Communications Officer -Contractual (COMMR)

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    2 weeks ago
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  • Deadline:
    December 21, 2022



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 and advises management and staff on how best to convey them, 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 relationship management with journalists and news outlets, the drafting of media communications, the organization of media opportunities and events, and for generally promoting public understanding of IMF policies and practices via the media. The Media Relations Division seeks to recruit a Contractual Communications Officer (Middle East & Central Asia Press Officer). Under the general supervision of the Division Chief and Deputy Division Chiefs, key responsibilities will include:


  • Conceptualizing and playing a leading role in promoting the public’s understanding of the IMF’s operations and activities through the media—including social media channels and digital media;
  • Working regularly with media on economic and financial issues regarding the IMF’s engagement with different regions and policy areas, particularly in the Middle East and Central Asia;
  • 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;
  • Creating and implementing strategies for media outreach and facilitating journalism training;
  • 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 Communications Department’s matrix approach to working with other IMF Departments on communication issues, which can encompass a broad range of stakeholders;
  • Supporting the goals of the IMF and COM using standard and innovative journalistic and public relations techniques.





The successful candidate must have an advanced university degree, or equivalent, in communications, international relations 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 with a special focus on the MENA and Central Asia regions, and knowledge of the regional media landscape are required.


Fluency in Arabic (both written and oral) is required, along with strong writing skills in English. Additional languages are an advantage.


Strong negotiating and influencing skills, the ability to build trust across different stakeholders, and a collaborative working style are required.


Solid knowledge of economic and monetary policy issues, as well as a sound understanding of social and geopolitical issues related to the Middle East and Central Asia regions would provide a significant advantage.


Demonstrated expertise in leveraging digital media and the handling of broadcast media is desirable.


Applicants should be team players, open to ongoing feedback, and demonstrate the ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment.




This is a one-year contractual appointment. Contractual appointments at the IMF are renewable for up to four years of cumulative contractual service, pending incumbent’s performance, budget availability, and continuous business need.
All applicants are expected to include a Statement of Interest as an attachment to the application, which may be used in the screening process for this vacancy.



COMMR Communications Department Media Relations Division 

Hiring For:

A11, A12 

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.