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Lead Board Operations Officer

World Bank Group
Wenatchee, USA
Closing date
Jul 12, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Lead Board Operations Officer

Job #:

World Bank



Term Duration:
4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:
International Recruitment

Washington, DC,United States

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Preferred Language(s):

Closing Date:
7/8/2024 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit

The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help poor nations reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. The vision of the WBG is to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3 percent by 2030, and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country.

To achieve this vision, the WBG Board of Governors has approved a strategy for the organization. This strategy leverages, for the first time, the combined strength of the WBG institutions and their unique ability to partner with the public and private sectors to deliver customized development solutions backed by finance, world class knowledge and convening services. The strategy has three components: (1) maximizing development impact by engaging country clients in identifying and tackling the most difficult development challenges; (2) promoting scaled-up partnerships that are strategically aligned with the goals; and (3) crowding in public and private resources, expertise and ideas.

Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG): the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and fourteen Global Practices (GPs), reporting to three GP Vice Presidents, as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.


The Corporate Secretariat Vice-Presidency (SECVP) of the World Bank Group supports the Board of Governors and the Executive Directors of IBRD, IDA, IFC and MIGA in executing their fiduciary and governance responsibilities. SEC, therefore, is unique in working across all the World Bank Group institutions (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA, and ICSID) and serves as the key interlocutor between the Board of Governors, the Executive Directors, the President and Senior Management, operational management and staff. SEC's primary purpose is to facilitate effective, efficient, and strategically focused interactions between the Board and Management to achieve the World Bank Group's overall mission of poverty reduction.

The Corporate Affairs and Administration Unit (SECCA) (i) provides administrative, policy and governance, budget, travel, Board information services, knowledge and communications and IT support to SEC, the Executive Directors and certain other World Bank Group corporate offices; (ii) manages relations with shareholders in connection with, namely, elections, membership, capital subscriptions and voting; and (iii) leads the organization of the Spring and Annual Meetings.

Duties and Accountabilities:

SECCA is seeking to recruit a high performing, dynamic and experienced individual who combines a solid competence in corporate and financial affairs, governance, and a proven track record in managing diplomatic relations in an international setting. The Lead Board Operations Officer will play a key role in supporting the Director to shape the strategic directions for SECCA, deliver on the priorities and key initiatives identified by the SEC Management Team and the SECCA Unit, and lead the Shareholder Relations Unit and Governance Policy and Administration team within SECCA. The Lead Board Operations Officer will report directly to the SECCA Director, and work in close collaboration with the SECCA Management Team, SECPO and the SECVP Front Office.

Main Responsibilities include:

• Lead the Shareholder Relations and Governance, Policy and Administration teams within SECCA, including an effective, proactive and strategic coordination and delivery of work programs.
• Lead technical focal point for all matters relating to Shareholder Relations agenda, including but not limited to, shareholding reviews, capital increase and subscriptions, membership, elections, voting and credentials.
• Lead technical focal point for all matters related to the Governance, Policy and Administration Team leading on all administrative processes and deliverables related to incoming and outgoing Executive Directors and Board officials, travel and budget.
• Maintain strong relationships and SECCA's role and collaboration with other units, including DFI, LEG, IFC, MIGA, and ICSID, HR Operations as well as Executive Directors' offices, in relation to the Shareholder Relations and GPA agendas.
• Coordinate and supervise the day-to-day work of the Shareholder Relations and GPA teams, including mentoring staff, fostering their development, and managing their performance review process.
• Promote knowledge sharing, outreach and communication, innovation and reviewing business processes and records keeping periodically towards greater efficiency, effectiveness and solid business continuity.
• Share knowledge and develop learning materials/tools for Executive Directors and their staff and other client groups in relation to the Shareholder Relations and GPA agenda.
• Provide advice and analysis on strategic priorities on a broad range of issues under the responsibility of the Director.
• Play an active role in the SECCA Management Team.
• Provide comprehensive recommendations on proposals and perform a wide range of liaison and follow-up duties for the Director's Front Office.

Specifically, the incumbent will be expected to:

• Shareholding, Voice and Representation. Work closely with the relevant units of the World Bank Group and with SECPO to help ensure that substantive analytical work is conducted on all voice and shareholding relations matters. Lead on implementation of the capital increases
• Corporate Governance. Contribute to the role of the Corporate Secretariat as a balanced interlocutor between the Executive Directors and Management, with an aim to generate consensus in the decision making and advance the agenda of the World Bank Group.
• Build and maintain partnerships with Board members, Management, as well as with other units within the Corporate Secretariat.
• Provide strategic input and/or lead special projects to explore innovative approaches and ways of doing business more efficiently.
• Work closely with SECPO and the SEC Front Office to ensure integration and collaboration on key issues.
• Promote collaboration and knowledge sharing with other business units under SECCA.
• Participate in meetings and ensure appropriate follow-through on the Director's decisions and commitments by working with WBG units responsible for action and implementation.
• Perform all other functions that may be assigned by the Director.

Selection Criteria

• Master's degree, preferably in Economics or Finance, with a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience.
• The scope of the position requires that the successful candidate is a person of stature, knowledgeable and experienced in international finance, capable of operating independently with excellent judgment, negotiation and diplomatic skills, with an excellent ability to forge consensus. The successful candidate will have excellent people skills, a proven ability to manage complex work programs and business processes, a capacity to innovate, a track record in effectively engaging with senior-level, and strong technical and analytical skills.
• Proven track record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment.
• Proven ability to effectively plan, direct, organize, and administer diverse activities to ensure effective delivery of work program.
• Understanding of overall operating and authorizing environment for the WBG and/or IFIs, views and priorities of World Bank Group shareholders, and wider group of World Bank Group stakeholders and basic knowledge of World Bank Group or IFIs corporate governance, including Board of Governors and Executive Board of Directors.
• Demonstrated ability to work across units in developing innovative operational approaches, new business models, or new procedures and processes.
• Strong diplomatic and people skills, and track record to effectively engage with senior officials; ability to build and maintain relations across units and levels.
• Sound understanding of business issues and experience with World Bank Group products and services.
• Excellent analytical and writing skills with an ability to convey effectively and precisely key messages. Knowledge of an additional language is a plus.

Core Competencies

• Lead and Innovate - Develops and encourages innovative solutions with and by others;
• Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client;
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront;
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and external client solutions;
• Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action.
• Integrative Skills - Possesses in-depth understanding of Bank resources in all areas of work in the network, and proven fungibility and problem-solving skills.
• Client Orientation - Translates insight into practice across disciplines, hierarchies, geographies and organizational units in service of clients.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Demonstrates command of all forms of communication and presents in a clear, objective and engaging manner in high-level settings; ensures knowledge is captured and shared in a variety of ways.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Serves as a trusted adviser to others on their decisions, ensuring alignment across units and optimal impact on the organization as a whole.

**This internal requisition is open to WBG and IMF staff only (includingshort-term and extended term consultants/ temporaries). External candidates arerequested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, theirapplication will not be considered.**

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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.

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