Senior Investment Officer

World Bank Group

Belgrade, Serbia

Experience: Above 10 years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

IFC’s MAS team covering the Europe region is seeking to recruit a Senior Investment Officer to work in IFC’s Belgrade office. The position will call for supporting business development and executing investment transactions in all MAS sectors in Central and South-Eastern Europe (CSE) as well as providing oversight to a select part of the MAS portfolio in the region.  It is expected that at least 75% of the time would be dedicated to new business development and execution, to realize the goal of ramping up the MAS portfolio in Europe.  

The candidate will have a proven track record of strong originations skills and as a project leader of multidisciplinary teams and professionals who have expertise in the regions and/or MAS sectors (i.e. industry specialists, investment officers and analysts, lawyers, insurance, corporate governance and environmental and social specialists).  Experience with various sponsors/investors/clients, as well as varying investment products (senior secured loans, mezzanine, straight equity etc.) will be important.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Business Development:

  • Play senior, leadership role for MAS Europe team in the region with foreseen emphasis on Central and South-Eastern Europe for business development in all MAS sectors
  • Establish important sponsor and other stakeholder relationships with executive level contacts, sponsors and other stakeholders in CSE for all MAS sectors to foster strategic partnerships 
  • Develop a strong pipeline of good quality investment opportunities in MAS sectors in CSE - anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge will be required


  • Help build and maintain the MAS portfolio, including providing oversight on / supervising key MAS portfolio investments in CSE and other countries in the Europe region
  • Evaluate, structure, negotiate, and close new transactions, portfolio restructurings, rescheduling, capital increases, equity sales, etc
  • Develop innovative and appropriate financial structures for complex transactions
  • Execute IFC s project development investments with a strong focus on achieving bankable projects
  • Lead negotiation/documentation teams; use strong negotiation skills to develop solutions and overcome impasses in straightforward and complex transactions
  • Coordinate closely with social, environmental, and technical assistance colleagues to add value to our clients' businesses, find pragmatic solutions to the specific sector challenges, and achieve sustainable development impact


  • Collaborate in developing sector and/or regional strategies and support related promotion work, including targeting potential investments and policy advisory work 
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to play a leadership role in areas such as formulating business strategy, developing new financial products, providing guidance to multiple teams on transaction enhancement and setting standards for quality control

Selection Criteria:

  • MBA or equivalent qualification;
  • At least 8-12 years of experience in finance and investments with a proven track-record of sourcing, structuring and closing investments in MAS or infrastructure sectors
  • Strong business development and client relationship skills, track record and ability to focus on clients’ needs effectively
  • Sound business judgment in identifying potential business partners
  • Strong financial and credit skills; demonstrated ability to structure a variety of complex financial instruments (debt and equity)
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, of financial and technical partners as well as senior government officials
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Strong inter-personal skills, ability to interact effectively with clients and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to mentor junior investment staff
  • Highly motivated, committed to highest ethical standards; and
  • Genuine commitment to sustainable development
  • Preferrable knowledge of overall MAS industry sector trends, experience in MAS and emerging markets