Investment Officer

World Bank Group

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

IFC is looking to recruit an Investment Officer for its Africa Infrastructure department. The hiring group is responsible for sourcing, executing and supervising investment transactions in the energy, transport, telecoms and municipal & environmental infrastructure sectors. IFC’s Investment Officers are responsible for the origination, negotiation, structuring and subsequent supervision of IFC’s investment projects. This position is expected to cover all infrastructure sectors and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The selected candidate will report to the Regional Industry Manager Infrastructure, Eastern Africa. 

Duties and Accountabilities

The Investment Officer will identify new investment opportunities, execute transactions and actively manage portfolio projects:

  • Business Development: Source and assess opportunities, identify bankable projects anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge; synthesize information into internal reports for decision making purposes.
  • Structuring and Negotiation: Evaluate, structure, negotiate, and close new debt and equity transactions, portfolio restructurings, capital increases, equity sales, etc. Develop innovative and appropriate financial structures for complex transactions.
  • Deal Execution and Transaction Management: Deliver all transactions and accountabilities of the role efficiently, on a timely and expeditious basis and using best practice standards. Ensure that defined transactional requirements recorded in documentation are executed accordingly. Monitor the portfolio and report development results internally and externally. Coordinate closely with social, environmental, legal, and technical assistance colleagues in structuring transactions, to add value to our clients' businesses, find pragmatic solutions to project and sector challenges, and achieve sustainable development impact.
  • Strategy Development and Knowledge Sharing: Contribute to drafting strategies for sectors, countries, or regions for business development; and develop and execute strategies for more complex client engagements with the objective of building a robust investment pipeline. Build IFC's knowledge base for best practices and participate in knowledge sharing and dissemination. Initiate collaboration and share expertise as a subject matter expert, providing advice, peer review and contribution to knowledge products across WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions. Promoting the IFC brand and representing IFC at various conferences and workshops.
  • Coordination with WBG: Support World Bank and MIGA colleagues on sector reform and unblocking constraints to attracting private sector capital.
  • Mentoring and coaching: mentor and coach less-experienced colleagues to help build talent and grow the skill base of staff.

Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree in finance or similar relevant education.
  • 8+ years of experience with a development finance institution, a commercial bank, an international financial institution or a private equity firm with tasks related to private sector financing.
  • Proven track-record of sourcing, structuring and closing private investment projects in infrastructure sectors, ideally including investments in Africa.
  • Strong business development and client relationship skills demonstrated by track record; sound business judgment in screening and identifying leads.
  • Deep industry and market knowledge of at least one infrastructure sector (energy, transport, telecoms and municipal & environmental infrastructure); understanding of infrastructure challenges faced by countries within the region.
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, financial and technical partners as well as senior government officials.
  • Project finance and equity investment experience is essential; strong credit skills backed by references and deal sheet; demonstrated ability to structure complex debt and equity transactions.
  • Track record of portfolio supervision of complex projects.
  • The position requires regional and international travel; hence the candidate should be willing and open to travel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; French a plus.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, ability to interact effectively with clients and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds.