As one of the premier global development organizations, the World Bank Group (WBG) consists of five organizations which share the same twin goals: reduce extreme poverty to 3% by 2030 and promote shared prosperity by fostering income growth of the bottom 40%.
The Development Finance (DFi) Vice Presidency is responsible for the oversight of strategy, policy and mobilization of the WB financing instruments (IDA, IBRD and Trust Funds, including Financial Intermediary Funds). DFi’s objectives include increasing opportunities for mobilization of / investment in WB financing, strengthening complementarity among financing instruments, promoting alignment of financing with the highest institutional priorities, and strengthening the dialogue with our shareholders and funding partners around financing.
The Trust Funds and Partner Relations (TPR) department within DFi was created following the recent merger of the Partnerships and Trust Funds PTR) department and the Development Partner Relations (DPR) department. The advertised position would support functions largely associated with the former DPR department, though greater synergies / cross support is anticipated as the merger deepens.
Following the 2014 approval of the Corporate Resource Mobilization framework by Senior Management, DPR was tasked with:
• Developing a more coordinated, systematic, and strategic approach to fundraising across the WBG, including promoting a one-WBG approach and greater complementarity across all funding instruments (IDA/IBRD, TFs and FIFs);
• Facilitating information flow and cross-institutional transparency around fundraising,
• Strengthening strategic dialogue with development partners, with a focus of connecting operational priorities and needs with development partner priorities; and
• Providing guidance to management teams and operational staff on fundraising and development partner engagement matters.
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.
DFTPR is seeking an Operations Officer to provide support in a wide range of development partner-related areas, including strategic partner engagement, analytics and research. This includes the design and implementation of high-level strategic consultations and other engagement events and activities with development partners (traditional and emerging ones), the compilation and dissemination of development partner intelligence to internal clients and partners (primarily WBG business units such as GPs, CCSAs, and Regions) as well as a wide array of research and analytical tasks related to development finance flows and the evolving global development finance architecture. The selected individual will work closely with a dedicated, innovative team to strengthen the WBG’s strategic engagement with key development partners, deepen the understanding of global development finance flows, and help implement new approaches, processes and tools which allow the WBG to better coordinate, share information and be more strategic in terms of fundraising, and help ensure cross-coordination of fundraising across the WBG. The Operations Officer will also serve as a resource for operational teams across the Bank to support fundraising and partner engagement driven by institutional priorities.
In particular, the Operations Officer will:
• Support the development and preparation of analytical products on development partners, including comprehensive portfolio reviews, analyses of trends in development cooperation policies, organizational structures, as well as the geographic, thematic, and financial trends in their development cooperation efforts, including Official Development Aid (ODA) trends;
• Contribute to the drafting of briefs, summaries, working papers and other program management, reporting and promotional materials that may be required to meet Department objectives; and provide overall strategic communications support to the DPR team;
• Contribute as needed to strategic consultations and other development partner engagement/dialogue events, including by drafting communications, developing presentations and other background materials, capturing key takeaways, and coordinating organizational matters.
• Contribute to the further development and implementation of tools and platforms to capture and share development partner intelligence with colleagues across the WBG, such as the DP Dashboard and the Fundraising Focal Point Network;
• Collaborate on the design and implementation of reports, processes and systems (including the quarterly FAcT Report) to help increase transparency and facilitate fundraising coordination across the WBG; and help in the analysis of incentives in terms of strategic fundraising across the WBG;
• Assist in identifying and analyzing issues and underlying trends in WBG unit, corporate and global fundraising efforts, and support the design and production of reports to help increase transparency, facilitate fundraising coordination, and ensure the right information on fundraising and development partners is presented to WBG management;
• Work closely with operational teams across the WBG to contribute to the design, development and management of new approaches, tools, processes and online solutions to capture and share fundraising data with colleagues across the WBG, and to provide advice and guidance on strategic resource mobilization;
• Provide general organizational, analytical and research tasks and contribute to DPR’s overall work program, as needed.
The successful candidate will possess:
• Master’s Degree in finance, business administration, economics, or related area;
• Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience with data analysis, modeling, and visualization; experience with process design and implementation, and/or strong experience in development partner relations, would be an asset.
• Strong research, analytical and problem solving capabilities with demonstrated ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze, interpret and integrate data and diverse information from varied sources into clear and concise conclusions and recommendations;
• Excellent quantitative skills, including use of data analysis and visualization tools;
• Ability to produce quality work with strong attention to detail and to work on multiple tasks simultaneously;
• Sound judgment, high degree of initiative and ability to work independently;
• Strong client service orientation, good interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to work effectively with teams and with colleagues across the institution;
• Excellent writing skills (English), with an ability to convey complex ideas clearly and succinctly;
• Knowledge of broad trends in international aid architecture an advantage along with understanding of WBG institutional priorities and how the WBG finances its business, including the role of trust funds.
• Effective use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and databases.
General and technical competencies required:
• Integrative skills: Good understanding of different facets of operations, and linkages with Bank Group priorities;
• Internal and external stakeholder engagement: Basic knowledge of Bank Group organizational structure and its goals (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA, and ICSID), of WBG Clients (MICs, LICs, FCS, etc.) and WBG development partner landscape. Understanding of the basic issues/priorities in the GP/country or CMU vis-a-vis the Client as well as other key stakeholders. Skills to contribute to the organization and the preparation of high-level events (i.e., materials and logistics). Skills to draft concise and quality meeting minutes or other records of proceedings.
• Understanding of Bank Instruments, Policies, and Procedures: Solid knowledge of Bank financial instruments and operational structures, policies and procedures. Ability to support research and provide basic analytical support to operational teams at various stages of the project cycle.
• Knowledge Sharing: Ability to assist in developing and organizing the delivery of learning and knowledge dissemination programs.
• Strategy Formulation and Policy and Program Design: Understanding of sector, thematic, and/or country- relevant crosscutting and/or macro issues relevant to the World Bank Group’s work. Ability to distill programming options from country engagement issues and priorities. Basic understanding of the SCD and CPF process, products, and milestones.
• Project Design, Implementation, and Management: Ability to carry out data collection and analysis on relevant project design and implementation issues including good practices and lessons learned. Ability to provide inputs to project documentation, implementation reports, and provide inputs to TTLs and other team members
• Portfolio Management and Results Monitoring: Understanding of project management processes and concepts. Ability to understand pipeline and portfolio data, prepare, and present portfolio reports, including Development Partner portfolios, in digestible format for WBG management, staff, and Development Partners. Ability to analyze—under senior staff guidance—relevant project issues, good practices, and lessons learned.
• Team and Leadership Skills: Ability to support task teams, including on monitoring, research, dissemination, and follow up on activities, as needed.