Paid Full-Time World Economic Forum WEF Early Career Programme in Business and Government Engagement 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland (6 months)

WEF Early Career Programme in Business and Government Engagement

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, and other leaders of society to build coalitions, projects and initiatives – digitally and physically – to address industry, regional and systemic issues. WEF believes that talents are an essential and vibrant part of our Organization. Through the WEF Early Career Programme in Business and Government Engagement, young professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, skills, and experiences are welcome. We will welcome applicants interested to engage with Forum’s Constituents, contribute to building expert knowledge and support organizational strategic operations.

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WEF Early Career Programme in Business and Government Engagement

Application guidance

The positions we offer are best suited to recent graduates of a course of study, preferably at master’s level, and with at least one previous professional experience.

What we expect from applicants:

  • A detailed and updated resume;
  • Your cover letter with an indication of which role you wish to be considered for and why.

Conditions and Benefits of the WEF Early Careers Programme in Business and Government Engagement

  • Full-time onsite employment contract of 6 months with the World Economic Forum Geneva office
  • We will accommodate start dates between September 1st to October 15th 2023
  • Monthly gross compensation of CHF 4’400.- (salary: CHF 4’050- plus health benefits: CHF 350-)
  • All required technological equipment (laptop and mobile phone) and accesses
  • Minimal travel support

Role 1

Business Engagement, Latin America

As a partnership organisation, the Forum, through the Business Engagement Group, engages businesses to address industry, regional and systemic issues. Structured geographically, the regions’ Business Engagement (BE) teams are responsible for building, managing, and developing the world’s communities of business partners to advance critical topics facing the emerging world through collaboration with government, industry, academia and civil society leaders.

Preferred qualification and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Some experience in client-facing functions and the private sector.
  • Excellent written and verbal fluency in Portuguese and English (fluency in Spanish is also helpful).

Desired skills:

  • Customer focus, demonstrate resilience and diligence in managing external and internal demands.
  • Sales agility, ability to apply critical thinking; synthesize various viewpoints; consult broadly, work collaboratively with the team.
  • Business analysis, shows aptitude for computational thinking and data analytics, familiarity with CRM systems.

Role 2

Centre for Energy and Materials, Policy Engagement and Regional Action

The Forum’s Centre for Energy and Materials (ENMAT) aims to accelerate a sustainable, secure and just energy and materials transition that delivers on future societal needs. The Centre engages leaders from the public and private sectors to deliver new insights and multistakeholder collaborations at the global, regional and national levels. Through 4 interrelated programs the Centre for ENMAT creates impact and value for constituents in business, government and civil society.

Preferred qualification and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, business administration or other relevant fields.
  • Experience with local/national/international policy-making entities
  • Strong organization, project and CRM management skills

Desired skills:

  • Stakeholder engagement, meaning the ability to convey personal warmth both inside and outside the Forum, maintain relationships with a large number of stakeholders simultaneously.
  • Organization, planning and coordination.
  • Communication skills, narrative development (English native or perfect fluency).
  • Analytical skills, translating an ecosystem of relationships into operational needs.

Role 3

Centre for Regional, Trade and Geopolitics, CEO Action Group for the European Green Deal       

The Europe and Eurasia Team leads relations with governments in the region and drives the Forum’s regional agenda. The team is also responsible for leading the Forum’s work with the CEO Action Group for the European Green Deal. This community of over 50 CEOs was established in collaboration with the European Commission and aims to strengthen the role of the private sector in support of the EU’s green transition and the continent’s industrial competitiveness.

Preferred qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in sustainability, social sciences, economics, or similar field, with academic or professional experience related to the European Green Deal agenda an advantage.
  • Experience working in or with government or international institutions would be seen as an asset, as would experience managing relationships, projects and meetings.

Desired skills:

  • Excellent analytical skills, including in quantitative analysis.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, including relevant exposure to project and event management.

Role 4

Regional and Government Affairs, Middle East and North Africa

Preferred qualification and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, business administration or other relevant fields.
  • Understanding of the cultural context in the MENA region.
  • Strong mastery of English for written and verbal communication. Fluency in French and/or Arabic is a plus.

Desired skills:

  • Strong organizational skills: Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, prioritize responsibilities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential for managing internal and external correspondence effectively.
  • Service-orientation: A mindset focused on delivering value to constituents and to teammates.

Role 5

Swiss Public Affairs and Sustainability

The World Economic Forum’s Swiss Public Affairs Team manages the Forum’s interaction with Switzerland and is responsible for securing a trusted relationship with its host country via government engagement (integrating its projects and activities at federal, cantonal, and communal level) and its public facing event (Open Forum). Furthermore, the team is promoting sustainable organizational practices and driving the Forum’s Net Zero strategy.

Preferred qualification and experience:

  • University-level education.
  • Up to 2 years’ work experience in project management/coordination, event management or administration.
  • Able to work with high-level government and business leaders, leading issue experts in academia, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, as well as with representatives from grassroots organizations.

Desired skills:

  • Organization, planning and coordination
  • Communication skills, narrative development (English native or perfect fluency, fluency in German/Swiss German preferred)
  • Analytical and data orientation

Apply Here for the WEF Early Career Programme in Business and Government Engagement

WEF Early Career Programme in Business and Government Engagement

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