Communication and Outreach Manager

Nordic Development Fund (NDF) Helsinki, Finland

About the Nordic Development Fund (NDF)

NDF is the joint Nordic international finance institution (IFI) established by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in late 1988. NDF focuses on the nexus between climate change and development in lower-income countries and countries in fragile situations. NDF’s headquarters is in Helsinki, Finland.

According to the prevailing Strategy, the purpose of NDF is to advance Nordic leadership in addressing climate change and development challenges through financing, knowledge and partnerships. Together with our strategic partners, we develop, launch and scale high-impact projects to support developing countries and the most vulnerable people affected by climate change.

NDF provides financing on concessionary terms and the primary focus is on climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. In addition to its primary focus on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 calling for urgent actions to combat climate change and its impact,  NDF works in a holistic way towards the development challenges spelled out in the other sixteen SDGs, recognising the interlinkages to and actively seeking co-benefits with other SDGs, not least with regard to environmental objectives.

NDF is entering 2021 with new capital commitments from its member countries and has undertaken an organisational restructure to effectively implement the new strategy. This new stage of NDF’s development affords the opportunity for a talented, senior communication professional to participate in and to influence the fulfilment of NDF’s purpose.
You can find further details on their website http://www.ndf.fi/.

Communication and Outreach Manager Role Profile

A senior-level expert with several years’ experience of communication activities, preferably within development / climate finance.
NDF is currently seeking a Communication and Outreach Manager for their Business Development and Outreach (BDO) department. This position reports to the Deputy Managing Director and Head of BDO.

The overall responsibilities of the BDO department are:
  • Drive and co-ordinate business development of NDF’s operational activities and ensure that they are reflected in business planning.   
  • Coordinate strategic development of NDF’s partnerships.
  • Coordinate NDF’s communication and outreach activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Communication and Outreach Manager will have the following key responsibilities:
  • Have a coordination role of all NDF communication activities.
  • Develop a communications plan for NDF based on the strategic intentions of the Strategy 2025.
  • Identify and plan communications activities that advance the narratives of the NDF strategy.
  • Collaborate with NDF’s strategic partners to deliver materials, stories and messaging to support the Strategy 2025, and to secure alignment of partners’ communication on NDF co-financed activities with the interests of NDF.
  • Collaborate with staff in the Project Origination and Management (POM) department to ensure that strategic communications are incorporated into all NDF financing activities.
  • Develop NDF’s knowledge management tools and activities.
  • Collaborate with Quality Assurance and Reporting Department (QAR) to coordinate communication on NDF’s results and other relevant aspects of its activities.
  • Act as a source of expertise and focal point on all NDF communication and knowledge management activities.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Relevant university-level degree
  • Genuine interest in the purpose and values of NDF
  • Knowledge and understanding of climate finance and the processes and dynamics of Nordic countries development cooperation
  • Extensive (8+ years’) professional communications experience, including experience of development /climate finance -related communications
  • Proven ability to independently develop and implement robust communications plans
  • Experience of developing and deploying communications initiatives tailored for specific channels and audiences
  • Interest, understanding and awareness of knowledge management tools and strategies
  • Strong networking skills that enable effective collaboration with a diverse group of partners and colleagues
  • Proven skills in producing engaging and impactful communications materials for relevant NDF stakeholders
  • Excellent command of the English language (both spoken and written), other languages a plus
  • High level of independence and can-do mentality, strong time and priority management, and an ability to make sound decisions in highly pressured environments
  • Team player and natural collaborator with high levels of self-motivation, a drive for excellence and used to working flexibly at a fast pace
  • Willingness and ability to travel when needed

Terms of Appointment:

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate contracted on a four-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply:

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below before Friday, 12 March, 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. 

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Nordic Development Fund (NDF) to undertake this assignment.

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