The International Finance Corporation is the largest global development institution that is focused exclusively on the private sector. Part of the World Bank Group, IFC’s vision is that people should have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives. IFC finances private sector investments, mobilizes capital in international financial markets, facilitates trade, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advisory services to businesses and governments. IFC has significantly strengthened its focus on measuring development results over recent years, driving our strategy, operations and staff incentives. A results-focused culture expands the value we bring to our clients and beneficiaries, helps foster best practice among development finance institutions, and demonstrates IFC’s development impact to all stakeholders.
IFC has elevated gender as a corporate priority across Investment and Advisory Services. In light of this, IFC’s Gender Secretariat is seeking a Sr./Principal Gender Specialist to lead a team that is responsible for developing and implementing a corporate strategy and framework under which gender will be mainstreamed across IFC’s Investment and Advisory programs. The Gender Secretariat, sponsored by the Sustainable Business Advisory department, is IFC’s focal point for gender and is tasked with providing overall vision and support for the organization’s gender work. The Gender Secretariat reports to a Gender Steering Committee comprised of Business Line, Industry and Regional Directors.
Duties and Accountabilities:
Working closely with the Steering Committee, the Gender Secretariat’s Sr./Principal Gender Specialist will lead the conceptualization and development of IFC’s gender strategy and drive the uptake of gender activities across IFC operations. S/He will also be an important resource for IFC’s advisory and investment teams to help coordinate implementation of decisions, ensure communication to internal and external stakeholders, monitor, advise and report the results of IFC’s gender operations. Reporting to the Director of IFC’s Sustainable Business Advisory department, the Gender Secretariat Sr./Principal Gender Specialist’s duties and accountabilities will include the following:
Knowledge, Policy & Strategy
• Provide leadership in creating programs leveraging the private sector for the benefit of women entrepreneurs, employees and leaders in developing countries.
• Maintain and develop a center of excellence of new ideas, products and initiatives to support women and business and business by working across industries, sectors, departments and regions.
• Reach out, internally and externally, and maintain partnerships on topics relating to women and the private sector through publications and other knowledge products with a view to achieve up-take, replication or scale-up of IFC’s approaches within the Corporation and across the private sector in general
• Ensure that gender is incorporated as integral part of the implementation of IFC’s Sustainability Framework.
• Serve as the leading counterpart on Gender and Private sector issues – internally, for Senior Management as well as IFC’s regional, industry, and advisory departments; and externally, as the main IFC spokesperson representing IFC in the international community on related topics
• Develop and implement the Gender Secretariat annual work plan for approval by IFC’s Gender Steering Committee.
• Set the Gender Secretariat’s objectives, standards and expected results.
• Recruit, enable and supervise the Gender Secretariat’s staff who are responsible for knowledge management, operations and monitoring & evaluation.
• Manage IFC’s Gender Network, consisting of Regional Gender Coordinators, Business Line & Industry Gender Focal Points, to develop projects and programs that support of the needs of operational staff.
• Lead the Gender Secretariat’s budget preparation and submission process.
• Oversee the monitoring and evaluation process of IFC’s gender work to ensure strategic relevance and effectiveness.
• Oversee corporate initiatives such as WINvest, the World Bank Group’s global partnership with the private sector to invest in women’s employment, and drive the development of new initiatives to support women in business.
Organizational & Leadership responsibilities:
• Provide intellectual leadership and ensure the development and dissemination of state-of-the-art techniques and knowledge in the Gender and Private Sector area, developing, and actively driving, in consultation with other IFC units, IFC strategy and agenda in the area of Gender and Private Sector
• Conceptualize, design and implement partnership and funding strategies. .
• Liaise with other World Bank Group units, including PREMGE, regarding gender and private sector work, serving as a member of the World Bank Gender and Development Board.
1. A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, including demonstrated technical competency in area relevant to gender and private sector development (e.g. labor, finance, entrepreneurship, etc.); preference will be given to candidates who have worked in both private sector and public policy-oriented roles related to gender.
2. Masters Degree or equivalent in a related field, including Economics, Gender Studies, Business, Finance, etc.
3. Excellent strategic vision, demonstrated ability to leverage internal and external relationships, commanding respect for insight, intellectual leadership and organizational effectiveness.
4. Broad and cutting-edge knowledge of private sector issues, and gender in development with prior work experience in more than one region.
5. Ability to manage a broad range of issues related to women’s entrepreneurship, and assemble high quality professional teams.
6. Ability for forge working relationships across the Corporation and the Bank Group, as well as with the broad development community outside of IFC.
7. Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of other languages a plus.
8. Strong influencing and team-working skills. Interpersonal skills to facilitate work with a wide range of individuals and groups from culturally diverse backgrounds and institutions.
9. Ability to design and implement projects and organize events. Proactive approach to meeting deadlines and delivering results with limited supervision.
10. Experience working in a developing country context desirable.
11. Willingness to travel as and where necessary.
Applications must be submitted online. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates can check the status of their applications by visiting www.ifc.org/careers.
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