Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Senior/Principal Investment Officer - Financial Institutions Group

Senior/Principal Investment Officer - Financial Institutions Group
Based in Washington, DC
Background/General description:
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is a global leader, investor and advisor committed to projects in its developing member countries that reduce extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. 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 businesses and governments in the developing world.
Private sector financial development is essential to the promotion of successful and sustainable economies in low and middle income countries around the world. Sound and efficient financial markets can ensure that resources are allocated where they are most productive, assisting job creation and spurring economic growth. IFC’s goal is to prioritize investment in the financial sector because it promotes development in all other sectors.
The Financial Institutions Group (FIG) is one of three major industry groups at IFC, responsible for managing roughly 40% of IFC’s overall business in terms of volume and capital at risk.  FIG engages in a wide range of sub-sectors including  Microfinance, SME, Gender, Climate, Insurance, Capital Markets, Housing, Distressed Assets, and other areas, with both investment and advisory services delivered globally to IFC’s clients through IFC’s global network.
The Mobilization and Innovation group within the Financial Institutions Group focuses on Insurance, Capital Markets and the Distressed Asset Recovery Program (DARP).  DARP has a successful track record of transactions and IFC is looking to expand its investment activities in this line of business.  As a result, IFC is looking to identify an individual who will work in the FIG DARP team to strengthen the overall DARP platform. The individual will be responsible for implementing and leading all the master servicing related activities, including pricing and supervision framework for existing DARP platforms, internal and external communications, and relationships with DARP partners.  In addition, the individual will work with the FIG DARP team and the FIG regional staff on identifying and then implementing distressed assets transactions. The individual will act as Team Leader for some of the larger DARP transactions globally.
The position will report to the Head of DARP, within the Financial Institutions Group Mobilization and Innovation unit (CFGMI), and will be based in Washington DC.
Duties and Accountabilities:
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Develop, implement and lead DARP master servicing framework (including both pricing and performance monitoring), as well as coordination with existing network of servicers and partners;
• Help develop a strong pipeline of good quality investment opportunities through anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge;
• Evaluate, structure, negotiate and close new transactions;
• Lead execution; use strong negotiation skills to develop solutions and overcome impasses in straightforward and complex transactions;
• Lead project teams, mentor, develop junior staff, build talent and grow skill base of staff;;
• Assist in other project or strategy related activities as the need may arise.
Selection Criteria:
• Master’s degree in finance, economics or other related areas; accreditation as a CFA or CPA is considered a plus.
• Minimum 8-12 years of experience in housing finance, with evidence of growing expertise in banking, financial institutions and finance related disciplines;
• Strong financial and credit skills; demonstrated ability to structure a variety of complex financial instruments (debt and equity).
• Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, of financial and technical partners as well as senior government officials.
• Good management skills with proven track record of success in developing client relationships and execution of client engagements.
• Strong track record of negotiating both plain vanilla and more complex transactions.
• Experience in distressed asset acquisition, management, and resolution, either as investor or servicer/manager.
• Knowledge and Experience in International Economic Development Arena and commitment to sustainable development.
• Excellent business judgment and strong analytical and problem solving skills to identify issues and present creative, practical solutions.
• Great team player, able to mentor and train more junior staff.
• Capacity to deal with conflicting priorities and deliver high quality work on schedule; facility to work successfully in multicultural teams and across boundaries.
• Excellent oral and written presentation skills in English are required; additional major language such as Spanish desirable.
• Willingness to travel.
The Senior Investment Officer will report to the Head of DARP, within the CFGMI group in the Financial Institutions Group.
For external Ad: IFC offers a highly challenging and rewarding working environment with outstanding opportunities for professional growth, as well as attractive conditions. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
To apply on-line, please visit: www.ifc.org/careers
Job #: 151962
Deadline is November 2, 2015

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