Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and the Cayman Islands

JOB VACANCY: Press and Information Assistant - Closed. Candidate Selected

06/03/2020 - 16:09
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The deadline for submission of applications has been extended to Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by 10 a.m

We are

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. We play 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 Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Cayman Islands (Delegation) opened its doors in Kingston over forty years ago. Since then, it has worked towards the continuous enhancement of the political and economic relationship between these Caribbean countries and the EU, with a particular focus on poverty alleviation.


We offer

We offer a post of Press and Information Assistant.  Under this post, the recruited person will be attributed functions depending on the needs of the Delegation.  Upon recruitment, the successful candidate will occupy a specific job function as Press and Information Assistant – the job function may be changed in accordance with the needs of the Delegation.  Under this job function the successful candidate will serve as technical and support staff to perform the tasks below under the supervision and responsibility of the relevant head of section.  The place of employment will be Kingston, Jamaica, and the starting salary will correspond to Step 1 in Group II, for 37.5 working hours.


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


Under the supervision of the Head of Political, Press and Information Section, and in coordination with the current Press and Information Officer, to contribute to political and current affairs reports and help raise the visibility of the EU and the Delegation in the countries under its mandate.


Key areas of focus will be the print and social media, public events, TV and Radio.


Main Tasks:

  • Monitor and report on political and economic developments in mainly Jamaica and Belize (to a certain extent also in The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and The Cayman Islands);
  • Attend and report on public events, seminars, conference.
  • Monitor the reporting of local media on the Delegation’s activities and priorities;
  • Prepare and distribute information material to the local media and the general public;
  • Be involved in all the relations of the Delegation with local media (press releases, interviews, press conferences, press articles, etc.);
  • Assist in the preparation of public events;
  • Contribute to the edition and updating of the Delegation’s website content;
  • Help in joint projects with the cultural departments of the Member States’ embassies;
  • Establish and maintain an information system on communication-related activities and contracts in the Delegation;
  • Control the execution of the annual budget for information & communication;
  • Assist in the preparation of technical specifications for calls for tenders in the field of communication;
  • Assist in the definition of the strategy and policies of the Section;
  • Be in charge of the Delegation’s stock of promotional items;
  • Monitor the activities of the Section, allocate tasks and responsibilities, and evaluate performance.


We look for

  • Post-secondary qualification in a related subject is a requirement and a university degree is an asset.
  • A minimum of three years working experience in Media Communications, International Relations or other relevant fields
  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Very good knowledge of PC usage and applications related to field of Press & Information, MS office suite, internet and social media
  • Use initiative, pay attention to details, ability to network, work accurately under time constraints, flexible, versatile, outgoing and confident
  • Medically fit person to perform the required duties
  • Enjoys permit for employment under local law

The procedure

After the deadline for applications, the applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee set up for this purpose. The Selection Committee will prepare a short-list of candidates who are considered to be the most suitable for the post on the basis of a preliminary assessment of the information provided in their application letter and the supporting documents. The short-listed candidates will be invited to an assessment phase which may include an interview if necessary – during this phase, the Selection Committee will assess the suitability of the candidates for the post.

The candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted individually; however, the Delegation will use the same means of publication as for this Vacancy Notice to inform the remaining candidates once the recruitment procedure has been completed and that a candidate has (or has not) been recruited. 

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter detailing why they believe they are the ideal candidate for the advertised position along with a Curriculum vitae, including a contact telephone number and an e-mail address, copies of all relevant diplomas, certificates, and proof of professional experience should be included in the package.  Reference letters from former employers/referees will be required if you are short listed for an interview.

All applications must be hand delivered in a sealed envelope marked CANDIDACY PRESS & INFORMATION ASSISTANT at the following address:


Delegation of the European Union

8 Olivier Road, Kingston 8

Deadline: Wednesday 25th  March 2020 by 10 a.m.

The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure by telephone. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by the Delegation. The documentation provided will not be returned.

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