Job Vacancies International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Position: Communications Officer
Location: United States of America (The), Washington
Closing Date: Thursday, 12 May 2011
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest multilateral provider of financing for private enterprise in developing countries. IFC finances private sector investments, mobilizes capital in international financial markets, facilitates trade, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advisory services to businesses and governments. IFC s Access to Finance Advisory Services has grown rapidly. At the end of FY10, Access to Finance Advisory Services had an active portfolio of 238 projects in 68 countries and project expenditures totaled about $50 million, 50 percent of which were in IDA countries and 14 percent in fragile and conflict-affected countries. IFC’s Access to Finance business line works with financial institutions and regulators to increase financial inclusion–which means helping to reach 2.5 billion unbanked individuals and more than 300 million MSMEs (with a credit gap of over $2 trillion). The business line s product offerings fall into one of three core product lines:
2) SMEs and Business and
3) Financial Infrastructure. The business line also offers two cross-cutting products, Risk Management/NPLs, and Climate Change. We are seeking a highly motivated pro-active Communications Officer to fill a dynamic communications role in our group. The Communications Officer will work as an integral part of the Access to Finance team on communications and media efforts with a dual reporting line to Access to Finance Unit Head and Corporate Relations through the Lead Communications Officer for IFC s Business Advisory Services.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The communications officer will have the following responsibilities.
a. Determines and develops the communications strategy in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders: A2F departmental management team, team leaders and global product teams. Overall responsible for planning, designing, executing, and monitoring the impact of the communications strategy;
b. Writes, produces, disseminates and monitors communications products (annual report, brochures, case studies, press releases, electronic presentations, and other promotional materials) and website content that are strategic, on-message, and serve a wide range of audiences. May assign work and provide guidance to others charged with developing various communications products for specific campaigns;
c. Initiates and sustains effective professional relationships with key internal and/or external constituencies (including the media, thought leaders in civil society, NGOs, academia, businesses). Identifies opportunities;
d. Monitors and analyzes current events and public and press opinion with a view to risk management, in particular relating to sustainability and inclusivity. Advises Global Business Line Leader and other relevant staff on trends, news developments, or changing/unexpected circumstances that may impact the department and its work, and helps to determine strategic responses to address them;
e. Oversees planning, coordination, scheduling and logistics for press briefings, major conferences and seminars, public or broadcast appearances, and other communications related activities sponsored by the department;
f. Represents the department and Business Line with the Corporate Communications team, Advisory Services Communications Leadership, in Communications Network meetings and other fora or task forces.
a. Master s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, international relations, international development or related disciplines, within minimum of 5 years experience in communications or Bachelors degree with greater than 10 years relevant experience;
b. Thorough knowledge of and practical experience in full range of communications approaches, tool and methodologies essential to planning, executing, and monitoring communications strategies e.g. campaign management, media operations, social marketing, opinion research, audience research, message targeting, and so on. Ability to plan and successfully implement a comprehensive communications program in support of defined objectives, experience of this within a private sector or Government context preferred;
c. Good understanding of new media such as websites, blogs, social media, and collaborative spaces, especially for business purposes.
d. Interest and knowledge of access to finance and financial markets issues relating to the private sector in emerging markets;
e. Proven planning and organizational skills. Strong conceptual and research/analytical skills, with the ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusions and recommendations;
f. Excellent oral and written communications and presentational skills.
Spoken and written fluency required in English. Working knowledge of other languages is also desirable. g. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external partners in a multicultural environment
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