Strategy Officer
IFC - Washington, DC

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IFC is committed to delivering on its development mission in a sustainable manner while supporting the private sector in its efforts to integrate sustainability into their business operations and to contribute to sustainable development. . IFC's approach to sustainability is anchored in its Sustainability Framework which is implemented through its policies, strategies and standards.

The Environmental, Social and Governance Department (CES) is IFC’s principal focal point, both internally and externally, on issues of sustainability. CES positively impacts the IDGs and financial sustainability by deploying and leveraging ESG expertise to support clients and transfer knowledge, setting global standards, and constantly adapting to a complex, dynamic sustainability landscape. The department’s two major objectives are to support operational departments in achieving their business objectives, and promoting IFC leadership in sustainability.

Over the past several years CES has aligned itself to support industry and regional departments to help clients address ESG issues and deepened its expertise and comparative advantage in translating operational knowledge into global knowledge.. In FY14-FY16 the department’s strategy builds on this base to also add value toward transformative solutions. This requires staying on top of emerging issues at the intersection of sustainability, the private sector and development. The environment within which IFC clients operate, as well as business at large, is dynamic, set within a quickly evolving world--from climate change to resources scarcity to rising social pressures and expectations, to increasing vulnerabilities, sustainability issues are rapidly evolving and increasingly material for business. In this context, business as usual is not an option. Finding sustainable solutions to address the interface of these challenges with business is essential. Stakeholders (CSOs, government, academics) are part of the solutions. Harnessing this knowledge requires collaboration with private sector, civil society, governments, and multilateral institutions to find practical, impactful solutions and set forward direction.

The Operations Officer position is in the Director’s Front Office, reporting to the CES strategist and working with various staff across the department, and between departments.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Under the guidance and direction of the CES Strategist, the strategy officer will:

a) Front Office Support--Quality: Deliver quality reviews, analysis, and summaries on ad hoc issues that come to the front office, this may include, for instance,

- the review of COC and other documents as requested, providing a summary of any issues from a sustainability perspective

- input into reports, knowledge products, telling our stories, the annual report, roadmap, etc.

- coordination of comments across the department for IEG evaluations, board reports, etc.

b) Strategy Support: Support the development and monitoring of IFC’s approach to sustainability, including the ESG department’s own strategy and implementation.

- Undertake research and analysis on external trends at the nexus of sustainability, business and development highlighting key issues, practices, or approaches, consolidate this assessment, and identify the possible challenges and opportunities related to IFC’s and the WBG’s goals and support for clients

- Keep track of departmental work program items and results matrix, developing monthly summary reports and monitoring the department’s scorecard.

- Monitor IFC business direction (geographic, sector, client type, etc.) and highlight changes that may impact the department’s strategy

- Develop presentations, gather data sets reaching across departments, and design communications around the strategy, develop content for newsletters and work with the KM team to update icollaborate and other shared spaces.

- Track WBG strategies, programs, and evaluations to identify opportunities for furthering the department’s strategic objectives. Identify emerging areas of strategic importance where IFC has a role. Focus on emerging issues related to sustainability and provide support in designing and implementing a strategic approach to such issues—across all performance standards. e.g. complexities of supply chain issues in difficult country contexts , addressing issues real

c) Thought Leadership in Sustainability: Contribute to the work of the secretariat for IFC’s external advisory panel on sustainability and other conferences and programs that may from time to time be required, under the direction of the CES Strategist.

- Develop communications strategy for engagement with the panel over time and for conferences or events.

- Prepare drafts and outlines for conference working papers, materials, briefings, presentations, talking points including annotated outlines, concept notes, and other thought pieces as requested related to sustainability, to include development of external articles

- Write and edit outreach products, including backgrounders, articles, powerpoint presentations, brochures, Q&As, websites, speeches, briefing notes, etc.

- Identify key internal and/or external constituencies globally (including the, civil society, academia, policymakers, think tanks etc.) and opportunities to forge strategic partnerships to improve dialogue and outreach and to strengthen the overall effectiveness of CES and its products.

- Handle outreach to internal audiences, including through use of the intranet and by arranging for CES experts to present to communications units (EXT/CCR) and other units across the Bank.

d) Internal: Determine avenues to position the leadership team and staff as providers of sustainability expertise

- Identify newsworthy projects and programs that CES is delivering and develop summaries, that may be used in a range of outreach mechanisms

- Scan upcoming external and WBG conferences, keeping a calendar of these events and identifying ones that are of strategic or operational importance to the department’s strategy

- Liase with regional and industry departments to stay on top of the business trends and issues

Selection Criteria:

- Five years of pertinent professional experience in economic development in emerging markets, with an understanding of private sector operations and development economics.

- An advanced degree in economics, business, environment, or other related discipline is required.

- Professional experience in international development and sustainable development issues, especially in IDA countries or fragile situations

- Understanding of IFC investment and advisory operations, previous working experience in strategy formulation, relations with the World Bank preferred.

- Spoken and written fluency in English is required. Fluency in French or Spanish helpful

- Outstanding written and verbal communications skills, particularly the ability to synthesize complex messages and tailor them into simple, clear and non-academic language for various audiences.

- Strong computer skills; ability to use standard Bank technology packages and social media tools.

- Proven track record of being part of a team and working collaboratively

- Ability to work independently, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from more senior staff

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

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