Operations Officer – Partnerships and Multilateral Engagement


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Term Duration: 

3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:

International Recruitment


Washington, DC,United States

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Closing Date:

8/8/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and 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 2019, we invested more than $19 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. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

IFC’s Partnerships, Communications and Outreach Vice Presidency manages multilateral engagement and communications – both internal and external – across IFC. The Vice Presidency is responsible for content creation, branding, reputational risk management, relationships with shareholders in North America, Western Europe and Japan, fundraising, and multilateral engagement. 

The Partnerships and Multilateral Engagement (CPEPC) unit within the VPU supports IFC operations through fundraising for IFC priority areas and maintaining ongoing relationships with development partners, including with bilateral and multilateral sovereign partners, and with foundations and corporate philanthropies. In addition to directly engaging with partners to support IFC activities, CPEPC facilitates partnership development across IFC and advise all IFC operational units on establishing and maintaining meaningful partnerships for funding and broader support for IFC activities.  The Multilateral Engagement Team is responsible for supporting active multilateral engagements around international platforms and initiatives, including the United Nations, G20/G7 and collaboration with multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other development finance institutions (DFIs).

Roles and Responsibilities

The Operations Officer – Multilateral Engagement will work with the Team Lead to support the planning, development, and implementation of IFC’s multilateral engagement strategy. The Operations Officer will support corporate, internal, and operational activities via the following specific work areas:

Strategy development and implementation: Contribute to the development and implementation of IFC’s multilateral engagement strategy, in strong alignment with IFC’s new strategy (IFC 3.0) and operations. Work across IFC Operations, the Economics and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency and other departments to ensure alignment of multilateral engagement with IFC 3.0 goals.

MDB and DFI cooperation: Lead the work on MDB and DFI collaboration, in support of the IFC MDB Sherpa and Team Lead, including for the semi-annual “MDB Heads Meetings” and processes, as well as the “DFI Roundtable for Private Sector Operations.” This includes developing concept notes for new working groups under IFC’s leadership and analyzing and tracking MDB working group deliverables. It also includes setting agendas, briefing, and organizing senior management’s attendance and interventions for the DFI Roundtable. The Operations Officer is also expected to coordinate follow-up and deliverables, including on the “DFI Collaboration Pilot” initiatives and Joint Cooperation Agreements with other DFIs.

External relationship management: Support engagement and relationship management with external partners, including the G20/G7, MDBs and DFIs, among others. Work closely with the IFC regional and country offices to support multilateral engagements and special initiatives globally. Monitor ongoing and potential opportunities for DFI/MDB engagement, in support of IFC’s new strategy and business imperatives. Develop and maintain a network of external counterparts for strategic engagement across various issues and workstreams.

Internal engagement: Organize and facilitate cross-IFC discussions and communications around key multilateral working areas, such as mobilization, upstream collaboration work in fragile and conflict states, and other topics/themes. Liaise proactively with counterparts across the World Bank Group to ensure alignment of strategies and to advance IFC’s strategy and work program. 

High-level meetings and briefings: Oversee planning, coordination and logistics, often across multiple teams, for the annual DFI Roundtable for Private Sector Operations and bi-annual MDB Heads meetings. Provide timely input via briefings for executive missions and speeches, public appearances, and other multilateral engagement activities involving external and internal audience.

Teamwork: Work proactively with the Multilateral Engagement team, across the Partnerships, Communications and Outreach Vice Presidency and throughout IFC to ensure that operations and economics/other staff are fully aware and engaged in the multilateral engagement work.

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree in International Political Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Public Affairs, Business/Finance or similar with 5 - 7 years experience in multilateral relations, public affairs, political science, or other related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in Business Administration and/or working experience in Investment Operations will be valued.

• Demonstrated interest in the global context of development finance, diplomatic skills and solid understanding of IFC’s new strategy (IFC 3.0).

• Knowledge of multilateral institutions, platforms and initiatives; including Development Finance Institutions, OECD, G7/G20 affairs with demonstrated evidence of support for strategic interventions/engagement to advance private sector development issues in an international context.

• Experience in managing complex partnerships and interactions with multiple/diverse actors is a strong plus.

• Excellent communication skills, including demonstrated writing and editing skills and strong command of English, with an ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and direct manner.

• Demonstrated ability to apply and conduct quantitative/financial analysis, in a high-quality, efficient manner ensuring quality checks and writing up synthesis/summary results for a non-expert audience.

• Strong project management skills, including the ability to build strong relationships and mobilize colleagues to complete projects within tight deadlines. Proven ability to participate in multi-disciplinary teams.

• Comfort with multi-tasking, with the capacity to manage projects under pressure, and to take initiative and work independently under limited supervision.

WBG Core Competencies for all staff: Client orientation; Drive for results; Teamwork of collaboration and inclusion; Knowledge, Learning and communication; and Business judgment and analytical decision-making.

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