We are recruiting a communications and campaigns officer to join our team in Brussels. Through consistent, professional, multi-platform communications, the selected candidate will support Plan International EU Office achieve its purpose of advancing children's rights and equality for girls in the EU's external action, and contribute to ensuring 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive.
About Plan International
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing all children and especially girls. We are active in over 70 countries across the world.
The purpose and ambition of the EU Office is to advance children’s rights and equality for girls in the EU’s external action. In line with Plan International’s global strategy, One Million Reasons, and the EU Office’s 5-year strategy, we will contribute to ensuring that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. We work with the EU in its three roles as a donor, policy-maker and promoter of human rights.
The purpose of this role is to support the Plan International EU Office by achieving the communications and campaigns objectives of the Office as set out in our new five-year strategy 2017-2021. The Communications and Campaigns Officer contributes to implementing our ‘influencing’ mandate and is therefore a key member of the EU Office ‘influencing’ team. This position is intended to build the strength, visibility and credibility of our office as a trusted partner and authority on children’s rights and gender equality both within and outside the organisation through consistent, professional, multi-platform communications. This will necessarily involve working closely with policy and advocacy team and the institutional partnership (funding) team of the Office.
A. Strategy implementation
- Ensure visibility of Plan International EU Office’s positions and public statements;
- Create and draft high quality, relevant content for the Plan International EU Office website and social media channels and manage all aspects of these platforms;
- Support and build capacity within the organisation - in collaboration with the partnership team - to produce quality communication outputs for EC-funded projects, including providing support to National and Country Offices to develop high quality communications and visibility plans;
- Support the communications work of Plan International’s European National Offices and Plan International Country Offices on EU-related issues, particularly with regard to the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework;
- Support Country Offices’ engagement with their EU Delegation from a communications perspective;
- Assume overall responsibility for drafting and distributing publications such as our annual report and regular newsletters;
- Lead on all aspects of the European Week of Action for Girls for Plan International EU Office, ensuring consistency and alignment with Plan International’s global activities and messaging around the International Day of the Girl Child (there are both internal and external elements to this);
- Lead capacity-building workshops for Plan International EU Office staff on relevant aspects of communications, and support staff members in the creation of communications content;
- Represent Plan International EU Office on all relevant communication networks within Plan International;
- Ensure the proper implementation of the Plan International brand by Plan International EU Office.
- Use creative and innovative communications tools and campaign ideas to improve both the visibility and the profile of the EU Office vis-à-vis the EU institutions, in support of the work of the policy and advocacy and institutional partnership teams;
- Maintain and strengthen relationships with the communication departments of EU institutions, UN Agencies and partner CSOs;
- Strengthen the EU Office’s contacts with the media to ensure regular media presence by the Office;
- Develop media communication, including drafting press releases and Op’Eds, their distribution to the target groups and monitor press clippings;
- Coordinate with partner organisations the development of common activities and communications for the European Week of Action for Girls;
- Represent Plan International EU at relevant meetings with EU institutions and other external stakeholders as well as at conferences, seminars and other media or policy events.
- To monitor Plan International EU Office’s communication budget and ensure that all budget reporting requirements are adhered to and are of a high quality;
- In collaboration with the Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, supervise the work of trainee(s);
- Manage sub-contracted consultants for communication and campaigning work, providing high quality content input and ensuring that all contractual obligations are fulfilled.
C. Other Responsibilities
- Keep abreast of the current development and humanitarian aid issues, and communications trends;
- Work cooperatively and supportively with the wider Plan Europe team and other Plan International entities;
- Ensure that all activities undertaken on behalf of Plan International, externally or internally, are executed in accordance with the overall aims of the organisation and in line with Plan International’s policies and procedures;
- Participate in training and other activities as requested by the Head of Office.
1. Experience and Knowledge
- At least 5 years of relevant communications related work experience;
- Knowledge of Child Rights and/or International Human Rights;
- Knowledge of EU external policies;
- Experience with the media;
- Experience in organising complex events, with participants from multiple different countries;
- Experience in international work environments and intercultural communication;
- Graduate degree in a relevant field (Development, European Studies, Human Rights, Communication, Journalism, Political Science, etc.).
- Innovative and creative thinking in relation to communications;
- Excellent communication, networking, and inter-personal skills;
- Proven excellence in writing and editing skills in English, to native level. French and/or Spanish an asset;
- Good knowledge of video editing, web and layout design an asset.
3. Personal Qualities
- Commitment to the organisation’s vision and mission;
- Proactive and independent professional capable of working equally well autonomously and as part of a team;
- Flexible, willing to share information and to take up various tasks to support a small office;
- Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment;
- Ability to meet deadlines under pressure;
- Willingness to travel if necessary.
Contract: CDI (Belgian contract)
Working hours: Full-time (100%, 5 days/week)
Salary: dependent on experience
Travel: occasional travel possibly necessary
The position reports to the Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager.
To apply for the position, please send a one-page letter outlining your motivation for and approach to the post, together with your CV (no Europass, no photos) to [email protected] by midnight on 26th November 2017, with the subject “APPLICATION: Communications and Campaigns Officer”.
Interviews will take place in Brussels or via skype in the week commencing 4th December 2017. A second interview may be necessary. Preferred start date: 05/02/18.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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