The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is looking for an experienced, dynamic and open-minded Communications Manager, ready to work in the changing and evolving environment of democracy support. The Communications Manager will work in a challenging atmosphere ready to respond quickly, often under stress, to events in the countries of EED mandate, managing multiple processes and ad hoc tasks, with a hands-on approach complemented through use of external consultants as well as a small internal team.
EED is an independent, grant-making organisation, established in 2013 by the European Union (EU) and EU member states to foster democracy in the countries of the European Neighbourhood and beyond.
Since its inception, EED has provided over 500 grants and evolved into a vibrant, innovative and respected member of the democracy support community. EED funds a vast array of pro-democracy actors including human rights and political activists, pro-democratic movements, civil society organisations, independent journalists and media.
This is a great opportunity to join EED in a challenging and varied role.
MAIN FUNCTION OF THE POST:
- Leading the development, planning, and implementation of the EED’s communications strategy and activities;
- Lead on the coordination of events held in EED and elsewhere which provide a voice for EED grantees or facilitate outreach to the community of practice;
- Responding and contributing to strategic and institutional needs of EED, as per Executive Director requests.
Reporting to the Director of Operations and under the overall supervision of the Executive Director, the duties and responsibilities include:
- Working in collaboration with the EED Secretariat, Board of Governors, and Executive Committee to update and implement a communications strategy and promote the activities of the organisation;
- Identifying, drafting and disseminating communications materials that demonstrate the results of the EED’s work to a variety of stakeholders;
- Planning, writing, and producing the EED’s annual report, promotional videos, newsletters, brochures, press releases in close cooperation with programme staff;
- Maintaining the EED’s website, including drafting web content;
- Develop compelling stories/narratives on the outcomes of EED initiatives for publishing on the EED website and through other communications platforms with the support of programme staff;
- Developing media relations in Brussels and across EU Member States, and build up and support relations with outlets supported by the EED in partner countries;
- Developing a social media strategy, ensure its implementation, and increase user engagement;
- Managing the organisation’s outreach database;
- Supporting EED grantees to communicate the results of EED-funded initiatives, including organising capacity building workshops as appropriate;
- Maintaining relations with leading think-tanks relevant to EED’s work;
- Managing and mentoring a small communications team (including new staff, consultants and interns);
- Guiding and managing the work of external consultants and service providers;
- Contributing to EED monitoring and evaluation system as well as to its knowledge management;
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with media, both in the EU and in partner countries;
- Performing other tasks for the Director of Operations as required.
- Master’s degree in International Affairs, Political or Social Science, Communications, PR, Journalism or related discipline;
- At least six (6) years of proven full-time professional experience in writing, editing, publication, graphic design and/or audio-visual production, preferably in an international setting;
- Minimum of two (2) years at a similar position;
- Demonstrated experience developing and managing communications strategies on behalf of an organisation;
- Experience working on democracy-related projects or programmes with a government, international organisation, or civil society organisation;
- Sound knowledge of the European institutions and working mechanisms within the EU;
- Sound knowledge of grant-giving and democracy support procedures;
- Substantive understanding of political issues and trends in the EU Neighbourhood as well as EU policies toward the region;
- Ability to maintain effective working relations both as a team member and team leader;
- Ability to manage, organise, plan and implement work assignments, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines;
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to handle a range of coordination issues;
- Full professional fluency in English (near to native); knowledge of French, Arabic and/or Russian would be significant advantage;
- Strong writing and presentation skills, with an eye for detail;
- Solid ICT skills;
- Willingness to keep abreast of new communications tools and practices;
- Ability to work in multi-ethnic and multi-national environment;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality;
- Readiness for frequent duty travel.
KEY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
- Preferably be a national or having permanent residence permit of one of the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland;
- Be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
- Have completed any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service; produces the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
- Be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
- Hold, or be in a position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at CONFIDENTIAL and/or EU SECRET level).
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