Job: Country Manager (Latin America and Caribbean) at the OPEC Fund for International Development

Location: Austria

Job Profile

  • In cooperation with the Regional Director, the Country Director leads and oversees the identification, development, appraisal, approval and implementation of public sector projects. The position contributes to the development of policies and strategies in the countries of the portfolio and supports the achievement of regional and departmental objectives and targets.
  • The Country Manager is responsible for identifying and recommending options and solutions for the optimal deployment of funding resources in portfolio countries, including the development, implementation and monitoring of operational strategies and development plans. affairs of countries.
  • Together with the Regional Director, the Country Manager also leads and oversees relations with portfolio countries and other relevant partners.

Policy development and implementation:

  • Conducts regular assessments for assigned portfolio countries, to support the development of short- and medium-term strategies (3-year goals) in coordination with the Regional Director, partners and other donors.
  • Coordinates the preparation of country operations strategies, country business plans, to support the achievement of the regional business plan.
  • Coordinates the implementation of the annual work plan for the assigned portfolio, in cooperation with the Regional Director, ensuring alignment with regional and departmental objectives, targets and KPIs.
  • Coordinate work with the Regional Director, as well as other departments on issues related to projects, strategy and policies.

Project cycle (project development and processing):

  • In tandem with the Regional Director the Country Manager:
    • Contributes to the identification of a project pipeline and identifies opportunities through partner outreach and project selection.
    • Supports the search for new projects and co-funding opportunities by leveraging professional networks and relationships.
    • Evaluates funding opportunities and provides support for initial project risk and financial assessments.
    • Participates in project evaluation, including technical, economic and ESG analysis, as well as the design of project administration.
    • Coordinates and supports the full project life cycle, including project identification, preparation, concept and terms approval, due diligence and evaluation, including interface with technical committee and ready, as well as management and the board of directors.
    • Ensures legal documentation is successfully concluded (loan signed and declared effective) in a timely manner through negotiations with government and partners with the support of legal counsel.
    • Supports project implementation, ensuring compliance with covenants, completion of contract awards and planned disbursements in order to achieve the project’s intended outcomes.
  • Contributes to the implementation of projects, in coordination with project management teams and executing agencies, developing practical and innovative solutions to facilitate implementation, resolve implementation issues, as well as incorporate lessons learned into the project implementation framework.
  • Facilitates procurement and disbursement processes for the project, ensuring completion of contract award, as well as successful disbursement.
  • Manages the day-to-day administration of the project, including providing support to the team responsible for disbursements and loan servicing (repayments), and coordinating with loan management and risk management

Capacity building, knowledge sharing and supervision:

  • Recommends and supports the implementation of the Individual Annual Work Program and Budget (AWPB) for assigned countries, including proposed missions and trainings.
  • Contributes to institution building and develops and shares knowledge by participating in working groups and other meetings.
  • Participates and contributes to learning activities relevant to advocacy and knowledge building.
  • Enters, updates and validates assigned country data/information in the Management Information System (MIS/SAP/EDMS)
  • Mentors and supervises newly appointed analysts and interns.
  • Performs ad hoc tasks assigned by the Regional Director.

Partner and relationship management:

  • In cooperation with the Regional Director, maintains active relationships and creates new partnerships with governments, implementing agencies, partner institutions with the aim of expanding strategic partnerships in portfolio countries.
  • Maintains and fosters relationships with government authorities and DFIs to maximize co-financing potential and catalyze partner resources.

Qualifications and experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics/finance/engineering or other relevant fields
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience
  • Preferably 2-3 years of experience in an international development finance institution.

Skills :

  • Good knowledge of procurement procedures and processes
  • Demonstrable project management knowledge and skills
  • Good understanding of development project evaluation skills and knowledge
  • Demonstrable experience in socio-economic assessment and impact analyzes
  • Fluency in English and a good working knowledge of Spanish are required.
  • Demonstrable ability to work in an international multicultural environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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