Operations/Senior Operations Officer (Water Sector)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Dhaka, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Background / General description:

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

IFC’s Energy and Water (E+W) Advisory, as part of the IFC Cross-Cutting Advisory Solutions Department, works with firms across the value chain to develop competitive, clean, high quality and affordable modern energy and water solutions.

The 2030 Water Resources Group is a unique public-private-civil society collaboration. We facilitate open, trust-based dialogue processes to drive action on water resources reform in water stressed countries in developing economies. The ultimate aim of such reforms and actions is to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030.

The scope of work for this position has two parts: Part A (July-December 2017) focuses on primarily 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) activities while creating strategic alignment with other IFC projects and creating new business for IFC advisory; Part B (January 2018-June 2018) focuses primarily on designing and implementing IFC Water Advisory activities in Bangladesh and the broader region.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 1 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Scope of Work

Part A: July – December, 2017

Working under the supervision of 2030 WRG’s Regional Head Asia, the staff member will perform the role of the 2030 WRG’s Bangladesh Country Coordinator while seeking greater alignment with other IFC Advisory activities and developing new advisory services activities for IFC.

1. Bangladesh WRG Program Coordination and MSP Management Role (70%): Working under the supervision of 2030 WRG’s Regional Head Asia, the staff member will:

  • Serve as the local point of contact for 2030 WRG in country-level engagements and interaction with key stakeholders and partners.
  • Coordinate engagement with the Ministry of Water Resources, other key Ministries for the 2030 WRG’s Bangladesh program and the different global practices and cross-cutting areas of the World Bank Group.
  • Support strategy formulation and provide over-sight to the work-streams and sub-work-streams of the 2030 WRG Bangladesh program.
  • Based on ongoing 2030 WRG work in Bangladesh, develop Multi-Stakeholder Platform involving government officials, private sector, civil society representatives, and water related experts to identify key areas for support and possibility of pilots in the area of integrated water resources management.
  • Prepare Terms of Reference (TOR) and/or partnership agreements for specific tasks – assessment – studies if needed. Supervise the work undertaken by the consultants and work-stream leads. Support to produce the necessary interim and final reports.
  • Facilitate developing concrete outputs, for example, PPP’s, proposals for investments, advisory services and other governance related changes or economic instruments etc. and also identifying various ways of implementing and financing them.

    2. Joint IFC Water Advisory – 2030 WRG Role: Creating alignment with broader IFC Advisory (20%)

    2.1 Deepen IFC Advisory engagement in industrial and urban wastewater sectors in Bangladesh in close collaboration with 2030 WRG, Public Private Partnership (PPP) and IFC Investment. The activities may include:

    a. support development of PPPs in Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) in Economic Zones under Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) including mobilizing private finance, improvement of enabling policy environment and institutional capacity

    b. support setup of the Project Preparation Facility (PPF) for BEZA to expedite development of PPP projects for wastewater treatment and re-use

    c. build capacity of BEZA to attract private investment in wastewater treatment, reuse, power generation and solid waste management in economic zones

    2.2 Support improvement of Water Policy, Governance and Incentives in close collaboration with 2030 WRG and World Bank. Activities may include:

    a. Identifying water policy and governance issues and promote new policies and improvement to existing policies with a focus on the industrial sector.

    b. Support development of enhanced incentives mechanism for reduction of water use and wastewater treatment for the industrial sector.

    3. Developing new IFC Water Advisory (10%): This involves scoping for new IFC Water Advisory in Bangladesh and may include access to water for textile workers, developing programs for other industrial sectors (beyond Textile), etc.

    Part B: January, 2018 – June, 2018

    Working under the supervision of the IFC Global Water Lead (Principal Operations Officer, CASEE), the staff member will be involved in developing new advisory services programs for IFC in Bangladesh and the region.

    IFC Water Advisory Role in Bangladesh (with regional support) – 100%:

    1. Deepen IFC Advisory engagement in industrial and urban wastewater sectors in Bangladesh and in the region in close collaboration with C3P and IFC Investments. The activities may include:

    a. support development of PPPs in Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs)

    b. support development of PPP projects for wastewater treatment and re-use

    c. promote private sector participation in Sewage Treatment Plants

    2. Develop new Access to Water Program for Textile Workers in Bangladesh: Support development of viable business model for access to water for industrial workers (particularly textile) outside the factory premises. This to include identifying and evaluating alternative technical, financial and policy solutions and reaching out to stakeholders in the government, private sector and civil society to jointly prioritize solutions. Also, reach out to potential donor-partners for mobilizing technical assistance and seed funding.

    3. Regional Support: Provide task management and oversight for the scoping exercises in the region, to support the IFC Cities initiative, including monitoring activities of the consultants and guidance to ensure reaching program milestones in a timely manner.

Selection Criteria:

The candidate should be a seasoned and dynamic professional with comprehensive expertise in project/program management, and in providing advisory services. S/he has significant experience leading complex projects, working independently, and integrating work of other (often multi-disciplinary) professional staff, and collaborating across institutional boundaries. S/he has experience interacting with clients/stakeholders at the policy level or with senior counterparts in national governments and/or other organizations with confidence.Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in business, engineering, environmental science, or other relevant discipline required;
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in a position with decision-making responsibility;
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement major projects and to produce major/complex reports or studies;
  • Demonstrated professional leadership and ability to lead diverse teams of professionals in the execution of major project components;
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and to think strategically;
  • Ability to work effectively under time pressure with high degree of accuracy and with a strong capacity to produce quality work;
  • Ability to engage with various stakeholders, effective influencing skills and demonstrated diplomacy;
  • Relevant experience working in Bangladesh, highly desirable;
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills are essential.

    IFC values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of IFC member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.