizational structure.
  • Ability to work under pressure; flexibility in handling several concurrent assignments, including project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external partners in a multicultural environment. Ability to develop solid relationships with key partners and build productive partnerships.