Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Vacancy - Press and Information Assistant, Political, Press and Information Section

10/05/2018 - 07:18
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We are

The European Union (EU) is a union between 28 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with States and organizations. The EU is represented throughout the world by more than 140 diplomatic representations, known as Delegations of the EU.  

The Delegation of the EU to Australia was established in 1981 and is located in Yarralumla, Canberra. The Delegation is responsible for the conduct of official relations between Australia and the European Union. The Delegation works closely with the diplomatic missions of its Member States.


We are offering

We are offering the post of Press and Information Assistant in the Political, Press and Information Section.  The selected candidate will contribute, under the supervision of the Head of said Section, to the implementation of the Delegation's Information and Communication policy (in particular as regards social and traditional media as well as in relation to public diplomacy activities). Additional tasks may be attributed depending on the needs of the Delegation.

This is a full time and permanent position which will require living within commuting distance from Canberra. It comes with superannuation and medical insurance and with gross salary starting at AUD 6540/MONTH (the final salary level will depend on prior qualifications and professional experience).


We are looking for

We are looking for a truly motivated person with at least 2 years' experience in the field of press and information, and in particular social and traditional media, possibly public diplomacy activities. Team spirit as well as the ability to work independently under time pressure is required. Familiarity and prior experience with the EU is an advantage.


How to apply

Interested applicants have to send their application consisting of a motivation letter and detailed CV to the attention of the Head of Administration at the Delegation of the EU to Australia, 18 Arkana Street, 2600 YARRALUMLA ACT, or by e-mail to


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure by telephone: please address any queries concerning this procedure to

Applications close on 28th May 2018 at 14.00 AEST


Job Description for Press and Information Assistant


EU Delegation

Canberra, Australia


18 Arkana Street, 2600 Yarralumla, ACT

Duration of contract


Possible extensions



Job description


LA Group 2

e-Del-HRM and Sysper2 references

54834 / 213941

Position in the organisation chart

PPI Section

Reporting relations/responsibilities

reporting to the Head of PPI Section

Working hours

Full time   

Working environment/conditions

multicultural environment, office work, missions   

Job objective

To contribute, under the supervision of the Head of the Political Press and Information Section, to the fulfilment of the mandate of the Head of Delegation as regards the Delegation's Information and Communications policy (in particular social media, newsletters, publications) .


  • Assist the Head of Section and the Press and Information officer in devising and executing appropriate information, communication and cultural activities to improve the visibility of / and knowledge about the EU in Australia.
  • Draft and edit the Delegation Newsletter and other EUDEL publications (incl. web publications, press releases etc.), identifying the subjects to be covered in consultation with other members of Delegation staff.
  • Contribute to the drafting and implementation of the EUDEL social media strategy.
  • Continuously review the Delegation's social media presence (website, Facebook, twitter) and take all necessary steps to ensure that the content remains informative, accurate and up-to-date.
  • Monitor incoming information (Rapid, Council / EEAS press releases, etc) and where appropriate link or add to Delegation websites. 
  • Manage the interface between the Delegation's website and the Delegation's database. 
  • Keep Communications Report up to date, including web statistics, media releases, speeches, interviews, etc.  Collate annual report.
  • Advise, both in general and in relation to specific issues, on the media-handling aspects of the Delegation's activities. Provide fresh input to ongoing implementation of the media strategy.
  • Contribute to ensure proper monitoring and follow-up of EU-related coverage in the Australian media.
  • Keep Media-related contact lists of the delegation up to date and feed them into the general EUDEL Database.
  • Arrange information visits in Brussels for journalists and other multipliers.
  • Participate in regular telephone conferences organised by EEAS StratCom.

Character references 

  • Must be a strong team player.
  • Must be able to maintain good professional relationship with relevant contacts in diplomatic Missions of EU Member states, with Media representatives and publishing / design partners of the Delegation. 
  • Must be capable of delivering high quality work under time pressure and within short deadlines.
  • Ability to understand new subjects quickly is essential.
  • Ability to 'translate' complicated policy issues in a social media compatible language.

Minimum physical requirements 

[e.g. long term sitting, standing, walking etc., vision; far vision, colour vision, carrying heavy loads, etc.] 


Job specifications






A degree in the relevant sector (journalism, Public Relations, political science, media, history, international relations or related fields).

Professional experience

2  years' work experience of in the relevant fields (media, online publishing, Public Relations etc.)


Knowledge of languages 

  • Fluency in English is essential.
  • Proficiency in other European languages would be an advantage.


Knowledge of IT tools

  • Microsoft Office
  • Excellent knowledge of how to utilise digital media for communication purposes.
  • Excellent social media skills essential
  • Experience in producing audio-visual material




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