Investment Officer

World Bank Group

Panama City, Panama

Experience: Above 10 years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The MAS Latin America and the Caribbean (MAS LAC) team is seeking a qualified and experienced Investment Officer to originate, structure, and execute investments to be based in Panama city, Panama. Through an extended local presence, MAS LAC is aiming to increase the level of investments and engagements with new clients through comprehensive value-added propositions including mainstream and/or Upstream initiatives. The development of local relationships, the understanding of the local business environment will be core to this position. 

Business development for MAS:

  • Lead scoping process and identify priority companies to target as desired IFC clients in the country, considering the strategic areas of focus in Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Actively develop a local network with target companies, financial institutions, financial advisors and credit agencies.
  • Coordinate business development efforts with the region.
  • Engage in local sector events to represent IFC as part of the business development activities.
  • Considering the potential client’s needs and IFC priorities, structure bankable transactions and prepare and present IFC Investment proposals to clients.
  • Lead the presentation of PDS-Concepts through the approval process.
  • Clearly articulate the utilization of Blended Finance when applicable
  • Negotiate, suggest required modifications and achieve the signing of new mandate letters for bankable and impactful transactions.
  • Actively manage relationships with targeted clients.

Process investment projects :

  • Lead structuring and negotiation of selected transactions, including client relationship management

Undertake project supervision:

  • Provide financial analysis, market and industry assessments and make recommendations on selected transactions.
  • Identify and monitor relevant issues that may affect IFC's portfolio quality
  • As necessary, process waiver or other types of actions

Support and mentor more junior staff and new appointments:

  • Coach and mentor analysts/associates in the field office during IFC's process cycle (new business and portfolio)
  • Guide more junior staff in IFC career management with the goal to make colleagues bring their best delivery and make the most professional development while at IFC
  • Support dissemination of best practices within the team

Selection Criteria:

  • MBA or Master's degree in a related field and at least 8–12 years of relevant experience in finance with a proven track-record of sourcing, structuring and closing investments, preferably across MAS sectors
  • Extensive experience in financing and supervision work 
  • Strong financial and credit skills; demonstrated ability to structure a variety of financial instruments and to process complex transactions
  • Business development and client relationship skills, track record and ability to focus on client’s needs effectively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English 
  • Candidates with fluency in Spanish preferred
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with the management of clients and prospects
  • Strong inter-personal skills, ability to interact effectively with clients and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to mentor more junior staff
  • Genuine commitment to sustainable development and to highest ethical standards
  • Willingness to travel extensively