Research Analyst - Municipal & Environmental Infrastructure

International Finance Corporation, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd July, 2021

Job Description


  • 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 more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, we invested $22 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.
  • Cities are central to economic development and quality of life and face sweeping global megatrends, including rapid urbanization, climate change and technology disruptions. Through fiscal decentralization they are also assigned increasing responsibilities for infrastructure service delivery, but the resulting investment needs cannot be borne by the public sector alone. IFC is uniquely positioned to support cities through direct engagement with municipalities, utility companies and private sector solutions providers. Through its Cities Practice, IFC draws on World Bank Group and private sector expertise, providing and mobilizing commercial finance, connecting cities, utilities and private infrastructure service providers to capital markets, as well as delivering project development, structuring and implementation support for urban infrastructure projects. IFC engages across the all urban infrastructure sectors, such as public transport, waste, water and smart cities.
  • IFC seeks a dynamic, versatile and committed Operations Analyst to support the growth of its strategic Cities, Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure business and to join the Global Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure Department (CNGME) in Washington, DC.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Analyst will have a wide range of evolving responsibilities, which will be exclusive or shared with other team members. The anticipated scope of duties and responsibilities will cover, but is not limited to the following:

 Project Management for the Global Cities Platform

  •  Keep track of Key Performance Indicators and collect related evidence
  •  Draft supervision reports and donor reports, in compliance with internal and external reporting requirements
  •  Monitor, allocate and update budget

 Knowledge Management:

  •  Own and manage CNGME’s internal Knowledge Sharing Platforms, including on SharePoint, through the following:
  •  Act as focal point for all kinds of staff inquiries
  •  Maintain side and carry out necessary periodical updates (structure, user-interface)
  •  Data and Portfolio management:
  •  Manage different datasets spanning CNGME’s investment and upstream/advisory portfolios
  •  Generate periodical updates and disseminate them in a user-friendly format
  •  Proactively facilitate knowledge management and continuous exchange between global and regional teams, including through the preparation of case studies/Lessons Learned


  •  Research and maintain a strong grasp of market trends, key players and transactions in critical subsectors, for example: (i) subnational finance; (ii) urban infrastructure PPPs; (iii) water; (iv) waste; (v) urban transport; with a special focus on emerging subsectors and technologies (such as electric vehicles, water utilities) to support business development, strategy, transaction processing and portfolio-related activities
  •  Support systematic mapping of countries/cities/companies for potential IFC engagements
  •  Work alongside technical and investment staff in developing and updating sector strategies, and lead in researching and writing cutting edge sector-related reports


  •  Help centrally coordinate and develop initiatives to disseminate and exchange knowledge across sectoral, regional and global teams, to support business development and innovation
  •  Lead development of specific communication & knowledge pieces, such as the sectoral newsletter, or quarterly portfolio overview
  •  On an ad-hoc basis, help prepare other high-quality communications material, such as presentations, briefings, 2 pagers, training materials for various audiences , including clients, donors, development partners and internal stakeholders

 Product Development

  •  Support the development of new upstream and advisory products in strategic focus areas, such as climate change, electrification of transport, water
  •  Support the development and implementation of various new initiatives in the urban infrastructure space, such as IFC’s Utilities 4 Climate initiative
  •  Liaise with regional teams across different regions to promote learning and the standardization of approaches

 Client Engagement Support & Others

  •  Provide support to client engagement teams, spanning both investment and upstream/advisory work streams, for example through preparation of pitch books, drafting of project structuring materials, research, etc.
  •  Participate in working groups to advance IFC’s thematic focus areas in urban infrastructure and municipal finance and support senior IFC staff in cultivating relationships between different stakeholders
  •  Ad -hoc support to various teams, as required

Selection Criteria

  • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a specialization in (Development) Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Engineering, Finance, or other relevant subject area
  •  At least 3 years of relevant professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  •  Demonstrated enthusiasm for emerging markets and commitment to supporting sustainable and climate compatible development
  •  Experience in the infrastructure sector, in particular urban infrastructure, is an asset
  •  Ability to manage and complete multiple projects/tasks simultaneously and to meet deadlines under pressure
  •  Proactive, initiative taker with strong teamwork skills
  •  Strong analytical 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
  •  Excellent level in Microsoft Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  •  Experience in Knowledge Management tools, in particular MS SharePoint and MS Power BI
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are a must


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