Job grade: AD05
Type of position: Temporary agent
Selection procedure reference: EMA/AD/424
Job title: Communication Officer
Deadline for applications: 23 July 2018 at midday (UK time)
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is looking to recruit a motivated and energetic communication officer to join its team in London. In this role, you will apply a wide range of communication techniques and tools to help raise the profile of EMA among its public audiences as a science-driven regulator that aims to protect and promote public and animal health across Europe.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is a de-centralised agency of the European Union (EU). Its work is vital to providing citizens in the EU with effective, safe and high-quality medicines and to maintain a regulatory environment that fosters innovation and the development of new medicines. At EMA, you will be at the core of the European medicines regulatory network, working to promote and protect human and animal health.
EMA’s offices and headquarters are currently based in London, United Kingdom. EMA will move to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by 30 March 2019 at the latest. For more information, see ‘The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union ('Brexit')’ on the EMA website.
The Agency offers a five-year renewable contract.
In case Temporary Agent posts are not available, candidates on the reserve list may be approached to provide written consent to be considered for Contract Agent positions, where justified in the interest of the service. These candidates will still remain on the Temporary Agent reserve list and will still be considered for a Temporary Agent post should a suitable post become available. The Contract Agent position differs from the Temporary Agent post, in terms of category, function group, grade and remuneration.
The monthly basic salary will be equivalent to €4987.29 net (including London weighting factor). In addition, the jobholder may be entitled to various allowances, in particular expatriation allowance and family allowances, including education allowance for dependent children. The Agency also provides a pension scheme and world-wide health insurance for staff and their dependents. A weighting factor (133.5% for London and 108.0% for Amsterdam) is applied to the salary to compensate the cost of living and the effect of the exchange rate €/£GBP. The weighting factor is subject to an annual review. Please consult the Eurostat website for more information about the weighting factor. Relocation and/or resettlement benefits are available for entry into service and also when the Agency is required to relocate to Amsterdam.
This announcement is governed by Careers at European Medicines Agency (EMA) - External guidance with the general conditions for recruitment and employment at the EMA.
About this role
This is an exciting opportunity for a communications officer, ideally with experience in science or health communication, to join EMA’s dynamic team. We are looking for a creative individual who can translate complex scientific or regulatory concepts into accessible communications products and can help EMA to expand and reinforce its multimedia portfolio.
Elements that will be taken into account in determining candidates to be invited for test/interview.
- Experience in journalism, public relations, or online corporate communication.
- Experience of working in science or health-related communication relevant to the description of duties outlined above.
- Experience in designing and executing successful public relations campaigns.
- Experience in working with media.
- Experience of writing and editing for a range of audiences, either on- or offline.
- Experience with social media including blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Experience with multimedia production, such as videos, infographics, blogs/vlog and podcasts.
Experience and knowledge in the following areas would be an additional advantage:
- Experience of working with the European institutions, EU agencies or international organisations.
In addition to the areas specified above, the following topics will form part of the written and oral assessment:.
- Excellent writing skills, with the ability to summarise and present complex ideas and themes coherently and concisely.
- Excellent verbal and presentation skills, and experience of building productive relationships with a wide range of staff up to a senior level.
- Ability to work under pressure in a busy office environment, and experience of working successfully in a changing organisation where flexibility and adaptability are essential.
- Excellent organisational skills, and experience of working successfully both as part of a multicultural team and independently.
- Working knowledge of copyright and legal issues in relation to the internet.
The jobholder’s tasks will include but are not limited to:
- Conceptualising, planning and implementing communication plans and campaigns that support the Agency in achieving its corporate objectives, integrating traditional, online and social media approaches, with a strong focus on corporate storytelling;
- Creating messages and narratives that resonate with EMA’s stakeholders for a wide range of traditional and new media channels;
- Contributing to the development and implementation of the Agency’s social -media strategy;
- Developing and sustaining strong working relationships with the media and other EMA stakeholders;
- Monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of communications campaigns and strategies;
- Supporting the implementation of new tools to enable the online visualisation of EMA datasets, as well as to facilitate the optimisation of online content through improved usability, search-engine optimisation and accessibility;
- Spearheading the development of new online content and features in line with the Agency’s needs, user requirements and the state of the art, using standard Agile and waterfall project-management techniques where appropriate.
- Support the development of a new five-year framework strategy for external communications.
Essential requirements for admission
Essential requirements for admission to the election procedure:
- A university degree (minimum three years) in one of the following fields: journalism, communications, European or international relations, social sciences or a natural science subject that must have been obtained by the closing date.
- A good command of English (at least level C1) and a thorough knowledge of another official language of the European Union (at least level B2). (For any promotion/reclassification in the future, knowledge of a third EU language would be required)
For essential requirement 1. it will be necessary to provide proof at the interview stage.
Deadline for submission of application forms is 23 July 2018 at midday (UK time)
Timeline of the selection procedure
Written test and interview
From 20 August 2018 – to 23 August 2018
Reserve list expected
28 September 2018
30 Churchill Place - Canary Wharf - London E14 5EU - United Kingdom
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