Reporter, multilateral development banks

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 March 2021
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Remote position
  • Closing on 18 April 2021
  • Current

Job Description

Job Location: Global remote position, strong preference for candidates in the Washington, DC area

About You

Are you a versatile journalist able to handle everything from breaking news to in-depth features? Do you like to dig deep into a beat and become the first to learn about and report on new developments? Are you full of ideas, with a track record of delivering exclusive stories and developing a strong source network? Are you excited to be part of a news organization that has a social impact focus and an open, teamwork-focused culture? Read on.

You have a background in beat reporting and strong interest in or knowledge of global development. You’re detail-oriented and have an open and collaborative attitude. You thrive in an environment where you’re responsible for your own work (but you get the support you need). You know how to manage competing priorities and smoothly juggle work and communicate across time zones.

Does this sound like you? If you just said “yes,” keep reading…

What you’ll do here

If you’ve read this far, we know that you want to know more. We are looking for a beat reporter covering multilateral development banks. You will be responsible for publishing exclusive stories, including a mixture of breaking news, interviews and long-form features on multilateral development banks with a special focus on the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. You’ll be able to come to weekly editorial meetings with a selection of pitches to offer. You’ll also report on broader trends among multilateral development banks.

Your first year will look a little bit like this…

In your first 90 days, you’ll get up to speed on key issues at the World Bank Group and other major multilateral development banks, and will work on developing sources on that beat. You’ll be on top of breaking news and begin to identify trends that could become bigger picture features and paywalled stories.

You will also develop a good understanding of your role within the wider Devex news team and work on stories collaboratively with other reporters, the production and multimedia team, and the engagement team.

After your first year, you’ll have a strong grasp of the World Bank Group and other MDBs, tapping sources you’ve made inside the institutions as well as former officials, civil society groups and think tanks that cover them. You’ll be digging into the politics, policy and internal debates that shape the institutions you cover. You’ll have become a respected voice in the sector, having cultivated sources in order to write exclusive stories, based on data, tips and information gleaned from your past coverage.


Required Qualifications

Here are the basic requirements we’re looking for in the role…

  • 3-7 years of reporting experience
  • Excellent source-building and writing skills
  • Experience as a beat reporter
  • A bachelor’s degree


Besides the basics, here’s what we’d love to see…

  • Experience working with data and financial documents
  • Passion for global development
  • You haven’t just heard of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank; you know what they do and how they work
  • Worked at a well-respected media organization
  • Willing to travel occasionally
  • Comfortable moderating panels and webinars

About the Organization

About Us

Devex is the world’s leading news organization covering global development, global health, humanitarian action, and sustainability. We’re known for hard-hitting journalism, big scoops and exclusives, and deep coverage for our influential community of one million aid workers and development professionals.

Our news team covers the most meaningful issues in the world, from eradicating malaria and polio to fighting climate change to ending poverty in our time. Our news team gets to know some of the most inspiring leaders in the world, from heads of state to celebrities to philanthropists to aid workers making a difference on the ground. Our journalists and editors produce original news stories, features, interviews, investigations, multimedia projects, OpEds, and online events and have a sustainable business model to do it. Professionals at NGOs like Save the Children, CARE, and the Gates Foundation rely on us to be in-the-know.

We live our mission and bring our world-class academic and professional experience to work every day to change the world. When you become a Devexer, you’re not only joining a global company but a team of 120+ passionate people who value our guiding principles:

  • We champion global development professionals.
  • We focus on impact.
  • We embrace transformation.
  • We work together.
  • We feel urgency.

Being part of the Devex team is a partnership. We strive to make Devex a place where you can thrive and do your most inspirational work. Here are a few benefits we offer:

  • 2, week-long Devex-wide breaks
  • 15 days of holiday
  • 2 YAY days
  • 2 Learning days
  • Monthly professional and wellness activities

We encourage applications from all backgrounds! We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Devex. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Ready to get started? Apply now and we'll get back to you shortly! We will continue to accept new applications until the position is filled.

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