International Affairs Officer

World Bank Group
  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Feb 21

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. 

Note: This is an international 2-year renewable term appointment based in the Paris Office (HQ Satellite Office). The local salary scale applies. Standard expatriate benefits (home leave & education benefits) apply if the selected candidate meets the eligibility criteria for these benefits. 

About the World Bank Group:

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 is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

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. 

ECR Europe manages relationships with key stakeholders, including government counterparts, parliament, civil society, private sector, media, academia and international organizations in the traditional European development partner and donor countries. 

The Country Dialogue between the WBG and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) is managed out of the WBG’s Paris Office. The International Affairs Officer for the Nordic countries is responsible for analysis and advice to ECR Europe leadership and WBG Senior Management on the Nordic policy dialogue, development priorities and overall authorizing environment relative to the WBG mission and activities.  This includes maintaining a strong dialogue with Nordic authorities and stakeholders, staying abreast of political and economic developments, and implementing multi-constituency outreach programs in said countries. 

The Paris-based International Affairs Officer is expected to spend most of his/her time on issues related to the Country Dialogue with the Nordic countries, and the remaining time on media-related activities in the same countries. S/he reports to ECR Europe’s Special Representative and Director, who is also based in Paris.


Country Dialogue with the Nordic Countries

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, which also includes dealing with European Union matters. This means that in addition to the primary country responsibility, each country counselor is charged with secondary tasks that relate to outreach activities in Europe as well as to regional and thematic assignments.

Specifically, the Country Dialogue with the Nordic countries aims to:

  • Maintain a strong dialogue between the WBG and the Nordic countries.

  • Enhance the cooperation between the WBG and the Nordic countries.

  • Strengthen the financial, political, institutional and knowledge partnerships with national institutions and stakeholders.

  • Foster communication and outreach with key constituencies, including Parliament, CSOs, media, private sector, foundations, and academia.

  • Increase the practical collaboration between WBG units, in particular also with the Global Practices (GPs)/Cross Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs), and Nordic counterparts. 

European Media Team


The International Affairs Officer also contributes to the work of the World Bank’s European Media Team (EMT), which is responsible for managing relationships with and outreach to European journalists. The EMT 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 EMT 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 EMT also works closely with World Bank Headquarters and the regional and GPs/CCSAs Vice Presidential Units (VPUs), to define strategy and pool intelligence.


Duties & Accountabilities:‚Äč

Country Dialogue with the Nordic Countries

The International Affairs Officer is expected to play a key role in supporting the Country Dialogue with the Nordic countries, including:

  • Planning, coordinating, and implementing outreach activities of the World Bank in the Nordic countries.
  • Preparing regular or on-demand briefs on political and economic issues concerning the Nordic countries. 
  • Maintaining a continuous dialogue across relevant constituencies in the Nordic countries.

Specifically, the International Affairs Officer is expected to handle the following tasks: 

Planning and Program:

  • Identify counterparts, partners, priorities and thematic foci for the World Bank’s outreach in the Nordic countries, and lead the preparation of a comprehensive outreach strategy. 
  • As part of the Nordic Development Partner Coverage Team, work closely with colleagues from the WBG Development Finance Vice-Presidency (DFi), and with the WBG’s private sector arm IFC (the International Finance Corporation) to help ensure coordinated and focused WBG outreach.
  • Implement the outreach strategy, focusing on key constituencies in the Nordic countries, including government and parliament, the business community, CSOs, academia and think tanks, as well as media.  Follow the country dialogue also in the EU context for Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
  • Identify opportunities for timely and relevant briefings by the World Bank to these core constituencies in the five countries. 

Research, Analysis and Briefing:

  • Prepare/draft in-depth Nordic 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 for the three Nordic EU members through analysis and research.
  • Prepare/draft briefings for meetings between World Bank management/staff and counterparts, including for the World Bank Spring and Annual Meetings, World Bank staff visits to the Nordic countries, and any other briefing requests. 
  • Prepare regular political and economic updates on developments in the Nordic countries, as well as country profiles. 
  • Evaluate risks and opportunities of development policy in the five Nordic countries, and its potential impact on World Bank programs and Nordic cooperation with the WBG. 


  • Serve as first point of contact for Nordic inquiries into the WBG. 
  • Liaise, manage, and maintain relationships with key partners in the area of development policy and assistance. 
  • Reach out and collaborate with GPs/CCSAs relevant to address the country priorities of the Nordic countries.

Visits and Events:

  • Organize events, seminars and conferences and/or, if applicable, WBG staff participation in events, seminars or conferences in the Nordic countries. 
  • Organize and manage logistics and schedules of visits of WBG Senior Management to the Nordic countries.

Management of Staff:

  • Guide the work of the Communications Assistant, who primarily provides support to the country dialogue with Finland and Iceland. This includes supervision of tasks (e.g., support with drafting of research, analytics, and bios; logistics related to missions, visits, and Annual Meetings/Spring Meetings) and mentoring of the Communications Assistant.
  • Guide and oversee the work of the Short Term Temporary (STT) to the Nordics, particularly focused on Sweden, Norway and Denmark (e.g., support with bios, research, media surveying, logistics) and mentoring of the STT.

European Media Team

Working in close collaboration with the EMT Coordinator and other EMT members, the International Affairs Officer also contributes to carrying out the work program of the EMT. Specifically, the International Affairs Officer is expected to handle the following media-related tasks:

  • Contribute to the development of a media outreach strategy in the Nordic countries, in close synergy with the World Bank’s Europe- and Washington-based media teams, and monitor results of outreach efforts.
  • Distribute, market and adapt communications products (e.g., news releases, media packets, op-eds, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, etc.) that convey consistent strategic messages about the World Bank, its policies and operations to key internal and external groups in the Nordic countries.
  • In close collaboration with the EMT, organize media events (press events, publication launches, seminars, and briefings) in the Nordic countries. Advise and assist the EMT with targeting media groups, draft, finalize and send out invitations, prepare and edit media material, and make follow-up calls. 
  • Initiate and support media outreach for World Bank staff who are on mission in the Nordic countries, and help develop and maintain targeted thematic lists of Nordic journalists interested in development-related topics.

Selection Criteria

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
  • Superior analytical skills coupled with proven ability to communicate extremely well in English, both verbally and in writing. Ability to extract essential elements from voluminous materials and to present them concisely and coherently in written and spoken form. 
  • Fluency in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish a must. 
  • Good overall knowledge of the WBG, its mission and strategy. Familiarity with the World Bank’s operations, policies and procedures (project cycle and World Bank-financed projects) is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the economy, culture, institutions, media, regions and political trends in at least one and preferably several of the Nordic countries. Knowledge of the EU and European institutions is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of ODA priorities and positions in the different Nordic countries. 
  • 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 in a multicultural environment, 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. 
  • Ability to pitch stories to the media. Ability to be persistent and thorough in all media relations without being overbearing. Keen instinct for what the media want. 
  • Excellent 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 computer technology packages (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and familiarity with the Internet and web-based research.

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