Operations Officer

World Bank Group

vietnam, Vietnam

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The position will also lead-manage active advisory projects (focused in Vietnam) such as Mekong Climate Smart Manufacturing (Mekong CSM) which support REF, RE, CE, and climate-financing solutions in (1) Textile-Apparel-Footwear (covering factories in Vietnam and Cambodia), and Food & Beverage and Agribusiness Processing; and (2) “Hard-to-abate” heavy industrial sectors, including chemicals (including plastics, fertilizer) and construction materials (including cement, steel, plastic, glass), especially through innovative technologies.

The ideal candidate will combine industrial sector expertise and climate-decarbonization technical knowledge, with strong advisory, consulting or investment experience.

Duties and Accountabilities: 

The Operations Officer will primarily focus on Vietnam but will also be capable of covering clients-projects in Cambodia and Lao PDR (as well as any regional assignments as needed), supported by senior members of the team in the region. His/her duties will include but are not limited to the following:

Project Management:

  • Serve as project lead for the Mekong CSM project, including business development, client-engagement delivery, managing consultants, reviewing project scope, budget-funding, schedule, and project reporting to achieve project targets and successful impacts  
  • Develop and manage new decarbonization projects (primarily firm-level engagements) in Vietnam and Mekong region, including client proposals/pitches, donor reports, project concept notes, implementation plans, supervision reports, and project completion reports consistent with WBG procedures
  • Support, as relevant, MAS advisory, upstream, and investment teams working on other industrial decarbonization projects and transactions, including relevant Paris Alignment assessments with IFC Climate Business Department (CBD)
  • Develop Terms of Reference (TORs) for consultants, market studies and other advisory and analytical work, and help manage consultant activities to produce high-quality project and client deliverables
  • Work with IFC Partnership unit to prepare donor-funding proposals (esp. for climate) and help manage relevant donor relationships

Business Development:

  • Engage with the market to identify and assess manufacturing and industrial clients in order to develop decarbonization projects that ultimately support sizeable investment and financing opportunities for IFC, especially through climate financing
  • Develop relationships with private-sector clients and other external stakeholders and assist team members in managing and maintaining client and stakeholder relationships while growing the business
  • Collaborate closely with internal stakeholders including the MAS Investment and Upstream teams working on business and project development, and World Bank teams performing country-level analytics and policy/regulatory research and analysis
  • Actively participate within an active network of industry stakeholders to keep updated on market drivers and trends, including technology and policy developments as well as market intelligence related to private sector players


  • Identify and evaluate decarbonization trends, technologies and business models that can bring solutions to IFC clients, and share appropriate insights internally and externally
  • Build external and internal network with clients, government, banks-investors, stakeholders, as well as teams across IFC and the World Bank Group
  • Participate in internal and external conferences, workshops, and contribute to IFC knowledge products.

Selection Criteria:

  • Graduate degree in business-finance, engineering, climate or environmental studies, or other relevant discipline
  • At least 4-8 years of industry-sector experience, preferably with climate focus, either at operational, management, or consultant, investor-financier levels. Experience with leading global and regional companies a is a plus
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing and heavy industries, including processes, products, value-chain, and technologies. Familiarity with Vietnam clients and markets is a plus
  • Strong understanding of emerging themes within the climate change, carbon accounting, resource efficiency, decarbonization, circular economy, and carbon credit, etc. and, familiarity with related tools, methodologies and frameworks (e.g., GHG accounting protocols, energy/ resource savings estimation, MACC curve, SBTi, etc.)
  • Experience working directly with manufacturing-industrial clients on decarbonization strategies, roadmaps, implementation, facilitating climate-financing
  • Skills to assess and present potential investment and financing opportunities and risks, as well as planning client engagements, pre-feasibility and feasibility undertakings
  • Excellent people skills (especially client engagement at senior management levels), openness to feedback, new ideas, and ability to guide, and motivate others (including training junior staff)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Vietnamese (given focus on Vietnam clients and market), ability to draft clear and concise written reports, proposals, power-point presentations, etc. for internal and external purposes.

Source: https://worldbankgroup.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=19736&site=1