Communications Officer

IFC - International Finance Corporation, Yangon, Myanmar

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th February, 2018

Job Description

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity.

IFC’s East Asia and Pacific department is looking for a Communications Officer to oversee external and internal communications in Myanmar and work on high risk issues across the region with a focus on the hydropower sector. IFC fosters sustainable economic growth by financing private sector investment, mobilizing capital, and advising businesses and governments on projects that generate returns for investors and provide lasting benefits to communities.

The Communications Officer will work closely with project teams to enable IFC’s work across Myanmar. The position will require close collaboration with IFC’s regional communications team and with partners in the wider World Bank Group, as well as private sector companies, international organizations and civil society.

The Communications Officer will be based in IFC’s office in Yangon. He/she will report to the Regional Communications Head based in Hong Kong, China and to the Country Manager based in Myanmar.Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Strategy: 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. Conceptualize and determine the types of information and communications interventions that are best suited.
  • Relationships: Build and manage effective professional relationships with key industry, government, development and civil society groups. Position IFC’s Country manager and project team leads as spokespersons and thought leaders in the private sector development space. Respond to routine and non-routine inquiries about IFC’s 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 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 not only in Myanmar but across the East Asia and Pacific region.
  • 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, videos, podcasts, etc.) about IFC operations.
  • Events: Coordinate scheduling and briefings for communications activities (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, or changing/unexpected circumstances that may impact IFC and its work, and help determine strategic responses. Provide communication support to IFC teams and clients.

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 is 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.
  • Previous experience working in Myanmar

IFC values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of IFC 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.


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