International Affairs Officer

World Bank Group
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 10

Position description

As part of our commitment to creating a dynamic, creative and diverse working environment, we welcome applications from nationals of Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean countries and other developing countries. 


Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally. 

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). 

The World Bank Group (WBG) has an inspiring mission: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country. Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. It is governed by 189 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 16,000 staff globally.

The mandate of the External and Corporate Relations (ECR) Vice Presidency 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 colleagues provide trusted advice, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies in support of our advocacy goals, while enhancing and protecting the reputation of the institution. ECR manages global engagement with key stakeholders, including media, civil society, private sector, donor countries, and multilateral and international organizations (incl. G20, G7, MDBs, EU, OECD); and manages corporate communications, including online and social media; issues and reputational risk management; and employee engagement.

The World Bank’s London Office is responsible for managing the relationship between the World Bank, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It is part of the External and Corporate Relations Vice Presidency and reports to the Paris-based Director of ECR Europe. The International Affairs Officer will work alongside the Special Representative to the UK and Ireland and other colleagues in maintaining a strong dialogue with the British and Irish authorities and stakeholders. 

Duties & Accountabilities: 
The International Affairs Officer, who will report to the Special Representative to the UK and Ireland, will work in close coordination with ECR staff based in Paris, Brussels and Washington, DC. S/he will be expected to:

• Monitor and articulate the political and economic trends and landscape in the UK and Ireland.
• Prepare visits by World Bank Senior Management to the UK and Ireland, and meetings between key British and Irish stakeholders and the World Bank in World Bank Headquarters. 
• Build and maintain strategic relationships with actors in the World Bank’s authorizing environment in the UK and Ireland, including the government and civil society community.
• Strengthen the practical collaboration between World Bank units and initiatives with partners in the UK and Ireland. 
• Work as an integral part of a small team, lending support when needed on a range of tasks.

More specifically, the International Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:

• Prepare upstream and/or on-demand briefs on UK and Irish political and economic trends, drawing on a strong understanding of the respective political landscapes and parliamentary processes.
• Work with the Special Representative to the UK and Ireland to ensure visits by senior World Bank management are successful and productive, through identifying opportunities for engagement, assessing and managing risks, and preparing briefings and reports.
• Through communication and outreach, contribute to the dialogue and mutual understanding between the WBG and the UK and Ireland, including government, parliament, CSOs, foundations, private sector, think tanks, and academia.  
• Participate in representing the World Bank at, and report on, events, meetings, workshops, organized by UK-based stakeholders, including CSOs, think tanks, Parliamentary Committees, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, etc.  
• Regularly track, conduct research and analyze current events and other external and internal developments related to the World Bank and its relationship with the UK and Ireland.
• Facilitate the work of other World Bank units/individuals to organize, plan, coordinate, and implement outreach activities of the World Bank in the UK and Ireland, including consultations with stakeholders and launches.
• Continually assess and anticipate critical communications and public relations issues pertaining to the World Bank’s relations with the UK and Ireland.
• Act on behalf of the Special Representative to the UK and Ireland during his absence.


The International Affairs Officer will ideally meet the following criteria:

• Master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, development studies, social sciences, public/international affairs or any other related field coupled with at least 5 years of directly relevant work experience in any of the above disciplines in organizations working on development (e.g., in government, international organizations, academia, business, or NGO) OR equivalent combination of education and experience. Developing country experience essential. 
• Knowledge of the WBG and its work, and commitment to its principles essential; work experience in WBG an asset. 
• Comprehensive understanding of the UK development landscape, including the role of DfID, Treasury and other government departments, Parliament and civil society. Solid knowledge and awareness of the UK ODA authorizing environment and decision-making processes. Knowledge of the Irish development landscape desirable.
• Existing network in Whitehall and track record in building and maintaining influential networks.
• Good understanding of the reporting of international development issues by major UK media, and some experience of handling external communications initiatives. Some direct experience of media relations work would be an advantage.
• Proven ability to consistently deliver high quality briefs and other documentation, as well as high-profile events, with minimal supervision and under pressure. Ability to meet deadlines and flexibility are critical.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, and the ability to write analytically and concisely in English (native user standard), including under pressure.  
• Strong capacity to think and act strategically. 
• Self-starter, conscientious and able to demonstrate initiative with a clear focus on results. 
• Excellence in client management coupled with strong planning and organizational skills. 
• Team player. Must be willing to support the team’s work as needed. Ability and willingness to work well as part of a small 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.

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