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IFC — a 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 2023, IFC committed a record US$43.7 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 the impacts of global compounding crises. 

Private sector financial development is essential to the promotion of successful and sustainable economies in low- and middle-income countries around the world. Sound and efficient financial markets can ensure that resources are allocated where they are most productive, assisting job creation and spurring economic growth. IFC’s goal is to prioritize investment in the financial sector because it promotes development in all other sectors.

The Financial Institutions Group (FIG), one of IFC’s industry departments, supports projects in numerous financial sub sectors, partners with local financial institutions, develops domestic and regional equity and debt markets and introduces new financing instruments. FIG engages in a wide range of sub-sectors including Microfinance, SME, Gender, Climate, Insurance, Capital Markets, Housing, Distressed Assets, and other areas, with both investment and advisory services. The goal is to develop efficient financial systems that will increase financial inclusion and fuel economic growth in client countries and enhance IFC’s developmental impact. 

FIG’s Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, and Turkey (MCT) team is based across the region with main hubs and locations in Istanbul, Dubai, Karachi, and Amman. The team members work on both new business development and processing, and portfolio management across the region.

The FIG MCT team is seeking to hire an Investment Analyst based Karachi, Pakistan to help grow and develop business particularly in the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan sub-region of MCT. Investment Analysts work closely with IFC’s investment officers who are responsible for the design, negotiation, structuring, and subsequent supervision of the Corporation’s investment projects. Investment Analysts help identify new projects and assist investment officers in executing deals, advising private companies on restructuring, and using financial instruments (e.g., risk management tools).

Responsibilities:

The Investment Analyst will be integrated into the team that develops new business, completes transactions, and supervises a portfolio of loans, quasi-equity, and equity investments in FIG’s MCT region.

The candidate is required to know and effectively use fundamental business concepts and practices and to provide analytical, market research and other professional support to professional level Investment Officers, the work program is varied and may be somewhat complex requiring evaluation, original thinking, and various written outputs.   

  • Support identifying and structuring of new investments; participating in investment appraisals and negotiations, creating financial models to support the investment analysis; and to support investment teams to prepare internal documents for investment processing
  • Analyze historical and projected financial statements and prepare periodic portfolio reports
  • Conduct industry research and associated analysis to inform strategy as well as portfolio and new business decisions
  • Monitor operational and financial performance of client companies to evaluate risk and recommend active portfolio management actions
  • Prepare documentation for IFC internal processes and monitor compliance with IFC financial, environmental, and legal requirements
  • Establish and maintain quality client relationships to ensure responsive client service and to improve new business opportunities
  • Liaise with colleagues across departments and the region
  • Participate in the monitoring of investments in portfolio companies

Selection Criteria:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with specialization in finance, business,  economics, or other relevant quantitative disciplines
  • At least 2+ years of full time experience in the fields of finance, banking, audit, or consulting, with direct exposure to banking sector analysis, equity valuation, portfolio management
  • Experience in a major financial services company, financial institution or investment banking firm (2+ years) with a proven track record would be desirable
  • Good working knowledge of financial markets in one or more of the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan financial markets would be a strong plus
  • Strong financial analysis and modelling skills (including efficient use of Microsoft Excel) and ability to identify key issues
  • Sound quantitative, analytical, and conceptual skills encompassing the fields of corporate finance, investment, portfolio management, and economics
  • Personal commitment and dedication to economic development and keen interest in development finance in emerging markets
  • Ability to work successfully in multicultural teams and across boundaries
  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Strong client service orientation with an openness to feedback and new ideas
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to present ideas clearly and confidently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are an absolute must, including a demonstrated ability to communicate complex ideas      clearly and tactfully to a variety of audiences; fluency in Urdu would be a plus for this role

Source: https://worldbankgroup.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=28038&site=1

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