World Bank – IFC is Hiring Investment Officer (Closes 16 Feb 2024)

IFC in Africa is Recruiting

World Bank Group – IFC 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 2023, IFC committed a record $43.7 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises.

IFC has launched an ambitious evolution of its strategy to stimulate more investment activity, especially in Low Income Countries (LICs) and Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCS). This new strategy aims at moving further upstream of where IFC has traditionally operated to support clients in riskier markets by proactively working in these countries to create, deepen, and expand the markets themselves as well as develop a pipeline of investable projects.

The Africa region covers the continent of Africa and has recently prepared a scale up strategy to deliver higher private capital mobilization and impact.  The CTA Africa regional transaction team is now seeking a Senior Investment Officer  with significant market and industry experience to help manage, grow and develop its business in Southern Africa sub region, which comprises of twelve countries (Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zimbabwe) .

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Duties and Accountabilities: 

• Originate, execute, and manage a pipeline of mandates and programs in PPPs across the region in the infrastructure and public services sectors with a good balance between strategic priorities, geographic distribution and country mix.

• Assist in implementation of IFC’s strategy by developing new products, coordinating with IBRD and IFC’s upstream units to ensure private sector investments are prioritized through PPPs, where feasible. 

• Develop/update the sub regional strategy for CTA’s business in South Africa, in partnership with the Country Managers, Industry Departments and where applicable, the World Bank with a focus to scale up the business in line with CTA’s strategic priorities, mobilization of private investment, climate-friendly and high impact projects.

• Foster strong relationships with World Bank Group counterparts to identify collaboration opportunities and to enhance business delivery at the country level.

• Lead the day-to-day management of project teams working on sell-side PPP mandates, including review and quality assurance of legal and technical outputs, documentation and financial models.

• Analyze structure, develop innovative PPP projects and present recommendations to management and clients. Manage client expectations and provide appropriate advice as necessary through proposing practical solutions.

• Manage marketing of project concepts to bidders, completing roadshows, prequalification, tendering and award, and the final negotiation of project agreements leading to financial close.

• Lead negotiations on the documentation with bidders; use strong negotiation skills to develop solutions and overcome impasses in transactions.

• Coordinate closely with other parts of IFC including environmental, social, legal, other advisory, investment and World Bank colleagues to provide bespoke solutions to our clients to achieve sustainable development impact.

• Present thought leadership papers and activities both internally and externally. 

• Develop, coach, motivate and manage junior members of the team.

• Assist in other project or strategy related activities as the need may arise.

Selection Criteria

• MBA or equivalent Master’s degree in Finance or other relevant qualification. 

• Minimum 12 years of relevant experience in PPP transaction advisory on buy and/or sell side, investment banking, project finance or corporate finance with a leading institution.

• Strong grasp of legal documentation including risk allocation related to PPP projects including concessions and privatizations.

• Proven track-record of originating, advising, structuring and executing infrastructure transactions.

• Strong financial, modeling, credit and structuring skills; demonstrated ability and experience of leading a variety of complex advisory, debt and equity transactions.

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