Senior Investment Officer
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Closed on 5 Aug 2020
Location: Dakar (Senegal)
Grade: GG, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description


IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2019, we invested more than $19 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit

IFC, helps developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.

IFC's Public-Private Partnership Transactions Advisory (CTAPA) provides sell side financial advisory services and acts as Lead Transaction Advisor to governments to structure and implement public-private partnerships (PPP) transactions, primarily for public services. Its aim is to increase access to basic infrastructure (electricity, water, transportation and telecommunications) and social services (health and education) and facilitate private investments.

The department is looking for an is looking to recruit an experienced Senior Investment Officer (SIO) for its Africa team who will support the regional team and management with the whole PPP transaction process of IFC acting as Lead Transaction Advisor.

The position is based in Dakar, Senegal and reports to the Regional Manager for PPP Transaction Advisory Services in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Role & Responsibilities :

The selected individual will be required to lead the execution and origination of sell-side financial advisory mandates in PPPs and privatizations across the Sub-Saharan Africa region. He/she will be part of the Africa PPP advisory management team and part of the collective decision-making on strategies for business growth, pricing, targets, staffing, recruitment etc.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

• Proactively assist in business development by originating and managing marketing activity in assigned countries/strategic areas.

• Lead the day to day management of project teams working on sell-side PPP mandates, including review of legal and technical outputs, documentation and financial models

• Analyze structure, develop innovative PPP projects and present recommendations to clients. Manage client expectations and provide appropriate advice as necessary through proposing practical solutions.

• Manage marketing of project concepts to bidders, completing road-shows, prequalification, tendering and award, and the final negotiation of project agreements leading to financial close.

• Lead negotiations on the documentation with bidders; use strong negotiation skills to develop solutions and overcome impasses in transactions

• Coordinate closely with other parts of IFC including environmental, social, legal, other advisory, investment and World Bank colleagues in order to provide bespoke solutions to our clients to achieve sustainable development impact.

• Develop, coach, motivate and manage junior members of the team.

• Assist in other project or strategy related activities as the need may arise.

Selection Criteria

The appointee should be able to demonstrate:

• Master's degree and Minimum 8-10 years of relevant experience in PPP transaction advisory on buy and/or sell side, investment banking, project finance or corporate finance with a leading institution

• Strong grasp of legal documentation including risk allocation related to PPP projects including concessions as well as for privatizations.

• Proven track-record of originating, advising, structuring and executing infrastructure transactions

• Strong financial, credit and structuring skills; demonstrated ability and experience of leading a variety of complex advisory, debt and equity transactions

• Ability to interact directly and independently with the senior government officials, financial and technical partners as well as senior private sector investors in the infrastructure space

• Sound business judgment in identifying potential business partners, strong business development and client relationship skills

• Knowledge of overall industry sector trends and experience in infrastructure transactions, trends and sector developments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

• Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated track record of working with as well as leading, motivating and managing multidisciplinary and multicultural teams

• Ability to work under pressure and deliver high quality work within deadlines to meet team objectives

• Willingness and ability to travel on short notice and frequently, as required

• Highly motivated, committed to highest ethical standards

• Genuine commitment to sustainable development

• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French is required.

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 IFC

The International Finance Corporation is an international financial institution that offers investment, advisory, and asset-management services to encourage private-sector development in developing countries.

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. The Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in every country.

IFC leverages its products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions across the World Bank Group—to create markets that address the biggest development challenges of our time. 

IFC is a leading mobilizer of third-party resources for projects. Our willingness to engage in difficult environments and our leadership in crowding-in private finance enable us to extend our footprint and have a development impact well beyond our direct resources.