Communication Officer - FMO

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, and is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels.

We are looking for a strong Communication Officer to join the communication team in the FMO.

The overall objectives of the Grants are to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the 15 Beneficiary States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The Grants are based on a programme model where the Beneficiary States are responsible for the programmes and for projects implemented under the programmes. A few programmes, notably regarding Civil Society, Regional Cooperation and Decent Work, are operated by the FMO.

The allocation for the funding period (2014-2021) totals €2.8 billion. The priority sectors in the period 2014-2021 are:
• Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness;
• Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction;
• Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy;
• Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms;
• Justice and Home Affairs.

The FMO offers an international, stimulating and diverse workplace, with a current staff of over 60 employees comprising about 20 nationalities. Our values are:
• Professionalism;
• Cooperation; and
• Trust, responsibility and respect.

For more information please check our website at: www.eeagrants.org.

The position is open to nationals of the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and nationals of the member states of the European Union.

Division
Financial Mechanism Office
Location
Brussels
Lattitude
50.8462720094659
Longitude
4.370340409394657
Category/Level
A3
Duration of Appointment
Fixed-term three years (renewable once if in the interest of the FMO)
Start Date
As soon as possible
Closing Date
01-12-2019
Job Reference
VA 26/2019

Scope

The Communication Officer will join a team dedicated to communicating the opportunities made available through the Grants and how we work together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. The role involves both internal and external communication tasks such as planning, producing and publishing content for the EEA and Norway Grants’ website, social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram), online campaigns, publications and planning and execution of events. The Communication Officer will advise and support in-house units in communication issues. S/he will report to Head of Communication.

Tasks

• Produce content for the EEA and Norway Grants’ website and social media channels, including videos and other visual elements;
• Extract data from the electronic reporting sources and carry out basic analysis (pivot tables, basic charts) in Excel;
• Organise and execute workshops, seminars and other events in Brussels as well as in the beneficiary states;
• Follow up on the compliance of communication requirements of relevant actors in the beneficiary states and provide them with communication advice;
• Contribute to maintaining a strong network with partners in donor and beneficiary states;
• Advise and support internal units on communication issues;
• Coordinate work with external suppliers.

The position involves occasional travel.

Qualifications

Relevant Master’s degree.

Experience

At least 3 years of relevant work experience is required for an A3 grade, whereas at least 6 years of relevant work experience is required in order to be considered for an A4 grade. 

Skills

• Experience in web editing and knowledge of Content Management Systems (preferably Drupal), knowledge of different Social Media channels, community management and online analysis tools;
• Excel skills;
• A strong storyteller who can develop powerful messages;
• An advocate for clear language;
• Experience in strategic and operational communication;
• A strong team player with good interpersonal skills, including a dynamic and flexible attitude, and cultural sensitivity;
• Ability to multitask and to work with tight deadlines.

Languages

Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO) are a requirement. Fluency in any of the Donor State languages would be an advantage.

The candidates’ level of English will be tested during the interview process.

Employment Terms

Grade: A3/A4
Annual starting salary: EUR 80,717 / EUR 93,799

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the grade. The Director of the FMO reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the FMO wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

We offer a very interesting and challenging position in a dynamic and diverse environment and the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA Member States and, as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host states. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

For further information on this position please contact:
Head of Communication, Lillann Weggersen, lwe@efta.int, tel. +32 (0)2 211 18 85, mobile +32 (0)471 90 6586 or
Head of Administration and Human Resources, Vera Medinskaya, vme@efta.int, +32 (0) 2 211 18 60.

Interested applicants should apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool. Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

Deadline for submission of application: 1 December 2019.

Please note that the interviews will take place in December 2019 and January 2020.