Closing Date : 2017-01-16
Duty Station : Brussels, Belgium
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Organization: European Centre for Development Policy Management
Country: Belgium
Closing date: 16 Jan 2017

Hours:32 to 40
Contract:One year, leading to permanent
Job function:Head of Communications

Job level:Senior executive
Salary:70,384 to 99,269 per annum
Based:Brussels, with weekly travel to Maastricht

ECDPM is an independent and non-partisan think and do tank focusing on international cooperation and development policy in Europe and Africa. Our main areas of work include peace and security, migration, governance in Africa, food security, economic transformation and EU external affairs.

Our more than 70 staff members from over 25 countries worldwide provide independent research, advice and practical support to policymakers, advisors and practitioners in Europe, Africa and beyond in order to make policies work for sustainable and inclusive global development.

We are currently looking for a senior professional with drive, creativity and vision to lead our communications team, which plays an essential role in our mission to make development policies work. Our ideal candidate is a senior communications expert who is passionate about global development, knows how to navigate a challenging political and policy landscape and is a team player and strong networker with excellent strategic, social and communicative skills. If you match this profile, then you may be the person we are looking for.

As our Head of Communications you will be responsible for ECDPM s corporate and programme communications on a strategic and operational level, as well as for media and stakeholder relations. You will strengthen ECDPM s reputation and market position and enhance the visibility, uptake and impact of ECDPM s work among policymakers, practitioners and the media. You will lead and mentor a medium-sized team of professionals and work closely with the programme managers and staff. You report directly to ECDPM s Director and will be a member of the management team and programme management group.

We believe that diversity is good for our people and our business and promote diversity and inclusion among our staff members and candidates. We offer attractive primary and secondary employment conditions.

More details about the position can be found below.If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a completed application form, your CV and a cover letter to Karen Gielen (kg@ecdpm.org) before 16 January 2017, 17:00 CET. Incomplete or late applications will not be taken into account. Please note that interviews will be held within two weeks after the application deadline. The preferred starting date for the position is 1 March 2017.

Main responsibilities

Your responsibilities as Head of Communications will include:

Enhancing the visibility, uptake and impact of ECDPM s work among policymakers, practitioners and the mediaDeveloping, implementing and evaluating ECDPM s corporate and programme communications strategies, in close cooperation with the management team and programme managersManaging ECDPM s print, digital, website and social media communications at the corporate and programme levelsStrengthening ECDPM s reputation and market positionEnsuring strong relations with the media (mainly EU and Africa-based media, as well as Dutch media)Leading the communications teamProviding editorial leadership and direction for ECDPM s Weekly Compass newsletter and GREAT Insights bi-monthly magazine, working closely with programme managers on contentIncreasing ECDPM outreach to new policy audiencesWriting and editing of concise and attractive announcements for ECDPM events, of key publications and of press releasesEnsuring the quality of ECDPM s publications, in cooperation with programme managersEnsuring that ECDPM messages are consistent and aligned with strategic prioritiesProviding strategic communications advice and support to senior members of the organisationEnsuring strong relations with internal and external stakeholdersRepresenting ECDPM to third parties and participating in relevant networksCoordinating communications activities and providing organisational support for key ECDPM events or flagship projectsEnsuring effective work and budgetary planning for the communications departmentIdentifying opportunities for funding and supporting fundraising effortsQualifications, skills and personal attributes

You are the person we are looking for if you meet the following essential criteria:

You have a master s degree or postgraduate qualification in communications or journalismYou have at least ten years of relevant experience, including five in a senior communications roleYou have at least ten years of experience of working in an international environment, preferably in a non-profit, policy and/or development contextYou have experience and knowledge of the EU policy scene and know how to maneuver this scene in a politically sensitive way, as well as maintain networksYou have a broad media network and thorough understanding of how the media operates (the EU media in particular)You have the ability to transform knowledge and information into exciting and useful messages and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channelsYou have the ability to tailor communications for fundraising purposesYou are aware of the latest trends in communications (print, digital, website and social media) and of recent global developmentsYou are an excellent verbal communicator, writer and editorYou are an inspiring leader, manager and mentor with strong organisational and motivational skillsYou are a strategic thinker with commercial awareness and insightYou know how to reconcile conflicting views and take a collaborative approachYou are a native English speaker with good knowledge of French

It would be desirable if:

You have a passion for, experience with and knowledge of global development, in particular the areas in which ECDPM engages (migration, EU external affairs, peace and security, governance in Africa, economic transformation and food security)You have knowledge of the African and Dutch policy scenesYou are a strategic networker and possess diplomatic sensitivityYou are a hands-on and flexible personYou have strong interpersonal skillsYou are a team player and non-hierarchical, promoting cooperative approachesYou have an eye for innovation and opportunities and welcome creativityYou have practical experience in strategic communications around eventsYou have experience with change management

Knowledge of the Dutch language and of the African and Dutch media landscape would be an asset.


How to apply:

if you are interested in applying for this position, please send a completed application form, your CV and a cover letter to Karen Gielen (kg@ecdpm.org) before 16 January 2017, 17:00 CET. Incomplete or late applications will not be taken into account. Please note that interviews will be held within two weeks after the application deadline. The preferred starting date for the position is 1 March 2017.

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