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The Director works under the overall guidance of the Managing Director and in close collaboration with other members of the IMF’s management team. The Director is responsible for providing strong intellectual leadership and strategic vision in planning, managing, and supervising the work of staff. The Director is also expected to contribute to the development of IMF policies. The director is also responsible for leading and implementing the Fund’s overall communication strategy, and acts on behalf of the Managing Director as the Fund’s chief spokesperson.

The primary function of the Communications Department is to promote public understanding of, and support for, the IMF and its policies, making the department a focal point for all public information activities (e.g., building relations with media, policymakers, civil society).

Key competencies required:

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and be considered a strong influential communicator. Excellent executive/media presence, and ability to adjust the message content and style to meet the needs of distinct stakeholders.
  • The ability to serve as a key resource and advisor, willing to be available at short notice to share own insights/expertise, on how best to articulate the most complex messages. Interacts with other departments to optimize the Fund’s communication strategy and initiatives, ensuring a comprehensive view of communication requirements.
  • Strong familiarity with available communications best practices, and their potential applications and impact on the Fund.
  • The ability to provide clear direction to enable others to achieve mission critical priorities, lead and champion innovation and change to keep pace with the external environment, and conceptualize and translate ideas into actions.
  • Significant understanding of the Fund’s work, mission and strategic priorities, issues confronting the institution, and exposure to the Fund’s overall communication’s strategy with deep understanding of the changing media landscape.
  • Deep experience in effectively and skillfully engaging and fostering close cooperation with diverse stakeholders.
  • Extensive leadership experience, particularly leading large and complex teams, developing functional strategy, and translating broader organization strategy.
  • Ability to lead and champion innovation, including the ability to engage early on to get buy-in and support.

  • Ability to embody the core values of the Fund, and be considered as a role model in the institution.
  • Ability to demonstrate self-awareness (of oneself and the department’s image), commitment to continuous learning and development, and resilience.

Qualifications

The successful candidate should have:

  • An advanced degree in economics or relevant field, such as journalism or public relations, with at least 15–20 years of relevant experience in high-risk, high-impact roles making corporate contributions and effectively dealing with difficult and crisis situations.
  • Extensive leadership experience leading large, complex teams, developing functional strategy, and translating broader organization strategy.
  • Significant understanding of the Fund’s work, mission and strategic priorities, and the issues confronting the institution.
  • Exposure to the Fund’s overall communication’s strategy with deep understanding of the changing media landscape.
  • Strong familiarity with available communications best practices, and their potential applications and impact on Fund (given understanding of Fund operations, procedures, and policies).
  • Deep experience in effectively and skillfully engaging and fostering close cooperation with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong influential communicator with outstanding oral and written communication skills (e.g., executive/media presence, adjusting message content and style to meet the needs of distinct stakeholders).
  • Demonstrated track record of intellectual and strategic leadership across the Fund or in similar institutions, with a good understanding of economic policy and ability to build/maintain clear lines of communication with stakeholders).

Department:

COMAI Communications Department Immediate Office

Hiring For:

B05

The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including age, creed, culture, disability, educational background, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, nationality, race, religion and beliefs, and sexual orientation.

Tags: economic policy, journalism, public information, public relations