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Job #: 131307
Title: FCS Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa
Job Stream: Other
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing Date: 06/23/2013
Background / General description:

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group (WBG), is a global investor and advisor committed to promoting projects in its developing member countries that are economically beneficial, financially and commercially sound, and environmentally and socially sustainable. 

IFC finances private sector investments, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses in the developing world.

Fragile and Conflict Situations

A group of 35 countries and territories are in Fragile and Conflict Situations (FCS) as they are facing special development challenges due to weaknesses in state institutions and/or the effects of conflict. 

The nature of those challenges, including the importance of job creation and private sector development, were the focus of the World Development Report 2011 (‘Conflict, Security & Development’). 

IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is committed to scaling up its efforts in a significant way over the next years in order to address these challenges.


As a response to the unique needs of FCS, IFC Advisory Services (AS) established The Conflict Affected States in Africa (CASA) program in 2008 - this was done in partnership with Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway as development partners. 

Focusing on private sector development (PSD), CASA was initially a pilot program with the aim of addressing specifically private sector needs in the reconstruction and stabilization of FCS. 

Its mandate was three-fold: 

(1) to design and implement integrated advisory programs in FCS, 

(2) to provide funding to programs that support critical elements of the IFC/WBG country strategy and 

(3) to develop knowledge management and best practices. 

In its first four years, CASA piloted the above approach in seven FCS in Africa.

FCS Strategy and Growth

IFC’s strategy on FCS, endorsed by Management in December 2012 and laid out in the FY14-FY16 Road Map, proposes a 50% expansion of IFC’s activities in FCS by FY16. 

In response to the strategy, the CASA program is entering a next phase of growth and development, with the aim of covering all 18 FCS countries in Africa and becoming an integral and common element to IFC’s engagement approach in FCS in Africa. 

The strategic intent is to have a transformative development impact– through a cross-cutting advisory and investment mandate – with focus on delivering access to energy & infrastructure, access to markets, access to finance as well as significantly improving the investment climate for the private sector.

Duties and Accountabilities:

In order to guide and lead this next phase of growth, IFC seeks an FCS Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa to 

(i) operationally manage/lead the CASA program, including the development implementation and evaluation of the CASA program and strategy ; 

(ii) act as regional focal point for FCS strategy, both for the investment and advisory services in IFC; 

(iii) provide overall leadership and management to IFC staff working under the CASA program and 

(iv) help increase IFC’s investment and advisory services impact in FCS in Africa.
  • Coordinate and serve as focal point for IFC’s FCS strategy in Africa, with this strategy aligning both investment and advisory services activity in an integrated manner to support country, regional and IFC’s global strategic priorities for FCS
  • Manage a growing team of currently 8 professional as well as support staff which are located across seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Motivate, coach and guide the development as well as the capability building and growth of the CASA team
  • Operationally manage the existing CASA program and guide/drive the significant growth ambition of CASA over the next 3 to 5+ years
  • Oversee the design of innovative and transformative FCS programs that will ensure best practice application, impact, efficiencies of scale and stakeholder support
  • Help define FCS funding strategies, with a focus on fundraising for the CASA program -be accountable for the long-term sustainability of IFC’s FCS regional activities as well as donor partner/stakeholder relations
  • Develop and consolidate IFC’s regional FCS expertise and ability to disseminate/share knowledge in the area of FCS
  • Promote and support IFC's regional contribution to global thought leadership on private sector development in FCS
  • Serve as the regional FCS liaison with the IFC Team in charge of overseeing IFC’s global FCS program, the World Bank’s Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development (CCSD), as well as other relevant World Bank/MIGA teams in Africa
Selection Criteria:
In addition to meeting the WBG managerial selection criteria*, the job holder will be expected:
  • 12+ years of professional knowledge and expertise in private sector development – ideally with subject matter expertise related to work in FCS
  • Significant experience and/or exposure to working across the Africa region (preferably in FCS) and/or other regional experience with a relevant focus on FCS
  • Masters Degree in International Relations, Economics or another relevant/related academic field
  • Track record of overseeing design and execution of private sector development oriented programs across multiple geographies
  • Experience in, and/or exposure to, both advisory and investment related transactions
  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary teams and professionals who have expertise in FCS and/or focus sectors relevant to FCS
  • Recognized as a leader (of formal and informal teams) and catalyst for organizational change, building a shared vision with others and translating the vision into action
  • Strong communication skills and ability to manage multinational, decentralized teams
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, sensitivity to diversity and inclusion issues
*World Bank Group-wide managerial selection criteria include:
  • Courage of your convictions
  • Leading the team for impact
  • Influencing across boundaries
  • Fostering openness to new ideas.
  • Building talent for the future
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Job #: 131209
Title: Principal / Senior Industry Specialist
Job Stream: Agriculture & Rural Development
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing Date: 06/12/2013
Background / General description:
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Agribusiness Department is seeking to employ an industry expert in Nairobi, Kenya specializing in livestock (beef, dairy, pork, poultry and aquaculture), farming, food processing and related supply chain activities.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. 

We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, providing advisory services to businesses and governments, and mobilizing capital in the international financial markets.

In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty across the globe, IFC helped our clients create jobs, strengthen environmental performance, and contribute to their local communities—all while driving our investments to an all-time high of nearly $19 billion. 

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IFC’s Agribusiness Department supports investments in many sub-sectors: primary agricultural, fruits and vegetables, vegetable oils, tree crops, livestock, dairy, animal feed, food processing, milling, beverages and provides logistical and technical support to the agribusiness sector.

Duties and Accountabilities:
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of IFC’s agribusiness strategies and investment program
  • Provide industry and best practice advice to internal - IFC and WBG colleagues - and external clients and add value to new business development activities and portfolio monitoring, as well as to advisory services projects.
  • Conduct due diligences assessing project strengths and weaknesses and providing investment teams with an appraisal report plus operational parameters to be built into financial models
  • Participate in investment committee meetings reviewing investment and advisory proposals, and support best practice dissemination and knowledge sharing.
  • Participates in conferences and seminars and other events appropriate to maintaining and building sector knowledge and promoting IFC agribusiness capabilities
  • Assists in the selection, briefing and supervision of specialist technical consultants engaged on due diligence and advisory services activities.
  • Recognized within IFC as an authority in one or more key sectors and participates in World Bank Group wide events and specialist working groups.
Selection Criteria:
  • Most importantly, 10+ years experience at the senior management level of an agribusiness enterprise across several sub-sectors, with an emphasis on livestock (beef, dairy, pork, poultry and aquaculture) and food processing.
  • University degree in agricultural, food science, technology, engineering, veterinary or closely related field
  • Sound knowledge of current industry and sector operating parameters to permit comparative cost analysis and bench-marking, and established credibility as a respected regional or international agribusiness professional
  • Sound business judgment and proven track record of investment screening and assessment
  • Excellent communication skills in English; other language skills are an advantage; ability to work in a cross cultural environment
  • Good command of information technology.
  • Cross-sectoral agribusiness experience and exposure to marketing, sales, distribution, operations, procurement, engineering, MIS, business development, quality and environmental management.
  • Willingness to undertake extensive international travel
Only online applications are accepted. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Note to Internal Staff: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. 

All others will be offered a renewable term appointment.


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