Strategy Analyst

IFC’s Corporate Strategy Unit (CSMCS) is one of two units in the Strategy and Operations Management Department (CSMDR), reporting to the VP of Corporate Support (COSVP). The Corporate Strategy unit formulates IFC corporate strategy, in partnership with operations and other support functions. Bringing in external perspectives and insights, Corporate Strategy develops relevant analytics to support IFC Senior Management decision making. The unit works closely with operations to co-develop sector or thematic strategies, advises on their implementation, and reports to the Board on their implementation. CMSCS is the corporate relationship manager that both leads and coordinates corporate strategy engagements with other parts of the World Bank Group, including OPCS, the FCV Group and the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG).  The unit is organized into four verticals, (i) IFC Corporate Strategy; (ii) Operational Strategy; (iii) FCS/IDA Coordination Unit; (iv) IFC-IEG engagement.

IFC is looking for a pro-active, can-do Strategy Analyst to join the Corporate Strategy vertical of CSMCS. The ideal candidate should have strong capabilities in market research, data analysis, writing and project management.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The duties and accountabilities for this position include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Writing: Support production of strategy documents, planning tools and other corporate papers (e.g., Strategy and Business Outlook, Budget Paper, Regional and Practice Group updates, Board of Governors report etc.). Support content development and drafting, prepare briefing materials, and strategic insights notes.
  • Market Research and Analytics: Contribute to market research and analytics, leveraging internal and external data sources to inform the development of strategic positions on operationally relevant topics. Support the development of core set of analytics and indicators that capture private sector trends in regions and sectors of operation, including impact of global macro environment to support IFC corporate strategy formulation.
  • Data Analysis and Visualization: Prepare quantitative and qualitative data analysis relevant to IFC business. Prepare visualization of collected data and provide support in developing and maintaining user-friendly databases, as needed.
  • Project Management and Stakeholder Engagement:  Provide focused project management support to various projects, including engagement of key stakeholders. Co-prepare workshops with a broader audience of WBG experts, engage with IFC stakeholders and monitor project’s progress.
  • Strategic Initiatives and Strategy Network:  Provide support on other deliverables in the CSMCS unit as they emerge, including supporting delivery of IFC’s Strategy Network, Learning Series, and intradepartmental & firm-wide initiatives, as needed.
  • The selected candidate will work closely with colleagues in CSMCS, IFC Industries & Regions, Advisory and Upstream as well other counterparts in IFC / the World Bank Group.

Selection Criteria:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in business, economics, or a closely related field with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Strong research and analytical skills – both quantitative and qualitative, with demonstrated ability to distill, integrate, and translate complex issues and information from diverse sources and perspectives into clear, crips and strategically relevant insights. Demonstrated ability to leverage and build databases. 
  • Excellent written communication skills, including proven experience in long form (word documents). 
  • Ability to consider problems from new perspectives and expand on the thinking/solutions proposed by others; independent engagement in analysis and tasks requiring the interpretation of complex or imperfect sets of information.
  • Ability to work and integrate into changing project teams, get up to speed with new topics quickly and carry out supporting analysis with minimal supervision. 
  • Experience in private sector and development consultancies, with exposure to Emerging and Development Markets is highly valued. 
  • Experience in data visualization tools is a plus.
  • Superior interpersonal skills, and ability to prioritize as well as multi-task.