European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan

Vacancy Announcement: Policy, Press and Information Officer

02/04/2018 - 04:28
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The European Union Office in Taipei is looking for: Policy, Press and Information Officer

We are

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 28 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 representations, known also as EU Delegations/Offices.

The EU Office in Taipei is responsible for advancing the EU interests and for promoting mutual relations, in economic and trade related areas, human rights, research and innovation, environment and climate change, education and culture. In doing so, the EU Office is working closely with the authorities in Taiwan, EU Member States, third countries, business associations and other stakeholders.

We offer

We offer a post of Policy, Press and Information Officer. Under this post, the recruited person will be attributed areas of responsibilities under the supervision of the Head of Office. Upon recruitment, the successful candidate will occupy a specific job function as Policy, Press and Information Officer; this job function may be changed in accordance with the needs of the Office. The successful candidate will perform the following main tasks:

  • Develop and implement the Office’s information strategy;
  • Financial planning of the Office’s annual information budget;
  • Maintain contacts with Taiwanese authorities, civil society etc.;
  • State and explain EEAS/Commission positions to local and foreign media;
  • Analyse domestic and regional developments in relation to the EU’s positions;
  • Participate in public events/seminars on the EU;
  • Manage and organise press relations of the Office (press releases, interviews, briefings and press conferences, press articles, press trips);
  • Manage and organise all other information and promotional events of the Office;
  • Ensure the implementation of the EEAS/Commission Communications’ strategy for external assistance;
  • Establish and maintain contacts with local and foreign media, universities and other opinion-forming groups;
  • Draft and edit speeches, articles and publications for the Office on a range of topics in the framework of EU-Taiwan relations;
  • Commission and distribute promotional materials;
  • Coordinate, or assist in the coordination of high-level visits from Headquarters;
  • Coordinate with Member states Representations on information and public relations issues and activities and where possible organise joint activities.

The jobholder can be asked to support other priorities of the Office as defined by the Head of Office for up to 20% of his/her total working time.

We offer a competitive position in an international environment. The Office is based in the Taipei World Trade Centre Tower, in the Xinyi District, and currently employs 12 staff.  Benefits, such as additional pension scheme and medical insurance, are offered to employees and their families under certain conditions. The current working hours of the Office are from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:30. The monthly basic salary is 97 569 TWD at step 1.

Selection Criteria – Minimum Requirements

Education and training:

  • University degree in Political Science, International Relations, Communication media and information, Law, Public diplomacy.

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience.
  • At least 3 years of experience working with media;
    • Familiarity with the political, economic and social situation of Taiwan and the European Union, as well as with EU-Taiwan relations;

                                          Skills

Language skills:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and Chinese;

IT skills:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.

Communication skills:

  • Capacity to communicate clearly, present complex matters in a simple way and draft quickly and precisely;
  • Very good analytical capability as well as drafting and reporting skills. Rapid grasp of problems and capacity to identify issues and solutions;
  • High degree of aptitude for communication with the media.

Interpersonal skills:

  • Ability to listen, to consult and share information and ideas;
  • Strong sense of responsibility. Ability to work in a proactive and autonomous way and as part of a team;
  • Sensitivity to overall political situation and Taiwan’s international status.

Intellectual skills:

  • Ability to identify and analyse key points in verbal and numerical information, evaluate alternatives objectively and make sound, logical and well-argued judgements taking on board the impact of decisions;
  • Ability to determine long-term outcomes of a change in operations.

Management/organisational skills:

  • Capacity to focus on priorities under time constraints and to organise work to deliver on time;
  • Ability to work, communicate and negotiate in a multilingual and multi-cultural environment;
  • Capacity to monitor progress of work.

Personal qualities:

  • Flexibility to work under pressure and to respond quickly to new demands;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Commitment to assure quality, speed and accuracy in performing;
  • High degree of autonomy and responsibility in handling tasks;
  • Positive attitude and commitment to contribute to the work of the team;
  • Willingness to provide support to others.

The jobholder should enjoy civil rights and permits for employment under local law and should be medically fit to perform the required duties.

The following will be considered an asset:

  • Knowledge of EU policies especially human rights;
  • Knowledge of other European languages;
  • Previous working experience in Public relations, Press and Journalism;

How to apply

Please send your application (motivation letter and CV) with reference “your namePolicy, Press and Information Officer vacant post n° 157 666” to DELEGATION-TAIWAN-RECRUITEMENT@eeas.europa.eu. The detailed CV should be in a standard form, which you will find on our website:

The Office will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure by telephone: please address any queries concerning this procedure to DELEGATION-TAIWAN-RECRUITEMENT@eeas.europa.eu.

The procedure

After the deadline, 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 CV. The short-listed candidates will be invited to an assessment phase consisting of a written test and an interview. 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 Office 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 been recruited. 

The deadline for applications is: 23 April 2018

 

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