Short Term Environmental Consultant to support Financial Intermediary

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Publiée le 12.01.2018


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Banque, assurance, finances
Services autres
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Poste proposé : Short Term Environmental Consultant to support Financial Intermediary

Background/ General description:

IFC supports poverty alleviation and economic growth by promoting private sector investment in developing countries through investment and advisory services. IFC finances projects that are commercially viable and environmentally and socially sound. IFC’s Environment, Social and Governance Department (ESG) ensures that the Corporation’s activities meet the requirements of its Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability (E&S standards). IFC’s investments entail both direct investments into private sector companies, as well as support for on-lending through Financial Intermediaries (FIs). In West Africa, IFC supports a number of FIs, which provide a range of financial services to small and medium enterprises across a range of industry sectors.


The overall objective of this work with IFC’s ESG Department for the Sub-Sahara Africa region is to provide support, technical assistance and environmental & social (E&S) capacity building for several FIs in West Africa, primarily in Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon to begin with, to promote uptake of E&S risk management practices across bank operations and improvements in scope and quality of E&S risk-based decision-making in accordance with IFC’s E&S standards.


Scope of Work:

The scope of work envisaged in this TOR for the FI ESMS Consultant builds on the work and deliverables already undertaken by IFC (in compliance with IFC’s E&S standards), namely the requirement for participating FIs to designate an E&S officer within their operations, the development of an E&S risk management system (ESMS) to apply as part of the FI’s loan review cycle, and implementation of the ESMS. As FIs continue to make progress with implementation of the ESMS, numerous challenges often arise in areas such as: substance/applicability of E&S assessments and scope of review, interpretation of E&S “risk” and use of E&S findings in decision-making, Monitoring on-going E&S performance of SMEs for the duration of financing received, integration of E&S process into overall workflow of the credit/risk review cycle, and uptake by both clients and senior management on the business case and relevance of E&S risk management to their operations.


This E&S Consultant TOR focuses on i) implementation of E&S policies and procedures throughout the bank’s network; ii) mentoring staff on E&S risk assessment of clients; and iii) institutional change management to ensure FI ownership of the process. The Consultant’s scope of work is envisaged to cover direct implementation of a specific subset of tasks (see tasks and deliverables), working together with IFC Specialists and staff at the FIs.

Tasks & Deliverables:

Each FI, IFC and the Consultant will agree to a detailed work plan before commencement of the work. The work plan will be updated every six months to take account of progress and reality of operations on the ground. The deliverables will be submitted to the FI and IFC for review and approval within an agreed timeline

The project is expected to include the following deliverables:

  1. Review of FI’s environmental and social risk management system

  1. - Review FI’s portfolio, in particular for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and for corporate clients as needed, and by activity sector to assess any environmental, social, labor, health and safety or security risks of the type contemplated by the IFC Performance Standards[1] and as relevant to the operations of each SME;
  1. - Assess relevance and applicability of E&S regulatory framework to SMEs;
  1. - Provide recommendations for revisions, as necessary, to the existing environmental and social management system (ESMS) and questionnaires developed by the FI for the purposes of on-lending to SMEs with respect to substance/applicability of E&S assessment questionnaires (for example, amended by risk category and/or activity sector), commensurate with the E&S risk profile of the portfolio; and
  1. - Review previously identified training needs and support development/rollout of a training program across FI functions.
  1. 2. Provide hands-on support for E&S risk assessment of clients
  1. - Mentor FI staff during site visits on a case-by-case basis and advise on recording the necessary information for loan files;
  1. - Assist client-facing FI staff in improving E&S messaging and discussions with clients;
  1. - Assist FI staff (in particular loan officers, E&S officers, and members of the credit committee) in interpreting and understanding E&S “risk” and use of E&S findings in decision-making, including the need for stipulating E&S corrective actions as necessary/E&S clauses in loan agreements; and
  1. - Assist FI staff in monitoring on-going E&S performance of clients and factoring findings into providing additional financing.
  2. 3. Operational change
  1. - Advise FI staff on improving effectiveness through enhanced integration of the E&S process with the FI’s overall workflow of the credit/risk review cycle;
  1. - Create and implement a communications strategy to ensure all areas of the FI are aware of ESMS initiative and ongoing changes;
  1. - Ensure that changes in FI policies and procedures are fully endorsed by impacted department heads;
  1. - Review roles of staff across key FI functions with designated ESMS responsibilities and identify key change agents/champions across the FI;
  1. - Create a forum for employee engagement and feedback at headquarters and throughout the branch network for continuous improvement of the ESMS;
  1. - Follow up regularly with all interested parties and support trouble shooting; and -Ensure that the FI senior management team is informed of key project progress.
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Qualifications & Eligibility Criteria

The E&S Consultant will have worked in senior roles on E&S risk management projects and preferably within an established financial institution and must have the following qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in supporting and supervising E&S risk management practices of banks, specifically related to lending to SMEs;

  • Fluency in both written and spoken French;

  • Working knowledge of the IFC Performance Standards and their relevance to Financial Intermediaries and SMEs; and

Practical experience working across countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably Francophone Africa, with generally weak E&S regulatory frameworks and low E&S awareness.

Note : IFC values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of IFC member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Critères de l'annonce pour le poste : Short Term Environmental Consultant to support Financial Intermediary
Gestion, comptabilité, finance
R&D, gestion de projets
Secteur d´activité:
Services autres
Type de contrat:
Niveau d'expérience:
Expérience > 10 ans
Niveau d'études:
Bac+5 et plus

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