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(Senior) Public Affairs Officer

(Senior) Public Affairs Officer

We are FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. We partner with others to invest in local prosperity. We have been successfully doing this for close to 50 years because we believe that entrepreneurship is the key to creating sustainable economic growth. We empower entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets, and focus on areas where we believe we can have the biggest impact: in financial institutions, energy, and agribusiness, food & water.

The markets we operate in are not always easy. Growing understanding and awareness around the work we do is therefore an important element of what we do. Particularly at the Corporate Communications department where we strive to build trusted relationships with our stakeholders. It is for this team that we are looking for a new (Senior) Public Affairs Officer/Advisor.

The team

The role is temporary (12 months) due to a number of projects related to optimising our approaches to issue management and disclosure. Our new Public Affairs colleague will be part of the Corporate Communications team, which falls under the Strategy directorate. Our team of eleven professionals spans a wide range of expertise and services: internal communications, branding & storytelling, social media, events, issue management, media relations, public affairs, and NGO engagement.


Field of expertise
Educational level
Master degree (WO)

Your role

The person we are looking for …

… understands stakeholder dynamics and has proven experience in building trusted relationships and managing issues. You like to sink your teeth in multiple dossiers and feel ownership for deepening relationships with like-minded others. You like to ‘think’ and ‘do’, can smoothly manage timelines, roles and responsibilities, and can think in scenarios. You strive for excellence and results. You have a strong network in FMO’s NGO and public affairs arena (government, politics and other business), and above all, are not easily shaken. You are proactive, constructive, culturally sensitive, like to get things done and are at your best when you set out to define a joint horizon for sometimes very different interests in a complex environment.

The main tasks are:

  • Stakeholder engagement: building trusted relationships with stakeholders that are crucial to FMO’s success; forge partnerships with like-minded others who can accelerate our objective to invest in local prosperity and apply the right level of responsiveness to each of our stakeholder groups
  • Issue management: identify and assess situations reputation risks for FMO; successfully manage these situations to mitigate reputation risks; advise dedicated issue teams and senior management on the issue management approach; ensure learning loops and proper documentation;
  • Providing policy advice on international developments: you stay abreast of developments in the public arena and are able to translate your observations and stakeholder expectations into approaches that fit FMO’s mandate and ambition.
  • Being a trusted and proactive counsellor to FMO’s CEO, Management Board and senior colleagues on stakeholder engagement; this includes creation of briefing materials for stakeholder meetings
  • Keeping our stakeholders informed on relevant FMO developments through a regular reporting and engagement cycle
  • Managing and supporting disclosure needs
  • Representing FMO in relevant networks

Your background

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in issue management, public affairs, and/or NGO engagement;
  • Working experience in Dutch government, politics or with an NGO;
  • Master degree in political science, international relations, international law, or public administration;
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship-building and advisory skills;
  • Great analytical abilities and capacity to think strategically;
  • In-depth knowledge of Dutch and international policy-making processes;
  • Excellent writing skills, in English and Dutch (both at native / near-native level) is a must have;
  • Experience with the financial services arena is preferred;
  • An eye for detail.

What's in it for you?
Besides a market conformed salary and additional benefits we offer you a job on global scale in a challenging environment. A professional career and all the support you will need for both your professional and personal development. But most of all we offer a truly unique opportunity to make a difference!

Good to know

  • This role is minimum 32 hours a week
  • This entails a temporary role for one year