As part of our commitment to creating a dynamic, creative and diverse working environment, we welcome applications from nationals of Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean countries and other developing countries.
Note: This is an international 2-year renewable term appointment based in the Paris Office (HQ Satellite Office). The local salary scale applies. Standard expatriate benefits (home leave & education benefits) apply if the selected candidate meets the eligibility criteria for these benefits.
About the World Bank Group:
Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-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). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
The mandate of the External and Corporate Relations (ECR) Vice Presidency is to strengthen the World Bank Group’s development impact by increasing public support for, and awareness of, the mission and work of the World Bank Group (WBG). ECR colleagues provide trusted advice, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies in support of our advocacy goals, while enhancing and protecting the reputation of the institution. ECR manages global engagement with key stakeholders, including media, civil society, private sector, donor countries, and multilateral and international organizations (incl. G20, G7, MDBs, EU, OECD); and manages corporate communications, including online and social media; issues and reputational risk management; and employee engagement.
ECR Europe manages relationships with key stakeholders, including government counterparts, parliament, civil society, private sector, media, academia and international organizations in the traditional European development partner and donor countries.
The Country Dialogue between the WBG and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) is managed out of the WBG’s Paris Office. The International Affairs Officer for the Nordic countries is responsible for analysis and advice to ECR Europe leadership and WBG Senior Management on the Nordic policy dialogue, development priorities and overall authorizing environment relative to the WBG mission and activities. This includes maintaining a strong dialogue with Nordic authorities and stakeholders, staying abreast of political and economic developments, and implementing multi-constituency outreach programs in said countries.
The Paris-based International Affairs Officer is expected to spend most of his/her time on issues related to the Country Dialogue with the Nordic countries, and the remaining time on media-related activities in the same countries. S/he reports to ECR Europe’s Special Representative and Director, who is also based in Paris.
Country Dialogue with the Nordic Countries
The International Affairs Officer is part of the ECR Europe team of country counselors, which aims to advance the development agenda of the World Bank and of the international community across the Western European capitals. Each member of the team works on one specific country or country cluster and, at the same time, contributes to the Global Part 1 and European Country Dialogue, which also includes dealing with European Union matters. This means that in addition to the primary country responsibility, each country counselor is charged with secondary tasks that relate to outreach activities in Europe as well as to regional and thematic assignments.
Specifically, the Country Dialogue with the Nordic countries aims to:
Maintain a strong dialogue between the WBG and the Nordic countries.
Enhance the cooperation between the WBG and the Nordic countries.
Strengthen the financial, political, institutional and knowledge partnerships with national institutions and stakeholders.
Foster communication and outreach with key constituencies, including Parliament, CSOs, media, private sector, foundations, and academia.
Increase the practical collaboration between WBG units, in particular also with the Global Practices (GPs)/Cross Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs), and Nordic counterparts.
European Media Team
The International Affairs Officer also contributes to the work of the World Bank’s European Media Team (EMT), which is responsible for managing relationships with and outreach to European journalists. The EMT answers daily inquiries and requests from journalists, arranges interviews, handles strategy and logistics for events involving media, drafts and/or pitches outreach materials, monitors World Bank media coverage, prepares daily news summaries, and maintains media databases and contact systems of European media.
The EMT and ECR Europe’s Country Counselors are jointly responsible for the overall outreach to the media as well as media monitoring and strategy in Western Europe. The EMT also works closely with World Bank Headquarters and the regional and GPs/CCSAs Vice Presidential Units (VPUs), to define strategy and pool intelligence.
Duties & Accountabilities:
Country Dialogue with the Nordic Countries
The International Affairs Officer is expected to play a key role in supporting the Country Dialogue with the Nordic countries, including:
Specifically, the International Affairs Officer is expected to handle the following tasks:
Planning and Program:
Research, Analysis and Briefing:
Visits and Events:
Management of Staff:
European Media Team
Working in close collaboration with the EMT Coordinator and other EMT members, the International Affairs Officer also contributes to carrying out the work program of the EMT. Specifically, the International Affairs Officer is expected to handle the following media-related tasks:
The International Affairs Officer will ideally meet the following criteria:
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