Why we are recruiting
The World Economic Forum’s Europe and Eurasia team manages government relations for the region and curates the regional agenda through engagement with governments, as well as business, civil society, academia, and expert communities.
It also works in close collaboration with other Forum teams to catalyse a concrete action agenda for public-private partnerships in the region.
The team is looking for a Community Lead to support its work on ensuring Europe and Eurasia are well represented in the World Economic Forum’s scope of activities.
The successful candidate will be given a specific geographic, thematic and project portfolio that aligns with the team’s priorities and the profile and interests of the candidate.
Reporting Lines & Interactions
This position reports to the Deputy Head of Europe and Eurasia. Within the Forum, the position will interact with all other teams, helping to facilitate and manage the overall engagement between the Forum and the position’s geographic and thematic portfolio in Europe and Eurasia.
Externally, the position has a strong focus on managing engagement with policy-makers, senior officials, think tanks, academic institutions and other key actors in the geographic portfolio.
Although the position does not have responsibility for managing private sector relationships, the candidate will need to feel comfortable dealing with CEOs, chairpersons and their offices while working on public-private initiatives.
Breakdown of main responsibilities
30% Relationship management and incubating initiatives with Platforms
Working with government counterparts in Europe and Eurasia to manage existing project work and expand cooperation into new areas that match national and regional strategic priorities
30% Policy analysis and research
Monitor and evaluate critical developments in the region to help shape and ensure Forum programmes and activities are tailored to ongoing transformations on the ground
Conceptualise new projects and initiatives that align with the Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation
Generate and develop ideas for the team’s thought leadership, by co-authoring op-eds, reports and other knowledge materials
30% Programme and project management
Contributing to the preparation and execution of sessions on the region, namely at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting as well as at other virtual and physical events, managing the development of the programme, and coordination of logistics
Working to develop efficient team-related processes as required and keeping important team documents and internal platforms up to date
10% Administration and coordination within and outside the Forum
Working closely with the relevant internal teams on protocol and logistics matters related to high-level official participation at Forum events
Ensuring electronic records related to the position’s responsibilities are properly maintained
The successful candidate will be assessed on
Working with internal and external stakeholders to identify the key relationships needed in Europe and Eurasia, and build and implement a strategic approach to managing these relationships
Collaborating with internal stakeholders to ensure that European priorities are well-integrated into the overall work of the Forum and there is a strong representation from the region at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
Conducting research and writing on topics and projects relevant to the region, and enabling the team to act as the Forum’s key adviser on government and policy in Europe and Eurasia
Monitoring policy priorities at the regional and national levels to ensure that the Forum’s work on the region reflects emerging policy and business priorities
Helping convene communities in the region around specific ideas and challenges, and helping catalyse and manage projects and initiatives
Preferred Requirements and Experience
At least seven years’ professional experience, including relevant exposure to the European institutions, international organisations or national administration
Master’s degree in international relations, law, economics or business
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills in English; other European languages a plus
Proven interest in European affairs, economics, business, and geopolitics
Willingness to work in a dynamic setting, requiring outstanding results under pressure
Ability to connect the dots in a complex environment, strong service and entrepreneurial attitude
Energetic, self-directed, and collaborative / positive team player who is comfortable in a fast paced and international environment
Fully proficient at using various digital tools for both internal and external purposes