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  • Posted: Dec 22, 2021
    Deadline: Jan 7, 2022
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  • The World Bank Group (WBG) is a family of five international organizations that make leveraged loans to developing countries. It is the largest and most famous development bank in the world and is an observer at the United Nations Development Group. The bank is based in Washington, D.C. and provided around $61 billion in loans and assistance to "develop...
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    Associate Portfolio Officer – Private Equity Funds

    Description

    IFC is seeking a PE Funds Associate Portfolio Officer to be based at IFC’s Nairobi, Kenya Office and reporting to the Global Portfolio Manager, CDFPE. The Associate Portfolio Officer will work across all regions as part of the global CDFPE portfolio team that carries out portfolio administration, compliance, and operational transaction activities (the “Middle Office”). In this role, your primary responsibility will be to work on PE Funds portfolio issues. In addition, you will be expected to work on some assignments that support compliance and efficiency efforts across for in Disruptive Technologies (DT) investments, which are managed under the same Department (CDF). 

    Duties and Accountabilities: 

    1. Responsibilities will primarily involve accountability for portfolio administration, compliance, and reporting and portfolio review activities in support of CDFPE portfolio operations.  A key function of this role will be to lead project and process management for multiple specific assignments (related to, among other things, audit, accounting, compliance, and other areas) in CDFPE portfolio operations.  This will entail working under the supervision of the Portfolio Manager, but running processes with a high degree of independence, accountability, and business and interpersonal judgment.  Specific responsibilities will include the following, as assigned by and in coordination with the Portfolio Manager:
    2. Portfolio administration & compliance
    3. Become trusted resource on portfolio procedures, systems and processes; support reconciliation of investment balances and mitigation of operational risks.
    4. Develop, review, and ensure relevant updates to Portfolio Operating Procedures as applied to PE Funds to ensure simplified and efficient processes.
    5. Support in developing and tracking a database of Fund investees with key data elements that can be used to better understand which sectors, regions are performing better and which investees could utilize other IFC products and services.
    6. Track and monitor compliance matters for fund investments, and propose courses of action in the event of non-compliance.
    7. Use knowledge tools leveraging IFC’s portfolio data, in close collaboration with departments across IFC (e.g., industries and regions, Blended Finance, Accounting, Risk, IT, etc). Define and disseminate benchmarking data based on in depth assessments.
    8. Develop guidance and knowledge materials, and deliver training for business teams as needed. 
    9. Reporting & portfolio reviews
    10. Prepare portfolio review materials and presentations, and make recommendations to the Portfolio Manager on improving processes while supporting investment teams on portfolio issues.
    11. Prepare portfolio supervision reports, including relevant performance analysis and valuation follow-ups.
    12. Provide views and analytics, review, analyze and respond to queries to ensure quality content and adequate delivery of reports in a timely manner. 
    13. Contribute to CDFPE’s thought leadership on portfolio issues, through analytical and reporting work, including supporting deep dives on select countries and sectors, preparing thematic portfolio reviews, carrying out portfolio stress tests, and compiling lessons learned. 

    It is expected that all of these functions will be performed in coordination with internal IFC stakeholders as relevant, including: Environment, Social & Governance; Impact Assessment; Portfolio Management, Operations Management (among others) – to optimize portfolio performance, ensure compliance with IFC standards and determine actions to resolve portfolio issues.

    Selection Criteria

    1. MBA or other relevant Masters degree required; additional qualification (e.g. CFA, CPA) beneficial;
    2. Minimum of 3-5 years relevant work experience, preferably including investment analytics, compliance and/or accounting experience;
    3. Knowledge of PE transactions and data; strong knowledge of accounting and audit issues; understand impact beyond functional area;
    4. High professional integrity, sound business judgment, and professional discretion;
    5. Ability to think independently, analyze problems, identify solutions, and work effectively on simultaneous projects under time pressure;
    6. Ability to manage processes independently and take responsibility for the full life-cycle of a process, to completion, providing updates throughout;
    7. High degree of initiative, flexibility, reliability, and willingness to learn;
    8. Highly motivated and energetic, outstanding interpersonal skills, with a collegial and collaborative work style; 
    9. Comfortable working in a matrix organizational structure; ability to interact effectively with clients and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds; ability to work with people at all levels and demonstrate responsiveness and excellent teamwork;
    10. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, with skill to adapt communication style and content appropriately for the audience; additional languages, particularly French, would be a plus;
    11. Attention to detail, accountable for consistent high-quality delivery;
    12. Ability and willingness to travel on a limited basis if needed.

    World Bank Group Core Competencies

    The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

    We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

    Learn more about working at the World Bank and IFC, including our values and inspiring stories. 

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    ET Consultant

    Description

    Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.

    HEALTH, NUTRITION AND POPULATION GLOBAL PRACTICE CONTEXT

    The central contribution of the HNP Global Practice to the World Bank’s twin goals is to enable the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which all people are effectively covered by essential health services, and nobody suffers undue financial hardship because of illnesses. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices. The HNP Global Practice works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. The HNP Global Practice supports country and regional efforts to: (i) improve health outcomes, especially for the poor and most vulnerable; (ii) expand access to high-quality HNP services, interventions and technologies that give the most value for money; (iii) strengthen health systems for results; (iv) establish and improve health financing mechanisms that promote efficiency, equity and sustainability of investments; (v) strengthen health-relevant institutions within and outside the health sector; (vi) harness multisectoral policies and investments for better health outcomes; and (vii) develop and learn from rigorous impact evaluations.

    Country Context

    South Africa has made considerable strides toward improving the wellbeing of its citizens since its transition to democracy in the mid-1990s, but progress is slowing. Based on the international poverty line of $1.90 per day, (2011 Purchasing Power Parity, exchange rates), 18.8% of South Africans were poor in 2015, following a decline from 33.8% in 1996. Factors driving this progress include, among others, real income growth, expansion of social safety nets, access to basic services including subsidized housing credit. Yet progress towards poverty reduction has slowed in recent years, with the $1.90 per day poverty rate increasing from 16.8% to 18.8% between 2011 and 2015. This is partly due to structural challenges and weak growth since the global financial crisis of 2008, but increasingly too by labor market developments that demand skills that the country’s poor currently lack. The global COVID-19 health and economic shock has exacerbated South Africa’s long-term structural challenges and made the reforms more urgent.

    HAEH2 UNIT

    The HNP team in Africa is divided into four units, each covering three World Bank Country Management Units (CMUs) – one CMU in the World Bank can be responsible for managing the World Bank’s relationship with one or more country. The HNP unit, HAEH2, covers the DRC, Kenya, and South Africa CMUs, which collectively comprise of thirteen countries, and is responsible for a large program of operational and analytic work. The WBG seeks to strengthen its activities in countries under the South Africa CMU. The Unit is recruiting a Health Specialist to be based in South Africa on a locally recruited extended term consultant (ETC) appointment for a year, subject to renewal for an additional year (depending on business need and performance).  The ETC will support health emergency preparedness efforts in the 13 countries served by the HAEH2 unit, including a recently launched program on improving capacity for genomic surveillance, COVID-19 vaccine operations in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini.  

    The Bank currently has several health operations in some countries under the South Africa CMU, i.e., Eswatini and Lesotho. In Eswatini the Bank has as two active operations: the Eswatini COVID-19 Emergency Response Project (ERP) and Health System Strengthening for Human Capital Investment Project (HSS4HCDP). In Lesotho the Bank has three projects, a COVID-19 ERP and the Nutrition and Health Systems Support project and the Southern Africa TB & Health Systems Support Project. In South Africa, the Bank has implemented several ASA under the South Africa Knowledge Hub which included the TB in Mines Project.

    Duties and Accountabilities:

    Working under the supervision of the HAEH2 Practice Manager, the ETC (Health Specialist) will have the following main responsibilities:

    1.  Supervision and day to day management of the of genomic surveillance project. 
    2. Support to vaccine operations (specifically innovations in implementation) in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini, as needed.
    3. Support policy dialogue with Ministries of Health at national and peripheral levels as needed.
    4. Help teams with building and maintaining partnerships and networks within the Bank (in HNP as well as other sectors) and with external partners.
    5. Carry out such tasks as the HNP GP Practice Manager assigns to support the development of the Bank’s work program in health in the South Africa CMU.  
    6. Engage on fund-raising to leverage grant financing to complement the IBRD envelope, and to bring in additional resources for innovation.

    Selection Criteria

     

    • A master’s degree in public health, health economics, medical training, engineering, or a related systems-thinking field with a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience, or a PhD with at least 4 years relevant work experience.
    • Experience in managing or advising on the design and implementation of large Government health programs, preferably in Southern Africa
    • Experience in designing and implementing digital health solutions will be preferred.
    • Demonstrable experience in informing health policy dialogue with Governments in low and middle income countries
    • Demonstrated ability to manage activities effectively and efficiently, function within and across teams in operational and analytical work. 
    • Demonstrated track record of synthesizing complex analytics and results into user-friendly written outputs
    • Ability to function well independently and in a team and handle multiple tasks, meet changing priorities and deliver high-quality analysis and work on-time. 
    • Diplomatic skills, good communication and writing skills, and agility are required. 
    • Experience in grant writing is a plus.
    • Proactive and results-focused work style with strong problem-solving capabilities
    • Ability to work in a multicultural environment

    World Bank Group Core Competencies

    The WBG core competencies are Deliver Results for Clients; Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries; Lead and Innovate; Create, Apply and Share Knowledge; and Make Smart Decisions. Specifically, the consultant

    1. Demonstrate Health, Nutrition and Population Knowledge and Experience: has the ability to critically assess the performance of health systems, to identify key challenges and solutions. Understands and is able to articulate the economic issues related to HNP. Has broad cross-sectoral understanding relevant to HNP and is able to identify how HNP issues relate to overall country development strategies, non-HNP policy decisions, and development initiatives across sectors. Ability to lead the Bank's overall strategy development and policy dialogue in HNP in a country
    2. Lead and Innovate: Encourages and works with others to identify and implement relevant solutions. Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG's values and mission. Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context. Ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
    3. Deliver Results for Clients: Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients. Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes. Maintain client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
    4. Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries: Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect. Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes. Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
    5. Create, Apply and Share Knowledge: Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners. Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others. Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff. Leads in the sharing of best practice, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.
    6. Make Smart Decisions: Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the WBG's strategy. Evaluates risk and anticipates the short and long term implications of decisions.
    7. Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries: Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect. Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes. Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
    8. Create, Apply and Share Knowledge: Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners. Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others. Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff. Leads in the sharing of best practice, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.
    9. Make Smart Decisions: Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the WBG's strategy. Evaluates risk and anticipates the short and long term implications of decisions.

    World Bank Group Core Competencies

    We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

    Learn more about working at the World Bank and IFC, including our values and inspiring stories. 

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    Counsel

    Description

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, promotes sustainable private sector development in emerging markets, helping to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. The Legal Department of IFC (CLED), under the General Counsel and Vice President, Risk & Sustainability, is responsible for providing legal and policy advice to the IFC Board, its Management and client departments on operational, advisory and corporate matters.  Specifically, CLED supports client departments in

    (i) the delivery of IFC’s annual program of financing private sector projects in emerging markets, advisory services, as well as early stage engagements and pre-investment project development work to identify opportunities for private sector investments and creating markets (“Upstream”); (ii) project portfolio management (including jeopardy projects and projects in litigation); (iii) the delivery and design of  structured finance products, sub-national lending, equity and quasi-equity, public-private partnerships, and investments in funds, as well as platform products; (iv) advising on corporate policy and operational matters; and (v) knowledge management and training. To support IFC’s growing activities in the Africa region, CLED is recruiting a qualified Legal Counsel to be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Duties and Accountabilities:

    1. Providing advice and support to colleagues working on Investments, Advisory, as well as Upstream, in Africa. Assume primary lawyer  responsibility for new and portfolio investments, advisory services and Upstream projects in the Africa region. Responsibilities in respect of Advisory services will include oversight of legal analysts preparing documentation based on standardized terms and conditions.
    2. Advising on the selection of outside counsel in the Africa region, managing outside counsel and legal costs.
    3. Interacting and communicating with colleagues in Washington and other regions to facilitate the provision of excellent legal services in the Africa region, including providing advice and support to colleagues in Washington working on projects in   the region.
    4. Obtaining and expanding country knowledge, experience and best practices arising from the business in Africa and efficiently sharing this knowledge.
    5. Providing general advice and support with respect to all aspects of IFC’s business in the Africa region.

    Selection Criteria

    1. Qualified to practice law in one or more jurisdictions.
    2. At least 8 years’ relevant international law firm and/or international financial institution or development finance institution experience. 
    3. Experience in post conflict countries preferably in developing countries desirable.
    4. The successful candidate will have extensive experience of  cross-border secured debt transactions (project and corporate finance including multi-lender transactions). 
    5. Experience in equity and quasi-equity, investment funds and debt capital markets desirable.
    6. Ability to handle complex corporate and commercial transactions independently.
    7. Willingness to assume multiple roles and tasks to meet changing business needs with an ability to foresee troubleshoot and effectively resolve conflicting issues and challenges.
    8. Ability to assess risk in a practical and responsible manner and make fair, well-reasoned, independent decisions.
    9. • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability work effectively in a multicultural environment and build good  relations with clients and colleagues.
    10. Ability to work in a fast-pace environment with quick turnaround expectations.
    11.  
    12. Willingness to travel throughout SSA frequently and on short notice.
    13. Professional integrity and sound judgment in handling confidential information.
    14. Experience with “know your customer”, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption policies and procedures desirable.
    15. Excellent communications skills in English, and the capacity to present both written and oral ideas clearly, concisely and persuasively.
    16. Ability to speak French or Arabic desirable but not essential.   

    World Bank Group Core Competencies

    The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

    We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

    Learn more about working at the World Bank and IFC, including our values and inspiring stories. 

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