Communications Policy Officer (BEL19.200)

United Kingdom Joint Delegation to NATO

Communications Policy Officer (BEL19.200)

FCO - Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Brussels, Belgium

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Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: UKDEL (UK Delegation for NATO)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

UKDEL NATO sits at the heart of UK Defence. Its work is valued highly by FCO and Ministry of Defence (MOD) Ministers alike. The job holder will work in a delegation dealing with the largest range of challenges NATO has faced since the end of the Cold War, with conflict in Syria, Islamic State terrorism and a resurgent and non-compliant Russia.

The main aims of the role are to help communicate the UK Government’s commitment to - and priorities for - NATO across a broad range of issues, and to help NATO develop and deliver a more effective and integrated approach to communications planning and delivery. This is a particularly exciting time for the Delegation, as it co-ordinates the delivery a global communications campaign to celebrate NATO’s 70th Anniversary, culminating in the Leaders’ Meeting in London in December 2019.

The job holder will work in a small team responsible for communications activities that help deliver UK policy objectives within NATO. Main activities include: helping the UK Delegation develop and deliver communications campaigns to support their policy work; working with NATO Staff and other Allies to improve NATO’s approach to communications planning and delivery; and oversight of NATO’s Trust Fund for Strategic Communications. As with all jobs in the Delegation, we promote an adaptable and responsive approach, which means the job is likely to evolve over time to deal with changing circumstances and priorities.

The job holder will occasionally be required to work extended hours during peak periods, including in the run-up to Ministerial meetings and Summits.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Project Management – Sitting on the NATO Public Diplomacy Committee, which has oversight of NATO’s Communications Strategy;
  • Oversight of the UK-NATO Strategic Communications Fund ensuring that the funds are spent effectively in line with the UK’s NATO priorities;
  • Developing (with the Deputy Head of Mission) the UK Delegation Communication Strategy, and delivering it throughout the year;
  • Supporting delivery of NATO Strategic Communication campaigns, working with NATO International Staff and colleagues across the FCO and MoD;
  • Working closely across the HMG network to deliver a variety of NATO@70 campaign activity, including the Leader’s Meeting to be held in London in December 2019;
  • Line Management of an Assistant Media & Communications Officer;
  • Contributing on a variety of activity to improve UKDEL NATO’s effectiveness – embedding communications work in policy and supporting corporate activity.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Professional experience in public relations and/or communications;
  • Experience of delivering communications campaigns, including monitoring & evaluation;
  • Ability to deliver clear messages using a variety of communications channels;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • IT and digital skills, including Outlook and Word.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience and/or interest in International Relations;
  • Experience of building networks and using third parties to amplify key messages;
  • Strong interpersonal and customer focus skills.

Required competencies

Changing and Improving, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally.

Application deadline: 25 April 2019
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Country/Territory: Belgium
Location (City): UK Joint Delegation to NATO, Brussels
Type of Post: UK Delegation
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 4,058.62
Start Date: 10 June 2019

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a permanent full-time contract for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week.

The monthly gross salary for this position is € 4,058.62 B3 (L) level.

Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.

The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance.

Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.

Visa/passport requirements: Must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Belgium and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Additional information

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered. Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Diplomatic Missions will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

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