Country Officer Job at World Bank Group

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and a 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. 

IFC—the private sector arm of the World Bank Group that works with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world.

Job Title: Country Officer

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Job Description

Country Officer who works closely with the Country Manager will promote and coordinate IFC’s investment and advisory activities in the country, ensuring the integrated delivery of IFC products and services and maintaining necessary relationships to further those activities. The role requires close interaction with government officials, corporate clients, the private sector, counterparts in the World Bank Group, international organizations, and key internal stakeholders to develop new business, share information, and support the structuring and negotiation of deals.

Main Responsibilities

  • Actively develop and maintain strong relationships with key ministries, agencies, and business community around the country. Represent IFC vis-a-vis the Government (federal and state level), donor and business community. Ensure that the Government, international and business community have awareness of IFC’s products and value addition, including investment and advisory products and the standards and requirements.
  • In cooperation with regional management and the strategy teams, support development and execution of the IFC country strategy and WBG Country Partnership Framework. Report on IFC activities in the country for management.
  • Execute the sub-national engagement strategy through active engagement with state-level contacts in the government and private sector.
  • Develop a partnership with WB Country Office and relevant project teams to achieve WBG country goals, including input on Private Sector Development. Identify and encourage opportunities for cooperation within WBG.
  • Support business development for investment projects engages in project financial analysis with investment teams as an integral member for investment and support portfolio teams for the life of the project. Participate in missions, concept review meetings, and appraisal of projects.
  • Support the advisory teams to monitor the progress and performance of projects and to solve potential problems. Lead technical, legal, regulatory, financial and commercial assessment of advisory transactions. Support business development for upstream and advisory projects.
  • Identify and help address sponsor reputational risks.
  • Support the Public-Private Partnerships Department which provides advisory assistance, primarily to governments, on Private-Sector Participation (PPP) in infrastructure and other public services. Identify PPP opportunities and participate on project teams to execute PPP transactions.

Eligibilities Criteria/ Requirements

  • MBA or equivalent qualification;
  • Minimum 10 – 12 years’ experience, with at least 6-years of these in senior-level experience in business consulting, strategy, project finance and/or infrastructure economics, with good knowledge, networks and proven credibility in the Sub Saharan African business community and governmental organisations and institutions;
  • Strong networks that will enable the candidate to quickly generate constructive relationships within government;
  • Understanding of infrastructure trends and key issues, and experience in working with different infrastructure sub-sectors;
  • Experience working within government or extensively on government projects a plus;
  • Understanding of PPPs and different structures for engaging private participation in the delivery of infrastructure services;
  • Comfort with extensive travel within Nigeria;
  • Intermediate skills in MS Word, MS Powerpoint and MS Excel;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both in written and oral; ability to convey ideas and positions clearly; strong presentation skills; Communication skills in French are desirable but not required;
  • Experience in the design, implementation and successful closing of transactions;
  • Motivated and enthusiastic about the opportunities and challenges of working in Sub Saharan Africa to achieve sustainable development.

How to Apply

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For more information, visit the Official Website

Application Deadline: 8th August 2020

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