The International Finance Corporation IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries, It is committed to financing private sector businesses in emerging markets, mobilizing capital in the international finance markets, helping clients improve social and environmental sustainability and providing advisory services to governments and businesses.
Job Title: Program Assistant
Background, General Description
The International Finance Corporation IFC Lagos, Nigeria is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified candidate for the post of Program Assistant.
Duties and Accountabilities
Potentially work as an Executive Assistant to the Country Manager and or with senior Investment Operation Officers
Provide primary assistance in the implementation of the unit's work program
Exercise quality enhancement function for project and other documents by ensuring adherence to departmental, VPU and institutional guidelines
Suggest ways to enhance work organization and effectiveness
Participate in developing project product time lines, using appropriate software
Identify and resolves diverse issues problems as they arise, which often requires interpretation of existing procedures and processes and independently determining the appropriate application
Draft routine correspondence, a variety of standard documents and proofread materials in English, applying effective proofreading and grammar skills
Assist in the preparation and logistical planning for various events, functions etc
Attend meetings, drafts minutes and ensures timely clearance and distribution
Serve as an information resource on status of project products e.g. procurement, disbursement, audit, trust fund co-financing, and legal issues and drafts a variety of standard project-related correspondence
Undertake ad hoc inquiries in standard and non-standard databases, retrieves, manipulates and presents data
Coordinate extensively with other departments and liaise frequently with team members in different regions
Act as back-up for colleagues as determined by primary supervisor
Participate in mission field work as required
Mentor less experienced staff
Minimum Education and Experience:
Minimum Bachelor's or equivalent degree
5-7 years work experience
Essential Specialized Skills, Knowledge & Competencies
Thorough knowledge and advanced proficiency in office computer software
Ability to undertake diverse and complex work assignments with minimal supervision
Thorough knowledge of and proficiency in advanced functions of standard technology packages.
Good knowledge of and demonstrated experience in specialized administrative operational support functions (e.g., database management, knowledge management, task management, major event course planning, etc.) and ability to apply relevant procedures, processes and systems.
Sound knowledge of the unit's work program
Analytical ability, practical problem-solving skills and resourcefulness in performing varied tasks in the area(s) of functional specialty
Demonstrated skills in retrieving, gathering and obtaining information from various sources (Internet, etc.) and pulling them together in a usable format
Sound organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under severe time pressures.
Demonstrated initiative in developing practical approaches that improve office support work and effectiveness of unit team
Strong inter-personal skills and commitment to work in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment.
Ability to prepare presentation materials using various software packages with minimum guidance.
Ability to provide guidance to less experienced staff
Strong English language skills (verbal and written), including ability to draft a variety of correspondence and edit materials using proper grammar, punctuation and style.
Ability to pass relevant Bank Group tests at time of recruitment (e.g. English language, computer applications, etc.) as required