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Chief Banking Specialist

World Bank Group
Wenatchee, USA
Closing date
Aug 6, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Chief Banking Specialist

Job #:




Term Duration:
3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:
International Recruitment

Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s):

Preferred Language(s):
Spanish, French

Closing Date:
7/24/2024 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


IFC - a member of the World Bank Group - is the largestglobal development institution focused on the private sector in emergingmarkets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, andinfluence to create markets and opportunities. Our mission is to leverage thepower of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperityon a livable planet.

The Financial Institutions Group(FIG) is one of the major industry groups at IFC, responsible for managingroughly 40% of IFC's overall business in terms of volume and capital at risk.FIG's strategy and implementation work focuses on 3 main pillars: (i) increasefinancial access and inclusion; (ii) scale sustainability and climate finance;and (iii) make financial systems more efficient, resilient, and sophisticated.

IFC's priorities in FIG as anindustry group are: (i) grow investment and advisory solutions in all regionsit operates in, while achieving strong profitability and development impact(ii) build new and nurture existing client relationships to make IFC thepreferred partner for key clients (iii) manage portfolio of assets for strongprofitability and impact; (iv) support local companies, while improvingtransparency and corporate governance; (v) catalyze foreign investment,including mobilizing B loans, parallel loans, and other forms of capitalmobilization; (vi) introduce and develop new financial solutions, products andplatforms; (vii) build long-term partnerships with strong regional players;(viii) develop client, sector and country-level solutions through upstream anddownstream interventions that can be scaled and replicated; and (ix) be athought leader and innovator of products and client solutions globally.

IFC seeks to deepen its financialsector expertise with more resources to meet our growing mandate andincreasingly demanding requirements from our investment services and advisorystreams. IFC aims to hire Chief BankingSpecialist with DFS Focus who will complement the existing group of technicalexpertise housed in IFC's Financial Institutions Group (FIG) Global IndustryUnit (CFG). The Chief Banking Specialistis expected to be located in Washington DC but will be considered as a globalresource reporting to the FIG Global Manager for Financial Inclusion.

Beyond the Banking Specialist'straditional role of taking a leading role in investment appraisals and loanportfolio reviews, the new IFC FIG model demands greater value-added servicesfor existing and potential clients. Specialists are expected to i) contribute to development of FIG's globalstrategy, ii) support regional management teams in the development andimplementation of their regional strategy, iii) support clients in capacitybuilding through technical assistance and workshops, iv) assist in thesupervision of existing/portfolio exposures, and v) contribute to globalknowledge development and dissemination.

The ideal candidate should haveconsiderable hands-on, operational experience in consumer or SME banking and/orcredit, with responsibilities for credit risk management and overall riskmanagement including liquidity, market and non-financial risks.

The candidate should have a veryfirm understanding of data analytics and statistical score modeling and be ableto convert such expertise into due diligence on target financial institutions(whether traditional or fintech). Overall strong business acumen and deal making inclination is a must,given the role and nature of IFC's business.

She/he will be part of FIG'sGlobal Financial Inclusion team. Specialists will be required to work anywhere in the world and be basedin Washington DC or elsewhere. Women and emerging markets candidates areparticularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Accountabilities

Innovation and disruption of financial services remains a priority for FIG and more broadly for IFC. We are looking for new eligible partners to invest in and increase financial inclusion. The position requires the selected candidate to execute a business plan with realistic targets and a clear outline of the types of investments IFC should target.

The ideal candidate will help develop Deal Acceptance Criteria and communicate that across FIG to help with our business development. When assessing a particular opportunity, the candidate will develop the framework for the industry specialist report and use that framework to assess the client's operational capacity and validate IFC's investment thesis.
As part of this engagement, the candidate will be expected to build partnerships and assist with mobilization with other investors active in this space.

• Help Implement regional industry strategy and the delivery of business targets.
• Build the impact measurement indicators for this line of business and document development outcomes through participation in appraisals, including but not limited to loan portfolio reviews.
• Provide assistance in developing a sound regional industry strategy in the area of debt solutions for late stage Fintechs and data-based lenders.
• Identify resource needs for Global FIG and the regional teams.
• Support business development for both Investment and Advisory services in the Region.
• Support the regional FIG Managers to ensure high quality, performance and compliance of portfolio in the region.
• Disseminate IFC's Industry lessons and experience in the region, contribute to the global knowledge bank for Industry and share experience through design and delivery of internal formal and informal learning.
• Ensure quality control of work performed by investment officers, consultants and other team members.
• Collaborate with Credit and Risk to identify and manage industry risks.
• Mentor and develop junior staff in the region.

Selection Criteria

• Minimum required experience to include:
• A Master's degree or equivalent professional qualification in finance or business,
• A minimum of 20 years relevant operational private sector banking experience.
• Substantial banking experience at senior management level including decision-making responsibility and influence over the results of the entity.
• Experience and expertise to include but not limited to:
o Credit and risk management,
o Consumer Banking and SME,
o Asset/Liabilities management,
o Working knowledge and analytical skills in financial analysis. statistical score modeling, vintage analysis and big data,
o Knowledge in Fintech and disruptive business models in financial products.
o Due diligence of financial institutions (debt and equity) - Banks and NBFCs.
o Due diligence of Fintech and embedded finance players (debt and equity).
• Ability to represent IFC externally and to develop and manage relationships with clients, government, media, donors, and other stakeholders;
• Strong sense of service to clients and demonstrated private sector business development aptitude. Proven success in developing client relationships and executing quality investments;
• Ability to work in the matrix as an integral part of the Regional and Industry Department, and deliver high quality work within deadlines to meet team objectives;
• Ability to collaborate closely with World Bank and other financing institutions and banks;
• Good 'deal sense' based on demonstrated strong analytical skills and sound business judgment;
• Ability to develop innovative solutions and challenge the status quo in order to build the business;
• Excellent people management skills and openness to feedback; new ideas and ability to guide staff to solutions to problems;
• Strong written and verbal communications skills;
• Recognized as a team player and leader, ability to manage and resolve conflict;
• Highest standards of ethical integrity, transparency
• Fluency in English and ability to speak Spanish and/ or French would be a plus

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.

Learn more about working at the World Bank and IFC, including our values and inspiring stories.

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