IFC—a member of the World Bank Group (WBG) — 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 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with unprecedented levels of uncertainty and volatility. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
Gender is a cross-cutting corporate priority for IFC, as highlighted in the World Bank Group’s Gender Strategy, the upcoming Gender Strategy Update, and IFC’s Vision for Gender and Inclusion. IFC is deeply committed to advancing gender equality and inclusion as laid out in IFC’s 3.0 strategy that also underpin the Capital Increase.
As part of its mandate, IFC’s Cross-Cutting Vice Presidency Unit includes a dedicated team, the Gender and Economic Inclusion Department (GEIDR), that works with IFC’s investment and advisory teams to support private and public sector clients in providing all genders and underserved communities with equal economic opportunities as leaders, employees, entrepreneurs, consumers, and community members. In addition, GEIDR develops research on the business case and solutions for reducing gender and inclusion gaps; leads strategy development and implementation for the organization, provides client advice, supports mobilization through impact investing and sustainable financing; and forges public and private sector partnerships. The Gender and Economic Inclusion Directorate will be effective July 1, 2023.
The Manager (Operations) will lead IFC’s Gender and Economic Inclusion Group and provide oversight and guidance to a team of staff and consultants based in HQ and across regions. She/he will be a leader who can inspire and deliver results for IFC across its investments and advisory services operations, in close collaboration with the rest of the World Bank Group. She/he will implement IFC’s 2030 Gender and Inclusion Vision in alignment with the WBG Gender Strategy Update. The position is based in Washington D.C., and reports to the Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion.
Duties and Accountabilities
• Recruit, manage and mentor a dedicated group of GEIDR operations staff and consultants, providing oversight and support, including staff performance management, training, career guidance and administrative duties. The manager will mentor, guide, and monitor performance of staff to assist in their professional development and ensure effective onboarding of new hires.
• Provide oversight and support for GEIDR’s operational delivery and business development, ensuring provision of high-quality services to internal (industry/regional) and external clients.
• Co-lead with Manager (Global Thought Leadership), the team’s business and resource planning and exercise fiduciary oversight and control over budget allocated for the unit’s program. Support substantial financial resource mobilization for gender & inclusion programs, while ensuring timely delivery and reporting to development partners.
• Champion the mainstreaming of gender and inclusion issues across IFC investments and advisory services operations, developing close and effective working relationships with industry and regional management; build internal capacity and coordinate consistent inputs in corporate, regional, country, and industry/sector projects, programs and strategies.
• Foster a robust gender and inclusion architecture across the organization to support operational delivery. Lead facilitation and delivery of capital increase, Scorecard and KPI indicators and targets. Ensure effective analysis, reporting and communication for Management and the Board.
• Connect and liaise with leadership of IFC industries, and WB and MIGA gender teams, on operations and country-driven programming.
• Lead gender and inclusion operational inputs for Board and Senior Management reporting and engagements.
• Represent IFC on gender and economic inclusion issues in the private sector. Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including private sector companies and organizations, other DFIs, development partners.
• Foster operational learning, ensuring that lessons learned are considered, disseminated, and integrated into subsequent client engagements and product development/improvement.
• Foster innovation, encouraging new private sector solutions that help accelerate equality (gender, disability, SOGI/LGBTQ, base of pyramid, anti-racism, indigenous people, ethnic minorities, etc.), based on client demand and market opportunities.
• Master’s degree in economics, business, or social-development related discipline with a minimum of 12 years of experience in gender and inclusion research, advisory services, operations, policy issues, capacity building.
• Commitment to development and a proven track record showing alignment with the World Bank Group and IFC’s mission, strategy, and values.
• Excellent leadership and people management skills, particularly demonstrated in a complex organizational setting with responsibilities for leading and managing large, multi-faceted, projects and functions in partnership with other stakeholders.
• Strong track record in providing intellectual leadership, managing, building talent, and motivating staff across different locations; becoming a strong mentor; and leading by example.
• Extensive operational experience with private companies, providing advice on gender and inclusion issues.
• Track record of professional leadership on gender and economic inclusion.
• Clear understanding of, and direct experience in, emerging markets including in FCS and IDA countries.
• Strong communication, writing and public speaking skills and the ability to represent IFC in global and regional fora, as well as to key external private sector clients and partners, government authorities, media, other stakeholders.
• Willingness to travel as and where necessary.
• Demonstrated ability to build trusted relationships with partners and a diverse client base.
• Well-developed interpersonal, communication and listening skills to interact effectively, motivate and collaborate with others from diverse cultural backgrounds to achieve goals.
• Meet Bank Group-wide managerial selection criteria including courage of your convictions, leading the team for impact, influencing across boundaries, fostering openness to new ideas, building talent for the future.
Note: This internal requisition is open to WBG and IMF staff only (including short-term and extended-term consultants/ temporaries). External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will not be considered.
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.