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We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world.
In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
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IFC’s Partnerships, Communications and Outreach Vice Presidency manages multilateral engagement and communications both internal and external across IFC.
The Vice Presidency is responsible for content creation, branding, reputational risk management, relationships with shareholders in Western Europe and Japan, fundraising, and multilateral engagement.
The Global Business Partners Unit coordinates the communications network across the regions where IFC operates. The network’s objectives include supporting IFC’s operations, strengthening IFC’s brand and communicating its development impact to internal and external clients to demonstrate that IFC is the premier development institution focused on the private sector.
It promotes IFC’s thought leadership and a better understanding of the key role of private sector in development, as well as managing reputational risks around IFC’s investments and policies.
The Global Business Partners Unit is currently searching for a Communications Officer to focus on regional communications initiatives in Sub Saharan Africa.
Role and Responsibilities :
The Communications Officer will work in the Global Business Partners (CGB) Unit as the key Communications Officer for the Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) region.
His / her main accountability is to lead communications work in SSA to support operations of the Regional Vice President (RVP), the Johannesburg based Regional Director as well as the other Regional Directors in SSA, and other members of the Regional Management and operational teams in the region.
He / she has overall responsibility for designing, executing, and monitoring / evaluating the impact of complex communications strategies, activities, campaigns about IFC’s work, as well as leading on thematic communication issues across the SSA region.
The Communications Officer provides leadership on broader strategy development and thought leadership, and works collaboratively as part of a team of communications staff and short term consultants (STCs) working in SSA.
He / she will work under the supervision of the Regional Lead for Africa and Middle East.
This involves ensuring that the communications teams in SSA articulate compelling narratives on the development impact of IFC’s operations, by working closely with IFC investment and advisory teams, regional strategists and economists, as well as with clients in the private and public sector.
The Communications Officer will be responsible for ensuring a consistent approach to communications in the specific country / region, aligned to corporate priorities and messaging.
The Communications Officer will ensure that the SSA communications teams engage early with the investment and advisory teams, provide guidance to the Regional Directors, Regional Managers and other operational staff / management on communications and risk management, as well as contribute to campaigns and content initiatives, thought leadership, and develop productive relations with key media and manage digital communications.
The Communications Officer will be an important member of the Africa and Middle East Communications team led by the Regional Lead for Africa and Middle East.
He / she will be part of a team of communications staff and STCs in SSA, and will be responsible for collaborating with teams across the Africa and Middle East region.
He / she will collaborate with the Focal Point designated to cover low-income countries and fragile and conflict affected states (IDA and FCS) for both regions, to ensure consistency, while also being flexible to work across other regions as needed to ensure a high performing global team is in place.
He / she will lead on all aspects of communications that relate to the SSA region, working closely with other communications leads in IFC’s Partnerships, Communications and Outreach Vice Presidency, operational Departments, as well as with the corresponding World Bank teams in the region.
Specific responsibilities include, among others, the following :
This includes ensuring clarity, accuracy, relevance, and engaging writing in all materials that the regional communications teams produce.
profile country / regional engagements to ensure that strong support is provided on regional communications and thought leadership, especially on cross cutting themes / issues in SSA.
This involves ensuring that regional teams support IFC operational teams and regional / industry managers in developing specific strategies for high profile or potentially sensitive projects, and provide support on reputational risk management, crisis management, and proactive CSO engagement to investment and regional teams on controversial projects in close partnership with the Headquarters based Risk and Public Affairs team.
He / she will engage with major external and internal stakeholders as needed with a focus on current events, public opinion, social or political issues, and other external or internal developments related to the IFC’s work.
0 strategy. This includes leading teams to communicate strategically on new products like Country Private Sector Diagnostics (CPSDs) to ensure successful and high profile in-
country launches and dissemination.
ensures effective coordination of multiple teams, equipment, facilities and other resources.
The Communications Officer will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In addition, a degree in Business Administration and / or working experience in Investment Operations will be valued.
Creates highly effective strategic vision and has an uncanny sense of how situations can unfold.
and Business judgment and analytical decision-making.
The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.