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The World Bank Group Finance and Accounting (WFA) Vice Presidency Unit, is responsible for all aspects of financial accounting, reporting and the internal control framework for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the extensive Trust Fund/Partnership portfolio of those entities. The VPU is also responsible for expressing a Finance viewpoint on controls over Bank Group operations.
WFA comprises the following functions: Financial Instruments Accounting and Valuation; Loan Operations; Accounting Business Services; Financial Analysis and Reporting; Accounting Policy; Documentation and Communication; Advisory Services; and Operational Risks and Controls. These units collectively include approximately 500 staff, of which approximately 170 are in Washington, D.C., with the remainder in regional offices including the largest in Chennai, India.
The Trust Funds and Loans Operations Department (WFATL) manages loan and trust fund operations and was recently reorganized to better serve client needs, accommodate for new Bank priorities, and achieve further efficiencies and consistency in service delivery.
Consequent to the reorganization, WFATL consists of two divisions, each headed by a manager. The first division, WFACS, is devoted to providing “front-end” client services and related operations to business and external clients and is organized along business lines serving the regions and global practices. The Services within the area of WFATL responsibilities fall under three categories: regional coordination, country focal point assistance, and project-level fiduciary and portfolio management. The second division, WFAAS, is focused on supporting both the World Bank Group’s Trust Fund and Loan portfolios, for example, providing advice on the design and implementation of new trust funds, policies, or processes, as well as many activities associated with the implementation and closure of loans or trust funds, including account creation and maintenance, disbursement transactions, trust funds and loans accounting and reporting and helpdesk functions. These two divisions work closely and collaboratively with one another, and with other Bank units.
WFAAS division is split into (a) Advisory teams, based out of Washington DC, and (b) Operational support teams, based out of Chennai. The Operational support team in Chennai, is split into three sub-teams viz., (i) Loan Accounting, (ii) Trust Funds (Financial Reporting), and (iii) Trust Funds (TACT and Financial Control). Together, the Division provides end-to-end support for IBRD/IDA Loans and WBG Trust Funds, in terms of,
• Providing upstream advice to Bank teams and TF donors to influence the design of new TF and FIF agreements to ensure: compliance with fiduciary, reporting, internal control requirements and best practices
• Support, help design, and ultimately implement and account for new and emerging products, in addition to the existing portfolio
• Ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Trust Fund modules, financial ledgers and related interfaces, which capture all TF activities
• Report on Trust Fund accounts at the individual account and portfolio level through, audited/un-audited financial statements, management reports, analyses and trends for corporate reporting, donor specific reports, etc.
• Maintain/enhance/develop underlying systems, tools and applications to cater to the changing business needs
This is an advertisement for a Financial Analyst, in the TACT and Financial Controls Team forming part of the Operational Support in Chennai. This position reports to the Team Lead.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Financial Analyst’s primary responsibilities will include, but not limited to, a combination of the following activities:
Clearances and Master data maintenance for trust funds:
• Review, interpret, and clear legal and Bank’s internal documents such as Trust Fund Proposals (TFP), Administration agreements /amendments for creation/activation and maintenance of trust fund master data.
• Ownership and maintenance of master reference fields in SAP for assigned trust fund programs in accordance with the program specific requirements and legal and internal documents.
• Provide advisory support on upstream trust fund activities such as trust fund set-up, structuring/restructuring, help them navigate through various accounting, reporting and operational issues from WFA’s perspective, all through the trust fund life-cycle.
• Participate in TF academy training and other hub trainings, representing the Division to share knowledge and help staff across GPs and Regions to navigate through the trust fund processes.
Process improvements & automation projects:
• Lead/Participate in automation projects and coordinate with technical teams on system changes, bug fixes, enhancements and testing
• Contribute to the continuous improvements and process enhancement initiatives surrounding trust fund processes aimed at simplification and/or enhancements to process quality and controls;
• Provide inputs and actively participate in various institutional projects;
• Provide a variety of metrics / charts to be included in overall departmental operations report to measure progress of operations at Chennai vis-a-vis agreed norms for management information and action;
• Coach and mentor junior team members.
• Chartered Accountant or Certified Public Accountant with post qualification work experience of 3-5 years;
• Proven working experience on accounting and reporting processes using automated accounting systems preferably SAP;
• Demonstrated good judgmental and analytical skills;
• Excellent problem-solving skills;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools;
• Good interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral);
• Strong client-focus and excellent team player;
• Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues;
• Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix environment.
Deliver Results for Clients – Contributes to delivery of results for client on complex issues. Sets challenging goals that align with the WBG mission and is always looking to improve. Understands clients’ most pressing challenges and contributes to solutions. Takes personal responsibility for producing high quality work, identifying and informing of risks, and delivering results for clients.
Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates within team and across boundaries. Keeps others fully informed to ensure integration and work consistency. Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Seeks and listens to input from others to inform own decision making and openly shares information. Frames thinking/actions with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.
Lead and Innovate – Brings new and different insights. Applies critical thinking to current approaches, identifies areas for improvement, and tries new solutions that drive results. Considers own behavior in context of WBG’s values and mission and recognizes impact one has on others. Operates in ambiguity and changing needs and supports others to do the same
Create, Apply, and Share Knowledge – Actively contributes to and readily applies WBG’s body of knowledge for client solutions. Contributes to the departments and WBG’s body of knowledge by applying lessons learned and expertise. Actively invests in own knowledge and seeks feedback. Builds personal and professional networks within and beyond the work group
Make Smart Decisions – Leverages available data and makes timely decisions. Seeks and analyzes facts, data and lessons of past experience to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. Applies cost/benefit analysis to meet work program objectives. Contributes to decision making by providing relevant risk-analysis. Shows initiative when necessary and makes decisions in a timely manner within own area of responsibility.
Client Understanding and Advising – Looks at issues from the client’s perspective and takes action beyond normal expectations to ensure client satisfaction. Analyzes situations and determines alternative or creative scenarios and approaches to add value to the business in new and different ways. Works within the team and with other specialty areas to define client needs and develop the best approach to meet client needs. Sees how ideas and best practices from other specialties can be adapted or applied to address client issues.
Broad Business Thinking – Maintains an in-depth understanding of the long-term implications of decisions both for department and the client’s business. Ensures that decisions are supported by relevant stakeholders as well as sound performance data. Effectively communicates recommended changes to clients and how they will affect their business using the client’s own terminology with limited jargon while attempting to minimize day-to-day disruption of operations
Project Management – Develops and implements realistic and achievable work plans for group or project team – including tasks, priorities, resources and schedules. Establishes priorities, identifies critical tasks, and pushes projects forward in a timely fashion. Establishes controls to detect problems early and notify those involved if deadlines are affected. Creates opportunities and solutions that address more difficult or abstract situations. Creates and adapts solutions to address unusual data or novel situations
Analytical Thinking – Determines criteria for assessing issues and opportunities. Establishes clear goals and priorities needed to assess performance. Identifies relationships and linkages between different information sources. Anticipates issues that are not readily apparent on the surface. Identifies root causes and effects. Establishes clear goals and priorities. Anticipates potential problems and develops solutions needed to resolve them. Systemically analyzes relationships between apparently independent problems and issues. Reviews and cross-reviews reports. Identifies trends as well as isolated events. Translates analytical reports into management presentations and provides guidance to resolve issues. Anticipates the possible outcome of potential solutions. Identifies areas of significant concern or opportunity. Probes and initiates research to identify critical problems
Policies and Procedures – Seek out opportunities to further understanding of relevant policies and guidance. Identify areas for improvements in existing policies and procedures. Emulate best practices in completing own work program. Provides guidance to junior staff and plays a role in transferring skills and knowledge to others.
Risks and Controls – Demonstrate understanding of key risks and internal control procedures in the related processes. Able to identify key risks and mitigating control steps in own functional areas. Perform internal control procedures in compliance with the overall risk and control framework. Takes proactive measures to know the internal control procedures (e.g., talks with business leaders about their goals and priorities).
IT and Systems – Leverage information technology systems and applications to improve productivity and efficiency. Provide inputs to IT system enhancement efforts based on day to day working experience and knowledge of the systems
Communication – Utilize appropriate tools and techniques to explain technical information in plain language. Present information in a logical and organized manner both in speech and in writing. Writes effective correspondence, prepares questions and reports, statements of circumstance and briefing notes.
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