NATURE OF THE DUTIES AND PROFILE
Qualified temporary staff member with responsibility, under the authority of the President and Secretary-General of the Group, to work as a Media Relations and Communications Officer within the Secretariat ensuring primarily a strong presence and visibility of EA members through relevant media, social media and communications tools. The position requires relevant experience, technical skills and competences in targeted media communications, both social and traditional, to be carried out in alignment with the political priorities and objectives of the CoR and the EA Group.
The main duties of the political assistant are to:
Have a thorough knowledge of policy developments in the EU, in the Member States and within the CoR, and contribute to identifying relevant media opportunities for members;
Have a good understanding of Local and Regional authorities and their role in the EU decision-making process; proactively assist members' in planning and enacting policy actions;
Follow news media (EU and other) on a daily basis and identify opportunities to raise the profile of the EA Group and its members, and promote the Group’s messages and achievements;
Propose, prepare and post content on social media, including written and video content, and keep the Secretariat aware of technological developments and latest trends in the use of social media;
Draft and implement a strategy towards traditional media, in particular local and regional radio, TV and the print media;
Propose and draft regular press releases and articles;
Design, compile and edit EA Group newsletters and ensure relevant circulation;
Establish and maintain good working relations with relevant journalists, as well as with press officers of other organisations and institutions;
Communicate the EA Group work internally and externally to the media;
Contribute to the design of political and information activities of the EA Group and to monitor their execution;
Draft and upload regular content for the EA Group website; suggest improvements (on graphic design) and liaise with external contractors;
Organise high-level group events and formulate strategies to ensure their success;
Develop and maintain key contacts at European, national, regional and local level, as required;
Other duties that may be added to this list in line with the changing needs of the Group.
The selection procedure is open to candidates who meet the following conditions on the closing date for applications:
A. General conditions
Under article 12(2) (a) of the CEOS, each candidate must:
be a national of a Member State of the European Union;
have fulfilled any obligations concerning statutory military service;
have produced the necessary character references for performance of the duties concerned (the successful candidate will be required to provide an extract from his/her police record or equivalent document before recruitment);
be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post (the successful candidate will be examined by the CoR Medical Officer before recruitment).
B. Specific conditions
1. Diplomas and professional experience:
have completed either (a) post-secondary education attested by a diploma or (b) secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to higher education, followed by at least three years' professional experience relevant to the nature of the duties. These three years of professional experience cannot be counted towards the professional experience required under the point below;
have a minimum of 4 years professional experience as main field of activity in the political preparation and coordination in an environment of a political nature. This experience must be gained either (a) since obtaining the qualification required under the point (a) above; or (b) since obtaining the qualification and professional experience required under the point (b) above.
2. Knowledge and competencies:
- Experience in writing for media, stakeholders, and the public;
- Experience working in an EU institution, organisation working with EU institutions or with relevant EU political bodies;
- Experience or knowledge of the organisation, activities and objectives of the EA Group or its members in the CoR; a commitment to the EA Group and respect of its values;
- Experience working with members of local and regional authorities would be an advantage;
- Experience in planning and organising large events including travel arrangements, logistical support (interpretation, catering etc.) independently or in cooperation with other team members.
3. Language skills:
A thorough knowledge of an official language of the European Union and at least a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the Union is required. For functional reasons, a very good knowledge of English or French is required and at least a satisfactory knowledge of the other of the two languages. Candidates having English or French as their mother tongue will be required to sit the writing editorial tests in the other one of the two languages.
4. IT skills:
Very good IT and social media preparation and management skills (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Web design and management tools, YouTube, Microsoft Office, Internet, Email, etc.). Good knowledge of IT programmes such as SharePoint and Dynamics.