International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Operations Officer (Urban Infrastructure)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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 In the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, the Infrastructure and Natural Resource (INR) department at IFC encompasses several areas including power, water, telecom, roads and other areas. As a key target region for IFC, INR is expected to ramp up activities, including advisory and upstream programs. Current programs cut across power, water, energy access and Cities, among other areas and there is a concerted effort underway to ramp up. Cities are large contributors to Economic Development and quality of life. As a global private sector financier, IFC is well positioned to support municipalities to access and attract private investors and developers to support urban development. To support the growth of its cities/subnational business in the LAC region, IFC INR LAC seeks an Operations Officer. Duties and Responsibilities The Operations Officer will have a wide range of evolving responsibilities, which will be exclusive or shared with other team members. Anticipated scope of duties and responsibilities during includes the following:
  • General support to IFC’s Cities Business Development, upstream and value-add advisory engagements.

  • Map municipal or utilities infrastructure leads and conduct industry and market research.

  • Participate in meetings with potential clients and help diagnose infrastructure issues and developing integrated investment and advisory solutions.

  • Support specific city engagements by participating in business development when needed, undertaking initial diagnostics of client capacities and needs, identifying and managing consultants.

  • Work with the LAC Cities Lead to foster relationships with key external stakeholders at subnational level (municipalities or utilities).

  • Work with other IFC colleagues in the region to map and track municipal and subnational infrastructure characteristics across the LAC region including legal, regulatory, political and economic considerations.

  • Arrange related discussions and research to help advance subnational borrowing frameworks. Organize project review meetings and supporting documents to facilitate cross regional learning.

  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of projects, ensuring results are properly tracked and supporting materials properly filed; ensure compliance with eventual IEG evaluations.

  • Support development of a Fundraising strategy and donor outreach.

  • Knowledge sharing, Capacity Building and communication.

  • Input into overall communications and capacity building strategy.

  • Oversee the preparation of specific knowledge products for internal and external audiences as requested, including strategic research, pitch books and proposals for both advisory and investment clients, case studies, smart lessons etc.

  • Work with internal and external communication experts to strengthen cities communication material and develop effective delivery models, including working with third party providers.

  • Support IFC’s participation in external events including briefing materials and presentations.

  • Support on partnership development strategy.

Selection Criteria

  • A master’s degree in business, economics or a closely related field.

  • At least seven (7) years of professional experience in international development.

  • Strong knowledge of and practical experience in global urban development agenda, including activities of WBG, other DFIs and donors in this sector.

  • Infrastructure finance related experience.

  • Experience in the LAC region is a plus.

  • English language skills are a must; Portuguese language skills is a plus.

  • Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills - Possesses Cross country knowledge in economic specialty and demonstrates ability to link the macro, institutional, and micro-level behaviors; able to support findings/policy recommendations with credible Analysis and tools.

  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with multiple stakeholders.

  • Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.

  • Established industry networks, particularly in Latin America.

  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication - Demonstrates the ability to influence and persuade others to accept ideas and suggestions (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers).

  • Brings new and different insights.

  • Contributes to delivery of results for clients on complex issues.

  • Collaborates Within Teams and Across Boundaries.

  • Creates, Applies and Shares Knowledge - Actively contributes to and readily applies WBG’s body of knowledge for internal and/or external client solutions.

  • Makes Smart Decisions - Leverages available data and makes timely decisions.

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