EEAS Headquarters job n° 265008
The European External Action Service (EEAS) supports the work of the High Representative in defining and implementing an effective and coherent EU foreign policy. The EEAS supports his tasks of conducting the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy and chairing the Foreign Affairs Council. It also supports the High Representative in his capacity as Vice President of the Commission with regard to his responsibilities within the Commission in the external relations field including the coordination of other aspects of the EU's external action. The EEAS works in close cooperation with Member States, the Council and relevant services of the European Commission.
The EEAS Strategic Communications 2: Task Forces and Information Analysis Division (AFFGEN.7) provides strategic communication support in the implementation of EU foreign and security policy in related priority regions (Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood, the Western Balkans) by developing and implementing specific strategic communication actions focused on advancing EU policies, values, objectives and interests. The Division also plays a leading role in addressing disinformation and foreign manipulative interference by implementing the Action Plan against disinformation (JOIN(2018) 36 final) and relevant Council Conclusion, which outline and call for concrete actions to bolster EU capabilities to detect, analyse and expose disinformation and strengthen coordinated and joint responses between the Union and Member States.
The Division also conducts raising awareness campaigns about the harmful impact of disinformation and contributes to the development of effective policy responses in the EU and at the international level. It manages the EU's Rapid Alert System and works closely with other EU institutions and agencies to implement relevant policy initiatives tackling disinformation. The Division and its Task Forces contribute to effective and fact-based strategic communication and the strengthening of the overall media environment and civil society in the regions it covers.
The Division is seeking to recruit an experienced and dynamic communications professional to join its Task Force South working on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) issues. The Task Force South works to enhance the EU's outreach and communication with the Arab World, devising communications campaigns to improve the understanding of the EU in the MENA region, working towards healthier information environments and support to media freedom and civil society. The team works closely with relevant policy divisions of the EEAS, in particular the divisions dealing with the MENA region, the European Commission (DG NEAR and other Commission DGs) and EU Delegations in the MENA region. It provides support to the EU Delegations, the EU’s political leadership, Spokespersons Services and Member State communications experts, also in communicating to European citizens and wider audiences. The successful applicant will report to the Team Leader of the Task Force and the Head of Division.
The position of the Strategic Communications Officer (Mena region) to be based within the EEAS Strategic Communications 2: Task Forces and Information Analysis Division (AFFGEN.7), Task Force South - contract agent FGIV as per article 3b of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS).
The expert will be required to work closely with the relevant policy divisions of the EEAS, EU Delegations, relevant divisions of the other European institutions and services.
The vacancy is to be filled in accordance with the conditions stipulated under the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS).1
Candidates for this contract agent IV post should:
Candidates should be able to demonstrate good knowledge and experience in the following areas:
– experience of working in a team in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment;
– experience in working with or within other EU institutions
would be considered as strong assets.
Specific conditions of employment
The signature of the contract will be subject to prior favourable opinion of the Medical Service. The successful candidate might be required to undergo security vetting if she or he does not hold already a Personal Security Clearance to an appropriate level, in accordance with relevant security provisions.
The External Action Service applies an equal opportunities policy.
Application and selection procedure2
Please send your CV and cover letter (with your EPSO CAST number) via email to:
Deadline for sending applications: 10/09/20 at 18.00 (CET).
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.
Late applications will not be accepted.
The selection panel will make a pre-selection on the basis of the qualifications and professional experience described in the CV and motivational letter, and will produce a shortlist of eligible candidates who best meet the selection criteria for the post.
The candidates who have been preselected will be invited for an interview by a selection panel. The panel will recommend a shortlist of candidates for a final decision by the Authority Empowered to Conclude Contracts of Employment. The Authority may decide to interview the candidates on the final shortlist before taking this decision.
Place of employment: EEAS Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium
Interviews will be scheduled in October 2020.
The post is available
1 Staff Regulations of Officials (SR) and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS). For reference, see https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1570023902133&uri=CELEX:01962R0031-20190101
2 Your personal data will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, as implemented by ADMIN(2019)8 Decision of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The privacy statement is available on the Europa website: (http://eeas.europa.eu/data_protection/rights/index_en.htm) and on the EEAS Intranet: (https://intranet.eeas.europa.eu/page/eeas-work/data-protection/privacy-statements).