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Operations Officer

Job #: req1449
Organization: IFC
Sector: Advisory Services
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Spanish
Closing Date: 1/21/2019 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit

IFC’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services (MAS) Department covers sectors which cater to basic human needs such as food, shelter, jobs, and health and education. They play a critical role in providing goods and services to consumers, creating jobs, contributing to government revenue, and stimulating growth through SMEs.

IFC's priorities in MAS are: (i) increasing access to goods and services with a particular focus on frontier countries and regions; (ii) building top sector expertise to make IFC the preferred partner for key clients, (iii) supporting local companies while improving their transparency, efficiency and sustainability; (iv) catalyzing foreign investment, including mobilizing B loans and parallel loans, and (v) developing client, sector and country-level solutions which can be scaled and replicated with a special focus on agriculture, health and education.

Advisory Services in MAS are currently focused on supporting clients in the agribusiness and retail sectors in four key areas: increasing the efficiency of smallholder supply chains, improving food safety, enhancing the productivity and sustainability of the animal protein sector and promoting the uptake of water efficient practices and technologies. While maintaining global knowledge using four platforms serving these four key areas, IFC also ensures the quality and cost-effective delivery of its services through its local presence in four regions: EMENA, LAC, Africa and EAP.  The delivery of IFC MAS advisory services in the regions is led by Regional Leads. In line with these activities, MAS Advisory Services is looking for an Operations Officer to be based in Colombia.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Operations Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing advisory engagement within agribusiness value chains in Latin America and the Caribbean: (1) To lead development and management of the IFC advisory programs on agribusiness development in Colombia, with likely sub sectors being dairy, beef, cocoa and rice.  (2) To support development and management of current and new engagements within the LAC region. 

The Operations Officer will be responsible for managing the design, development and implementation of IFC’s MAS advisory projects with IFC clients in Colombia which includes the following areas of responsibility:

  • Supporting identification of key crop sub sectors and leading private sector firms in order to develop a pipeline of IFC advisory and investment clients;
  • Managing existing programs with clients in the dairy, beef and cocoa sectors, ensuring the delivery of results in accordance with the approved project business and M&E targets;
  • Hiring external expertise, deploying internal and/or external expertise and managing them in order to ensure the most effective and efficient implementation of the project programs;
  • Managing relationships with project stakeholders, clients, partners, beneficiaries, etc.;
  • Preparing project supervision and donor reports, including M&E reports and the required back-up data which confirms the reported results and achievements;
  • Ensuring coordination with other IFC teams: advisory colleagues, investment officers, E&S specialists, country officers, communications officers and IBRD colleagues and others.
  • Business development for MAS Advisory, which includes: identifying clients and their needs, preparing pitches, conducting negotiations, and concluding deals;
  • Developing and delivering advisory and financing solutions to IFC agribusiness clients;
  • Contribute substantively to knowledge management.

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to the World Bank Group and IFC's mission, strategy and values;
  • A Master's degree or equivalent professional qualification in finance or business;
  • A minimum of 8 years of private sector operational experience in agribusiness or related industry in LAC;
  • Proven track record in nurturing client relationships and resolving challenging issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to understand what makes businesses succeed, develop innovative solutions and challenge the status quo to build the business;
  • Recognized as a team player, collaborator, leader and strategic thinker;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills in English and Spanish;
  • Ability to represent IFC externally and to develop and manage relationships with government, media, donors, and other stakeholders;
  • Sound business judgment, demonstrated ability to deliver results under stressful timetables and environment.

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.  Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.