View Vacancy - Press and Public Affairs Officer (SVN19.605)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media

The British Embassy in Ljubljana is looking for a proactive, well-organised and creative Press and Public Affairs Officer to spearhead our media engagement and drive the Embassy’s public diplomacy programme. The Embassy is part of a worldwide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

This is a great opportunity to take on real responsibility in an expansive PR role – and use it to make a difference.

Reporting to the Head of Communications and Public Diplomacy, you’ll be our first point of contact for media relations. You’ll build relationships with journalists and partners, and secure coverage that maximises the impact of the Embassy’s work.

On any given day you might be drafting press releases, arranging briefings, pitching stories, answering media questions, helping develop communications plans or preparing an interview for the Ambassador. You’ll also manage the Embassy’s media monitoring, using various tools to broaden our awareness and track the impact of your work.

But this role goes beyond “traditional” PR media engagement – we also want you to help refresh our public diplomacy plans; and then coordinate and project-manage specific campaigns (within specific budgets) from concept to delivery and evaluation.You’ll help us explore the human side of the UK-Slovenia relationship – including the values and challenges we share, like tackling climate change, or support for gender equality.

This will include developing Embassy’s relationships with new and existing partners, generating insight (including through polling), and co-developing campaign plans. You’ll then work with colleagues (including our Digital and Events managers) to bring those plans to life, through events, visits and campaigns that measurably boost understanding and perceptions of the UK in Slovenia.

That’s why we are looking for candidates with:

  • The ability to communicate effectively in English and Slovene, in person and in writing. You'll need excellent interpersonal and stakeholder skills to build relationships, trust, and new projects with partners in the media and beyond. You will also need to be able to write clearly and persuasively in the right tone of voice for Embassy communications. 
  • Awareness and experience of the Slovene media landscape. You’ll be our first point of contact for media relations, as described above, including: promoting stories and messages across the full spectrum of the Embassy’s work. We’ll value your insights and ability to network. 
  • A good grasp of campaigns – and an imagination. You should be able to develop and deliver eye-catching, inspiring communications projects. You will benefit from a broad imagination, and a good sense of storytelling and branding. 
  • Focus, flexibility, and teamwork. To coordinate campaigns, you should have some experience of working on projects, ideally delivering communications projects and events. You’ll need to be someone who gets things done – keeping a firm grip on project plans, timelines and finances. You’ll benefit from a strong ability to prioritise, multitask, solve problems, and deliver results. Government priorities change, unexpected events happen, things don’t always go to plan. We are looking for candidates with resilience, the ability to adapt and to support the wider Embassy team.
  • A sensitivity to the ‘big picture’ and an interest in being part of it.  You will have significant autonomy – you’ll need sound judgement and risk-awareness, and a good sense of when to escalate issues. You’ll be culturally aware, interested in the UK and the wider world, and understand what is relevant in Slovenia. And you’ll care that your work is part of making a difference in the real world.
  • Energy and passion for what you do. We encourage people to think for themselves and actively contribute to the life of the Embassy. It's about your values too: we have a cheerful, can-do, and people-centred ethos.

The above might seem demanding – and we’re proud to hire great colleagues. But we are not looking for perfection (there’s no such thing)! We welcome candidates with potential and ambition to develop. We are committed to supporting you in this and there will be lots of opportunities available to you.

What do we offer you?

  • A fun, fast paced, rewarding work environment – you’ll be able to develop ideas that are listened to and often implemented.
  • Flexible working (subject to Terms & Conditions.)
  • Investment in your skills: including on-the-job training, professional development and job shadowing across our network.
  • Great colleagues – we are proud to hire friendly, driven, passionate people.
  • Great staff benefits and a genuine emphasis on work/life balance.  
  • Excellent communications skills in English and Slovene (spoken and writing).
  • Previous experience of Public Relations (including media engagement).
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of working on projects.
  • Qualified to degree or equivalent level – ideally PR / marketing related.
  • Expert knowledge of the Slovene media environment and working practices.
  • Experience writing press releases, handling media enquiries, preparing for interviews and pitching stories.
  • Experience in communications or PR in NGOs, politics or the public sector.
  • Track record of delivering projects; ideally, planning and managing successful communications campaigns.
  • Good understanding of marketing.
  • Experience of country-branding and perception change.
  • Understanding of/ interest in the "big picture’, especially regarding international relations and Slovenian public life.
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
1 December 2019
B3 (L)
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
2,603.30 gross
13 January 2020

This is a full-time, fixed-term contract for 12 months with possibility of renewal.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background, security clearance and a probation period of 3 months’ probation period.

Candidate must have pre-existing work authorisation for Slovenia in order to apply.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Ljubljana are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Slovenian employment law.

Visa / Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Slovenia and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary pending EU Exit. If requirements change additional eligibility information will be shared during the recruitment process.

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.

FCO does not pay for travel related expense incurred in interviews (including Security Check) or accept any financial risk, including cancelation or reschedule costs. The FCO will not meet the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.