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View Vacancy - Communications Officer B3, UKDEL NATO (BEL193)

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

The United Kingdom’s Joint Delegation to NATO is the vital link between the UK Government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Its principal roles are to promote British interests in NATO and to keep UK Ministers and Government Departments informed about NATO discussions and is now looking for a Communications Officer for the UK Delegation to NATO in Brussels (UKDEL).

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.

UKDEL NATO sits at the heart of UK Defence. Its work is valued highly by FCO and 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 job holder will work in a 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 / Responsibilities:

  • Project Management – Sitting on the NATO Public Diplomacy Committee, which has oversight of NATO’s Communications Strategy. Oversight of the NATO Trust Fund for Strategic Communications (where the UK is the Lead Ally), ensuring that the funds are spent effectively in line with the UK’s NATO priorities;
  • Communicating and Influencing – Developing (with the Head of Team) the UK Delegation Communication Strategy, and delivering it throughout the year;
  • Managing and Developing – Line Management of a Communications Assistant;
  • Making UKDEL Better – Contributing on a variety of activity to improve UKDEL NATO’s effectiveness.
  • IT and digital skills, including Outlook and Word;
  • Strong interpersonal and customer focus skills;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Initiative and the ability to organise and prioritise own workload;
  • Creativity and ability to come up with new, innovative ideas;
  • Adaptability under pressure;
  • Good communications skills (written and oral);
  • Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and communicate them simply and effectively;
  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • Experience of delivering communications and / or campaigns;
  • An understanding of the media landscape;
  • Professional experience in public relations and/or communications.
  • Experience in communications, including taking a campaign-based approach;
  • Experience and/or interest in International Relations;
  • Programme management;
  • Experience of building networks and using third parties to amplify key messages;
  • Ability to deliver clear messages using digital tools, including concise language, graphics and videos;
  • Experience of using online analytical tools to measure reach and impact of social media accounts;
  • Track record of designing and implementing creative media solutions (traditional and/or new media).
Changing and Improving, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally
20 June 2017
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
UK Joint Delegation to NATO, Brussels
UK Delegation
1 August 2017

Terms and conditions

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

The monthly salary for this position is €3,681.33 B3 (L) level (The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation).

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.

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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.