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Subject: Bank Information Center job openings
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007
From: "Alvin Carlos" <acarlos@bicusa.org>

I work for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, whose mission is to promote environmental & social justice thru building the capacity of civil society in Central Asia & other regions in influencing World Bank projects and policies.

Our Central Asia Program is currently seeking two Program Assistants to work on transparency in extractive industries projects being financed by the World Bank.



Bank Information Center

Job Description
The Bank Information Center (BIC) partners with civil society in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs) to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability. BIC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for the protection of rights, participation, transparency, and public accountability in the governance and operations of the World Bank, regional development banks, and IMF.

BIC is seeking two (2) Program Assistants who will work with the Europe and Central Asia program (ECA), which focuses on the activities of the World Bank Group (including the International Finance Corporation), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus region. Successful candidates for this position will either focus on issues related to (i) transparency and accountability at the IFIs, particularly on efforts to ensure greater revenue and contract transparency in extractive industry projects, or (ii) IFI environmental and energy policies, as well as maintaining close working relationships with BICs strategic partners in the ECA region.


The Program Assistants will be based in BICs DC office and will report to the Program Manager. She/he will in particular:

1) Outreach Expand outreach to CSOs working in and on Europe and Central Asia by identifying and contacting new groups and constituencies to which BIC might offer its information and advocacy support services. Assist the Program Manager in responding promptly to requests for information about IFI projects and policies in the region from NGOs, academics, policy makers, and the press.

Maintain routine liaison with BICs strategic partners in the region by assisting the Program Manager coordinate work plans and develop joint activities with partners.

2) Research

Support the Program Manager in researching the effects of IFI policies and projects in the ECA region, particularly those with significant environmental and social impacts.

Track operational policies at IFIs, including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, with focus on the ECA region. Conduct regular reviews of key websites and news sources, to maintain an overview of important developments in the region.

3) Writing

Draft and update periodic briefings on IFI activities in selected countries and in specific sectors (particularly the extractive industries). Update BICs website with relevant documentation about IFI operations and policies that are of significant environmental and social concern for affected groups in the region.

Assist the Program Manager in writing proposals and grant reports.

4) Other Tasks

Develop and maintain communication tools, such as contact databases, distribution lists and web-based list serves, to maximize the reach and efficacy of our information sharing.

Support the production of outreach materials for dissemination to new constituents.


1) Demonstrated commitment to social change and strong interest in environmental, economic and social justice.

2) Bachelors degree in relevant social science field such as political science, economics, environmental studies, international relations, and area studies.

3) One to three years experience in development or environment fields. Experience in handling complex information and communications needs for diverse international audiences is a plus.

4) Strong interest in and familiarity with international development issues, especially of IFI role and activities. Knowledge of governance issues at IFIs, particularly on revenue and contract transparency in IFI extractive industry projects is preferred.

5) Fluency in Russian and work experience in the ECA region is strongly preferred.

6) Excellent research, analytical, writing, organizational, and multi-tasking skills.

7) Strong computer, database, and general technical skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Powerpoint, web management programs (html) and Adobe Pagemaker is preferred.

8) Ability to work effectively in an international setting and work either independently or as part of a team to meet tight deadlines.


This is a full-time regular staff position with a one year term, renewable based on funding availability and staff performance. Salary will be competitive for an equivalent NGO staff position and commensurate with experience. BIC offers outstanding benefits including generous annual leave with pay, fully covered health insurance, and a friendly work atmosphere in an international team.


Send a cover letter, resume (indicate 3 references) and two writing samples to jobs@bicusa.org or by fax to 202-737-1155. Write ECA Program Assistant on the subject heading. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Anticipated start date for the selected candidate is in late February or early March 2007. No phone calls please.

BIC is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. To learn more about BIC, visit our website at www.bicusa.org.