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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 Pakistan.
The Operations Officer will be responsible for implementing and developing advisory engagements on developing agribusiness value chains in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with the immediate responsibility to:
1) To manage IFC advisory programs on supply chain development in the dairy, sugarcane and fruit and vegetable sectors in Pakistan and Afghanistan;
To develop new engagements in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Lebanon, UAE and in other countries in EMENA as the opportunity arises.
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
DRThe Operations Officer will be responsible for:
• Managing and supervising the implementation of advisory projects with IFC clients in the MENA region which includes the following:
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, 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.Duties and Accountabilities
SC• Commitment to the World Bank Group and IFC’s mission, strategies and values;
• A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in agribusiness;
• A minimum of 12 years of private sector operational experience in agribusiness or a related industry;
• A proven track record in managing diverse teams which include colleagues, consultants and client representatives in order to achieve common business goals and objectives;
• Experience working on agricultural supply chain issues 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 and one or more languages of Middle East and North Africa;
• The ability to represent IFC externally and to develop and manage relationships with government, media, donors, and other stakeholders;
• Sound business judgment, a demonstrated ability to deliver results under challenging conditions;
• Willingness to travel frequently throughout MENA, ECA and globally as required.Selection Criteria