E T Consultant / Telecom and IT/ITES Specialist at IFC (World Bank). 418 views

Job #: req8022
Organization: IFC
Sector: Investment
Grade: EC3
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Kyiv,Ukraine
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Turkish and/or Other Regional Language
Closing Date: 7/31/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and 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 2019, we invested more than $19 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. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

IFC has embarked on an ambitious new growth strategy (IFC 3.0) to stimulate more investment activity, especially in Low Income Countries (LICs) and Fragile and Conflict affected Situations (FCS). This strategy calls for generating our own opportunities by proactively working “Upstream” to create, deepen, and expand markets and to imagine, design and implement investment projects. It requires taking a systematic approach to understanding the regulatory and sector bottlenecks that prevent the flow of private capital into productive investment in our member countries and addressing these bottlenecks through World Bank Group engagement on policy reforms and programmatic interventions at the country and sector level. It also requires capacity to leverage WBG programs and projects to develop our own proactive sector interventions and to imagine and design projects even in the absence of reforms.

The Europe and Central Asia Infrastructure unit is an open and dynamic team, which develops, advises, structures and makes infrastructure project investments across a number of sectors including power, transportation, telecommunication, information technology and technology-enabled services, subnational infrastructure and natural resources.  We are in the process of hiring a number of professionals to expand our geographic footprint and grow our “upstream” business. 

We are seeking a Telecom and IT/ITES Specialist to join our team based in Kyiv, Belgrade, Istanbul, or Almaty, or Bucharest. IFC is looking to intensify its support of the telecommunication, information technology and technology-enabled services sectors in Europe & Central Asia, engaging with strong private and sub-national sector partners to develop and finance a pipeline of bankable, innovative, and sustainable projects. IFC is active across the entire spectrum of Telecom and IT/ITES sectors, incl. mobile telephony, fixed and wireless broadband networks, independent tower companies, data centers, and information technology and technology-enabled services. IFC follows a programmatic approach, whereby as part of business development we provide upstream project development support to help clients develop bankable projects that can be financed by IFC. We also support governments in advancing sector reforms that allow for more competition and private sector participation.


To support our growing telecom and IT/ITES investments in the Europe & Central Asia region, we are seeking a Specialist with strong background in the sector. The Specialist will play a central role in expanding IFC’s business, by focusing on business development and origination and upstream project development support and assisting with project supervision and technical due diligence when requested.  

Specifically, the work will include the following tasks:

Task 1: Business development and origination;

Task 2: Upstream – project development;

Task 3: Supervision and value-added advisory.

Scope of Work

The Specialist will be part of the Europe & Central Asia regional Infrastructure team and will play a key role in developing, implementing, and supervising Telecom and IT/ITES businesses in the region.  The Consultant will undertake the following:

Task 1: Business development and origination

  • Assist the Europe & Central Asia infra team with telecom and IT/ITES sectors business development with a particular focus: a) on emerging new technologies in the telecom sector (e.g. 5G networks, IoT, cloud computing); and b) on IT / ITES services (e.g. business process outsourcing, enterprise application software, and IT implementation and integration services)
  • Propose key themes, sub-sectors and potential clients for business development, consistent with IFC’s overall sector strategy.
  • Undertake initial high level technical, market and commercial reviews to help prioritization of leads.
  • Accompany IFC teams to potential client meetings and assist with project screening. In coordination with IFC Europe & Central Asia infrastructure team, establish project definition and present to the Global sector team for validation.

Task 2: Upstream – Project Development

  • For select clients identified as high potential business leads by the Europe & Central Asia Infrastructure team, support team with designing upstream engagements intended to help design and structure upstream work aimed at creating bankable projects for IFC investment.
  • Prepare TOR, select and supervise external technical consultants, as required for the implementation of Upstream engagements.

Task 3: Upstream – Market level

  • Liaise with private sector, World Bank and government counterparts to identify opportunities to open markets for private sector investment.
  • Identify market barriers (policy, regulations, information asymmetries etc.) and devise solutions to increase private investment, e.g. through policy reforms, public private partnerships, infrastructure sharing, rural connectivity initiatives, etc.
  • Support IFC team in policy dialogue with governments and serve as liaison with World Bank teams and provide private sector perspective, e.g. by peer reviewing project concepts and policy documents. .

Work Plan and Deliverables

  • The Consultant will receive an Extended Term Consultant (ETC) contract and will be based in the Europe and Central Asia region, and will be an integral part of the IFC regional infrastructure team. The consultant will report to the Regional Infrastructure Upstream Lead and will  work closely with the global sector team.
  • Within the overall scope of work listed above, the specific work program and key deliverables for each quarter will be agreed with the consultant in advance. All deliverables are to be delivered in English with all background material being made available electronically and subject to approval by IFC. The Consultant will adjust the content of the deliverables in line with comments made by IFC. The minimum quality requirements for deliverables to be accepted by IFC are as follows:
  • Deliverables should be submitted according to the pre-agreed deadlines and cover the full scope in clear and concise language;
  • Electronic files shall be readable without restrictions. If some parts of files should be locked to avoid unintended modifications or to protect key parameters / calculations, then the passwords / permits should be provided to IFC;
  • Auxiliary files (e.g. Excel macro files, original Excel graphs and respective tables) as well as input and output data from specialized software used for audits should be submitted to IFC.


  • The Consultant will start working as soon as possible and will receive an ETC contract for a period of up to a maximum of 24 months. 

Selection Criteria

The Consultant shall demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:

  • Professional engineer with a relevant advanced degree;
  • At least 7-10 years of experience in the telecom and/or IT/ITES industry;
  • Extensive work experience in the private sector;
  • Solid understanding of sector economics;
  • Broad range of responsibilities within the industry in several of the following areas: development of commercial feasibility/market studies, business plans, competitive bids, project management and procurement, construction contract administration, project commissioning, commercial operations and concessions, tariff setting, environmental compliance, etc.;
  • Up-to-date knowledge of capital costs, operating parameters and productivity benchmarks;
  • Proven ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Fluency in Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Turkish and/or other major regional languages would be a strong plus;
  • Ability to travel frequently within the Europe & Central Asia region;
  • Effective interpersonal skills, strategic thinker and ability to successfully operate in a diverse work environment at all levels;
  • Enthusiasm for working in multi-cultural teams and across borders.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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