COR/AD5-AD11/25/22 (M/F)  

Detail of the vacancy notice

Reference: COR/AD5-AD11/25/22
Directorate: Directorate D, Communication
Function Group: AD
Management: Yes
Deadline: 09/09/2022 12:00
Job Title: Head of sector
Unit/Service: Events and local dialogues, sector "Future Lab: Consultation mechanism"
Grade: AD5-AD11
Location: Brussels


Your job and responsibilities

Interested in the future of European democracy at regional and local level? Interested in managing communication projects and events? Do you like working with varied political and administrative stakeholders at both local and EU level?

During the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFE), it became clear that European democracy needs to be strengthened by boosting participative democracy alongside the representative democracy. Whatever happens in the COFE follow-up, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) aims to establish a permanent consultation mechanism of citizens through a series of dedicated outreach activities.

As a Head of the Sector "Future Lab: Consultation mechanism" in the Events and local dialogues Unit, you are responsible for following up on the COFE recommendations, and conceptualising the CoR contribution to the future EU Agora with input from and feedback to the regional and local level. This project would build on existing good practice, exchange of know-how about innovative methods of citizens' participation, and feed into the CoR's legislative work. You will manage the planning and quality control of the team's tasks and the reporting to hierarchy. You will support and complement team members in their work when needed and closely liaise with the other teams in the unit, as well as across the directorate.

Furthermore, as part of the Events and local dialogues Unit, you are responsible for developing and organising the key events of the CoR, including their conceptual preparation and logistical coordination. You develop content for online communication tools, in particular with a view to achieve an increased reach-out towards regional and local authorities. You ensure the link of CoR events with political priorities, contribute to the development and implementation of the CoR's communication strategy and campaigns, as well as their monitoring and evaluation process. You coordinate relations with other EU institutions and event partners. You contribute to accompanying media and social media outreach and oversee the development of new online tools and channels in order to increase interactivity with online audiences across Europe, during and after events. You also coordinate related budgetary and contractual aspects. In all these tasks and processes, you interact closely with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at political and administrative levels, with institutional partners, experts, speakers, suppliers and communication partners, as well as with other CoR services such as the cabinets of the President and the Secretary-General, the registry, the CoR Commissions, etc.

Are you the talent we are looking for?

  • You have thorough knowledge of an official language of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another of the EU official languages. For functional reasons, a thorough knowledge of English is required and a good knowledge of French is desirable; knowledge of other languages would be considered as an asset.
  • You have good knowledge of the EU institutions, their policies and communication strategies, and are aware of the CoR's political priorities and activities, to detect possible connections and opportunities for CoR communication activities.
  • You have an interest in the democratic process.
  • You have a very good knowledge in the field of communication and experience in the organisation of large-scale events, development and implementation of concepts and programmes.
  • You have an experience in coordination of international teams; you also possess an aptitude for coordinating inter-departmental and inter-institutional activities related to the remits of the unit, including follow-up of the budgetary planning and post-event reporting.
  • You define, develop and implement indicators for measuring the impact and for evaluating the projects.
  • You have the capacity to stay at the forefront of new trends in the area of communication; experience in writing for the web and social media; motivation to learn to use other specific IT applications and online tools, in particular those facilitating online participation.
  • You possess excellent organisation and coordination skills, particularly as regards project management, respect of deadlines, strong analytical capabilities and ability to set priorities.
  • You are a very good team player, resilient, communicative and client-oriented person.

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