External Affairs Analyst

Job #: req12997
Organization: World Bank
Sector: External Affairs & Corporate Relations
Grade: GE
Term Duration: 4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Brussels,Belgium
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 9/12/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org

External and Corporate Relations Vice-Presidency (ECR)

The mission of External and Corporate Relations (ECR) is to help deliver financial and political support for the World Bank Group, strengthen the Bank Group’s role as a global thought leader in development by enhancing and safeguarding its reputation, and supporting operational teams to achieve country outcomes. ECR manages corporate communications and global engagement with key stakeholders, including media, civil society, foundations, private sector, donor countries, and international organizations, as well as employee engagement. ECR also manages strategic communications for the World Bank’s Regions and Global Practices and leads the management of reputation risk.

The ECR Multilateral and International Affairs department (ECRMI) oversees and coordinates the WB’s institutional relationships and engagement with donor countries, the United Nations (UN) system, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), European Union (EU) institutions, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and key multilateral fora, such as the G7 and G20. The WBG, through its analytical work, knowledge afforded by investment and development policy lending, technical assistance, and convening power is a regular participant and/or has official observer status in these bodies.

The World Bank’s Brussels Office opened in 1996 to deepen its partnership with the European Union Institutions (EUIs), Belgium, Luxembourg and NATO. The Brussels Office is co-located with IFC. The World Bank Group team consists of over 70 staff mapped to ten different VPU. The Brussels Office is headed by the World Bank Special Representative to the EU, Belgium, Luxembourg and NATO. The World Bank Special Representative reports to the Director for Multilateral Affairs and G7/G20 Secretariat, under the External and Corporate Relations Vice-Presidency. 

The Brussels Office supports the WBG’s operational departments

(1) in their dealings with the EU Institutions, particularly the EC and the EIB, with member states chaired by the rotating Presidency of the Council of Ministers,

(2) in implementing effective outreach and communications strategies vis-à-vis other Brussels-based actors – including the European Parliament, civil society organizations, private sector representatives, think tanks and media outlets. 

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will report to the Special Representative to the EU and will work closely with the ECR teams in Washington DC and Western Europe. The incumbent will substantially contribute to ECR’s mandate by increasing support for, and awareness of, the mission and work of the WBG among key stakeholders in Brussels.

The External Affairs Associate’s major responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain and develop strong partnerships with key partners, more specifically European Commission Directorates-General and services (e.g. INTPA, EEAS), as well as the European Investment Bank (EIB) and EU Development Finance Institutions, to advance the WBG’s strategic agenda. Involve relevant WBG teams to ensure collaboration is advanced at policy and operational level and support VPUs on business development, including fundraising.
  • Engage with relevant partners to ensure the Brussels Office is well represented and WBG’s agenda advanced with a focus on sustainable development priorities, specifically climate and environment, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Asia (SAR) regions in particular. 
  • Gather intelligence and write policy briefs/papers in tandem with the Special Representative and ECR teams located in Europe and/or World Bank headquarters (HQ) on key issues i.e. related to sustainable development.
  • Represent the WBG at meetings, events and conferences, including UN Brussels Team coordination meetings (i.e. the European Green Deal Task Force), informal and formal sessions and launches of partner publications.
  • Facilitate the work of other World Bank units/individuals to organize, plan, coordinate, and implement outreach activities of the World Bank in Brussels, including consultations with stakeholders and launches.
  • Provide issue and logistical support on agendas of WBG strategic engagements with EU institutions and high-level missions to Brussels and Luxembourg.
  • Support effective professional relationships with key external constituencies within civil society stakeholders (NGOs, think-tanks, academia, and private sector).

Specific tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Draft presentations, speeches, key messages and talking points, and organize briefing materials for the Special Representative and other senior level staff.
  • Prepare the EU Donor Country Profile.
  • Support/coordinate the World Bank participation to the European Development Days and prepare the annual visit of World Bank EU Executive Directors to Brussels.
  • Provide logistical support in preparation of the WBG senior management engagement.
  • Plan and organize visits of (senior) Management in Brussels.
  • Plan, organize, and implement the Brussels Office’s outreach activities designed to share and leverage WBG knowledge with stakeholders, including consultations with stakeholders and launches of knowledge products.


Selection Criteria


  • Master’s degree in international development studies, economics, social or political science, or related fields.
  • At least three years of experience in the areas related to development cooperation.
  • Experience in an international organization, complemented by prior experience in a think tank, academia, CSO and/or private sector company.
  • Familiarity with World Bank procedures and operations.
  • Proven knowledge of EU institutions, policies and financing instruments.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Proven capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and tasks, independently adjusting to priorities and achieving results with agreed objectives and deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast track environment, with efficiency, competence and integrity with people of different cultural background; as well as possessing diplomatic and client-engagement skills. Ability to learn new practices and procedures quickly, with potential for greater responsibility.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
  • Strong computer skills, Microsoft applications.


World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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