Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Key responsibilities include, but may not necessarily be limited to:
• Identify and act on opportunities to showcase the Bank's work, programs and/or policies, with a particular focus on World Bank knowledge products such as reports, analysis pieces and ASAs, targeting key external audiences, including media, civil society and partners.
• Liaise and maintain relationships with key external audiences (civil society, media, government) throughout the Pacific and Timor-Leste.
• Using a range of tools, track and analyze current events, public opinion and other external developments related to the Bank and its work in the Pacific and Timor-Leste, to help assess potential impact on the Bank and to help determine appropriate responses as needed.
• Coordinate scheduling, logistics and briefings for communications activities and events (e.g., high-level visits, press conferences, seminars, etc.) involving external audiences.
• Respond to routine and non-routine inquiries about the Bank from media and civil society, presenting complex information on sometimes difficult issues.
• Design, write, produce and disseminate communications products (e.g., media releases, feature stories, videos, photos, interviews/Q&As, presentations, briefing notes, etc.) that are strategic and consistently on-message about the World Bank’s work in the Pacific and Timor-Leste.
• Support to the wider Pacific EXT team as required at critical times such as during high-level visits or when there is a challenging communication issue to be managed.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
• Good knowledge of social, political and economic development issues in the Asia-Pacific region;
• Good understanding of communications approaches, tools and methodologies;
• Ability to work to tight deadlines and to juggle multiple tasks;
• Strong organizational, research and analytical skills;
• Ability to develop solid relationships with key stakeholders and build partnerships;
• Ability to liaise with and manage external multi-media contractors to produce high-quality products for TV, the web and social media;
• Some understanding of the World Bank, its policies and operations; as well as of current development topics, issues and institutions would be an advantage;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external partners in a multicultural environment;
• Ability to work effectively under stress;
• Demonstrated willingness to provide help, assistance and support to members of the team;
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Excellent computer skills; ability to use standard Bank technology packages (such as Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Aperture, etc.)
• Master degree (Communications, International Relations/Public Affairs, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science, or other related field) and two years of proven practical experience; or Bachelor degree and five years of proven practical experience in a full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning, designing and executing effective communications strategies and programs;
• Experience with and understanding of the Pacific’s media, civil society and other stakeholders;
• Experience in the international development or international affairs sectors.