The Communications Department (COM) is seeking a Communications Officer. COM is the IMF’s center for strategic communication. It develops and coordinates the IMF’s external and internal communications strategy, shapes key messages, and advises management and staff on how best to convey those messages. The department also monitors and responds to what is being said and written about the institution, both inside and outside the IMF.
The Policy Communications Division (COMPC) produces Finance & Development¸ a quarterly magazine in six languages, and the IMFBlog, featuring policy content targeted at policymakers, academics, media, and the educated lay public. The division also prepares explanatory material about the IMF and its operations, including country news articles, factsheets, videos, and podcasts. As part of its work, the division uses social media and online campaigns to broaden the reach of the Fund's communication products and carries out data analytics to gauge messaging impact and reach.
The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the Policy Communications Division and the Communications Department more broadly, under the general supervision of the Division Chief. He or she will be a well-rounded communications professional with strong digital skills, who will be able to design and implement outreach strategies for products, events, or campaigns, while working in different team settings.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Drafting and editing magazine articles, news articles, and blog posts that help the IMF explain complex issues to a general audience in plain language;
Drafting explanatory material on economic and financial issues for social media, the web and print, with an emphasis on storytelling;
Tailoring content for different audiences; and
Helping design social media strategies to underpin the IMF’s content strategy.
The successful candidate will have:
An advanced university degree, or equivalent, in communications, international relations, journalism, or a related field, supplemented by a minimum of four years of relevant professional experience. Alternatively, a university degree, or equivalent, and ten years of relevant professional experience.
Besides excellent command of written and spoken English, strong editorial judgment and ability to translate technical material for a broader audience.
Good knowledge of economic and financial issues, as well as a sound understanding of global social, political, and developmental issues.
Excellent communications, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Flexibility to accommodate heavy workloads.
A writing test will be administered as part of the recruiting process.
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