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Vacancy: Junior Communications Officer

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The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) seeks to appoint a full-time staff member in the function of Junior Communications Officer to provide support in the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of communications activities with a particular focus on multimedia.

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative communications professional. The Junior Communications Officer will need to have the entrepreneurial ability to develop and implement communication strategies that engage different audiences.

The Junior Communications Officer will work under the supervision of the Head of Communications, and in close collaboration with colleagues from the ECDPM Programmes.

The Junior Communications Officer will be based in Brussels, Belgium and travel once a week to ECDPM’s office in Maastricht, the Netherlands. There will be some travel to Africa.

ECDPM main goal is research, write and broker effective development partnerships between the EU and Africa. For more information, visit

The Communications unit aims to increase the visibility and impact of ECDPM’s work at centre, programme and project levels. Effective communication is a critical part of shaping policy and practice. It ensures that the relevant information gets to the right people at the right time. All of ECDPM’s original research is shared through a variety of communication channels to a mainly European and African audience. For more information on our communications activities visit

Tasks and responsibilities of the Junior Communications Officer

  • Producing multimedia products, like short videos, infographics and animations with ECDPM experts or external stakeholders.
  • Researching, writing and editing articles for the Weekly Compass update, our blogs and website in a clear, engaging and accessible way.
  • Communicating our work through social media.
  • Monitoring and reporting on communication statistics.
  • Helping in the thinking and implementation on how to improve communication tools and create new ones. • Focusing on the Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme.
  • Providing back-up of colleagues where needed, takes on other tasks when required, within workload limits.

Position requirements


  • A university degree or higher education in journalism, communications or public relations.
  • An excellent English (native or near-native) speaker, writer and editor, with the capacity to write factually and clearly.
  • Proven ability to translate complex analysis and ideas into message-oriented, concise and accessible language and appropriate formats.
  • Expertise in multimedia (Adobe Premier and Illustrator) and social media.
  • Knowledge of current thinking and practice in research communications.
  • Ability to analyse problems, propose solutions, innovate and implement new initiatives.
  • Strong organisational, coordination and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects and processes, to prioritise and work independently to high standards and to tight deadlines, and to balance competing demands.
  • A self-starter, able to work well both independently and as a dedicated team worker.
  • Willingness to understand and internalise the mandate and working methodology of ECDPM.


  • At least a year’s experience of implementing communications plans.
  • Interest in international development cooperation/international relations.
  • Knowledge in Adobe After Effects.
  • Good working knowledge of written French.


The gross annual salary for the Junior Communications Officer position ranges between €37,039 and €42,063 depending on experience.

ECDPM offers a lively and attractive working environment, space for autonomy and personal growth, and ample opportunity for participating in exciting areas of policy development for international cooperation. This post is based in the Brussels office of ECDPM with frequent travel to Maastricht as well occasional overseas travel.

The appointment provides a generous package of leave (9+ weeks on annual full time basis) and other benefits such as a pension scheme and training budget.

ECDPM is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Starting date: 15 November 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Application process

Applicants should fill in an ECDPM application form specifically created for this job that can be found on, under vacancies. Applications should be submitted electronically to the email address <>, to the attn. of Karen Gielen Human Resources, as soon as possible (deadline COB – Friday 20 October, 2017). Please enter: “Application for Junior Communications Officer” in the subject line.

Late or incomplete applications without an application form will not be taken into consideration. Complete applications consist of a CV and the ECDPM application form for the Junior Communications Officer position. More information on ECDPM, its strategy, work plan and programmes can be found at Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide references and writing samples.