Media and Communication Officer

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09 Dec 2021

Position: Media and Communication Officer

Organisation: Counter Balance

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Starting date: 1 January 2022

Deadline for applications:  29 November (18:00 CET)

Please apply in writing by sending an e-mail to: info@counter-balance.org, with the subject line “Media and Communication Officer”, including:

  • Your CV in English;
  • An application letter, focusing on your motivation and suitability for this position;
  • A blogpost of max 400 words about the role of public banks for the EU economy.

Interviews will take place in Brussels shortly after the deadline. Virtual interviews are also a possibility, depending on the location of the candidate. We will provide shortlisted candidates with one extra assignment.

Discover more about Counter Balance here: http://counter-balance.org/

JOB TITLE:

Media and Communication Officer

COUNTER BALANCE MISSION:

Counter Balance – Challenging public investment banks is a European coalition of development and environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with extensive experience working on development finance and the international financial institutions (IFIs) as well as campaigning to prevent negative impacts resulting from major infrastructure projects.

The coalition was formed in 2007 to specifically challenge the European Investment Bank (EIB) and push for its reform. While the EIB remains our main target, we have expanded the scope of our work to other public investment banks such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and national Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) – all public financial institutions which operate similarly. We also deal with related EU policies and regulations impacting those institutions.

Counter Balance’s mission is to make European public finance a key driver of the transition towards socially and environmentally sustainable and equitable societies.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

You will be responsible for developing and implementing the communications and media strategy of Counter Balance, including the production of materials required to implement the media strategy, in order to optimize the visibility of our work and the impact of our organisation.  Your main duties as the Media and Communication Officer are listed below:

Communications Strategy:

  • Designing, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the media and communication strategy of Counter Balance.
  • Designing, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the media and communication strategy of external campaigns that Counter Balance leads
  • Ensuring that the organisation’s experience and expertise are well communicated and consistently presented
  • Assisting in internal communication towards the Counter Balance member groups
  • Being responsible for communication towards external stakeholders, including other NGOs

Copywriting:

  • Drafting, editing and coordinating the sending of press releases, opinion pieces, newsletters, blogposts.
  • Assisting in the preparation and finalisation as well as reviewing our reports and larger publications

Press relations:

  • Establishing and maintaining contacts with journalists and media at European and national level
  • Monitoring media coverage of Counter Balance

Design & Digital:

  • Designing visual products for on- and offline use. This includes: social media visuals, invitations, small scale brochures, press briefings, etc.
  • Managing the website of Counter Balance
  • Managing our social media communication (i.e., Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)

Other

  • Additional responsibilities may be agreed upon depending on your specific skills and interests

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

Reporting to:

The Director of Counter Balance will be the direct supervisor of the Media and Communication Officer. The Director, Policy and Advocacy Officer and the Media and Communication Officer constitute the bulk of the secretariat of Counter Balance based in Brussels.

The Board of Counter Balance is responsible for the oversight of the work and performance of the Counter Balance secretariat. Therefore, members of the secretariat report regularly on their activities to the Board.

Other key relationships:

Counter Balance is a coalition of 9 NGOs which benefits from the expertise of its member groups across Europe and seeks to coordinate campaigns and activities at a pan-European level. In this context, the Media and Advocacy Officer will work in close relation with the staff of our member groups dedicated to the work of Counter Balance.

Finally, the Media and Advocacy Officer will work with: other NGOs in and outside of the EU with which Counter Balance has developed strong partnerships, journalists and decision-makers at EU level.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

  • Full time position (38 hours)
  • Place of work: Brussels (Belgium) - Mundo-B Office, 26 rue d’Edimbourg, 1050 Ixelles (With possibility to make flexible arrangements for homeworking)
  • Salary: A competitive non-profit sector salary
  • Working language: English

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Excellent written and oral English (native speaker is an advantage), knowledge of other languages is an additional asset
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills
  • Highly developed writing skills
  • At least 3 years of work experience in the communication field, preferably with an NGO
  • Experience in managing relationships with national, European and international media
  • Experience in organizing events and the production of outreach materials (leaflets, publications, videos, social messaging)
  • Proficient at working with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Experience working with CMS systems to manage website content
  • Proven experience of using MS office application (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and desktop publishing software
  • Excellent attention to detail, good time management and proven ability to deliver under pressure
  • Experience in research (desktop research, field trips and interviews)
  • Must be available to travel and to participate in European and international meetings
  • Ability to work on own initiative to build on and develop the job, combined with the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Creativity and openness for new ideas

OTHER:

  • Proven track record of activism and working with NGOs, campaigning activities with NGOs in national or international level is an advantage
  • Good knowledge of the EU political architecture. Knowledge of the EIB and/or EBRD is an advantage
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following topics is an advantage: International Financial Institutions, energy and climate, human rights, transparency, fraud & corruption, development agenda

EQUALITY STATEMENT:

Counter Balance is keen on ensuring that its work includes people regardless of colour, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, origin, disability or age. Those principles apply to the planning of our work, its implementation, the partners and members of our network, as well as management and staffing.

 

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