Manager Latin America & Caribbean and Europe

World Bank Group

Vienna, Austria

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

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 107 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2023, IFC committed a record US$43.7 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 Vice Presidency for Corporate Support integrates Budget and Business Administration, Human Resources, Communication and Outreach, Strategy & Operations Management, and Information & Technology departments under one umbrella to enable the execution of IFC’s strategy and address operational needs in the most effective manner. 
IFC's Budget & Administration Department (CBA) includes budgeting, investment and advisory support, administration, procurement support, real estate and facilities management functions. CBA has the mandate to connect the dots across the organization and bring insight and consistency to IFC’s resource management.
IFC is seeking a dynamic individual to join CBA’s leadership team as the Manager for the Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) and Europe regions, reporting directly to the CBA Director. The Manager will serve as a strategic adviser to the LAC & Europe Regional Vice Presidency and its leadership team on resource planning.  S/he will work closely with the LAC & Europe Regional Vice President, Directors, and Managers, on issues related to business and budget planning and internal controls. The Manager will also serve as the first senior-level point of contact for real estate and procurement matters, liaising with the CBA global Centers of Expertise for these areas as needed. At the same time, the Manager will have a corporate responsibility to support the department’s overall goals including simplification, innovation and automation, resource efficiency, and strategic alignment of resources. 
Duties And Accountabilities:
Business Management responsibilities: 
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of business finance policies and practices, ensuring a corporate approach to IFC resource generation, allocation, and utilization.
  • Establish and maintain the financial approaches, policies, and procedures to enable the client departments to run their respective businesses in line with central standards and policies and other corporate expectations.
  • Advocate and drive cost-effective delivery of business finance services, promoting transparency, consistency, simplicity, innovation, and automation.
  • Steer the preparation of the client department’s business planning deliverables working closely with regional line management, ensuring an integrated and comprehensive approach to resource planning including all sources of revenues and expenses.  This will require close collaboration with IFC’s HR department on an ongoing basis.
  • Partner with line management in the monitoring and evaluation of the client vice presidency’s financial performance.
  • Ensure appropriate fiduciary care is exercised for all funds.
  • Lead the review, design, implementation, and maintenance of appropriate internal controls, in full compliance with WBG policies and procedures.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Real Estate and Facilities team, advise and support the client departments on real estate, facilities, and procurement matters.
People/Talent Management responsibilities :
  • Manage the unit staff, including recruitment, performance evaluations, mentoring, coaching, and career development (in conjunction with other managers, where applicable).
  • Integrate CBA resources across the region to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, with a focus on consistency of quality and timeliness of service.
  • Manage and oversee the engagement and evaluation of consultants, as needed. 
Business Partnership/Relationship Management responsibilities:
  • Build and maintain strong links and trust at all levels within and across Corporate Support and client vice presidencies and other relevant units in IFC and IBRD, to drive results, innovation, and efficiency.
  • In the domain area, provide ongoing representation of the client departments and outreach to key stakeholders.
Knowledge Management responsibilities:  
  • Identify and communicate business priorities and requirements for enhanced/new processes, practices, programs, and tools to the CBA’s global Centers of Excellence.
  • Support CBA’s global Centers of Excellence to disseminate best practices across IFC.
  •  Work in close partnership with other members of the CBA leadership team to resolve relevant corporate issues.
Selection Criteria:
  • Proven commitment to the WBG and IFC mission and strategic priorities and understanding of the IFC’s business model.
  • Professional integrity, discretion, tact, and sensitivity. 
  • Master’s degree in finance, business, accounting, or relevant fields with at least 12 years of experience.
  • Experience in resource management roles (e.g., corporate, operational) is highly desirable.
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills and capacity to respond quickly, selectively, and with flexibility to a wide range of issues.
  • Sound organizational skills, ability to multitask, and attention to detail while maintaining an overview of unit priorities.
  • Strong client and business orientation, demonstrated ability to understand, synthesize and define business needs, and to balance internal client concerns with wider corporate considerations.
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with corporate and external counterparts at senior levels.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated maturity and sound judgment and ability to convey complex messages succinctly and diplomatically.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a proven track record of working effectively in a multicultural team environment with staff at all levels, and proven ability to build common goals while managing diverse views.
  • Superior track record in managing staff either as a manager or as a supervisor.
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions and challenge the “status quo”
  • Meet Bank Group-wide managerial competencies including Courage of your Convictions, Leading the Team for Impact, influencing across Boundaries, Fostering Openness to New Ideas, and Building Talent for the Future