Manager, HQ Real Estate Development and Management, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington, United States

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Friday, 29 January 2021

Manager, HQ Real Estate Development and Management

Job #: req10607

Organization: World Bank

Sector: General Services

Grade: GH

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 1/29/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2015, the WBG committed $60 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $19 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 189 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).


Reporting to the Managing Director and World Bank Group CAO, the Global Corporate Solutions Department brings together the functions of corporate security, corporate real estate, and corporate services, such as travel, conferences, and multimedia.


The Corporate Real Estate Division (GCSCR) of the World Bank Group supports the IBRD, IDA, and MIGA, in realizing and executing their real estate needs worldwide. It is the key interlocutor between Senior Management, operational management and staff of IBRD, IDA, MIGA, and ICSID. GCSCR’s primary purpose is to create strategic, cost effective, functional, efficient and safe real estate solutions for its clientele.

To achieve its purpose, GCSCR led by the Senior Manager is structured into 3 units: (I) HQ Real Estate Development & Management (GCSHQ) and (II) Global Real Estate Development & Management (GCSIR) and (III) Global Strategy and Planning.

GCSCR is seeking to fill the role of Manager of HQ Real Estate Development & Management unit that will oversee two main sub-units: 1.Strategic Planning & Leasing, which is responsible for the Bank’s over all real estate strategy as well as the management of the leasehold properties in Washington.

2.Facilities Construction, Operations & Maintenance, which is responsible for all the design, construction property management and plant operations of all the Bank’s facilities in Washington.

Duties and Accountabilities

Business Management (including: Strategy, implementation, budget management and quality control)

Manages the Strategic Planning & Leasing sub-unit and the Facilities Construction, Operations & Maintenance sub-unit.Provides leadership to HQ Real Estate Development & Management on its role of providing innovative strategic and cost-effective solutions to the World Bank’s real estate requirements.Plans and delivers the yearly HQ Real Estate Development & Management work program making effective use of each team’s member skills and strengths.Manages the unit’s budget, promote value and cost efficiencies for an annual spend of between $40 and $50 million in administrative funds, and from $10 to $15 million in capital expenditure.Leads the implementation of real estate strategies to support The Bank’s efforts in operating a more cost effective and efficient Institution.Manages the day to day operations of the unit.Pursue and encourage continuous improvement and technical and process innovation.Contributes to the effective management of GCSCR and to the management team.

People/ Talent Management accountabilities:

Models exemplary WBG leadership values and managerial behaviors and reinforces these qualities in own team and staff.Drives and inspires technical excellence within the team by creating an environment of learning and innovation that attracts and develops the best talent reflective of the diversity of our clients.Supports GCSCR management in developing and implementing appropriate strategies for global staffing, deployment, talent and performance management.Leads and motivates the teams with a focus on client orientation and relations management, development outcomes, strong coordination across teams within and outside the Department, and strong emphasis on problem solving.Proactively manages and acts as mentor to staff to achieve high performance and professional growth and support their career development. Fosters a work environment supportive of continued innovation and creative thinking and gender equity.Proactively manages performance issues, and deals with conflict.

Resource Management accountabilities:

Delivers the agreed work program through effective use of resources (human and budget) within the agreed parameters and ensures the timely delivery and overall quality of the unit’s outputs.Ensures that appropriate internal control and compliance policies and procedures are in place and being followed with respect to meeting the WBG’s fiduciary and safeguard policies and guidelines, as well as the Division’s own quality control processes.Contributes to budget discussions and secures the appropriate budget for the unitDevelops an appropriate risk management framework to ensure that the Division’s strategic objectives are met.

Relationship Management accountabilities (Internal and External):

Under the leadership of the Senior Manager, Corporate Real Estate, establishes and maintains strategic relationships and engagements with other parts of the Bank Group, as well as external partners to enable constructive and strategically focused real estate solutions.Building and maintaining excellent partnerships within Regional management, as well as with other relevant Bank Group units to ensure that HQ Real Estate Development & Management responds to client requests in an integrated, timely, and coherent manner and that substantive analytical work is conducted throughout the process.Collaborates with WBG senior leadership teams as required regarding matters that influence The Bank’s global footprint.Encourages innovation within the unit and ensures the dissemination of new approaches to products and solutions, drawing on best practices.Leads HQ Real Estate Development & Management in its effort regarding corporate social responsibility and sustainability.Builds and manages relationships, including negotiation (where relevant) with external entities such as landlords, architectural and engineering firms, real estate brokers, law firms, and the like.

Selection Criteria

Masters degree in a relevant discipline (i.e. Architecture, Engineering, Business Management) and at least 12 years substantial professional in positions of increasing complexity and responsibility or equivalent combination of qualification and experience).Excellent understanding of the Bank Group’s internal operating environment.Sound business acumen, as well as thorough knowledge of Bank Group policies, programs, and procedures, with demonstrated results in delivering programs worldwide.Outstanding interpersonal, diplomatic and partnership skills required for building and maintaining collaborative relationships with senior management, government officials, partners and other stakeholders.Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and present ideas clearly and concisely.Superior level of resourcefulness, ability to work with considerable autonomy as well as willingness to work under pressure and through the whole spectrum of activities from the strategic level to the resolution of specific implementation issues.Demonstrated strategic thinking skills and ability to engage in a substantive dialogue on complex issues and corporate priorities.Experience in innovating, translating ideas into action plans and delivering results.


Bank Managerial Competencies:

Courage of your Convictions: Outstanding WBG managers demonstrate the confidence in their convictions and the integrity to express themselves to peers and superiors even if it is easier or more comfortable to refrain from speaking up. They have the confidence, balanced with humility and judgment, to operate with the intent of doing what is right for the WBG and its clients. Key themes include: confidence, resilience, agility, judgment and adaptability.

Leading the Team for Impact: Outstanding WBG managers focus on the WBG purpose and mission in order to provide on-going clarity and vision to their teams. They align capabilities and resources around the WBG mission. They create an energizing and empowering work environment where people are engaged and have the resources necessary to do their jobs, while holding team members accountable for results and improvement. Key themes include: Building, focusing, constructing, empowering and aligning teams through clarity and resources.

Influencing Across Boundaries: Outstanding WBG managers persuade, convince and create buy-in for ideas and initiatives in order to advance their own goals and strategies, consistent with the WBG mission and vision. Key themes include: Positive impact on others through varying sophistication of influence techniques, scope of impact and effective navigation through the culture.

Fostering Openness to New Ideas: Outstanding WBG managers create open and innovative climates for the people around them. They are transparent, open to divergent views and encouraging of these attributes in others. They promote broad thinking and frank discussion, welcoming others‘ input into the decision-making process, and they build on others‘ ideas. Key themes include: Openness, humility, true two-way communication, strategic thinking and the space to be innovative without negative repercussions.

Building Talent for the Future: Outstanding WBG managers build people’s capabilities for the future by supporting and leveraging the diversity of staff in terms of their race, gender, nationality, culture, educational and professional backgrounds. They create growth opportunities for others, encouraging them to stretch beyond their current experience or comfort zone. They provide ongoing feedback and development, including long term career development and mentoring, as well as hold their team members accountable for developing others. Key themes include: Supporting the growth of all staff to further their development technically, professionally and personally to better address clients and WBG’s mission.

Core Competencies:

Lead and Innovate - Inspires and influences others to drive innovation.Deliver Results for Clients - Acts as a trusted, strategic advisor, partnering with clients to deliver results.Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Leads collaboration across WBG and with partners drawing on robust professional networks.Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Establishes an environment where knowledge is created, applied and shared.Make Smart Decisions - Makes timely decisions that have a broad impact.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.