Corporate Communications Officer BB



The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB/the Bank) is seeking to recruit a dynamic professional for the role of Corporate Communications Officer (CCO). The successful candidate will be based at CDB’s headquarters in St. Michael, Barbados. 




The Communications & Corporate Affairs Department portfolio includes corporate communications, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate events, media and other stakeholder relations and supporting the advocacy work of the Bank. The Department shapes CDB's internal and external voice and amplifies its impact through effective partnerships, high-impact thought leadership, and institutional storytelling. Core to the work of the Department is delivering programmes that inspire connection, ignite conversations, and advance CDB's work and brand. 




Reporting to the Head, Corporate Communications, the CCO supports the design, implementation and evaluation of the Bank’s communications programme. The CCO plans and executes internal and external communication strategies and tactics that will improve employee engagement, strengthen the Bank’s brand, broaden awareness of its programmes, projects and priorities, and increase the knowledge of the impact of its work across key stakeholder audiences. 




The CCO will be required to: 


  1. Support the implementation of the Bank’s communication programme and develop actions and tools to engage and inform target publics. 


  1. Establish, maintain, and improve influencer and media relations to earn coverage and mentions on CDB-funded projects, programmes, and other activities. 


  1. Contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of the Bank’s brand guidelines and key corporate messages. 


  1. Produce information and knowledge products, including media kits, news releases, feature articles, speeches, booklets, brochures, newsletters, and videos. 


  1. Organise special events and activities such as roundtables, knowledge-sharing and promotional events, news conferences and briefing sessions. 


  1. Create, edit and update content for CDB’s website and other digital platforms. 


  1. Measure and evaluate the results of the Unit’s communications programmes to inform communication strategy and planning.  


  1. Plan and implement internal communication strategies. 





The CCO should have experience in, and an excellent track record of building and maintaining successful media and stakeholder relationships, and proven ability to consistently produce positive communication results. The CCO should possess superior speaking, writing, editing and research skills. The CCO should be able to work well independently as well is in teams, and be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment. 


The successful candidate should have:  



  1. A first degree in a related area and postgraduate degree in communication, public relations, journalism, marketing or a relevant discipline. 


  1. A minimum of eight years of professional experience in the field of corporate  communications, strategic communications, or public relations, including demonstrable knowledge and competence in digital communications, social media management, web content management and analytics. 


  1. A good understanding of international development issues. 


The following are considered assets for this position: 


  • Experience working in regional and/or international media, and in a global development context. 


  • Experience in graphic design and video production. 


  • A second language competency (preferably French or Dutch). 





Function-specific Competencies 


The CCO must demonstrate capabilities in: 


  • Exceptional research, writing, editing, verbal and interpersonal communication  


  • Strong leadership, diplomacy and negotiation  


  • Verbal, written and interpersonal communication with the ability to effectively tailor language, tone, style and format to align with target publics, including the media.  


  • Research and editorial skills with knowledge of Associated Press style, and the ability to review, edit and write content for publication on wide-ranging channels. 


  • The design and implementation of complex internal and external communications projects. 


  • The production and editing of videos and other multimedia content for multiple platforms. 


  • Adobe Creative suite or other similar graphic design applications, still photography and video. 


  • Event production and management, with both strategic and tactical competencies. 



Behavioural Competencies 




Delivering High Quality Work 


Critically reviews work processes to ensure quality; addresses problems that could impact quality; makes sure project deliverables and services meet all requirements and expectations; does not make the same mistakes twice. 


Displaying Technical Expertise 


Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialised knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others. 


Acting Strategically 


Aligns day-to-day activities around broader organisational goals and objectives; prioritises resources based on the strategic objectives of the organisation; recognises and rewards people based on how their actions support the broader needs of the organisation. 


Acting Decisively 


Moves quickly to make decisions and commits to a clear course of action; comfortable making decisions based on partial information; willing to take risks in order to maintain momentum; shows a strong bias toward action. 


Communicating Effectively 


Consistently communicates with clarity and thoroughness to optimise audience understanding. Communicates information in a clear, concise, and timely manner. Demonstrates effective speaking and presentation skills. 


Driving for Results 


Bottom-line oriented and pushes self and others to achieve results. Keeps current on project status; makes sure people are aware of project status and what they need to do to keep things moving; redirects project resources and activities to overcome setbacks; elevates project concerns to senior levels of leadership when appropriate. 


Acting as a Champion for Change 


Actively identifies problems and opportunities for change and implements solutions where appropriate. Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; and supports people in their efforts to try new things. 




This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal.  The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package.


Before you proceed to apply, please consider the following requirements: 

  • You must be a national of one of CDB’s member countries.

  • You will be required to produce evidence of any educational and professional qualifications to support your application if you are selected for an interview.

  • All appointments are subject to satisfactory background checks and references.


CDB fully respects the need for confidentiality of the information supplied and assures you that we will not discuss your background and interest with anyone, including references, without your prior consent.


The deadline for submission of applications is September 26, 2023 at 11:59 pm AST. 

Caribbean Development Bank
Employment Type
Salary and benefits
The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Salary negotiable
Your Career Level
Mid Career
Years Experience
Minimum of Eight years'
Your Education Level
First Degree|in Communication
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