Consultant – Invest2Equal Program Manager
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Washington, DC United States
Application deadline 01/13/2022
Type of Position Consultant
Education Requirement Master

Terms of Reference
Invest2Equal Program Manager
Job Title: Consultant (STC), Disruptive Technologies and Funds
Application deadline: January 13, 2022
Location: Remote
Duration: 100 days

A. Project Background and Objectives
IFC: 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 2020, we invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. Gender is an important strategic theme for IFC.
Funds: IFC’s Funds and Disruptive Technologies team invests as a Limited Partner in private equity, venture capital, and debt funds and as a direct investor in technology-enabled businesses in emerging and frontier markets.

IFC’s Gender and Economic Inclusion (GEIG): The IFC Gender and Economic Inclusion Group addresses the private sector’s human capital challenges with a dedicated team that provides support across the corporation to increase deal flow and maximize development impact when it comes to gender, base of the pyramid and other underserved groups such as people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQI.

Project Context: Gender-smart investing is a growing asset class with a compelling business case. Billions of dollars are held in assets under management, in both private and public capital markets, and the opportunities to mobilize capital and invest to close gender gaps are promising and growing. While the opportunity is promising, more clarity and guidance is needed by fund managers to understand how to put gender-smart investing into practice. IFC has provided extensive thought leadership and research on gender diversity, especially in emerging markets’ private equity and venture capital firms. In 2019, IFC along with Oliver Wyman and investment firm RockCreek launched the report ‘Moving toward gender balance in private equity and venture capital’, which explores the link between financial returns and gender diversity; the lack of women in the industry; and steps needed to achieve gender balance. In November 2020 IFC published with CDC, ‘Private Equity and Value Creation: A Fund Manager’s Guide to Gender-smart Investing’, providing fund managers with a roadmap on how to strengthen gender diversity at the firm level, and incorporate a gender lens into investment decision-making at the portfolio level.

IFC is setting up a peer-learning platform called Invest2Equal (I2E) to increase the gender impact in IFC’s invested private equity & venture capital funds. I2E will bring together a cohort of fund managers to make timebound actionable commitments to increase gender diversity within their firm and/or investment processes over 18 months.

IFC is seeking an experienced project manager to spearhead the implementation of the I2E project working closely with IFC’s investees, and Gender and Funds teams to ensure a successful implementation of the project.

Duties and responsibilities:
Project Management: (30%)
• Develop and maintain project work plan with timelines and deliverables across all project components; keep project leads updated in weekly meetings
• Draft project documents (e.g. commitment letters, legal agreements, terms of references for other consultant/s and firms that may be hired during project implementation)
• Manage project budgets and track project
• Manage project reporting in line with the requirements of IFC’s advisory systems,
corresponding donors or partners, including monitoring, measuring and reporting on project results (outputs, outcomes, impact) according to the project monitoring and evaluation plan using IFC reporting systems (iPortal, track performance indicators against targets, and produce semi-annual project supervision reports

Peer Learning Platform Delivery and Relationship Management (40%)
• Serve as the key point of contact for the I2E program;
• Coordinate across IFC departments to effectively implement the project (e.g. Gender, Funds Investment Officers, Communications, Finance, Management, etc.)
• Establish and maintain partner and client relationships
• Draft client deliverables that include analysis, training materials, best practice guides, standards, and papers or presentations containing recommendations to improve client performance on gender
• Identify Fund Manager learning needs on gender, and plan and convene peer learning sessions accordingly
• Identify and coordinate inputs and contributions of thematic experts; represent the views of the fund managers participating in I2E
• Cultivate and coordinate relationships with internal and external stakeholders, partners, thematic experts and other consultants

Communications and Knowledge Management: (30%)
• Coordinate all project communication activities with I2E Project Manager(s) and Communications teams (e.g., high-quality case studies, blogs, social media campaigns, etc.)
• Develop onboarding materials, presentations and other materials on gender-smart
• Develop new and maintain updated project communication collateral (i.e. content for website, project brochures, power point presentations, etc.);
• Conceptualize IFC-led events related to the project and identify opportunities to
collaborate with partners to build the project’s profile.
• Manage the organization of events, including logistics and administration
• Conduct research and data analysis on different aspects of the project as needed,
challenges that WSME face to access corporate supply chains, etc.
• Develop specific reference, learning materials, case studies and training initiatives,
toolkits etc. in response to internal and external demand.
• Document results and lessons learned and support their dissemination
• Other knowledge management activities, as needed

Selection criteria:
• Education: Master’s degree in economics, business, finance, gender or other relevant disciplines (PREFERED)
• 5+ years of relevant business experience either in an investing firm, management
consulting, or technical advisory firm. (ESSENTIAL)
• Experience collaborating with high-level private sector stakeholders on sensitive or
confidential topics (PREFERED)
• Excellent Microsoft Office Software Skills (ESSENTIAL)
• Data analysis skills (PREFERRED)
• Virtual and in-person event management skills (ESSENTIAL)
• Excellent written, editorial and verbal communication skills in English (ESSENTIAL)
• Proven ability to support execution and delivery against timelines (ESSENTIAL)
• Previous exposure to investing / gender lens investing/ diversity and inclusion in private equity (PREFERED)
• Ability to manage fast-moving projects while maintaining strong attention to do detail (ESSENTIAL) with knowledge of the World Bank/IFC project management systems (PREFERED)

Behavioral Competencies:
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and proactively with internal and external partners in a multicultural and virtual environment;
• Strong team player with a collaborative and hands on approach;
• Ability to manage multiple stakeholders with varying needs and commitments;
• Comfortable with client and partner interaction and interest in building relationships;
• Positive attitude and dedication to excellence and professionalism;

The assignment will initially be for 100 days (February 2022 – June 2022) with the possibility to extend the timelines as the I2E program progresses.
The role will report to the Senior Operations Officer for IFC’s Gender and Economic Inclusion Group and the Investment Officer for Disruptive Technology and Funds.

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IFC values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.