IFC's East Asia and Pacific Department is looking for a Communications Officer to oversee external and internal
communications for IFC in the Pacific. IFC fosters sustainable economic growth across the Pacific region 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.
IFC's work in the Pacific is guided by the Pacific Partnership. Australia, New Zealand, and IFC are working
together through the partnership to promote sustainable economic development, reduce poverty and stimulate
private sector investment across the Pacific.
The Communications Officer will work closely with project teams to enable IFC's work across the countries of the
Pacific (Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu). 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 across the Pacific.
The Communications Officer will be based in IFC's office in Sydney. He/she will report to the Country Manager for
Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific, based in Sydney, and to the Regional
Communications Head based in Hong Kong, China.
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 3 year term appointment.
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
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
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.
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.
Exceptional ability to write, communicate, operate under pressure and tight deadlines with accuracy and
Excellent English writing and editing skills.