Vacancy of a Press and Information Officer in the Political, Economic, Press and Information Section
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organizations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.
The EU Delegation to the Republic of Belarus works in close coordination with the Embassies and Consulates of the 27 EU Member States. We are a fully-fledged diplomatic mission and represent the European Union.
The post of Press and Information Officer (Local Agent Group I) in the Delegation’s Political, Economic, Press and Information Section. The team consists of 5 people and there are occasional atypical working hours.
Under this post, the recruited person will be attributed functions depending on the needs of the Delegation, and on the changes of these needs. The successful candidate will serve under the supervision and responsibility of the Head of Political, Economic, Press and Information Section, providing support, expertise and assistance in communications and public diplomacy fields.
Following main tasks and duties are currently required:
· Analyze the information environment and develop recommendations for improving the understanding in Belarus of the EU's values, policies and programs based on fact-based information and proactive communication;
· Establish and maintain a network of key information-environment experts in and outside Belarus who could support the EU Delegation in its monitoring and awareness-raising activities;
· Design, implement and coordinate campaigns, local outreach events and communication projects on specific issues and priorities, including with a goal to address disinformation targeting the EU and its relations with Belarus;
· Closely cooperate with the EEAS Strategic Communications Task Force;
· Perform other tasks as designated by the Head of Section; replace the other press and information officers in their absence.
The base salary will depend on relevant and verified employment experience, typically starting from EUR 2155. There is a competitive benefits package, subject to certain conditions, including personal leave days and public holidays, health insurances and a retirement savings plan.
The expected start date will be March 2023.
Minimum requirements / eligibility criteria (necessary for the application to be considered)
· Minimum of three years of university studies attested by a diploma in international relations, political science, journalism, communications, economics or other related field or equivalent;
· Experience in communications and public diplomacy (e.g. strategic communication, media relations, campaigning, content production, marketing, online marketing, social media management, development of audio-visual content);
· Excellent English language skills (minimum C1) and excellent command of the Belarusian and Russian languages;
· Right to residence and work in the Republic of Belarus;
· Medical fitness to carry out the tasks assigned.
Assets / selection criteria (basis for awarding points to select the best applicant)
· strong drafting and analytical skills combined with sound judgement, rapid grasp of problems and the capacity to identify issues and solutions;
· excellent communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain a network of contacts both within and outside the Delegation, build constructive working relations with key partners;
· ability to communicate clearly on complex issues and the capacity to perform with accuracy and in a flexible manner a diversity of tasks in a complex institutional environment;
· proven interest in EU affairs and the EU’s neighborhood policies;
· knowledge of external relations, internal policies and functioning of the European Union;
· experience of working in a team in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment;
· experience in public speaking;
· knowledge of additional EU languages.
How to apply
Please submit your application, consisting of a cover letter, Europass format CV and a declaration on honour regarding the medical fitness via e-mail to DELEGATION-BELARUS-RECRUITMENT@eeas.europa.eu (reference Press and Information Officer – Political, Economic, Press and Information Section) no later than 23:59 PM on 16/01/2023. Only complete applications received on time via e-mail will be considered.
The successful candidate will be subject to a medical check, education check, experience check, background check, citizenship/residence check whatever is relevant.
After the deadline for applications, the eligible applications will be admitted to the Selection by the Committee set up for this purpose.
Depending on the number of applications received, successive phases of Selection may include shortlisting of candidates based on assessment of the information provided in the cover letter and CV; practical testing if necessary and interviews. 8 best candidates will be invited to the final interview.
Only candidates admitted to each successive selection phase will be contacted individually. The Delegation will use the same means of publication as for this job advertisement to inform the remaining candidates once the recruitment procedure has been completed and that a candidate has (or has not) been recruited.
The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure. During the selection process, please do not contact the members of the Selection Committee, but address your questions and comments to the Delegation’s Administration.
Please submit your application, consisting of a cover letter, Europass format CV and a declaration on honour regarding the medical fitness via e-mail (reference Press and Information Officer – Political, Economic, Press and Information Section) no later than 23:59 PM on 16/01/2023. Only complete applications received on time via e-mail will be considered.