The Vice Presidency for Policy and Partnerships is an integral part of the wider Client Services Group, which is responsible for the EBRD’s Banking operations and the delivery of transition impact in the Bank’s countries of operations.
Reporting directly to the First Vice President (FVP), the Vice President, Policy and Partnerships works with the FVP and the Vice President Banking on the integration of Banking and Policy objectives so that policy engagements, advisory services and investments go hand in hand, to deliver the maximum transition impact in EBRD’s countries of operations. As part of an integrated management team, the Vice President, Policy and Partnerships works towards delivering the Bank’s Strategic Capital Framework and the Strategy Implementation Plan.
The Vice President (VP), Policy and Partnerships has overall responsibility for the formulation, communication, coordination and implementation of the Bank’s country and sector strategies, the Bank’s policy engagements and related initiatives upholding and supporting the Bank’s transition mandate. The VP oversees the assessment of the transition impact of the Bank’s investments. In addition, the VP oversees the Bank’s engagement with external stakeholders, International Financial Institutions and organisations, leads Bank’s relationships with European shareholders and stakeholders, and oversees mobilisation and management of donor funds for Bank projects and nuclear safety funds.
Policy and Partnerships is organised into two larger Business Groups: External Relations & Partnerships, and Economics, Policy & Governance and two departments Country Strategy, Results Management & EU Affairs and Capital Markets Development; together comprising circa 230 staff and a bugdet responsibility of circa GBP 20 million. In addition, the role oversees the management of grant funds over EUR 1 billion.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
The Vice President, Policy and Partnerships has accountability for the development of country and sector strategies, policy engagements, assessment of the transition impact of the Bank’s investments, results management, EU Affairs, donor relations, and Nuclear Safety funds. The Vice President actively engages with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and staff of the Vice Presidency in building and delivering initiatives under their remit. More specifically, VP’s areas of accountability and responsibility include as follows:
Country Strategies, Results Management and EU Affairs
- Oversees the coordination of Bank’s work on country and sector strategy development, approval and delivery.
- Leads the prioritisation, review, approval and results monitoring of country and sector strategies; transition-related policy initiatives; policy activities (e.g. specific policy engagement, integrated approach).
- Leads the design of the Bank’s result management structure, results frameworks and performance monitoring frameworks as well as reporting on transition impact results.
- Acts as management’s liaison with the Evaluation Department to ensure productive interaction between management and the Evaluation Department and appropriate processes to draw and apply lessons from the Bank’s evaluation work.
- Leads on EBRD engagement with EU institutions and responsible for the Bank’s representative office in Brussels.
Capital Markets Development
- Guides and oversees Bank’s Capital Markets Development work in countries of operation to build deeper and more resilient local financial markets, leveraging Bank-wide resources to develop financing solutions and mobilise investor interest along a range of maturities and with a broad variety of instruments.
External Relations and Partnerships
- Accountable for mobilising and overseeing the management of donor funds from governments and international institutions through the Donor Co-financing function; is the Bank’s senior representative instrumental in securing donor funding for projects.
- Oversees the governance of the Bank’s Grant Review process.
- Responsible for overseeing the management of economy, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the application of Bank and donor funds and the nuclear safety funds.
- Oversees and leads Bank’s engagement with civil society.
Economics, Policy and Governance
- Oversees the assessment of the transition impact of the Bank’s investments
- Ensures that the Bank fulfils its mandates to advance Bank’s transition mandate across six transition qualities via design and delivery of policy engagements by supporting and working with the different teams of the bank as well as analytical work, diagnostics, macroeconomic analysis and forecasts.
- Accountable for the development and delivery for Bank’s strategy for Gender and Economic Inclusion as well as supporting clients to build sustainable business environments conducive to inclusive growth and equality of opportunity.
- Through the team of Political Counsellors, oversees the application of one of the Bank’s founding principles: commitment to multiparty democracy and pluralism.
- Oversees and co-ordinates the Investment Climate and Governance Initiative
- Ensures close collaboration with the Office of the Chief Economist on global macro forecasts, the Transition Report and other initiatives.
- Oversees knowledge management, communities of practice and training via Policy Academy on key country and sector themes and the intersection between lending, investments and policy.
- Chairs the cross-departmental Strategy and Policy Committee (SPCom)
- As member of the Executive Committee (ExCom), provide advice and guidance to the President on all strategic matters under the remit of the Committee.
- Engages with staff and management in terms of career development as well as promoting diversity and inclusion.
- Maintains, within their extensive international network, collaborative relationships at senior levels in countries of operations and counterparty international institutions.
- Supports the President and First Vice President in their roles by representing the Bank in high-level external business and political fora.
Knowledge & Experience
- International or national experience at a senior executive level with a proven professional track record in economic policy.
- Solid understanding of International Financial Institutions, international finance and development.
- Extensive experience in developing positive relationships with government ministers and senior officials/authorities.
- A thorough understanding and hands-on experience of the transition process towards market economies and democracy with an in-depth insight into policy issues, especially those pertaining to the Bank’s countries of operations.
- Decisiveness, political acumen and persuasiveness.
- Highly developed negotiation skills proven to yield positive outcomes with senior counterparts, both internal and external.
- Strong general business acumen
Leadership and Management
- Demonstrable corporate behaviour and track record of being an effective and visionary leader.
- Strong partnership skills to enable positive engagement and contribution to the Executive Committee and other senior management committees to contribute to the cohesiveness of the Bank’s senior management and to increase effective collaboration within the Bank.
- Strong communication and people management skills combined with an ability to motivate highly skilled senior professionals to deliver business objectives effectively in a multi-cultural, results-oriented organisation.
- Focus on continuous improvement, and inspiring a collective sense of achievement.
- Highly developed strategic thinking skills allied to an ability to translate strategic concepts and general policy direction into the implementation of workable and sustainable business projects and the ability to define effectively the Bank’s activities under uncertain and challenging circumstances.
- A proactive individual with strong personal integrity and a commitment to highest ethical standards.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build positive relationships by promoting co-operation.
- A high level of commitment and energy combined with the willingness to travel frequently throughout the Banks’ regions.
- Knowledge of a language or languages of Bank member countries, in addition to English, would be desirable.
- Commitment to serve a full four-year term.
The scope of this role is dynamic and is not limited to responsibilities set out above. It will evolve over time and as a result of further organisational reviews.
Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.
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