sharing in governance of extractive industries

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

Deadline to Apply:  August 21, 2017

Seniority Level: Mid-Senior level

Industry: Financial 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 development and implementation of Phase I of the D2D program. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Building key relationships and strengthening networks between and among IFC, IBRD/IDA, the Advisory Committee and other partners in government, civil society, NGOs, and academia, to ensure harmony across activities;
  • Leading the development and implementation of the 2-year work plan for Phase I and the outline development of a multi-year program Phase II;
  • Managing and guiding the implementation of D2D Phase I activities, including foundational research and knowledge creation, pilot development and testing, and stakeholder engagement – ensuring quality delivery and adjustment as needed;
  • Brokering conversations across different stakeholder groups related to the program insights, recommendations, and learnings, as well as ways to improve current disclosures, utilizing the existing platforms and country dialogues;
  • Presenting on the D2D program as needed at development fora and industry events to enhance collaboration, multi-disciplinary fertilization and knowledge sharing;
  • In coordination with the IFC Task Team Leader and IBRD Lead, delivering periodic updates and providing information to the Advisory Committee as necessary;
  • Supervising the Operations Officer and other contributing staff and consultants to ensure timely delivery of work program; 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

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in business, economics, political science, international development, or related field; PhD preferred;
  • Minimum 10 years of combined experience in international institutions/companies, academia, non-governmental organizations, and/or government with demonstrated track record in program management; experience in the extractive resources sector a must;
  • Significant experience and proven track record required in designing, implementing, and managing multi-year, interdisciplinary research programs;
  • Proven track record of operationalizing research and implementation, including using innovative approaches, with a sustained record of achieving high-quality results;
  • Experience in open data, data analysis, data engineering or data as part of a cross-disciplinary application an advantage;
  • Proven ability to manage and develop local and international staff and consultants, and competencies in building partnerships and interacting with, and managing relationships with diverse stakeholders;
  • Expertise and experience in international/community development, particularly related to private sector engagement;
  • Strong background in research and analysis is essential;
  • High level of energy, initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, in particular ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders; and
  • Fluency in English is required.

For Corporate Information and to apply to the position, please visit www.ifc.org/careers, vacancy number 171458. Deadline 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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