(Associate) Upstream Officer – Power (Distributed Generation and Renewable)


Job Description

Job #: req6358
Organization: IFC
Sector: Upstream
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Islamabad,Pakistan
Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 3/17/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is full of meaning and impact? 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 where they are needed most. Visit www.ifc.org

IFC has embarked on an ambitious new growth strategy (IFC 3.0) to stimulate more investment activity, especially in Low Income Countries (LICs) and countries in Fragile and Conflict affected Situations (FCS). While IFC continues to expand its traditional roles of advisory services and investment operations, IFC Management has called for a broader strategy to develop its own pipeline of transactions by engaging the public and private sectors earlier in the project cycle. This strategy calls for generating ourownopportunitiesbyproactivelyworking “Upstream”(i.e. prior to and/ or in anticipation of a project or investment), to create, deepen, and expand markets and to imagine, design, unblock and implement investment projects. It requires taking a systematic approach to understanding the regulatory and sector bottlenecks that prevent the flow of private capital into productive investment in our member countries, as well as addressing these bottlenecks through World Bank Group engagement on policy reforms and programmatic interventions at the country and sector level. It also requires capacity to leverage WBG programs and projects to develop our own proactive sector interventions and to imagine and design projects even in the absence of reforms.

IFC is seeking an (Associate) Operations Officer for Upstream with expertise in the Power sector. The position is part of the broader Infrastructure and Natural Resources (INR) team in the Asia Pacific region. The INR team delivers financial and technical support to clients in the power, transport, telecoms, municipal & environmental infrastructure, gas and mining sectors. The selected candidate will focus on supporting the development of a bankable and investable operations through Upstream engagements, particularly in respect to distributed generation and renewable energy,under the supervision of the Regional Upstream Lead. S/he will also support policy work and other power-related interventions across the World Bank Group related to Upstream efforts.

Role & Responsibilities:
The roles and responsibilities of the position will include but not be limited to:

With an emphasis on creating investment opportunities for IFC, support the identification, prioritization and assessment of Upstream opportunities that emerge from country and sector strategies and market intelligence work and business development work carried out by regional and global INR teams.
Contribute to the conceptualization, developmentand supervision of Upstream projects, including various types of pre-investment work required to generate and enable IFC investments: sector diagnostics, market surveys, feasibility studies, scoping and evaluation of business models, and implementation plans, among others.
Assist in designing and implementing scalable solutions and platforms/programs that can help generate multiple investment opportunities similar to “Scaling Solar” (https://www.scalingsolar.org/) andthat can be replicated across markets.
Help spot game-changing trends, technologies and business models that can bring solutions to emerging markets.
Produce regular reports on the assigned Upstream activities, including pipeline reports, status updates, and progress reports monitoring execution performance against project milestones and KPIs.
Contribute to sector-specific data analysis and stress-testing of various operating models to help generate ideas for new projects, new products and platform businesses.
Work with the World Bank to analyze sector and regulatory reforms that are needed to unlock opportunities for private investment.
Interact with thought leaders and decision makers across the World Bank Group and externally to foster innovative thinking about overcoming regulatory and sector dynamic constraints to increase private investment in the target sector.
Support the development of scalable solutions that can be replicated across markets.
Contribute to the development of knowledge materials to promote Upstream activities and document best practices and lessons learned.

Selection Criteria

Master's degree or equivalent professional qualification in Business, Finance, Economics, International Understanding of market creation and the regulatory environment relating thereto together with the ability Relations, Science, Engineering, or other relevant field.

At least 5 years of relevant experience in project and/or sector development, including feasibility studies, regulatory analysis, hands-on PPP advisory and/or consulting functions in the power sector in a developing country.

Experience/understanding of power markets, tariffs and power demand segmentation.

Experience/understanding of power utilities, transmission and distribution, centralized and distributed power systems.

Experience/understanding of commercial, industrial and residential power demand, on-grid and off-grid.

Experience/understanding of corporate, community and private power procurement, business models for distributed generation and commercial contracts.

Relevant commercial/business development experience.

Relevant finance related experience.

Genuine commitment to development and to the World Bank Group and IFC's mission, strategy and values.

Understanding of IFC’s strategic priorities and changing business model to engage earlier in the project development cycle.

Capacity to innovate and challenge traditional approaches and experience in new idea generation, business development, and creating projects/programs from scratch.

to link policy reforms, advisory interventions, investment, and mobilization to deliver solutions at a country level and engage with regulators.

Experience working in advisory/ consulting roles in the power sector and/or in developing greenfield investment opportunities in the power sector is preferred.

Ability to engage with private sector clients, local and national governments and other stakeholders to encourage pioneering business and market development.

Experience in project/program management, including executing against implementation plans with defined business development milestones.

Outstanding analytical and critical thinking skills.

Strong written and verbal communications skills in English.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

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