European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Policy and Partnerships
Posting End Date
Purpose of Job
EBRD’s business model is increasingly reliant on access to donor funds and donor expertise to deliver on its transition mandate and business plans. This has traditionally focused on grants, but in recent times, donors have been extending a variety of new financial instruments to the Bank.
This post holder is a senior member of the Bilateral Partnerships and SSF team, focusing on a number of bilateral donors and multi-donor funds. The aim of this job is to help the Bank welcome and manage donor support from its bilateral donor community across a range of grants and financial instruments into a range of EBRD’s key bilateral and multi-donor donor funds, aligned with the Bank’s strategic priorities and the donor policy.
The Post Holder works in close cooperation with fund managers in DCF to ensure a strong, productive relationship with the Bank’s bilateral donor community, and across the Bank with teams drawing on donor funds. The Principal Manager will represent the Bank in internal and external committees/working groups and donor organised seminars/events.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
Take a lead role in managing close productive relations with several bilateral donors and managing a number of bilateral and multi-donor funds and be accountable for their successful delivery:
- Build and maintain strong relations with a number of bilateral donors, understand their priorities and facilitate information sharing about the Bank and its funding needs.
- Organise effective fundraising from bilateral donors for a range of instruments, ranging from grants for technical assistance to support in the form of funded guarantees, and for a number of multi-donor funds. This includes ensuring that pitch books are up to date, fund events and donor assemblies are well organised, and presentations to donors are managed effectively.
- Support DCF colleagues working on Ukraine funding instruments, in particular the Crisis Response Special Fund, in mobilising support from a number of bilateral donors and facilitating all information flows to secure good cooperation and effective support.
- Effective working with teams across the Bank facilitating sound knowledge of donor priorities and requirements and available fund resources, and that each fund has a clear and strong pipeline.
- Facilitate approval processes of new projects, both internally and from donors.
- Accountable for the financial management of the donor funds, including planning and budgeting of resources, and regular financial reporting, both internal and to donors.
- Delivering high quality regular substantive donors reporting, both at project and fund levels, and both internal and to donors and the EBRD Board.
- Ensure timely close-down of completed projects.
- Support communication on the impact of the donor relations and donor funds and ensure donor visibility, working with EBRD communications teams.
- The post holder will also take a lead on developing relationships with Arab donors. This includes managing a bilateral fund with OPEC and developing new funding relationships.
The post holder will be a line manager of one staff member who will support with these funds and relationships.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications
- Strong understanding of the economic, political and environmental challenges in the global international development field, donor landscape and aid architecture.
- Strong understanding of grant funding and its application in an International Financial Institution context.
- Good understanding of the type of activities in which the EBRD engages, in particular understanding of banking, financial products and the design and management of innovative financial instruments.
- Knowledge of, or experience in, the EBRD countries of operations is an advantage.
- Knowledge of, or experience, in working in the Middle East or North Africa, and with Arab donor is an advantage.
- Experience of working on issues pertaining to gender and wider economic-inclusion appreciated.
- Excellent line manager and a committed and enthusiastic team player.
- Excellent networking, partnering and diplomatic skills and ability to influence others using data or analysis to support line of reasoning.
- Strong negotiation skills to work with a variety of donor partners.
- Strong organisational skills and ability to work on own initiative.
- Strategic thinking and ability to articulate broader visions as well as tactical solutions to complex problems.
- Excellent project management skills, a qualification such as Prince II would be an advantage.
- Strong numerical and analytical skills
- Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Fluency in Arabic would be desirable
- Ability to travel several times a year.
- Computer literate: Windows XP: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Ability to use SAP
- At least 9 years of professional experience in a relevant area of work
- Professional experience from an international financial institution or bilateral donor agency a strong advantage
- Masters degree in economics, finance, law or equivalent field required.
- Project management qualification would be an advantage.
What is it like to work at the EBRD?
Our agile and innovative approach is what makes life at the EBRD a unique experience! You will be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, and use your talents to make a real difference to people’s lives and help shape the future of the regions we invest in.
The EBRD environment provides you with:
- Varied, stimulating and engaging work that gives you an opportunity to interact with a wide range of experts in the financial, political, public and private sectors across the regions we invest in;
- A working culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity;
- An environment that places sustainability, equality and digital transformation at the heart of what we do.
Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working and expecting our employee to attend the office 50% of their working time.