Communications and Network Officer

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25 Jul 2018

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) is a coalition of public health and tobacco control organisations from across Europe.  We aim to promote tobacco control advocacy and policy research at EU and national levels in collaboration with other EU health organisations and EU tobacco control networks.

We are currently seeking a new Communications and Network Officer. To find out more about SFP and our work, please see:


The Communications and Network Officer supports the implementation of the SFP multi-annual strategy and annual work plans. S/he will work closely with the SFP Director within a small team and will have cross-cutting responsibilities to support the communication of SFP’s work towards its stakeholders. S/he will have a responsibility to coordinate SFP’s communications strategy and will represent SFP and its positions externally. In addition, the Communications and Network Officer will ensure the two-way communication with SFP Coalition members and the timely reaction to network and partner requests.

Job description

1. Communications

  • Draft, review and publish web and media content including press releases and statements on SFP campaigns and events
  • Support the implementation of communications plans across policy campaigns
  • Draft presentations, reports and briefings on campaigns and events
  • Draft and publish the SFP newsletter
  • Manage SFP’S social media accounts
  • Monitor publications of the EU for policy developments, which may be of interest to the SFP Coalition members
  • Manage SFP’s contact and subscriber database
  • Draft content for SFP reports

2. Network coordination

  • Collect and record regularly updated information on the work and the activities of SFP Coalition members, other health organisations and EU institutions
  • Propose and organise capacity-building activities for SFP Coalition members
  • coordinate and organise the Coalition meeting

3. Policy and Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) implementation

  • Support drafting of policy briefings and analysis and other policy tools, responses to public consultations for own policy campaigns
  • Monitor and report on political, policy and scientific developments on own files
  • Support the organisations of relevant policy events
  • Liaise with SFP Coalition members, EU policy-makers, experts, and stakeholders on policy campaigns
  • Develop and maintain relevant contacts for own policy files including academia, civil society and government bodies on both national, European and global level

4. Other

  • Support the general administration of SFP
  • Represent SFP as requested by the SFP Director
  • Carry out other tasks as requested by the Director


University degree in a relevant field (politics, communications, international relations, public health, law)


  • 2-3 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrable advocacy/ communications experience
  • Solid demonstrable understanding of EU institutions and processes
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own work in cooperation with the Director and team
  • Ability to synthesise and analyse policy issues
  • Writing experience in English, native or near native English speaker. Another EU language desirable
  • Fluency in MS Office applications, presentation development and delivery
  • Prior experience of working with/for an EU institution, knowledge of public health/social issues, experience managing political campaigns, familiarity with volunteer and volunteer programme management and with not-for-profit publicity and marketing are desirable


  • Strong Communicator, networker
  • Ability to work within a small, tight team
  • Positive, can do attitude, problem solving skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Commitment to core values of public health and SFP’s vision
  • Multitasker, quick thinker, spontaneous

Successful candidates will be required to sign a conflict of interest form declaring no affiliation with the tobacco industry.


Please send a maximum two-page letter outlining your motivation and relevant experience.

Your maximum 2-page CV (PDF format) should include links or references to some of your prior work.

Please send the two documents by email to with the subject: “Communications and Network Officer application”.

Closing date for applications is 25 July 2018 COB.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. Interviews will take place mid-August.
Desired starting date is September 2018.

SFP is an equal opportunities employer with a strong commitment to transparency and inclusion. People from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply and we strive for a diverse and inclusive working environment.


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