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E T Consultant

World Bank Group
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Temporary

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Job Summary

Selection Criteria
  • Master’s degree with 5 years of relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of relevant experience, in a relevant discipline (communication, journalism, international relations or other related fields)
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English (mandatory) and Somali (highly desired), and the ability to convey complex ideas in a creative, clear, direct, and lively style.
  • Proven knowledge of visual communications principles and fluency with design software.
  • Strong understanding and experience with digital content and social media analytics.
  • Strong writing skills; ability with minimum supervision to prepare and edit simple online communication products and develop drafts of moderately complex products in a clear, concise, and web-friendly style.
  • Acute eye for detail.
  • Understands project management concepts sufficiently to propose and develop drafts of online communications plans and strategies with minimal supervision; can apply standard project management tools, methodologies, and processes; is able to identify and mitigate project risks as well as manage project issues.
  • Experience working in an international organization and on conservation and sustainable development issues.
  • In-depth knowledge of international trends and political/economic issues related to development
  • Strong diplomatic, interpersonal, and teamwork skills; sensitivity to working in a multicultural environment.


Roles & Responsibilities: -
The External Affairs Extended Consultant plans, develops, and implements effective communications and outreach strategies to support the WBG’s corporate, internal, and operational priorities, using the full range of modern communications tools including social media, digital publishing, and multi-media production.  It is critical that the External Affairs Consultant be equipped to gauge risks associated with complex projects and to design and implement strategies to minimize those risks. The External Affairs Consultant will jointly report to the Country Manager, Somalia based in Nairobi and the Africa External Affairs Manager based in Washington, D.C.
His/her specific duties and accountabilities include:
  • Strategies: Responsible for significant portions of planning, design, and implementation of strategies to promote effective communications with external and internal audiences on Bank-financed operations, research products, and campaigns. Helps determine the most effective content and communications interventions to address challenges.
  • Risk management: Must monitor perceptions, track shifts in opinion, and respond to inquiries, while publishing and updating key facts about overall country program and specific operations. Must be able to interact with operations staff and project teams, organizing meetings with media and civil society as appropriate.  Must be able to take the pulse of the country and advise country teams, with analyses on the political economy, especially during election years, and regular monitoring of the media. 
  • Relationships: Must be prepared to identify opinion leaders and influential organizations in Somalia and guide a strategy of engagement with these various stakeholders, which might range from parliamentarians to faith-based organizations to business associations to social media influencers.  Must maintain a current database of these stakeholders including civil society organizations.   Responsible for convening stakeholder groups for consultations and structured dialogues around projects, knowledge outputs, and country development priorities.
  • Products: Responsible for planning and delivering a range of written products on the Bank's operational goals, results and knowledge. Outputs range from traditional press releases and Op-Eds to web features, brochures, Q&As, briefing notes, and speeches. Responsible for updating the World Bank's internal and external websites for the country.
  • Events: Coordinates communications activities and events ranging from press conferences to large seminars and town hall meetings, involving external and/or internal audiences.
  • Representation: Must be prepared to represent the Bank, and Somalia office, before external and internal audiences, explaining WBG policies and operational goals.
  • Technical and advisory support: Advises Bank managers and project teams on trends, news developments, or changing circumstances that may impact the WBG and its work and helps determine strategic responses. Provides regular communication support to WBG operational teams and government implementing agencies to assure that project goals are well-explained and that affected stakeholders are engaged at all stages.
  • Resource management: Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues. Manages specific line items of unit budget.
  • Mentoring, leadership: May provide technical coaching to staff members or guidance and support to junior staff. May serve as a team leader, responsible for managing performance of team members.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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