Friday, February 3, 2017

Senior Investment Officer

Background / General description:
The World Bank Group (World Bank) is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. The World Bank works in more than 100 developing economies to improve living standards and fight poverty.  The World Bank has twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. 
Treasury is the Vice Presidency performing treasury functions for the IBRD and IDA and, to varying degrees, for other members of the World Bank. Its activities are organized and grouped into six departments: Capital Markets, Financial Advisory and Banking, Investment Management, Pension and Endowments, Quantitative Solutions and Analytics, and Treasury Operations.
The Financial Advisory and Banking Department (FAB) is Treasury's client-facing hub with lead responsibility for coordinating Treasury's advisory services on asset, debt, and risk management to sovereign and sub-sovereign governments, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, national pension funds and other official sector institutions as well as development organizations. Within FAB, the Reserve Advisory and Management Program (RAMP) is responsible for delivering capacity building and training to central banks, sovereign wealth funds, national pension funds and supranational organizations grounded in international sound practices.
The Position
The World Bank is seeking to fill position of Senior Investment Officer, in support of RAMP within the Financial Advisory and Banking Department in Treasury.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The Senior Investment Officer will work under the direction of the RAMP Manager and guidance from Engagement Managers. Primary responsibilities will focus on providing technical assistance to RAMP clients in the areas of asset allocation, portfolio construction and risk management, and will include the following activities:
  • Advising RAMP clients on the design and development of the investment policy, strategic asset allocation, and portfolio construction  for various fixed-income and/or multi-asset class portfolios, based on applicable investment objectives and risk tolerance considerations;
  • Actively participating in professional collaboration, advisory engagements and workshops for Treasury clients including central banks, other official sector investment managers such as public pension funds; This includes preparing and delivering presentations and case studies for  technical workshops and conferences;  training client staff and providing technical briefings to the investment committee of client intuitions on topics relating to governance, investment policy, strategic asset allocation, and risk management; and liaising with colleagues in the Treasury and other World Bank units to facilitate the delivery of technical assistance to clients;
  • Providing training and technical support to clients in the use of analytical software tools in order to strengthen their investment process in the areas of asset allocation and risk measurement. These  include the Asset Allocation Workbench (a proprietary software developed by the World Bank Treasury), and various Bloomberg capabilities such as PORT, as well as other financial analysis tools;
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of quantitative models and tools for strategic and tactical asset allocation, portfolio construction, risk measurement and modeling.
  • Supporting RAMP Engagement Managers in business development efforts and the RAMP program growth activities by producing analytical reports, contributing to projects to enhance knowledge products, reviewing and preparing documentation to support project deliverables;
Selection Criteria:
The successful candidate will have:
  • PhD or Master’s degree preferably in finance, mathematics, econometrics, statistics, or equivalent combination of quantitative education and experience;
  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience in finance, investments, quantitative modeling, preferably in fixed income, within a central bank, sovereign wealth fund, pension fund, or other asset manager (with focus on asset allocation, portfolio management, quantitative research)
  • Professional Certification CFA, CAIA, FRM or PRM is a plus
  • Proficiency in Excel and VBA is required. Programming experience with MATLAB, or similar analytical tool is strongly desired. Familiarity with Bloomberg and/or other major trading and risk system is desirable
  • Proven ability to multi-task, deliver results, and respond quickly and effectively to competing priorities.
  • Good team player with strong interpersonal skills, and commitment to work collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are required. Public speaking, and/or teaching experience is desirable.
For further Information and to apply for the positions, please click on the Apply button.  Vacancy numbers 170146.
 Application deadline is February 21, 2017.

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