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Senior Investment Officer

Job #: req4376
Organization: IFC
Sector: Investment
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Dakar,Senegal
Required Language(s): English, French
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 3/9/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. Visit

The Middle East and Africa ('MEA') Core Infrastructure Unit, an open and dynamic unit which annually processes a number of large-scale infrastructure transactions, ranging from logistics, power, telecoms to natural resources, is seeking a Senior Investment Officer ('SIO') to join our team. The selected candidate will be based in Dakar and will work under the oversight of the New Business Manager, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, Western and Central Africa (excluding Nigeria).  

  • The candidate is expected to perform the functions of a new business SIO at all material stages of the IFC deal cycle, from deal origination to portfolio management:
  • Play senior, client leadership role for MEA INR team with foreseen emphasis on power and transportation sub-sectors with added responsibilities for business development across all infra sectors
  • Develop a strong pipeline of good quality investment opportunities in the MEA region by anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge
  • Supervise a commensurate number of INR projects in the MEA region
  • Work closely with the country managers and officers – joint work to include developing client, country and sector strategies
  • Evaluate, structure, negotiate, and close new transactions, portfolio restructurings, capital increases, equity sales, etc.
  • Review and analyze business opportunities, synthesize information into internal reports for decision making purposes
  • Develop innovative and appropriate financial structures for complex transactions
  • Execute IFC’s project development investments with a strong focus on achieving bankable projects
  • Lead upstream initiatives aimed at creating markets, creating opportunities for MEA region countries, including work on key project agreements and project structures
  • Lead negotiation/documentation teams; use strong negotiation skills to develop solutions and overcome impasses in straightforward and complex transactions
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, global and regional private businesses, banking and multilateral partners and government officials to further develop the sector and to develop specific investment opportunities
  • Lead and manage project teams, mentor and develop junior staff, analysts in the team
  • Collaborate in developing sector and/or regional strategies and support related promotion work, including targeting potential investments and policy advisory work
  • Coordinate closely with social, environmental, and technical assistance colleagues to add value to our clients' businesses, find pragmatic solutions to the specific sector challenges, and achieve sustainable development impact

Selection Criteria

  • MBA or equivalent qualification
  • At least 8-12 years of experience with a development finance institution (DFI), an international financial institution, a private equity firm or a development organization with tasks related to private sector financing and development.
  • Proven track-record of sourcing, structuring and closing investments in infrastructure sectors, ideally including investments in the MEA region
  • Regional knowledge of countries and understanding of infrastructure challenges faced by countries within the region will be a plus
  • Knowledge of the various infra core sectors (power, transportation, utilities, telecoms, natural resources); equity investment, project finance and renewable energy finance experience is essential;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English backed by examples and references (additional fluency in Arabic language will be given special consideration)
  • Strong credit skills backed by references
  • Strong business development and client relationship skills, demonstrated by track record and ability to focus on clients’ needs effectively
  • Willingness to travel extensively
  • Financial skills: demonstrated ability to structure a variety of complex financial instruments (debt and equity)
  • Strong record of portfolio management of complex projects
  • Sound business judgment in identifying potential business partners
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior management of potential clients, financial and technical partners as well as senior government officials. Prior experience of working with IBRD and MIGA will be a plus.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, ability to interact effectively with clients and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds
  • Proven ability to mentor junior investment staff
  • Highly motivated, committed to highest ethical standards
  • Genuine commitment to sustainable development

This internal requisition is open to WBG and IMF staff only (including short-term and extended term consultants/temporaries). External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will not be considered.

Poverty has no borders. Neither does excellence. This is why we continually search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.