Operations Analyst-ESG Advisory Services

World Bank, Hanoi, Vietnam

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th August, 2020

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 in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2019, we invested more than $19 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Sustainability Advice and Solutions Department (CEG), housed in IFC Operations, is IFC’s ESG center of excellence. CEG includes approximately 200 staff and consultants with deep experience and global expertise in their respective fields. CEG supports IFC’s investment and advisory clients to manage ESG risks associated with their activities and to find value-added opportunities in their operations. CEG further leverages this expertise and operational experience in emerging markets to maintain IFC’s leadership in sustainability through ESG standards – the Environmental and Social (E&S) Performance Standards and the Corporate Governance Methodology – and to encourage the effective adoption of these standards by companies and investors across the emerging markets. 

IFC’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Advisory Program (AS) in Asia Pacific is an integrated advisory platform that works upstream and across firms and markets to broaden IFC’s influence and deepen its investment impact. To better align with IFC’s business needs, ESG AS in Asia Pacific supports IFC 3.0 with emphasis in fragile and conflict states (FCS) and alignment with country strategies including creating market priorities and upstream engagements. The three pillars of IFC’s ESG AS program in Asia Pacific include:

  • Support to clients: To adopt ESG good international practice by providing hands-on support in challenging markets to make them investment ready and deepen their development impact;
  • Build sustainable and transparent markets: To support market institutions to integrate good ESG standards to improve the enabling environment for the private sector through regulation, supportive infrastructure, intermediaries and financial markets;
  • Develop upstream and landscape-level initiatives: To clear ESG bottlenecks to identified future investment or to pave the way to open markets to de-risk the environment. Cross-cutting these three pillars, IFC’s ESG AS program works to build networks, create new innovative ESG tools and build capacity of the diversity of stakeholders.

The Analyst ESG Advisory for Asia Pacific is a support project management and coordination function responsible for assisting in implementing ESG Advisory projects across the region, with specific focus on delivery of project-level results and development outcomes. The role reports to the Regional Lead ESG Advisory Services (RLAS) and works together with project program assistants and other staff.

The role will be responsible to assist the Operations Officers ESG Advisory in managing ESG Advisory Projects, including upstream projects, in alignment with overall Asia Pacific ESG advisory strategy, to ensure outputs are delivered and outcomes and impacts are achieved within set time frames and budget.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Support analysis to assist Asia Pacific ESG AS officers in developing, implementing and monitoring advisory projects in line with IFC’s Performance Standards (PSs) on Environmental and Social Sustainability and the Corporate Governance Methodology. Assist in preparing training materials; reviewing project research or guideline documents and liaising with editors/designers and translators. Prepare minutes of meetings and assisting Team Leads in developing talking points.Participate in discussions with clients, regulators, and other key partners for the successful implementation of assigned ESG advisory projects.Coordinate logistics and support the delivery of awareness raising events and capacity building activities of key market intermediaries (institutes, associations, consulting firms, etc.) such as Training of Trainers, workshops, conferences, seminars, webinars, etc..Collate materials for international/external communications that support the dissemination of ESG publications and project activities including power point presentations, press releases, newsletters, project photos, etc.Assist in drafting project services agreements and cooperation agreements with key partners for the successful implementation of ESG advisory projects.Liaising with corporate procurement and finance officers to monitor project spending; assist in revising budgets and tracking contracts and payments. Upload information in IBIS.Conduct integrity due diligence.Familiarize with Advisory Project Governance procedures and quality enhancement guidance from CEG Global Advisory Coordination unit and Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) evaluation criteria.Assist in developing project documents (Concept Notes, Implementation Plans, Project Supervision Reports, Project Completion Reports), and conduct client engagement (including ESG components of projects led by other units), ensuring that assigned projects achieve objectives within deadlines and budget.Monitoring of development results and collecting relevant evidence to substantiate project results using standard tools and platforms, including I-Portal, Partner Capacity Building Tool and the Client Impact Measurement ToolAssist in drafting proposals to development partners to raise necessary funding and prepare and validate content of progress reports.

Selection Criteria

A degree in an area related to Environmental or Social impact assessment and management, Business Administration, Law, Economics, Finance, Accounting/Audit, Corporate Governance, or other relevant discipline;At least 3 years of relevant work experience in an ESG-related area, ideally in the private sector, private consulting firm or international organization;Track record in working with private sector firms or development partners across a range of industry sectors (including agribusiness, infrastructure and/or manufacturing) and/or ESG standards;Knowledge of IFC Sustainability Framework and/or Corporate governance methodology, a plus;Strong research and analytical skills, ability to think strategically, analyze and synthesize diverse related data and information. Attention to detail a must; Strong organizational skills, with ability to prioritize, deal with frequent and unexpected changes, and work within tight timeframes;Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions. Demonstrates active listening skills;Excellent English written and spoken communication skills are essential; Asian language desirable;Strong presentation and written communication skills;Willingness to travel extensively.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.


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