Communications Lead, Energy and Extractives at World Bank, Washington, DC, United States


Deadline: 5 June 2019

The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Communications Lead, Energy and Extractives in Washington, DC, United States. The duration of this post 3 years.

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WBG has set two ambitious goals to push extreme poverty to no more 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Communications Lead, Energy and Extractives will perform the following functions-

  • Connect the dots between the GP and corporate levels to ensure alignment between EEX GP communications and the strategic priorities of the Infrastructure VPU and WBG overall.
  • Closely follow developments, trends and innovations in the intersection of energy, extractives, sustainable development and climate change.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of these issues especially as they pertain to the work and mandate of the WBG; and use this understanding to advise on and generate appropriate ideas for communication and advocacy.
  • Serve as team lead and supervisor for the ECR staff and consultants assigned to work in EEX GP communications, including those working for Trust Funds; foster an environment of inclusiveness, teamwork, respect; mentor junior team members; make decisions on how to selectively deploy the team’s limited communication resources to the most strategic outcomes.
  • Track and compile impact summaries at key intervals (e.g. report launches, global events) as well as an annual review of the outputs/impact of the GP’s communications work program; share these findings across the VPU and GP leadership team and other stakeholders as relevant.
  • Draft, write, and review TPs, speeches, talking points or messages for the EEX GP leadership and for WBG senior management (President, CEO, MD, VP) speaking on EEX GP issues.
  • Ensure examples of the GP’s impact and work – data/analytical evidence of impact at a global level, and selected program/project results at country/regional levels — are integrated into Infrastructure-wide and ECR-wide corporate narratives, messages, stories, etc.
  • Advise on the framing, positioning, options and platforms to externally highlight the GP’s analytical work, project/program results and thought leadership in relation to specific audience engagement goals; be a source of advice to GP leads and teams seeking to strengthen the external positioning of their work with select audiences.
  • Coordinate with ECR’s International Affairs team to ensure alignment of the Bank’s engagement on EEX issues with other multilateral development banks, with the G20 and G7 platforms, and with key donor country entities.
  • Manage all media relations for the GP’s leadership and key technical staff, responding to external inquiries, staffing interviews, and managing all tier-one media engagements through coordination with ECR’s Corporate Communication team.
  • Monitor and analyze current events and public and press opinion with a view to reputational risk management.
  • Advise management and others as needed on trends, news developments, or changing/unexpected circumstances that may impact the GP’s work, and help to determine appropriate strategic responses to address them.
  • Coordinate with the ECR Issue Management team and the relevant regional communications team to elevate and align approach to issue management at the corporate level.
  • Monitor and contribute to the institutional risk map, and the creation of issue briefs to ensure fully informed corporate positions are prepared on emerging issues.

Eligibility Criteria

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Applicants must have-

  • Master’s degree (Communications, International Relations/Public Affairs/Economics or other related field).
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant work experience or a Bachelor’s with at least 13 years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrates current knowledge of issues in the energy and extractives sectors and global development arena, with proven understanding/experience working on these issues.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and leading communication initiatives.
  • Experience in a Bank Region will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrates excellent English language skills and proficiency to write and edit complex communications products for purposeful structure, clarity of ideas, and logical, persuasive presentation.
  • Fluency in an additional language will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrates ability to nurture and maintain relationships and communications with critical internal and external constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Experience using digital and social media to stimulate conversations with stakeholders, and develop strategies to position across websites, blogs and other channels.
  • Demonstrates ability for teamwork in a multicultural environment; experience working in developing countries would be a plus.
  • Experience working with and advising senior officials or executives.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WBG.

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