Cover letter for IFC(4 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for IFC.”

Examples of cover letters for IFC

When applying for a position at IFC, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1:

“To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to apply for the position of Investment Analyst in Washington, DC advertised on your website. The details of this position’s duties and responsibilities, as well as the required skill set, perfectly align with my career path, prompting my interest to work within the Financial Institution Group of the International Finance Corporation.

This application is motivated by a long nursed interest in building a career in finance within an international organization such as the International Finance Corporation. This will give me a bigger and broader opportunity to learn and expand my investment management skills, especially in the context of promoting sustainable development in emerging markets. Further, I have always desired to be part of a team of investment professionals that proffer direct solutions to real economic challenges.

I have earned a reputation as a self-directed professional with excellent quantitative, analytical, and communication skills. As a resourceful problem solver, I have a proven ability to conceptualize solutions to challenging situations and maximize success. My recent collaboration in a public-private partnership transaction required my expertise in financial modeling, the preparation of complex legal documents and the application of strategic tools and techniques to create extensive financial projections and a strategic implementation plan. I am confident I can leverage these skills to make an immediate and valuable contribution to the Financial Institution Group.

I have enclosed my resume for your review and would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sample 2:

“POSITION: Associate Investment Officer

I would like to apply for the Associate Investment Officer, position that was recently advertised on the IFC website. The detail of the jobs’ Duties and Accountabilities as well as the required skill set perfectly defines my career, prompting my interest to work with the Telecom, Media, Technology & Venture Investing Department of the IFC.

This application is motivated by a long nursed interest in building a development finance career with an international organization such as the IFC. This I believe will give me a bigger and broader opportunity to learn and expand my investment management skill, especially as regards promoting sustainable development in Africa through infrastructure investments. Further, I have always desired to be part of the investment professionals that directly proffer solutions to Africa’s infrastructure challenge.

Along my career path as an investment analyst, I was privileged to be part of a team of five that developed a business plan for the purpose of raising US$100 million financing for a new entrant in the Triple Play Broadband internet service space in Nigeria. I have equally developed market analytics and investment recommendations for one of the leading 4G LTE broadband internet provider in Nigeria. I am a technology enthusiast and a passionate internet advocate, with special interest on how technology can be optimized to bring about sustainable development in Africa.

I have an MSc degree in Economics, and an Economics Bachelor degree with First Class Honours. I have 5 years investment management, research and analysis experience with top investment banks and a commercial bank in Nigeria. At the moment, I work with Diamond Bank Plc., as a Research and Market Intelligence Officer, where I support the executive management of the bank with sector analytics, market insights and macroeconomic forecasts.”

Sample 3:

“POSITION: Investment Analyst

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Please find enclosed my CV in application for the Investment Analyst position at International Finance Corporation based in Bogotá, Colombia. I have more than four years of management consulting experience with KPMG and almost three years of banking experience with Nemea Bank. I believe I have what you are searching for in an applicant – combination of knowledge, work experience, and skill sets to fulfil the responsibilities of this role.

My values align with IFC’s mission to finance private sector investments and improve social and environmental sustainability. I am very keen to work for a corporation where I can put my skill sets in use while benefiting the society as a whole through services and financing that IFC provides for private sector and assistance and advice that it provides for governments in developing countries. 

I have also recently earned my CFA charter by completing a study program that has enhanced my analytical skill, and which confirmed my strong desire to pursue a career in investment management industry. I am confident that these skills will serve me well in my career and would enable me to contribute value as a member of your team. I am therefore very keen to make a career move from management consulting to investment management – and the time to make that move is now!

I would appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate this through a personal interview. I therefore submit my application for your thorough consideration. 


Sample 4:


Working at the World Bank appeals to me because it offers me the best opportunity to leverage my past experience in finance, as well as my personal interest in international development. The skills I can offer include: analytic and quantitative ability, developed through my work in the xxx at xxx) and strengthened through my course work at xxx; client relationship skills, as evidenced through my role as leading the day-to-day execution deal teams at xx which involved daily interaction with the client; and leadership skills, as demonstrated through my active roles on campus and with my involvement in new Analyst training at xxx. In addition, I also have strong team-working skills which I developed as both an Analyst and Associate at xx and which I am further developing here at business school.

I am submitting my resume for your consideration, and would like to request an opportunity to interview with the WWB. This would allow me to elaborate further on my experience and describe how I feel I can make a meaningful contribution at your organization. I thank you in advance for your kind attention.”

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I write a cover letter for any position?

  • Make it job-specific. 
  • Highlight your accomplishments.
  • Mention your qualifications.

What words should not be used in a cover letter?

Words and phrases to avoid in your cover letter:

  • “I’m confident I’m the perfect person for the job.” 
  • “I need this job because … ” 
  • “I’m requesting a salary of … ” 
  • “To whom it may concern:”

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