European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was founded in 1991 to build sustainable and open market economies across central Europe to central Asia and the southern and eastern Mediterranean.
We are now the largest single investor in our region and in 2021, we became a ‘majority green’ Bank for the first time, with more than half our business volume invested in climate finance.
Owned by 71 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, we provide project financing for banks, industries and businesses. We also work with publicly owned companies to support privatisation, restructure state-owned firms and improve municipal services.
We promote equality of opportunity through access to skills and employment, finance and entrepreneurship for women and young people. And we help unleash the power of digital technology to bring about change for the better.
We continue to do all this through our tried and tested business model of investment and technical advice, mainly for the private sector, and help with policy reform.
The Communications Department is responsible for leading all aspects of corporate communications, advancing the Bank’s vision and goals through various channels amongst external and internal audiences. The Department is also tasked with developing and safeguarding the EBRD’s brand across all communications to ensure its reputation and integrity.
The MD provides leadership and direction in creating and executing comprehensive communication strategies that raise the visibility, outreach and impact of the Bank’s investments and activities amongst stakeholders. The MD leads a large department which covers media relations, online services, multimedia corporate and other publications, design and photography, marketing, donor visibility, the EBRD Cultural Programme, internal communications, Business Information Services and the Alumni programme.
The MD interacts with and advises the President as well as other ExCom members and the Board, this role is responsible for both the Communications Strategy and helping to draw up the Bank’s wider strategy.
Reporting to the President, the Managing Director, Communications (MD) is accountable for leading and overseeing the development of the Bank’s external and internal communications strategy. This individual will provide inspirational leadership to a department of c55 staff, managing a large and diverse department to enable the delivery of a wide range of communication services and products that help the Bank fulfil its mission.
As a valued senior advisor, the postholder will provide counsel at the highest levels of the institution on building and protecting the EBRD’s reputation and image. A key challenge is to position effective corporate communications about and for the EBRD against the backdrop of political turmoil and uncertainty in much of the EBRD’s region of operations, as well as ensuring that the EBRD brand and reputation are not compromised.
The Managing Director, Communications will oversee the setting of the strategy for relations with the media, and other external stakeholders, so that the Bank’s messages are presented in a way that furthers its strategic goals and priorities at international level, in the bank countries of operation and in shareholder countries. Internally this individual will be responsible for driving an internal communications strategy that strengthens a sense of shared purpose, delivering powerful and engaging content that ensures staff are well informed and involved in the Bank’s operations and initiatives.
The postholder will regularly interact with Board members and ministers from EBRD shareholders to influence and leverage support for the Bank’s investments and activities. In addition, the role has an Observer status within the Bank’s Executive Committee (ExCom), and is involved in taking wider Bank decisions, beyond those in the Communications sphere. An understanding of the geopolitical environments in which the Bank operates will be crucial to the success of this role, as will the ability to build trust in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
- Extensive experience and expertise in the Communications sphere, as well as experience on international issues.
- Proven ability to think strategically and articulate a broad strategic approach to the Bank’s communication activities.
- Demonstrated good judgement in dealing with sensitive news and public relations issues.
- Excellent ability to communicate, effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Very strong interpersonal skills and able to deal with people at all levels within the Bank’s constituencies.
- Ability to interact and operate at a high level, within the Bank and with ministers from shareholder countries.
- Able to inspire, lead and manage a large department and provide wider leadership within the Bank.
- Excellent political and practical knowledge of the Bank’s regions of operations.
The EBRD is partnering with Taylor Bennett on this search. Any candidate details received by the EBRD will be forwarded to Taylor Bennett. Taylor Bennett will be responsible for communicating outcomes with all applicants.
For a copy of the candidate brief, or for an informal conversation, please contact [email protected]
Please submit a CV along with a supporting statement (of no more than 800 words)
What is it like to work at the EBRD?
Our agile and innovative approach is what makes life at the EBRD a unique experience! You will be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, and use your talents to make a real difference to people’s lives and help shape the future of the regions we invest in.
The EBRD environment provides you with:
- Varied, stimulating and engaging work that gives you an opportunity to interact with a wide range of experts in the financial, political, public and private sectors across the regions we invest in;
- A working culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity;
- An environment that places sustainability, equality and digital transformation at the heart of what we do.
Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working and expecting our employee to attend the office 50% of their working time.