ASSOCIATE OPERATIONS OFFICER Entry Level

International Finance Corporation
Kathmandu
Salary: Negotiable
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  • Nos. of Opening :
  • Working Position : Entry Level
  • Qualification Degree : Master degree or equivalent in economics, finance, business, or related discipline
  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Job Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
Job Description
DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES:
The candidate will report to Francesca Lo Re, Senior Operations Officer covering Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. The candidate will interact closely with the Practice Manager, Jennifer Isern. The candidate will also work with other colleagues in the F&M teams based in Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, Colombo, Thimphu, and Kathmandu and will also work with colleagues in Washington and other parts of the Global Practice. 

The Nepal and Bhutan Finance & Markets program consists in a range of ASA services within Pillar 2, financial infrastructure and access and comprises Environment and Social Risk management for financial sector, financial inclusion (SME banking, microfinance, consumer protection, financial awareness), and financial infrastructure. 

The Operations Officer will: 
• Serve as operations officer for Finance & Markets in Nepal and Bhutan;
• Lead and/or support the TTLs in the project management and implementation of the financing and advisory program in Nepal and Bhutan, including developing excellent client relations, designing projects for meaningful development impact, ensuring IFC and F&M procedures are respected, reporting to the donor(s) and monitoring implementation progress, managing consultants and coordinating within the team, providing background research, and contributing to reports and knowledge work. Depending on the specialization and level of experience, the Operations Officer can assume more responsibility for specific tasks in the area of expertise in agreement with the TTL; 
• Play a catalytic role in developing the pipeline for F&M financing and ASA activities, either as support or as task team leader on specific projects in Nepal and Bhutan and the region;
• Assist in (or when task team leader, be responsible for) the identification, negotiation and preparation of new technical assistance and financing projects and procuring consulting services for F&M clients;
• Assist the F&M team in raising external funding at the global and local level;
• Participate in the financial sector dialogue at both policy and technical level and support the development of new engagements;
• Contribute to regional F&M strategy in South Asia to maximize joint IFC-WB’s development impact; 
• Liaise between the F&M team and clients/partners on specific financing or advisory activities;
• Contribute to strategy development and the work plan for the F&M team;
• Participate in / lead other initiatives as opportunities arise.
 
SELECTION CRITERIA:

Candidates must have the following technical qualifications:

• Master degree or equivalent in economics, finance, business, or related discipline.
• Minimum 5 years of relevant professional work experience since completing graduate degree in the financial sector (banking, SME finance, microfinance, agri-finance, or other areas of development finance in South Asia).
• Solid understanding of financial sector including financial inclusion, SME banking, ESRM for financial sector, financial infrastructure.
• Experience and knowledge of the Nepalese and Bhutanese financial sector and economic context.
• Excellent conceptual and analytical skills with an ability to track record of excellence in analytical work. 
• Self-starter, mature, and flexible attitude; able to work in multicultural, fast-paced team
• Proven leadership abilities with project management experience
• Strong communication skills in speaking, writing and presenting
• Demonstrated team player with willingness to contribute as needed to overall F&M work
• Commitment to quality service, drive to exceed expectations, and proactive development of relations with F&M clients
• Strong analytical and conceptual skills encompassing development finance
• High level of proficiency with MS Office software
• Ability to travel in Nepal and Bhutan and broader South Asia
• Ability to work independently, multi-task, deal with conflicting priorities and deliver high quality work on schedule
• Sound business judgment and strong problem solving, negotiation, and commercial skills
• Fluency in English is essential to enable the staff member to produce concise written and oral reports. Fluency in national languages of Nepal and Bhutan a plus.

Candidates should demonstrate excellence in the following qualitative characteristics:
• Ability to deliver on time and in quality, through high standards, good organization and/or soft skills.
• Ability to recognize and learn from failure as well as success 
• Ability to work with diverse team members and clients.
• Knowledge of emerging economy conditions and challenges related to project implementation plus ideas to overcome related constraints.

Competencies 
• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others. 
• Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client. 
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront. 
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions. 
• Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action.