Delegation of the European Union to Albania

Vacancy Notice - Job no. 343348 - local agent position of Press and Information Officer

22/06/2020 - 17:12
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Vacancy Notice job no. 343348

The European Union Delegation to the Republic of North Macedonia is looking for a local agent position of Press and Information Officer (Strategic Communications) in European Integration, Political, Press and Information Section

We are

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.

The EU Delegation to North Macedonia is one of those 140 delegations. The Delegation of the European Union is the liaison between the national authorities and EU institutions. Since the decision taken by the European Council to recognise the country as a candidate for EU membership, the work of the Delegation of the European Union has focused increasingly on monitoring and reporting on compliance with the political and economic criteria for membership of the EU, and alignment of legislation with EU legislation as well as capacity to implement and enforce it.

One of Delegation's key tasks is to inform the authorities, institutions, media and citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia about the pre-accession process and about the EU institutions and policies. It also maintains regular contacts with academic institutions, business community and representatives of the civil society.

We offer

We offer a position of Press and Information Officer (Strategic Communications) in the European Integration, Political, Press and Information Section of the Delegation.

The jobholder will work under the supervision and responsibility of the Head of European Integration, Political, Press and Information Section to ensure EU Delegations’ daily strategic communication activities.

The selected candidate will be offered a full-time employment contract ("local agent" type contract - Group I) on indefinite period.

We offer a competitive position in an international environment. Benefits, such as additional pension scheme and medical insurance, are offered to employees and their families under certain conditions.

Place of employment: Skopje. Working time: 37.5 working hours/week.

Functions and duties

The successful candidate will perform the following tasks:

  • analyse the trends and developments in the information environment and provide recommendations for improving the understanding of the EU's values, policies and projects based on fact-based information and proactive communication;
  • establish and maintain a network of key information environment experts in the country, who could support the EU Delegation in its monitoring and awareness raising activities;
  • design, implement and coordinate campaigns, local outreach events and communications
  • projects on specific issues and priorities, including with a goal to address disinformation    
  • targeting the EU and its partnership with North Macedonia;
  • closely cooperate with the EEAS Strategic Communications Task Forces;
  • perform other tasks as designated by the Head of Section;
  • replace the other Press and Information Officers in their absence.

The tasks listed above are indicative and may change in accordance with the Delegation’s service needs and internal organisation.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for this local agent post should:

  • have completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma, preferably in political science, international relations, journalism, communications, economics or other related field;
  • have at least three years of relevant professional experience in communications, preferably in the international and multi-cultural environment;
  • have a native command of Macedonian.
  • have a professional knowledge of the English language;
  • be a national of North Macedonia or another national having the right to live and work in North Macedonia;
  • be medically fit to perform the required duties;
  • enjoy civil rights and permits for employment under local law.

Selection criteria

Candidates should:

  • have experience in communications and public diplomacy (e.g. strategic communication, media relations, campaigning, content production, marketing, online marketing, social media management, audio-visual content development, strategic communications in countering violent extremism);
  • have the capacity to create constructive working relations with key partners in the country, building up a local network;
  • have strong drafting and analytical skills combined with sound judgement, rapid grasp of problems and the capacity to identify issues and solutions;
  • have knowledge of external relations, internal policies and functioning of the European Union;
  • have excellent communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain a network of contacts both within and outside the Delegation;
  • have the ability to communicate clearly on complex issues and the capacity to perform with accuracy and in a flexible manner a diversity of tasks in a complex institutional environment;
  • have a knowledge of social media platforms, especially Twitter and Facebook and other locally trending social media platforms.

Furthermore:

The following would be considered as an asset:

  • experience of working in a team in multi-disciplinary environment;
  • experience from working in an embassy or international organisation;
  • experience of working with social media analytics;
  • experience in public speaking;
  • knowledge of Albanian;
  • knowledge of additional EU languages  

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a motivation letter and CV-Europass format (both documents in English only) to the following functional mailbox: delegation-north-macedonia-recruitments@eeas.europa.eu

Candidates shall draft their CV following the European CV form which can be found at the following internet address:http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae .

The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure by telephone. Please address any queries concerning this procedure via e-mail to delegation-north-macedonia-recruitments@eeas.europa.eu

Deadline for sending application is 20 July 2020 at 18.00h Skopje time.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted by e-mail and will be invited for an interview and possibly a written test.  Interviews will be held in Skopje, at the EU Delegation premises or via video-conferencing.