sharing in governance of extractive industries

Operations Officer for Disclosure to Development (D2D) Program at IFC

Deadline to Apply: August 21, 2017

Seniority Level: Mid-Senior level

IndustryFinancial Services

Employment: Type Full-time

Job Functions: Other

Job description

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

IFC’s Infrastructure & Natural Resources (INR) Department

Industries that can harness natural resources are vital for many of the world's poorest countries. They are a key source of jobs, energy, government revenues, and a wide array of other benefits for local economies. In Africa, in particular, large-scale sustainable investments in these industries can create equally large-scale gains in economic development.

IFC’s goal in the natural resources sector is to help developing countries realize these benefits, while helping promote sustainable energy sources. We provide financing and advice for private sector clients, and help governments adopt effective regulations and strengthen their capacity to manage these industries across the value chain. We also provide advisory services to companies to ensure that local communities enjoy concrete benefits from projects, focusing on transparency, supply chains, jobs, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.

Our group also helps support clean and efficient energy, including renewable power, in emerging markets where these sectors need international investment to be viable. We provide equity and debt financing for projects, including early-stage initiatives, and mobilize additional funding from commercial banks and other partners through our syndication programs. Working with the World Bank, we help governments design and implement public-private partnerships in areas such as power, transportation, and municipal infrastructure, supporting improved service delivery, sustainability, and capacity building.

From Disclosure to Development (D2D) Program

The extractive industries (EI) can be a pathway to development. Public revenues generated from oil, gas, metals and mineral sectors can account for a substantial portion of government resources. Mining, oil and gas firms are also major actors in the global economic landscape by creating jobs, improving economic productivity, and giving back to the communities in which they operate. Unfortunately, the abundance of natural resources has not always translated into widespread wealth and growth.

In this context, promotion of good governance has risen in importance for government, private sector, and civil society alike. For over a decade, greater disclosure of EI information has been at the heart of efforts to better leverage transparency to instill accountability and curb corruption in the sector. However, the focus to date has been on the push for transparency and not yet sufficiently on ensuring effective use of disclosed information.

The overarching goal of the D2D program is to enhance the effectiveness of disclosures in support of achieving clear development outcomes from extractives investments. To this end, D2D seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Pillar I – Data Disclosure: Improving the accessibility and standardization of data disclosure. This applies to information provided by government and industry, including disclosures via global reporting initiatives.
  • Pillar II – Data Use and Analysis: Strengthening application of disclosed information in guiding policies and practices. This includes building capacity of data suppliers and users, and systems and tools for more informed use of EI data, including tracking how revenues are deployed.
  • Pillar III – Dialogue and Deliberation: Establishing a global platform to promote cross-cutting utility of EI data and greater consistency and materiality of disclosed information, matching needs of data providers and users. This platform will offer a space for i) dialogue as to how to maximize the impact of data disclosure beyond the dynamics of any one initiative or jurisdiction and ii) alignment of reporting requirements.

The Operations Officer position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will have a formal reporting line to the IFC Task Team Leader and will be supervised by the Program Coordinator. S/he will work closely with both IFC and IBRD/IDA staff working in Washington, D.C. and in country offices across the globe.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Operations Officer will be accountable for the successful delivery of Phase I of the D2D program, under the guidance of the Program Coordinator. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Implementing, under the supervision of the Program Manager, the 2-year work plan for Phase I and supporting the development of Phase II;
  • Organizing delivery of D2D Phase I activities, including supporting foundational research, creating knowledge products, conducting analyses/surveys, developing case studies, and coordinating stakeholder events, among other activities;
  • Coordinating work flows and contributions from IFC and IBRD/IDA staff and consultants to ensure timely delivery of products;
  • Directing development and stress-testing of data disclosure methodologies and data use applications, as appropriate;
  • Conducting data analysis and/or testing data applications developed through the project;
  • Facilitating conversations across different stakeholder groups related to the program insights, recommendations, and learnings;
  • Disseminating insights, recommendations, and learnings from Phase I through conferences, webinars, publications and other media; and
  • Coordinating reporting on project implementation, consolidating progress reports, documenting and sharing lessons learned, and identifying critical areas that deserve management attention and issuing recommendations as appropriate.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in data science, information technology, library science, international development, public policy, or related field;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in data management and use, preferably working for an international institution, non-governmental organization, academia and/or government;
  • Solid experience in open data is essential, including knowledge of publication schema, data standards and issues of inter-operability; experience of open data in the context of open government and corporate responsibility programming is an advantage
  • Practical experience of working with data users and fostering data uptake - bridging supply and demand - is essential; experience of data management in the extractives industries is an advantage
  • Experience in the field of international/community development, particularly related to private sector engagement, is preferred;
  • Strong integrative thinking and ability to bring together complex ideas from multiple sources;
  • High level of energy, initiative and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in and also lead small teams to achieve results and foster cooperation across organizational boundaries;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, in particular ability to effectively dialogue with stakeholders and produce reports/studies; and
  • Fluency in English is required

For Corporate Information and to apply to the position, please visit www.ifc.org/careers, vacancy number 171459Deadline is August 21, 2017

IFC values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of IFC 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.

Last updated by Norma Garza Aug 1, 2017.


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