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Communications Officer

IFC - International Finance Corporation

Sydney, Australia

DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Strategies: Plan, design and execute a communications strategy and activities to promote effective communications with external and internal audiences focused on IFC’s role and impact in the Pacific. Conceptualize and determine the types of information and communications interventions that are best suited to addressing issues or problems;
  • Relationships: Build and manage effective professional relationships with key industry, government, development and civil society groups in countries of the Pacific. Position IFC’s Country manager and project team leads as spokespersons and thought leaders in the private sector development space across the countries of the Pacific. Responds to routine and non-routine inquiries about the IFC operations to enhance two-way communications and dialogue;
  • Business Development: Use a variety of tools, techniques, and resources to support business development and to strengthen IFC’s brand, including press releases, media pitching, website development, social media, promotional materials and business conferences;
  • Risk Management: Work closely with project teams and IFC clients to identify and mitigate reputational risks, enhance stakeholder engagement efforts, and clearly communicate the long term development impact and IFC’s value-add in high profile projects;
  • Media Relations: Cultivate relationships with key journalists and secure press coverage for IFC initiatives in local media;
  • Products: Write, produce and disseminate of both routine and complex communication products (e.g., media packets, news releases, op-eds, brochures, Q&As, presentations, briefing notes, online and social media content, speeches, etc.) about IFC operations in the region;
  • Events: Coordinate scheduling and briefings for communications activities and events across the region (e.g. executive missions and speeches, press conferences, seminars, etc.) involving external and/or internal audiences;
  • Technical and advisory support: Advise IFC teams on trends, news developments, or changing/unexpected circumstances that may impact IFC and its work, and help determine strategic responses. Provide communication support to IFC teams and clients;
  • Resource management: Handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Master’s degree and 5+ years work experience in public relations, public affairs, media relations, journalism; previous experience with a private sector company or multilateral financial institution a plus;
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement communications strategies, campaigns or programs;
  • Knowledge of national/international trends, demonstrated political awareness and ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate effective, productive client relationships/partnerships;
  • Self-motivated, creative, excellent organizational skills, proven ability to perform multiple tasks, and ability to work with both internal and external constituencies;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a willingness to work in a team environment. Proven experience in working as both a leader and a member of a team;
  • Excellent English writing and editing skills;
  • Exceptional ability to write, communicate, operate under pressure and tight deadlines with accuracy and professionalism.

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