International Affairs Officer - World Bank (Berlin) -

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The External and Corporate Relations (ECR) Vice-Presidency's mandate is to strengthen the World Bank Group’s development impact by increasing public support for, and awareness of, the mission and work of the World Bank Group (WBG). ECR manages corporate communication and relationships with key stakeholders, including donor countries, civil society, private sector, media, and international organizations, as well as coordinating staff engagement and internal communication within the WBG. ECR also manages the WBG's corporate identity and branding, is responsible for the WBG's corporate online and social media presence, and produces content for a wide variety of platforms, including print, broadcast, and web.

ECR Berlin Office

The World Bank office in Berlin provides the WBG with a permanent anchor in the German capital that facilitates the provision of pertinent services for an enhanced institutional presence in Germany. The office also aims to raise the WBG's profile and give more visibility to the partnership between the WBG and Germany, Austria and Switzerland by promoting a shared development agenda, fostering greater collaboration with existing partners, and reaching out to new interlocutors.

Country Dialogue with Germany and Austria

The International Affairs Officer is part of the ECR Europe team of country counselors, which aims to advance the development agenda of the World Bank and of the international community across the Western European capitals. Each member of the team works on one specific country or country cluster and, at the same time, contributes to the Global Part 1 and European Country Dialogue.

Specifically, the Country Dialogue with Germany and Austria aims to:

  • Improve the mutual understanding and respect between the World Bank, Germany and Austria;
  • Increase the financial, political, institutional, and intellectual support of bilateral institutions in both countries for the World Bank’s multilateral work;

European Media Team

The International Affairs Officer also contributes to the work of the World Bank’s European Media Team, which is responsible for managing relationships with and outreach to European journalists. The media team answers daily inquiries and requests from journalists, arranges interviews, handles strategy and logistics for events involving media, drafts and/or pitches outreach materials, monitors World Bank media coverage, prepares daily news summaries, and maintains media databases and contact systems of European media.

The media team and ECR Europe’s Country Counselors are jointly responsible for the overall outreach to the media as well as media monitoring and strategy in Western Europe. The media team also works closely with World Bank Headquarters, the ECR Vice Presidency, and the regional and GPs/CCSAs Vice Presidential Units (VPUs), to define strategy and pool intelligence.


Political communication and Country Dialogue with Germany and Austria

The International Affairs Officer reports to the Senior International Affairs Officer for the German-speaking countries, who also heads the ECR Berlin Office. The overall work program of the Berlin Office is supervised by the Paris-based Special Representative and Director of the World Bank’s ECR Vice Presidency.

The International Affairs Officer is expected to play a key role in supporting political communication as well as the Country Dialogue with Germany and Austria, including:

  • Planning, coordinating, and implementing outreach activities of the World Bank in Germany/Austria;
  • Supporting briefing and research needs on political and economic issues concerning the two countries;
  • Maintaining a continuous dialogue across relevant constituencies in both countries.

Specifically, the International Affairs Officer is expected to handle the following tasks (under the close supervision and guidance of the Senior International Affairs Officer):

  • Research, Analysis and Briefing:
    • Prepare in-depth German and Austrian political and economic analyses for World Bank management and staff, taking into consideration the impact of national policies, trends, and attitudes on a country’s bilateral and multilateral aid program. Follow developments and trends also on the EU-level through analysis and research.
    • Prepare briefings for meetings between World Bank management/staff and counterparts, including the World Bank Spring and Annual Meetings, World Bank staff visits to Germany/Austria, and any other briefing requests.
    • Prepare regular political and economic updates on developments in Germany/Austria, as well as country profiles.
      Evaluate risks and opportunities of German/Austrian development policy and its potential impact on World Bank programs.  
  • Stakeholder engagement:
    • Serve as first point of contact for German and Austrian inquiries into the WBG.
    • Under appropriate guidance from the Senior International Affairs Officer, liaise, manage, and maintain relationships with key partners in the area of development policy and assistance including Government officials, parliamentary staffers, members of civil society, academia and think tanks.

  • Political Communication:
    • Contribute to the development of a communications strategy for the Part 1 countries in Europe, including role in resource mobilization, priorities, and themes.
    • Participate in the implementation of the strategy.
    • Ensure briefing documents produced for the President and senior management of the World Bank are consistent with the strategy.

  • Visits and Events:
    • Organize events, seminars and conferences and/or, if applicable, WBG staff participation in events, seminars or conferences in Germany/Austria.
    • Organize and manage logistics and schedules of visits of WBG staff to Germany/Austria.
    • Overall, coordinate closely on the above areas with the other team member working on country relations with Switzerland.

European Media Team

Reporting to the Senior International Affairs Officer, and working in close collaboration with the EMT Coordinator and other EMT members, the International Affairs Officer contributes to carrying out the work program of the EMT.

Specifically, the International Affairs Officer is expected to assist with the following media-related tasks (under the close supervision and guidance of the Senior International Affairs Officer):

  • In close collaboration with the Senior International Affairs Officer and other members of the EMT, organize media events (press events, publication launches, seminars, and briefings) in Germany. Assist the EMT with targeting media groups, draft, finalize and send out invitations, prepare and edit media material, make followup calls.
  • Support media outreach for World Bank staff who are on mission in Germany/Austria, and help develop and maintain targeted thematic lists of German/Austrian journalists interested in development-related topics.


The International Affairs Officer will ideally meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, development, political science, international relations/public affairs, law or any other related field, combined with at least 5 years of relevant practical experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and German.
  • Thorough knowledge of and work experience in development institutions combined with good knowledge of the WBG. Familiarity with the World Bank’s operations, policies and procedures (project cycle and World Bank-financed projects) highly desirable.
  • Robust network in the German and/or Austrian authorizing environment a plus.
  • Broad knowledge of the economy, culture, institutions, media, regions and political trends in Germany and Austria. Knowledge of the EU and European institutions as well as Germany’s energy/climate agenda is a plus.
  • Knowledge of German ODA priorities and positions. Knowledge of Austrian ODA priorities and positions a plus.
  • Strong interest in development issues and strategic communication, the ability to disseminate information effectively and strategically, and strong capacity to think and act strategically.
  • Ability to effectively interact with internal and external clients at all levels, and to exercise judgment, tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters.
  • Good understanding of communications approaches, tools and methodologies related to planning, executing and monitoring internal and/or external communications campaigns, strategies and programs.  
  • Strong sense of initiative, drive for results and client orientation coupled with strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as under pressure, to multi-task and to adjust priorities in order to achieve results in line with agreed objectives and deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to work well as part of a team in a multicultural environment, and across units within the WBG.
  • Proficiency in the World Bank’s standard technology packages (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and familiarity with the Internet and web-based research.

The deadline to apply is August 6, 2018. For online application please use the following link.