Job Description

  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 The Middle East and North Africa Department “MENA” is hiring a Country Officer to be responsible for implementing and monitoring the performance of IFC's program in Levant (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria) with special focus on supporting IFC’s engagement in fragile and conflict affected states (FCS). The goal is to build an environment conducive for private sector investment and that results in sustainable development impact. The Country Officer will work with the Country Manager for Levant acting as a focal point for colleagues actively engaged in project and different engagement related to the FCS agenda. The position will be based in Amman. Duties and Accountabilities
  • Support Levant Country Manager in managing all aspects of IFC's business in the Levant countries including Business Development, portfolio support, stakeholder engagement and country operations;

  • Keep abreast of regulatory developments that impact general IFC’s activities, provide input on local economic and business trends to IFC investment decisions and strategies, and conduct research; analyze industry related data; draft high-level presentations; and prepare summaries and reports covering the Levant region and support IFC reengagement in Syria once conditions allow;

  • Research untapped markets to identify current constraints to private sector investment as input to upstream market creation decisions;

  • Contribute to development and implementation of IFC’s FCS strategy for Levant to achieve an appropriate balance of developmental impact, commercial return and Climate Risk mitigation;

  • Support the Country Manager and Resident Representatives develop and maintain contacts database covering governments and business community to facilitate IFC operations;

  • In collaboration with regional teams and strategists, (i) support the formulation and execution of country strategies (including Country Partnership Frameworks, Country Economic Notes) and diagnostics; (ii) support preparation of briefing materials relating to senior management visits and Annual, Spring meetings, and (iii) develop partnerships with World Bank staff working in assigned countries in order to support World Bank Group objectives, especially in the context on implementing the Cascade;

  • Support business development efforts and liaise with IFC investment and advisory teams to conduct Integrity Due Diligence, monitor progress and performance of projects to solve potential problems. Work closely with IFC staff in the region in handling Client Relationships, identify, analyze and help address key country and sponsor reputation risks;

  • In Coordination with designated Advisory Services teams, support the Country Manager, in overseeing advisory projects including developing recommendations on approval/no-objection for selection memos, cooperation agreements, MOUs, Advisory Service Agreements, Integrity Due Diligence of IFC Advisory projects to deliver outcomes;

  • Support the Country Manager to ensure IFC representation/involvement at key private sector, public sector, donor and World Bank events and meetings as appropriate, and ensure dissemination of information to relevant staff within the World Bank Group;

  • Support the development of appropriate communications strategies and assist in developing presentations. Participate in targeted business events and conferences to develop business; and

  • Perform other such duties as may be required from time to time to meet emerging, ad-hoc corporate requirements, and/or respond to internal or external requests.

Selection Criteria
  • A Master degree in economics, business, development or related field with 6-8 years of relevant experience, including working in FCS countries;

  • Sound relevant investment experience to help guide decision making;

  • Excellent client and interpersonal skills with an ability to work with a range of stakeholders;

  • Strong analytical skills and understanding of private sector development challenges facing Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria;

  • Sound business judgment in identifying new business opportunities with investment and/or advisory services experience;

  • Ability to handle multiple demands under pressure and to work independently and proactively across different parts of the World Bank Group;

  • Ability to work in a team environment and demonstrated teamwork skills, including the ability to build and lead teams and coach others to achieve results;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (Arabic and French a plus), including ability to communicate effectively with high-level counterparts and a variety of internal and external audiences.

  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and time management skills; ability to deliver in tight deadlines

  • Willingness to travel extensively and geographic flexibility

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