Communications Officer, Media Relations COM) [Contractual]

International Monetary Fund
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 20

Position description

The Communications Department (COM) is the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) strategic center for communication. It develops and coordinates the IMF's external and internal communications strategy, shapes the IMF’s key messages, advises IMF management and staff on how best to convey key messages, and monitors and responds to what people outside the IMF say about the institution and its activity. The Department is based at the IMF's headquarters in Washington, D.C.


The Media Relations Division is responsible for day-to-day contacts with journalists, the drafting of media communications issued on behalf of the Fund, the organization of media opportunities and events for management and staff, and for generally promoting public understanding of Fund policies and practices via the media.


Under the general supervision of the Division Chief and Deputy Division Chiefs, key responsibilities will include:


  • Supporting the goals of the Fund and COM through the use of standard and innovative journalistic and public relations techniques;
  • Conceptualizing and implementing media outreach strategies to promote public understanding of the Fund's operations and activities through the media—including social and digital media channels;
  • Working regularly with media on economic and financial issues regarding the Fund’s engagement with member countries;
  • Drafting and editing Press Releases, talking points, speeches and briefing materials for senior IMF officials;
  • Publishing communications products on the IMF’s website and other digital platforms;
  • Monitoring news developments and trends and contributing to media impact analyses associated with high-profile news-generating events, including Management travel and conferences;
  • Participating in the department's matrix approach to collaborating with other IMF departments on communication issues, which requires relationship management and can encompass a broad range of stakeholders.


  • The successful candidate must have an advanced university degree, or equivalent, in communications, international relations, languages, or a related field, supplemented by a minimum of four years of relevant professional experience. Alternatively, a university degree, or equivalent, and 10 years of relevant professional experience are required.
  • Experience in international journalism and familiarity with the fast-evolving media landscape. Demonstrated expertise in communications via digital media is a significant advantage.
  • The candidate must possess good knowledge of economic and monetary policy issues.
  • Good collaboration, teamwork, openness to feedback and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are essential.
  • Strong English-language writing and social media skills, and superior analytical and communications skills are essential.
  • Proficiency in other languages is an advantage.

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