Communications Officer

World Bank , Washington, United States

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2020

Job Description


Do you want to build a career that is full of meaning and impact? The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities where they are needed most. 

We are looking for a Communications Officer, Media Relations, to join IFC’s External Relations Team. Engaging with the media is a key component of IFC’s overall communications strategy, ensuring strong public understanding of IFC’s work and elevating IFC’s brand, shaping our message on key corporate priorities, and supporting IFC’s partnerships with clients and stakeholders. The team’s media relations goals encompass both daily engagement and outreach as well as managing communications around highly sensitive topics and mitigating potential reputational risk. The team is working to identify and secure opportunities in both top tier traditional press and with industry influencers to raise awareness about IFC’s work and highlight IFC as the leader in private sector investment in emerging markets. 

The chosen candidate will assist the Principal, Media Relations with driving the development of IFC’s global media strategy and tactics, maintaining and strengthening IFC’s relationships with journalists while building new relationships with others, and deliver media monitoring reports and support. The Communications Officer will report to the Principal, Media Relations and work closely and seamlessly with other members of IFC Partnerships, Communication and Outreach Vice Presidency to support the organization’s overall communications efforts, in partnership with colleagues across the WBG.

The Communications Officer will be based in Washington, DC.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate the weekly list of IFC external announcements, highlighting all media activity across all regions and industries;
  • Be the point of contact between IFC and the World Bank’s communications department and ensure alignment and close collaboration;
  • Understand and have the ability to analyze IFC risk issues and in close coordination with IFC’s Risk and Public Affairs team and World Bank Group counterparts to develop strategies and programs to help mitigate and ensure accurate communications with the media around these issues;
  • Effectively manage tools to track and monitor relevant IFC media coverage (including on social media) and public sentiment, and provide timely and reliable analysis to hierarchy, including – at times – outside of typical working hours;
  • Manage proactive and reactive media relations initiatives, including cultivating new relationships with journalists and opinion writers from major national and international media outlets.Address questions and inquiries from the press.Develop media-related materials, as needed, including press releases, pitches, talking points and Q&As, reactive messaging/holding statements etc. for external use;
  • In close partnership with the IFC Executive Communications team, work to position IFC senior leadership for media opportunities;
  • Assist in the planning and overseeing of IFC press events (media/journalist roundtables and press conferences).Develop and proactively pitch story ideas for the institution and senior leadership, securing media interview opportunities and managing the interview process, including the development of pre-interview briefs/messaging/coaching;
  • Coordinate/develop issue briefs and research materials for major IFC flagship events and convenings (e.g. IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings).

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Political Science, International Relations, Public Affairs, Marketing, Business/Finance with 8 or more years’ experience in corporate communications, international relations, public affairs, political science, or other related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • In addition, a degree in Business Administration and/or working experience in Investment Operations will be valued. Big picture thinker with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills while effectively maintaining a pulse on details.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and research skills and an ability to quickly produce quality, engaging, and crisp documents and presentations.Strong knowledge of and practical experience in a range of communications planning and implementation approaches such as, opinion research, media engagement, message targeting, and marketing communication.
  • Demonstrated experience presenting to and interacting with members of the media, executive leaders, and a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders;Experience working with top-shelf media on high-profile and or sensitive issues.
  • Solid conceptual, research and analytical skills, with an ability to think strategically and rapidly synthesize information from varied sources into concise conclusions and recommendations.
  • Demonstrated willingness to assist others and perform whatever tasks are necessary to help the team achieve its goals.Strong interpersonal skills and excellent team player.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in a multi-cultural environment and to build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues.High levels of initiative, judgment, and decisiveness in accomplishing tasks; proven ability to work independently; good time-management skills and an eye for detail; ability to work effectively under stress and to juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlinesInterest in international development issues and an understanding of how communications can assist key audiences in meeting challenges.
  • Strong diplomatic, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.WBG Core Competencies for all staff: Client orientation; Drive for results; Teamwork of collaboration and inclusion; Knowledge, Learning and communication; and Business judgment and analytical decision-making.


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