The Communications Unit is responsible for all the internal and external communications of the Agency, and also for the engagement with key stakeholders (known as ECHA’s Accredited Stakeholders). ECHA’s communicators have three key challenges: meeting the needs of the large number of disparate stakeholders and target audiences; working in English but providing content in 23 EU languages; and communicating about highly scientific issues.
The Unit has four teams: Corporate Communication, Digital Communication, External Communication and the Newsroom.
The Communications Officer is responsible for upholding and developing the reputation and corporate identity of the Agency by producing or editing content so that it is easy to understand and well targeted to wider audience needs, and by developing and managing communication products that are tailored – also for the general public – and accessible.
In particular, she/he will be responsible for the following tasks:
– Advising senior managers on how best to communicate, including to the general public, in order to meet their business needs;
– Developing and delivering communications strategies and plans;
– Developing content and messages in excellent English for ECHA’s key communication vehicles – the website, Newsletter, publications, e-guides, press releases, speeches, audio visual products and articles for the media;
– Developing and managing creative communications campaigns;
– Training and educating colleagues on communications best practice;
– Liaising with stakeholders, particularly those representing civil society.
Other tasks may include:
– Stakeholder relationship management;
– Media relations and media training;
– Risk and Crisis communication.
The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:
The applicant must:
- Be a national of a Member State of the European Union, or a national of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway);
- Enjoy the full rights as a citizen;
- Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the laws concerning military service;
- Produce the appropriate character references as to the suitability for the performance of the duties;
- Be physically fit to perform the duties;
- Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another such language to the extent necessary to perform your duties;
- Be able to communicate orally and in writing in English as this is the working language of ECHA and the language in which all communications content is produced.
- a) Successful completion of a full course of university studies attested by a degree, where the normal duration of university education is four (4) years or more.
- b) Successful completion of a full course of university studies attested by a degree, where the normal duration of university education is three (3) years and at least one (1) year of professional experience.
Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities or EEA authorities and qualifications recognized as equivalent by the relevant EU or EEA Member State authorities will be accepted.
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Application deadline: 10 August 2015