Operations Officer - Data Analytics
IFC - Washington, DC

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The mission of International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries, helping to reduce poverty and to improve people’s lives. To leverage IFC’s own funds, IFC raises funds from donors to implement its Advisory Services (AS) and Investment projects. The Partnerships and Advisory Services Operations Department (CPA) leads IFC’s donor partnerships and trust fund (TF) mobilization, and provides strategic and operational support to IFC’s Advisory Services. The Trust Fund Operations Unit (CPATF) of CPA oversees IFC’s trust fund operations: facilitating new donor agreements, developing trust fund policies, procedures and trainings, managing funds for the Technical Assistance Trust Funds Program (TATF), and for Donor Trust Funded Investments (DTFIs). As part of a broader restructuring effort, CPATF is seeking to develop new trust fund portfolio analytics capabilities in order to provide more strategic, holistic information about its ~$2B TF portfolio to key stakeholders throughout the business.

CPATF is seeking an experienced professional to lead the new TF analytics work. The Analytics Officer will have a broad range of responsibilities that involve working closely with AS management, donor representatives, and other external stakeholders such as IBRD. The function is Washington-based, with occasional visits to IFC’s field offices. The Analytics Officer will report to the CPATF Manager. The candidate should have extremely strong capabilities in quantitative analytics, strategic thinking, data presentation, and stakeholder management, and should be able to work proactively and collaboratively to develop new, innovative analytics solutions.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The terms of reference for the role include the following responsibilities:

- Lead the development of CPATF’s trust fund portfolio analytics capabilities, working with key stakeholders (e.g., CPA and AS management teams) to understand unmet needs for trust fund portfolio information and drive the development of solutions to address those needs.

- Produce clear, insightful, high-quality quarterly trust fund and other reports for AS management to identify strategic insights about trends, opportunities and issues in the trust fund portfolio. Translate conceptual analyses into practical, actionable recommendations to improve AS funding and fundraising strategies. Identify trust fund portfolio risks.

- Scope and plan work and proactively manage risks and issues regarding data quality. Ensure quality/accuracy and timely delivery of TF portfolio analyses and other documents and knowledge products assigned to team members. Establish a collaborative team environment and work with the CPATF Manager to coach and mentor staff.

- Produce high-quality, donor-specific TF portfolio analyses for donor consultations, and present findings to donors as appropriate.

- Lead the development of IFC’s components of the World Bank Group’s TF Annual Report and Directory of WBG Programs Supported by Trust Funds.

- Lead the development of the IFC trust fund components of the World Bank Group’s quarterly risk management report.

- Coordinate with key business stakeholders (e.g., project leads, regional managers, CPAPD) to help match available funds with funding needs.

- Engage with key stakeholders (e.g., IBRD, risk management and TF portfolio reporting groups) to understand and share TF portfolio analysis best practices.

- Engage with key business stakeholders (e.g., region and business line management) to market CPATF’s analytic capabilities, answer questions, and obtain feedback on CPATF knowledge products.

- Oversee TATF project and funding portfolio.

- Oversee timely and accurate TATF reporting to donors and lead efforts to increase the quality and efficiency of TATF donor reporting.

- Provide business input for key IT projects related to trust fund portfolio data system enhancements.

- Carry out other ad-hoc data analytics activities for CPATF or other parts of CPA as needed.

Selection Criteria:

The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative, modeling, programming and analytical skills from combined training/ experience, and strong interest in applied research in economics and finance; as well as being comfortable with large and diverse databases. In addition he/she will be able to work independently under limited supervision, and be proactive team member depending on particular tasks and projects; sometimes under pressure, remaining flexible, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality

- Minimum 15 years of relevant professional experience, with experience in private sector development a plus.

- Graduate (Master or Doctoral) Degree in finance, business administration, applied mathematics and policy analysis.

- Demonstrated ability to conduct complex analyses, and develop innovative solutions

- Extremely strong quantitative analysis and data visualization skills

- Proven ability to lead teams and initiatives and to deliver results

- Knowledge of trust fund agreements, structures, policies, and operations would be a plus

- Knowledge of SAP

- Knowledge of IFC’s donor landscape a plus

- Knowledge of AS business lines/products a plus

- High degree of initiative and ability to work independently

- Capacity to multi-task and deliver high quality work under pressure

- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with teams located in different regions

- Excellent written and oral communications skills; fluency in English

- Strong skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


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