Established in 2008, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) represent the first effort by the international community to place a significant amount of resources in a dedicated funding vehicle to support developing and emerging economies in adopting a low carbon and climate resilient development trajectory.
The $8.3 billion Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is providing 72 developing and middle income countries with urgently needed resources to manage the challenges of climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2008, the CIF has been leading efforts to empower transformations in the energy, climate resilience, transport and forestry sectors.
CIF concessional financing offers flexibility to test new business models and approaches, build track records in unproven markets, and boost investor confidence to unlock additional finance from other sources, particularly the private sector and the multilateral development banks that implement CIF funding. Total CIF pledges of $8.3 billion are expected to attract an additional $58 billion of co-financing for a portfolio of over 300 projects and counting.
Most recently, looking to the future, CIF’s trust fund committee members have invited a thorough review of CIF with a view to making the funds even more effective as a mechanism for deploying public finance to accelerate the flow of capital into climate-related activities.
The CIF’s success is premised on a solid partnership with national governments, citizen groups and communities, private sector sponsors, the CIF governing bodies, and the five multilateral development banks that serve as co-financiers and implementing agencies of the CIF.
At the center of this collaboration is the CIF Administrative Unit (AU), a 30-person secretariat hosted by the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The CIF AU supports the work of the CIF governing bodies, manages internal and external institutional relations, supports strategy, policy and program development, and oversees the CIF corporate management systems.
The Senior Communications Officer will develop and lead the implementation of CIF's global communications program. S/He reports to the Program Manager and works closely with the Secretariat’s team including staff responsible for relations with the CIF governing bodies, stakeholder outreach, global support program, knowledge management, private sector engagement, and results management. The Senior Communications Officer is a member of the communications team of the World Bank’s Climate Change Practice, and part of the larger Sustainable Development communications family.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.
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Design, advice, and co-ordinate the implementation of effective print, digital and broadcast media outreach and relations to position the CIF effectively, as well as lead broader partnerships and influencing work:Maintain strong relationships with key influential journalists, publications and digital outlets, meeting and interacting with them regularly and making sure they are kept fully up-to-date on CIF news and issues. Seek opportunities for senior CIF stakeholders to provide interviews or background briefings as appropriate, in close consultation with the CIF Program Manager. Develop communications plans and effective briefings for all major launches and initiatives to ensure well-informed media coverage. Provide advice, guidance and training on media relations issues and strategy to CIF staff.
Provide the vision and leadership to drive a multi-platform communications and external engagement approach, manage strategic projects and events, and execute them to successful delivery:Lead on CIF positioning and messaging for maximum impact. Ensure CIF's participation in high-level events is strategic, coherent, on-message, and enhances the CIF's overall brand. Map out all media and engagement opportunities where CIF messages can be channeled, identifying target audiences. Serve as the final quality control function of CIF products, coordinating where relevant with external consultants (for design and print) as well as with internal staff thereby ensuring all products are well-presented, results and action oriented, informative, clear and concise. Publications and Knowledge Products: Direct and oversee publicizing the unit's knowledge products according to protocol and best practices within required timeframes; guide the publications function in terms of copyediting and review, graphic design and publicizing. Generate and supervise others to generate internal communications such as presentations, talking points, briefing notes, backgrounders etc. and ensure external communication products are effectively disseminated.
Contribute to effective monitoring, assessment and management of reputational risks CIF-wide including horizon-scanning flagging risks early, and managing and mitigating them:Monitor media coverage of the CIF and issues of interest to the CIF, informing colleagues within the CIF and across MDBs and governments, advising on responses and communications strategies as appropriate and build a comprehensive picture of the levels of interest and influence of individual media outlets. Monitor all reporting and communications output from CSOs and other key stakeholders to identify potential risk issues at the earliest opportunity. Contribute to the discussion and development of risk mitigation and management strategies. Implement tools and tactics to anticipate and manage risk and reputational issues.
Project Management, Team Management and Line-Management: Direct and oversee the planning, development and implementation of specialized projects within the required timeframes and budgets while coordinating these projects within a long-term positioning strategy. Monitor and guide team members' performance. Determine priorities, assign responsibilities and supervise staff within project work in conjunction with the task giver of the project:Lead on external events or internal projects, ranging from high-level engagement at the multilateral level to process-managing governance papers for CIF's Trust Fund Committees. Have overall accountability for management of CIF’s online channels (website and social media). Ensure prompt response to requests from internal clients, press, partners and target audiences. Line-manage a team, fostering a sense of togetherness and building a shared vision. Task-manage short-term staff as required.
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