Thursday, February 3, 2011

Operations Officer Job Vacancy in Monrovia, LIBERIA

Basics Job #: 110108
Title: Operations Officer - Monrovia, LIBERIA
Job Stream: Technical Assistance & Advisory Services
Location: Monrovia, Liberia
Close Date: 15-Feb-2011

Background / General description:
This is a two-year coterminous appointment.

Improving the Investment Climate in Africa is one of three core priorities of the IFC strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Investment Climate Advisory Services in Africa are implemented jointly by IFC s Private Enterprise Partnership for Africa (PEP Africa) and the Investment Climate Department of the World Bank Group (CIC). PEP Africa is the Regional Advisory Services facility for IFC in Africa. This joint Investment Climate Advisory Services team in Africa comprises staff based in the hub offices of Nairobi, Dakar and Johannesburg and across the continent, working with a team of product specialists in Washington DC and Istanbul. Some of these staff are mapped to CIC, others to PEP Africa and they work together as a single Investment Climate Team, drawing on the expertise and experience of both units. The team s objective is for Africa to become the world region producing the most investment climate reforms.

The programs focus on a range of investment climate reforms, including business registration and
licensing, investment promotion, inspection reform, business taxation, trade logistics, regulatory governance and special economic zones. The team s objective is for Africa to become the region achieving the most investment climate reforms.

The Investment Climate Advisory Services are looking to fill a position as Investment Climate Specialist located in IFC s Monrovia office, to develop and manage a project in Liberia.

The staff is expected to work in close coordination with the IFC Monrovia office and the Investment Officers in the country, with the World Bank Monrovia office and with the investment climate team staff in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Dakar. On occasion the staff will also be expected to support other programs in Africa, to ensure knowledge transfer among the team.

The team has been assisting the government and private sector in Liberia since 2006 with a broad range of investment climate reform activities, which encompass Doing Business advisory, trade logistics reforms, establishment of private and public dialogue, development of an out-grower scheme for tree crops sector etc. The current phase of the project is closing and a replacement program is under development. IFC and Swedish International Development Aid have agreed to continue to provide a similar assistance for the next two years.

Duties and Accountabilities:
The selected officer will have frontline responsibility for delivering the investment climate reform programs in Liberia, under the leadership of the Manager of Investment Climate Advisory Services for Africa, guidance on country context and responsibility from the IFC Resident Representative in Monrovia and with day to day technical guidance from the Regional Program Coordinator for West and Central Africa. .

The scope of activities will include the following:
• Take overall responsibility for the design and implementation of Liberia investment climate reform program, providing technical and logistical program support and ensuring the appropriate integration of all the business line activities.
• Take lead responsibility for the management of the working relationship with the country clients and any external clients, under the guidance of the IFC Resident Representative.
• Coordinate fund raising activities with Donor Relations team.
• Develop and monitor the budget for the IC program and review and report on monthly budget reports and provide timely reports to management on the program, and explain all significant variations from budget. Prepare all necessary donor reporting.
• Authorize all payments for work on the IC country program, which are not approved by one of the product leaders for subsequent approval by the manager concerned, certifying that the work claimed has been performed in accordance with the budget, work program and the WBG procedures.
• Coordinate and backstop all reporting on activities, outputs, outcomes and impact achieved by the program overall and components of it.
• Ensure that all necessary program documentation, request letters, implementation updates etc is filed in iDesk, as per current instructions.
• Recruit, and manage the performance of STCs on the program
• Coordinate all missions related to the IC programs in Liberia, in order to exploit synergies.
• Support the optimal integration of Liberia IC program activities into other World Bank programs and IFC Advisory Services Business Line programs in Liberia as necessary to fulfill IFC s Liberia strategy
• Develop positive working relationships with other units of the World Bank Group to support the delivery of the IC programs in conformity with IFC s strategy and the overall WBG program.
• Provide support and cross-learning to other Investment Climate programs in Africa.

Selection Criteria:
• Advanced degree in law, economics, business, public policy or related field
• Thorough knowledge of investment climate policy issues, economic, political and social facts in Africa
• Minimum 8 years professional experience, preferably of working in complex multi-sectoral teams
• Effective inter-personal skills, leadership, team player, ability to maintain excellent client and donor relations
• Prior experience in working in World Bank Group offices in Africa is a plus
• Experience in developing and managing technical assistance, advisory services, and consultancy programs
• Strong advocacy skills, ability to interface effectively with public and private sector leaders;
• Experience in developing countries, especially in West Africa and/or post conflict countries essential
• Fluent in English. French is an advantage.


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