IMF opening: Senior External Relations Officer

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seeking a Senior Journalist (External Relations Officer) for its External Relations Department in Washington, D.C. Candidates should have detailed knowledge of Asia, including a strong sense of key economic and financial issues facing the region and individual countries, including China and Korea.

The External Relations Department (EXR) develops and coordinates the Fund’s external and internal communications strategy, shapes the key messages the Fund sends out to the world, advises Fund management and staff on how best to convey key messages, and monitors and responds to what persons outside the Fund say about the institution’s activities. 

Senior External Relations Officer:

Description

As the Fund’s strategic center for communication, the External Relations Department (EXR) develops and coordinates the Fund’s external and internal communications strategy, shapes the key messages the Fund sends out to the world, advises Fund management and staff on how best to convey key messages, and monitors and responds to what persons outside the Fund say about the institution’s activities.
The Media Relations Division is responsible for day-to-day contacts with print and broadcast journalists, the drafting of press releases and press lines issued on behalf of the Fund, the organization of press-related events for management and staff at Headquarters and abroad, 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 chief, key responsibilities will include:
  • Supporting the goals of the Fund and EXR through the use of standard and innovative journalistic and public relations techniques.
  • Conceptualizing and playing a leading role in promoting the public’s understanding of the Fund’s operations and activities.
  • Being the principal media contact person for a range of issues and countries, and creating and implementing strategies for media outreach on those issues and countries.
  • Organizing management and staff media contacts in assigned countries.

Qualifications

In addition to an advanced university degree in a relevant field, the candidate should possess:

  • Detailed knowledge of Asia, including a strong sense of key economic and financial issues facing the region and individual countries, including China and Korea.
  • Strong English-language writing skills and superior analytical and communications skills.
  • Professional experience in journalism or public relations. Mandarin-language skills would be an important asset, and working knowledge of other Asian languages, such as Korean, could be an advantage.

Interested applicants should visit www.imf.org/jobs for the full vacancy announcement and apply to Job No. 1000653. ”