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IFC’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services (MAS) Department covers sectors, which cater to basic human needs such as food, shelter, jobs, and health and education. They play a critical role in providing goods and services to consumers, creating jobs, contributing to government revenue, and stimulating growth through SMEs.
IFC’s priorities in MAS are: (i) increasing access to goods and services with a particular focus on frontier countries and regions; (ii) building top sector expertise to make IFC the preferred partner for key clients, (iii) supporting local companies while improving their transparency, efficiency and sustainability; (iv) catalyzing foreign investment, including mobilizing B loans and parallel loans, and (v) developing client, sector and country-level solutions which can be scaled and replicated with a special focus on agriculture.
Advisory Services in MAS are currently focused on supporting clients in the agribusiness and retail sectors in four key areas: increasing the efficiency of smallholder supply chains, improving food safety, enhancing the productivity and sustainability of the animal protein sector and promoting the uptake of water efficient practices and technologies. While maintaining global knowledge using four platforms serving these four key areas, IFC also ensures the quality and cost-effective delivery of its services through its local presence in four regions: EMENA, LAC, Africa and EAP. The delivery of IFC MAS advisory services in the regions is led by Regional Leads. In line with these activities MAS Advisory Services is looking for an Operations Officer for Myanmar.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.Background / General description
The Operations Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing advisory engagements within agribusiness value chains in Myanmar and later more broadly within the Mekong region: (1) To lead development and management of the IFC advisory program on agribusiness development in Myanmar, with likely sub sectors being animal proteins/dairy, rice, pulses and grains, forestry and agricultural inputs including seeds and fertilizers; (2) To support development and management of current and new engagements within the broader Mekong region.
The Operations Officer will be responsible for:
• Managing the design, development and implementation of IFC’s first MAS advisory project with IFC clients in Myanmar which includes the following areas of responsibility:
o Supporting identification of key crop sub sectors and leading private sector firms in order to develop a pipeline of IFC advisory and investment clients
o Supporting identification of the appropriate scope of work for each of these pipeline clients and determine appropriate work plans
o Hiring external expertise, deploying internal and/or external expertise and managing them in order to ensure the most effective and efficient implementation of the project programs;
o Managing relationships with project stakeholders, clients, partners, beneficiaries, etc.;
o Ensuring the delivery of results in accordance with the approved project business and M&E targets;
o Preparing project supervision and donor reports, including M&E reports and the required back-up data which confirms the reported results and achievements;
o Ensuring coordination with other IFC teams: advisory colleagues, investment officers, E&S specialists, country officers, communications officers and IBRD colleagues and others.
• Business development for MAS Advisory, which includes: identifying clients and their needs, preparing pitches, conducting negotiations, and concluding deals;
• Developing and delivering advisory and financing solutions to IFC agribusiness clients;
• Contribute substantively to knowledge management.DRDuties and Accountabilities
• A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in agribusiness and a minimum of 8 years of private sector operational experience in agribusiness or a related industry, or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Proven expertise in Agribusiness and supply chain development in South East and South Asia, as well as experience in working directly with the private sector, providing advisory services to corporate clients.
• Experience in gender-responsive programming and climate-smart agriculture. Must be able to confidently interact with clients, government officials, farmers, cooperatives and staff from other organizations
• A proven track record in managing diverse and multi-disciplinary teams (colleagues, consultants and client representatives) in order to achieve common business goals and objectives;
• Experience working on agricultural supply chain issues ideally in SE Asia/Mekong Region with private sector clients, experience engaging in agribusiness supply chain development with governments and other sector stakeholders preferred;
• A proven track record in business development, nurturing client relationships and resolving challenging issues;
• A demonstrated ability to understand what makes businesses succeed, to develop innovative solutions and to challenge the status quo to build businesses;
• Recognized as a team player, collaborator, leader and strategic thinker;
• Strong written and verbal communications skills in English, Burmese and ideally one or more languages of South East Asia region
• Demonstrated knowledge of the agriculture sector in Myanmar, key private sector players and public sector agencies. Strong understanding of the development challenges facing the sector.
• The ability to represent IFC externally and to develop and manage relationships with government, media, donors, and other stakeholders;
• Willingness to travel frequently throughout Myanmar, and as required in Mekong, SE Asia and globally
Commitment to the World Bank Group and IFC’s mission, strategies and values;SCSelection Criteria