COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (Part-time position)
The END FGM European Network is looking for a dynamic Communications Officer to be responsible for the Network’s communications activities.
The Communications Officer is required to work in the Secretariat of the END FGM European Network to lead the communications work of the organisation in line with the Network’s strategic plan 2015-2017.
About the END FGM Network:
The Network is based in Brussels and brings together 16 national organisations working in the field of female genital mutilation (FGM) and violence against women and girls. It offers a platform for organisations and women and girls affected by FGM to engage directly with European decision makers. Their experiences and the expertise of member organisations define and guide the Network’s calls for European action to end FGM.
Objectives of the post:
Communicate the Network’s strategic priorities, positions and messages targeting different audiences – the wider public, decision-makers, policy-makers and key stakeholders
Raise the visibility of the Network and its member organisations.
Develop and implement communication strategies, plans and campaigns
Manage the Network’s social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter)
Manage the website
Update existing contacts’ databases and mailing lists and create new ones as needed
Monitor FGM coverage in the news and media and send out “FGM in the News” email once per week
Produce the Network’s newsletters
Manage the production – both content and format – of communications products and materials such as infographics, leaflets, videos, publications, etc. independently and/or with the technical support of external providers in line with the network’s brand and style
Manage the communications aspects of the Network’s events
Proactively engage with media to raise awareness of female genital mutilation in the EU and beyond and to promote empowering, non-stigmatising coverage of FGM – Respond to media enquiries
Contribute to communications-related activities in specific projects
Contribute to capacity building of the Network’s member organisations through training, ad-hoc support and development of tailored tools
Manage the Network’s Ambassadors programme.
The Communications Officer will report to the Director.
University degree in Humanities, Social sciences, Political Sciences or Communications.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
2-3 years’ experience in a similar position in the non-profit sector
Experience in developing and implementing communications strategies, plans and campaigns
Professional fluency in oral and written English, very good knowledge of French, other EU languages would be an asset
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge of the EU institutions and understanding of EU decision-making
Experience of using and updating website content management systems
Ability to use social media in a professional setting
Experience in managing the production of different types of communications products: infographics, leaflets, videos, publications, reports, newsletters
Capacity to manage contacts’ data bases
Experience in interacting with media.
Proficiency in the use of:
Social media (Twitter, Facebook)
Understanding of debates on FGM, violence against women (VAWG) and gender issues
Technical skills for independent creation of infographics, leaflets or other visual communication tools.
Experience of working in an EU institution or an EU NGO
Experience in development context
Experience in working on gender-based violence and human rights
Knowledge of graphic applications like for instance Photoshop or Publisher.
Adaptability: Demonstrate willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and organisational practices, and ensure that own behaviour is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organisation
Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally
Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organisational effectiveness
Organise: Set priorities, develop work schedules, monitor progress towards goals, and keep track of relevant data and information
Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem
Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organisation.
Usually works in an office environment with some potential travel
The role is required to work 19 hours a week
This is a fixed-term appointment for one year from approximately mid-October 2016.
If interested, please apply by sending a CV and a motivation letter in English to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the 10th of September 5pm CET.