Senior Private Sector Specialist.
The World Bank
Manila,Philippines
21h ago

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As a joint World Bank-IFC (International Finance Corporation) practice, the FCI GP (Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation Global Practice) brings together the World Bank's knowledge, finance and convening services, into a single suite of development solutions for our clients and the global community to support reaching the twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.

  • The FCI core lines of business are : (a) Financial Stability & Integrity; (b) Financial Inclusion, Infrastructure & Access;
  • c) Firms, Entrepreneurship & Innovation; (d) Long-Term Finance; (e) Climate & Disaster Risk Finance; (f) Markets and Technology;
  • g) trade competitiveness and GVCs; and (h) Investment Climate.

    The WBG (World Bank Group) serves 23 client countries in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region, with a total population of about 2 billion people and a GNI per capita of about USD 3,862 (in constant 2010 USD)! Clients span the lower- to upper-middle-income range and include fragile states along with a number of small island economies in the Pacific.

    The EAP FCI team designs and implements a growing portfolio of innovative lending operations, as well as ground breaking advisory services and high-quality analytical work.

    This is designed to support policymakers in a broad range of issues related to financial sector development, strengthening competitiveness and supporting innovation and productivity growth.

    EAP houses 3 important donor funded hubs in Korea, Malaysia and Singapore leverage partner resources to support both regional and global priorities / engagements.

    The EAP FCI team (EEAF2) is looking for a Senior Private Sector Specialist to better support its engagements in the area of private sector competitiveness and strengthen its ability to build new partnerships and leverage them to enhance operational support and knowledge sharing in the region and beyond.

    This role reports to the EEAF2 Practice Manager in Bangkok.

    Duties and accountabilities

    The incumbent will primarily focus on operational and analytical support to delivery EAP FCI work program. Ideally, the selected candidate will be familiar with World Bank operational work and have the technical breadth to contribute to the knowledge generation and policy dialogue on a broad array of private sector sub themes! These particularly relate to competitiveness, investment climate, competition policy, digital economy, export readiness and global value chain development in key manufacturing and services sectors.

    The Senior Private Sector Specialist will have demonstrated prior experience interacting with high level officials in government, the donor community, and the private sector.

    As member of the EAP FCI team, the incumbent will contribute to the FCI program working closely with the CMU team of the Philippines Office as well as FCI Bank colleagues, other GPs and IFC.

    Specifically, the candidate will be expected to :

  • Lead and / or support the implementation of ongoing / new FCI financing / lending projects and advisory services and analytics (ASAs) programs with EAP client countries;
  • contribute to developing new work programs and projects (financing and ASAs) to meet country needs in line with client and GP priorities.

  • Work in close collaboration with the WBG experts of FCI, Philippines Office colleagues and other relevant WBG team to lead and / or contribute to unit’s, EFI and Philippines Office work program which may include knowledge products development, technical advice, technical conference / events and other contributions.
  • Contribute to a variety of written products and communications, including components of major reports (Briefs, Analytical Notes, Back to Office Reports, Aide Memoires, Project Concept Notes, and Project Documents), as well as other technical working papers for wider circulation.
  • These may be delivered as stand-alone or as inputs to larger World Bank Group products such as global or regional flagship publications, other regional studies, country reports including Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Frameworks, and sector strategies

  • Engage actively with development partners to raise funds to strengthen FCI ability to respond to client demand.
  • Represent the FCI practice with the CMU and be an active member of the Country team; Mentor junior staff / secondees as relevant.
  • Selection Criteria

    This position requires a seasoned professional with strong operational skills and wide-ranging experience in the private sector.

    They will have demonstrated an ability to manage competing demands, have good judgment and mentor teams effectively to deliver results on the ground.

  • Advanced degree such as an MBA or Ph.D in Economics
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant professional experience in economics, public policy, technology policy, business administration, and international development or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the analysis, design and implementation of economic growth policy and programs and legal, regulatory, or institutional mechanisms / instruments for enhancing competitiveness in terms of firm, industry and overall economy.
  • Exposure (directly or indirectly) to World Bank (or other multilateral organization) operations, such as development policy operations and investment project financing.
  • Experience working with the private sector.
  • Experience in conducting and influencing policy dialogue with(in) government and in working and forging partnerships with a diverse group of partners (governments, research community, donor community, and regional organizations).
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment with excellent teamwork and diplomatic skills. Willingness to travel frequently, including participating in-the-field missions, sometimes as part of multi-disciplinary mission teams.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, including articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.
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