Senior Country Officer

World Bank Group

Manila, Philippines

Experience: Above 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

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 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 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. For more information, visit

To identify project opportunities for IFC in the Philippines, and bolster our market presence, IFC is currently seeking an experienced  Senior Country Officer to be based in Manila. 

Roles and Responsibilities

The Senior Country Officer will be responsible for developing and managing strategic relationships needed for IFC to mobilize stakeholders (i.e., government officials, corporate clients, counterparts at WBG and international organizations, and other key stakeholders) to deliver the IFC Philippines program.

 This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Help develop a strong pipeline of investment and advisory opportunities by following market trends, employing country knowledge, and using market intelligence. 
  • Proactively engage with clients and stakeholders with a focus on demonstrating and delivering IFC’s value-add, optimizing risk-return profile and development impact of IFC’s investments as well as exploring future business opportunities. Use analytical, financial, credit, and integrity assessments to identify bankable projects with sustainable development impact.
  • Cultivate and maintain senior-level relationships with key public and private sector stakeholders in the Philippines. Participate in the creation of sector interventions and client engagement plans for IFC’s strategic clients.
  • Provide business intelligence to investment teams to enable them to identify integrity issues, devise appropriate investment structuring, and inform them adequately in the management of portfolio projects.
  • Keep abreast of macroeconomic developments that can impact IFC’s activities in the Philippines and provide regular inputs to regional and industry teams. Gather market intelligence, and analyze strategically important portfolio trends, and emerging risks and opportunities.
  • Collaborate closely with World Bank colleagues and other relevant institutions.
  • Provide strategic input into “upstream” initiatives that create, deepen, and expand markets, and require the imagination, design, and implementation of investment projects. Identify needed market and regulatory reforms.
  • Coordinate closely with global colleagues, and social, environmental, and technical assistance colleagues to add value to our client’s businesses, find pragmatic solutions to the specific sector challenges, and achieve sustainable development impact.
  • Organize and attend events and make presentations about IFC at relevant meetings and conferences to promote IFC in the Philippines. 
  • Support the Country Manager to facilitate and coordinate operations, including a) act as delegated official in the absence of the Manager; b) managing inward and outward visits from senior IFC Management; c) coordinating and supervising the preparation of all briefing materials.
  • Mentor and coach more junior team members and help provide leadership in actively managing the portfolio and client relationships.

Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree in a related field of education include business, finance, or economics.
  • Minimum 12 years of relevant professional experience in investment services and financing activities; Proven track record of sourcing, structuring, and closing investments across sectors.
  • Prior experience in the Philippines and a strong local industry and government network are desirable.
  • Proven business development and client relationship skills and ability to interact directly with senior management (chairman / CEO) of clients.
  • Strong financial and credit skills, demonstrated by the ability to assess and structure complex debt and equity investment transactions. 
  • Knowledge of IFC and its investment products is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills and ability to lead diverse teams and deliver high-quality products. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and in Tagalog is required
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed.