Operations Analyst

The World Bank, Istanbul, Turkey

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th May, 2019

Job Description

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. 

IFC engages upstream in key strategic areas to support the development of bankable high impact projects through technical assistance, capacity building and early stake investments. A particular focus of IFC’s upstream engagements in the Europe and Central Asia region (ECA) is Cities, supporting municipalities and municipal utilities with developing and financing projects related to public transport, waste, water and related areas. IFC provides the full range of financing solutions, such as long-term loans and mobilization, either directly to subnational clients, or to private sector infrastructure service providers and PPPs. IFC also delivers comprehensive advisory services for the development of a pipeline of bankable projects and for improving projects’ sustainable development impacts, for example through technical studies, development of suitable business models, addressing environmental and social risks etc. Similar upstream engagements are also being developed in the power, transport and information and communications technology (ICT).

IFC’s ECA infrastructure team is looking for a dynamic and committed Investment Analyst to help expand this strategically important and rapidly expanding upstream business. (S)he will join a diverse team of investment and advisory professionals working across various hubs in the region, including Istanbul, Belgrade, Kyiv and Vienna. The position will be based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Investment Analyst will report directly to the Program Manager and support the team with a wide range of business development, advisory project management and investment processing tasks. The responsibilities may include:

Business Development

  • Map municipal infrastructure leads and conduct industry and market research;
  • Participate in meetings with potential clients and help diagnose infrastructure issues and developing integrated investment and advisory solutions
  • Participate in project negotiations
  • Prepare pitchbooks and proposals for clients, comprising both investment and advisory services
  • Proactively identify new opportunities for developing the business

Investment Support

  • Create and analyze financial models
  • Appraise financial information from municipalities and private sector companies and prepare reports on periodic historical and projected financial statements, project progress reports, and other information submitted by clients
  • Prepare documentation for IFC internal processes and help draft legal agreements
  • Conduct other financial, legal or technical due diligence
  • Participate in the monitoring of portfolio projects, including monitoring of compliance with IFC financial, environmental, insurance and legal requirements

Project Management

  • Support Program Manager in day to day management of advisory projects, e.g. by developing strategy documents, preparing internal and external project reports, ensuring compliance with IFC’s processes and procedures, and tracking project budgets
  • Support the design and delivery of advisory activities, for example by drafting terms of reference for external consultants, managing procurement processes, overseeing consultant delivery, and managing a smooth interface between consultants and IFC clients
  • Help prepare high-quality presentations, briefings and other outreach material for different audiences, including clients, development partners and internal stakeholders
  • Facilitate the organization of meetings and workshops
  • Facilitate knowledge management and continuous exchange with other regional and global teams and relevant experts within IFC and the World Bank Group and cultivate relationships between different stakeholders

Selection Criteria

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a renowned university, preferably with a specialization in Finance, Business, or Economics – enrollment in the CFA program is a plus
  • A minimum of 2 years work experience with a leading financial institution or management consultancy with a proven track record as a high achiever (international exposure desired)
  • Experience in infrastructure-related projects, work in municipal infrastructure will be considered a strong asset
  • Strong analytical, credit risk assessment and problem-solving skills as well as sound business judgment to identify issues and present creative and practical solutions
  • Ability to work successfully in multicultural teams and across boundaries and time zones
  • Demonstrated quantitative, financial analysis and modelling skills
  • Proactive, initiative taker with strong teamwork skills
  • Ability to manage and complete multiple projects/tasks simultaneously and to meet deadlines under pressure
  • Enthusiasm for emerging markets and commitment to supporting sustainable development
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively and on a short notice
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are a must; fluency in other languages (particularly Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian) is a strong plus


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