The Vice Presidency for Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships (CFP) is responsible for the mobilization, management and monitoring of concessional loan and grant financing in the World Bank. The three Departments in CFP are (i) the Global Partnership and Trust Fund Operations Department (CFPTO); the Multilateral Trusteeship and Innovative Financing (CFPMI) Department; and the IDA Resource Mobilization Department (CFPIR); in addition, the Financial Management Unit (CFPFM)provides risk management, reporting and other financial services to the Departments.
CFPTO leads the development of Bank policies and procedures on global partnerships and trust funds (TFs), and manages programmatic TFs and the Development Grant Facility. Within CFPTO, there are five cluster teams, each one led by a Cluster Coordinator, involving the following work: (i) TF Policy and Advisory Services, (ii) Partnerships, (iii) Data and Reporting, (iv) Donor Relations, and (v) Program Administration of four programmatic TFs (PHRD, JSDF, AHI, and BNPP) and the Development Grant Facility (DGF).
TF Policy and Advisory Services cluster in CFPTO is the Bank’s focal point for developing and disseminating TF policies, processes and systems, interpreting policy, providing advice to Bank staff on TFs, including learning and accreditation, coordinating the institutional clearance of new TF proposals; and monitoring, analyzing and reporting on TF usage and TF portfolio trends. The TF Policy cluster helps coordinate and facilitate the implementation of this Framework, in close collaboration with other units within CFP as well as the Finance Complex; and across the Bank, including the Regions, Networks and Central Units.
The Partnerships cluster addresses issues of selectivity, review, governance, risk management and reporting on the Bank’s universe of Partnership Programs. Such programs usually involve joint decision-making by the Bank together with other partners, dedicated funding such as from a TF, and activities that are global or regional in scope. The Partnerships cluster is currently preparing a Bank management framework for Partnership Programs.
The Data and Reporting cluster addresses the needs of Bank VPUs with respect to access to high quality TF data and reports. The team works with IMT colleagues to develop new TF systems applications and reports and prepares for their roll-out to Regions and Networks. The cluster also works with CTR and CFR to ensure the availability of consistent TF data in Bank databases.
The Donor Relations/ Communications cluster engages strategically with the Bank’s donors to TFs. This includes holding TF portfolio reviews with individual donors, organizing the annual TF Donor Forum, engaging with new development partner countries and organizations, enhancing communication and coordination around TF fundraising activities by Regions and Networks, and engaging in communications outreach with respect to TF activities and policy reforms within the Bank as well as externally.
The Program Administration cluster is acting as the Secretariat for programmatic TFs and the DGF. This includes working with donors to these funds as well as interacting with Bank VPUs on funding allocations for supported project activities.
Duties and Accountabilities
The Operations Officer (GF) is expected to support primarily the two clusters dealing with Partnerships and Program Administration. S/he will be expected to bring sufficiently fungible skills so as to also support the other three clusters (TF Policy, Donor Relations, and Data and Reporting) in the future.
The Operations Officer is expected to bring prior experience on trust funds policies, procedures and operations, familiarity with Bank operations, including partnership programs, and aid coordination. S/he will apply such knowledge to the policies and procedures on trust funds and the related emerging best practice on partnerships and donor relations, and work closely with the various institutional groups involved. A combination of prior front-line (including field work) and corporate experience would be an asset.
CFPTO operations require considerable interactions internally with central units such as OPCS, LEG, CFR, CTR, TQC, as well as task teams across the entire Bank Group. There is also interaction with international and other partner organizations in this growing area of the Bank’s business.
The specific work responsibilities include the following tasks:
1. Provides guidance on partnership strategy and policies/procedures, including the Partnership Review Note and Senior Management Review processes.
2. Analyzes portfolio of partnership programs, extracts trends and developments and provides inputs to notes, papers and presentations on partnership management and strategy.
3. Provides cross-support on departmental and inter-departmental level as subject matter expert for environmental, climate change and carbon finance partnership related matters as part of CFPTO's global partnerships and program management mandate.
4. Delivers and participates in training and knowledge dissemination activities and workshops within applicable portfolio and joins cross-functional teams where useful and value-adding.
1. Assumes responsibility as focal point for certain Networks and Sectors (e.g. environment, infrastructure, rural development) in selected programs and partnerships.
2. Reviews programs and contributes to the annual vetting and prioritization processes with Networks and Regions, including presenting proposals to applicable governance councils.
3. Contributes to the preparation of Board reports, technical notes and analytical papers for selected programs.
4. Liaises with and provides guidance to program TTLs on proposal preparation, development of results frameworks, governance arrangements, risk assessment and program implementation.
5. Ensures necessary steps are communicated to and undertaken by programs to comply with Bank guidelines and requirements.
6. Cooperates closely with task teams in Networks and Regions to identify measurable indicators of program performance to strengthen monitoring and evaluation.
7. Oversees the grant agreement process for assigned portfolio of programs and follows up and gets involved with programs, TTLs and LEG as necessary to ensure compliance with program objectives and Bank requirements.
8. Provides substantive input to organizing program council meetings, partnership and donor consultations, as well as events for certain programs and partnerships.
The Operations Officer is expected to bring strong experience on trust funds policies, procedures and operations, familiarity with Bank operations and aid coordination. S/he will quickly apply such knowledge to the policies and procedures on trust funds and the related emerging best practice on partnerships and donor relations, and work closely with the various institutional groups involved.
Specific job competencies required include the following:
1. Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures and Systems. Fully familiar with Bank Instruments, Policies and Procedures that relate to operations financed by Recipient-executed Trust Funds and Bank-executed Trust Funds. Experienced in applying Bank policies and procedures to Bank operational situations related to Trust Funds. Checks for compliance with relevant operational policies and procedures for Trust Funds, and advices Bank VPUs accordingly. Demonstrates knowledge of and/or contributes to development and implementation off Bank Strategic priorities including Trust Fund integration into core business processes as well as the financing mechanisms, systems and processes that support their implementation.
2. Portfolio Management. Analyzes and identifies cross-cutting issues in Regional, Network or donor-specific Trust Fund portfolios. Provides guidance to country/ sector teams on Trust Fund portfolio structure and performance. Reviews and provides guidance to teams on project risk assessment related to Trust Fund-financed grants, risk ratings and risk mitigation measures. With respect to Trust Funds administered by CFPTO, reviews grant proposals and provides guidance to project teams related to project preparation and implementation issues to facilitate their resolution. Coordinates portfolio implementation and quality issues with other units and parts of the WB group, donors and Clients related to portfolio implementation and quality.
3. Client Orientation. Proactively addresses client needs. Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs. Anticipates client needs and responds based on clear understanding of needs and concerns. Seeks to understand the World Bank strategies at a global level and within the context of diverse internal and external stakeholders. Asks probing questions to understand clients’ underlying needs; offers solutions to meet these needs. Works to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success. Demonstrates a disposition to value and to adjust to other cultures.
4. Drive for Results. Accepts accountability for work tasks. Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so. Follow up for completion, coordinates with others, and ensures that others with whom he or she is working deliver on time and to quality standards. Aligns own goals and results with the WBG results agenda and links targets and goals to development impact and sustainability, as well as requirements of the Bank’s donors to Trust Funds.
5. Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion. Values working in collaboration and respective views of others. Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output. Fully involves others in the work of the team. Shows respect for different points of view and incorporates into own work program. Contributes as required to the work of others in the department. Understands differences in culture and values and the importance of including others’ views in achieving the strategic goals of the World Bank and its partners. Solicits feedback from others and negotiates and resolves differences in a constructive manner.
6. Knowledge, Learning and Communication. Shares, seeks out and uses global practices and operationally relevant knowledge to improve development impact. Uses available resources from within and outside the WBG to build knowledge and acquire new skills. Shares knowledge across the WBG and seeks input and feedback from others. Communicates and presents information and ideas in an organized and clear way and responds to requests to share knowledge with others in a timely and respectful manner.
7. Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making. Analyzes available information and makes evidence-based ethical decisions. Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. Makes good cost/ benefit decisions to meet work program objectives. Anticipates problems and potential barriers to achieving results or meeting time demands.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
- An Advanced Degree and 5 years of relevant experience in development economics, public policy, finance, or related field across regions and/or sectors.
- Analytic skills, as evidenced by a track record of policy or financial analysis, program evaluation, and/or impact evaluation.
- Familiarity with development issues and development operations, including concern for development results and the processes to achieve them.
- Solid written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically and synthesize complex issues (translated into effective oral and written briefs).
- Ability and flexibility to work simultaneously on a variety of tasks, meet deadlines, provide quality outputs, and attend to details while maintaining an overview of unit priorities. Must be able to anticipate and react promptly to competing demands.
- High degree of professional integrity, discretion, tact, and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients, colleagues and stakeholders at all levels. This implies and requires demonstrated maturity and sound judgment, attention to detail, and ability to convey complex messages succinctly and diplomatically.
- Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work as part of a team and to reach out to partners and other stakeholders to help CFP achieve high-quality results.
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