Press Officer

NATO - OTAN
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 20

Position description

NATO’s Public Diplomacy efforts serve a vital function within the Alliance by communicating its purpose and priorities to audiences worldwide. In fulfilling this role, the Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) actively strengthens NATO’s public image, thereby fostering trust in and support for the Alliance. The Division also acts as coordinator for strategic communication activities across all NATO civilian and military bodies and commands. 

The Press and Media Section is the principal point of contact for all media-related issues at NATO Headquarters, including engagement with the media, media policy and doctrine, and media monitoring and analysis. 

The primary function of the incumbent is to draft press conferences, messages, statements, media lines and op-eds for the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General. S/he will handle journalist requests for information thereby supporting the work of the NATO Spokesperson and the Head of Press and Media/Deputy Spokesperson. S/he will also conduct press tours to NATO events and coordinate communication activities and messages with the military chain of command.

 

2. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE 

ESSENTIAL 

The incumbent must: 

  • possess a university degree from an institute of recognised standing or equivalent level of qualification; 
  • 5 years’ experience in a communications environment or equivalent qualifying experience; 
  • have excellent drafting and communications skills; 
  • have a proven ability to engage effectively with media; 
  • demonstrate sound political judgement; 
  • have a good knowledge of security issues and international relations; 
  • have in-depth knowledge of the press and media in at least one NATO member country; 
  • have experience using social media; 
  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): VI (“Proficiency”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other; 
  • be willing to travel and work unsocial hours when required. 

DESIRABLE 

The following would be considered an advantage: 

  • familiarity with the press corps in Brussels; 
  • experience of broadcast and audio-visual media; 
  • experience working in an international organisation; 
  • knowledge of additional NATO Allied and/or Partner nation languages; 
  • familiarity with other international institutions and the military.

 

3. MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES 

Expertise Development 

Deal with media queries, corrections and rebuttals in a proactive and accurate way within the news cycle, following guidance from the Spokesperson and the Head of Press and Media/Deputy Spokesperson. Demonstrate an ability to convey complex or technical issues in a clear and accessible way. Keep on top of breaking news stories and provide analyses as required. Advise the Spokesperson, the Head of Press and Media/Deputy Spokesperson and other NATO officials on media handling issues, as appropriate. Support and as needed deputise for the Spokesperson and the Head of Press and Media/Deputy Spokesperson in the organisation of press conferences and briefings, providing inputs and up-to-date and substantive information to be delivered to journalists. Produce summarised transcripts of media events by the Secretary General and other NATO officials as required. Plan, coordinate, conduct and assess media tours and other public events. Demonstrate a team player attitude in a fast moving and stressful multi-national working environment. 

Stakeholder Management 

Coordinate with relevant internal stakeholders – International Staff (IS) Divisions and the military chain of command – on content in order to reflect accurate information in media messages. Liaise and maintain contact with journalists and opinion makers. Advise the NATO Spokesperson and the Head of Press and Media/Deputy Spokesperson on the management of interview requests. Assist in the preparation of media products for journalists for Ministerials and other high-level meetings. Liaise with journalists ahead of interviews and draft messages for those interviews. Maintain contact with NATO Military Commands and NATO Allies on media issues, striving to ensure the necessary level of message coherence. 

Knowledge Management 

Draft media messages, press conferences, and statements for the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, and the Spokesperson demonstrating sound political judgement and in a media-friendly writing style. Draft narratives for Ministerial, Summit meetings and on relevant issues for use in media engagements. Assist in the production of briefing materials for the Spokesperson. Prepare and deliver presentations for appropriate NATO bodies, as well as external audiences. Contribute to the regular updates to the NATO newsroom website. 

Representation of the Organization 

Brief journalists or visitors at NATO headquarters on the Alliance's policies, responsibilities and initiatives as required. Represent the Press and Media Section in International Staff (IS) meetings, at exercises where a press role is required, as well as at NATO committees or other bodies. Represent NATO in relevant workshops, seminars and other public events. 

Project Management 

Contribute in a systematic and proactive way to the daily and long-term planning within the Press and Media Section. Support as needed the work of the Media Operations team. Provide editorial guidance on the development of NATO audio-visual products and facilitate the provision of these products to the media as required. 

Perform any other related duty as assigned.

 

4. IN TERRELATIONSHIPS 

The incumbent reports to the Spokesperson and the Head of Press and Media/Deputy Spokesperson. He/she will brief the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General and will accompany them on visits, as required. The Press Officer will be required to work in close cooperation with the other Sections of PDD, as well as with the other Divisions of the International Staff (IS), the International Military Staff (IMS), NATO military commands and national delegations. He/she also coordinates with staff members of NATO Agencies, government departments and non-governmental organisations. 

Direct reports: N/a 

Indirect reports: N/a

 

5. COMPETENCIES 

The incumbent will demonstrate: 

  • Achievement: Creates own measures of excellence and improves performance; 
  • Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships; 
  • Change Leadership: Expresses vision for change; 
  • Impact and Influence: Uses indirect influence; 
  • Initiative: Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation; 
  • Organisational Awareness: Understands organisational politics; 

Teamwork: Solicits inputs and encourages others.

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