E T Consultant
World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 3 Apr 2020
Location: Chennai (India)
Grade: EC1
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Job Description


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. 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, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. 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 www.worldbank.org

The World Bank Group Finance & Accounting (WFA) Vice Presidential Unit is responsible for all aspects of the financial reporting and internal control framework for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA) and the extensive Trust Fund/Partnership portfolio of these entities. WFA also leads the client shared service function for the WBG corporate expenses and WBG trust funds, ensures fiduciary responsibility for all disbursements related to Bank operations, and leads the WBG Corporate Accounting & Reporting department (WFACA). Included in WFACA is the Structured Finance Division (WFASF).

The Structured Finance Division (WFASF) is responsible for product control functions for financial instruments, including borrowings and investments as utilized by IBRD, IDA, MIGA and Trust Funds for their operations, except for pension funds. These include financial instrument product aligned accounting, set-up of financial models and valuation review, market data sourcing and verification, implementing accounting policies around financial instruments, independent price verification, accuracy of accounting ledgers, financial instrument related data management and reviewing accuracy of financial statements regarding these financial instruments. In addition, WFASF team is involved in a host of critical institutional projects and initiatives that seek to enhance WB’s ability to capture and integrate data from different sources into, accounting, valuation and reporting systems and ultimately enable analysis that serve financial and / or management reporting needs.

The current position is that of an extended-term consultant (ETC) staff in WFASC Chennai, which is an extension of the WFASF team in HQ. The tenure of this ETC role would be for 1 year from the date of joining.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The consultant will work as part of a team of professionals to meet the group’s responsibilities as they relate to the accounting of financial instruments.
The scope of work will cover the following:

• Ensuring the accuracy and appropriateness of accounting data, systems and reporting deliverables, as it relates to the borrowings portfolios
• Analyzing accounting results as they relate to financial instruments to ensure they are consistent with expectations and business objectives or those deviations are understood and adequately documented
• Verifying trade set-up and trade modifications
• Developing expectations, performing analysis, preparing commentaries, suggesting and implementing solutions in a pro-active manner
• Preparing various financial and management reports, as required by the department or other stakeholders
• Coordinating with external and internal auditors, when required
• Proactively interacting with WFA colleagues and Treasury (TRE) front office business units and other units as required to stay abreast of new / proposed activities that may have accounting or reporting implications.
• Staying abreast of accounting pronouncements and industry best practice as it relates to accounting of financial instruments.
• Identifying opportunities for improvements in current processes, initiating improvements within the system and control framework; working with business and technology teams across locations to implement solutions / improvements
• Contributing to requirement specification, testing, implementation and maintenance of systems supporting various portfolios
• Contributing to the department’s projects and business initiatives, as and when required
• Maintaining and developing processes, procedures, documentation and internal controls around portfolios handled, with the objective of increasing efficiency and accuracy

Selection Criteria

Education and Experience:

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, preferably with a major in business administration, accounting, economics, finance, or international trade. Professional accounting qualification such as CA/CPA/ACCA and/or CFA/FRM would be preferred.
• Five years of experience in related fields with a public / private financial institution (including IFC/IBRD) or the finance / treasury function of a public / private corporation. Proven track record in previous position
Core Technical Knowledge:
• Hands-on experience with treasury products / financial instruments (i.e. capital and money market instruments) and their accounting
• Good knowledge of Summit / Murex treasury applications would be a distinct advantage
• Experience with integrated financial systems (e.g. SAP) and Bloomberg/Reuters would be a plus
• Proven quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, including excellent spreadsheet skills.
• Ability to contribute to team performance with strong interpersonal and communication skills
• High level of initiative, self-confidence and a self-starter; proven problem-solving skills, ability to deliver high quality results and operates with minimum supervision
• Fluency in written and spoken English required


• Deliver results for clients – Takes full ownership to address client needs. Demonstrates initiative, independence and autonomy in addressing client needs in changing business contexts and environments. Allocates and prioritizes resources according to areas of most urgent need and greatest impact for the client.

• Collaborate within teams and across boundaries – Adopts a collaborative approach to improve overall effectiveness outside the unit as well and displays an open helpful attitude toward others. Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Demonstrates understanding of and acts to incorporate multiple perspectives. Frames thinking/actions with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.

• Lead and innovate – Initiates changes to work processes to improve efficiency and performance. Applies creativity, flexibility and persistence to develop new approaches. Considers own behavior in context of WBG's values and mission and recognizes impact on others. Frames problems and recommends solutions.

• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Actively promotes knowledge-sharing. Takes ownership for organization of knowledge-sharing and learning activities. Contributes to the knowledge of the work group and beyond. Uses feedback to develop self and mentor others. Builds personal and professional networks within and beyond the work group.

• Make Smart Decisions – Analyzes data to support and enable decision-making. Anticipates, researches, reviews, and analyzes available data and relevant empirical evidence, including lessons learned. Understands risk and can provide basic assessment using cost-benefit analysis. Uses critical thinking and good judgment to make decisions. Supports decisions, takes action and ensures appropriate follow-up actions are taken.

• Broad Business Thinking – Maintains an in-depth understanding of the long term implications of decisions both for the team and client’s business. Ensures that decisions are supported by relevant stakeholders as well as sound performance data. Effectively communicates recommended changes to clients and how they will affect their business while attempting to minimize day-to-day disruption of operations.

• Project Management – Develops and implements realistic and achievable work plans for group or project team – including tasks, priorities, resources and schedules. Establishes priorities, identifies critical tasks, and pushes projects forward in a timely fashion. Establishes controls to detect problems early and notify those involved if deadlines are affected. Creates opportunities and solutions that address more difficult or abstract situations. Creates and adapts solutions to address unusual data or novel situations.

• Analytical Thinking – Coordinates the information gathering and reporting process. Reviews trends and compares to expectations. Conducts research to define problems and prepares responses to anticipated questions. Prioritizes multiple issues and opportunities. Identifies relationships and linkages within several information sources. Anticipates issues that are not readily apparent on the surface. Identifies root causes and effects. Reports and identifies areas that need guidance in order to resolve complex issues. Anticipates the possible outcome of potential solutions.

• Policies and Procedures – Seek out opportunities to further understanding of relevant policies and guidance. Identify areas for improvements in existing policies and procedures. Emulate best practices in completing own work program. Provides guidance to junior staff and plays a role in transferring skills and knowledge to others.

• Risks and Controls – Demonstrate understanding of key risks and internal control procedures in the related processes. Able to identify key risks and mitigating control steps in own functional areas. Perform internal control procedures in compliance with the overall risk and control framework. Takes proactive measures to know the internal control procedures (e.g., talks with business leaders about their goals and priorities).

• Information Technology and Systems – Leverage information technology systems and applications to improve productivity and efficiency. Provide inputs to IT system enhancement efforts based on day-to-day working experience and knowledge of the systems.

• Communication – Utilize appropriate tools and techniques to explain technical information in plain language. Present information in a logical and organized manner both in speech and in writing. Writes effective correspondence, prepares questions and reports, statements of circumstance and briefing notes.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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.

About World Bank

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

World Bank's mission is to end extreme poverty by reducing the share of the global population that lives in extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity by increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent of people in every country.