Communications Manager

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03 Oct 2021


Date of issue:                                14 September 2021

Deadline to apply:                        1 October 2021

Location:                                       Brussels

Academic qualification:               Graduate qualification in relevant discipline

Job Experience:                             4-7 years

Language:                                     Fluency in English + another European language

Contract type:                               Full-time

Start of assignment:                     November 2021

Who we are

Founded in Brussels in 1993, COGEN Europe, the European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration, is the cross-sectoral voice of the cogeneration industry. Its mission is to work with European Union (EU) Institutions and stakeholders to shape better policies and eliminate administrative, regulatory and market barriers to the wider use of cogeneration in Europe.

Europe is a global leader in innovative energy efficiency technologies, including cogeneration, and our Members are at the heart of that success. Today 16% of the EU’s heat and 11% of its electricity come from high-efficiency cogeneration (CHP). CHP already contributes up to 21% of the EU’s CO2 reduction target and 14% of the EU’s energy efficiency target for 2020, and there is still potential in Europe for a doubling of that contribution by 2030. In the context of smart integration energy systems, cogeneration links heat, gas and electricity networks locally in the most efficient and flexible way. The cogeneration sector is committed to the creation of a resilient, decentralised and carbon neutral European energy system by 2050 with cogeneration as its backbone, empowering European citizens and industry to generate their own efficient, reliable and affordable clean heat and power locally. The implementation of the Clean Energy Package as well as the ongoing debate on the European Green Deal will have a significant impact on Europe’s future energy system.

​COGEN Europe is involved in a wide range of activities, including:​

  • Representing the interests of Members and of the cogeneration sector as a whole before the EU Institutions and other relevant organisations and institutions
  • Coordinating CHP experts work through technical Working Groups and Task Forces
  • Communicating the benefits of cogeneration to policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Organising events such as the COGEN Europe Annual Conference and the COGEN Europe Recognition Awards ceremony
  • Producing statistics and other publications on the cogeneration sector
  • Participating to relevant projects co-funded by the EU​​

The COGEN Europe network covers the wider Europe as well as Japan and the United States. We have over 60 members: 12 national associations and 50 organisations spanning the entire value chain from technology manufacturers and users to consultancies. Membership is open to any organisations involved in cogeneration that wish to have a say in the EU policy debate.

What we are seeking

COGEN Europe plans to deliver an ambitious communications strategy, focussed on the need to effectively support our advocacy activities and increase the visibility of CHP as a key tool to fully deliver the objectives of the EU Green Deal and the Fit for 55 Package. Within this framework, we are seeking a motivated and talented Communications Manager, who is able to lead the implementation of this strategy and bring value to our Members. This presents an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to play a central role and make a real difference to promote our messages towards our Members, decision-makers and other stakeholders. Being able to keep Members and other stakeholders duly informed through a wide set of communication tools, as well as leading the organisation of our events, will be the key tasks of this role. The ideal candidate will have some experience in communications and events management, with a degree in a relevant discipline.

Main qualifications

  • Degree in communications or in another relevant field
  • 4 to 7 years’ relevant work experience
  • Experience with website design and management platforms (ex. Wix, WordPress, …)
  • Experience with graphic design software (ex. Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoShop, …)
  • Proficiency in relevant Microsoft Office tools (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook) and online webinar platforms
  • Full professional proficiency in English, both orally and in writing, and advanced knowledge of another EU language
  • Excellent reporting, writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to build and maintain a network across the media community in Brussels
  • Ability to work in a multinational team and to prioritise tasks
  • Ability to handle stress and meet deadlines
  • General knowledge or interest for the European integration process and for EU decision-making (in particular in the areas of energy, climate change and the environment)
  • Experience with public affairs, political communications and advocacy (desirable)

You will mainly be responsible for the following tasks:

External communication

  • Events management: COGEN Europe organises different types of in-person and virtual conferences and workshops throughout the year. You will assist the policy and projects team in their organisation. This could include the development of related communication materials and databases, the research and contact of relevant speakers or the acquisition of and follow up with potential sponsors;
  • Content editing: you will be in charge of developing various types of material promoting cogeneration, ranging from articles, newsletters, press releases and quotes to designing visuals and preparing video support material;
  • Website/Social media management: You will keep the COGEN Europe website and COGEN Europe projects websites up to date. You will manage the social media account of COGEN Europe (Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube).
  • Webinars: You will organise webinars regularly, including contacting speakers, promoting the webinar and hosting the webinar from a technical point.
  • Liaise with media stakeholders in Brussels + elsewhere

Internal communication

  • Keeping Members up to date about the latest news from the EU energy policy field: Writing newsletters, press clippings and updating the Virtual Members Area;
  • Internal meeting preparation: you will edit and distribute a variety of electronic and hard-copy internal communications documents showcasing internal events and their outcomes;
  • Communication support to members: you will participate in the creation of presentation materials, including slide decks, talking points, and speeches used to promote and communicate on cogeneration and distributed energy policy;
  • Partnership policy establishment: you will establish, alongside COGEN Europe members, event partnerships in order to promote COGEN Europe actions to the relevant clean energy stakeholders.

What we offer

Our office is an exciting and dynamic place to work, engaging with industry leaders and decision makers at the forefront of energy policy, helping to shape the future energy market. You will enjoy engaging within a small team as well as across a wide number of external stakeholders. We offer a full-time contract with salary conditions appropriate to experience.

We would like the preferred candidate to start her/his activities in November 2021.

How to apply

Please send by e-mail an updated CV, a cover letter (both files in PDF) and salary expectations to, with “Communications Manager Vacancy” in the subject line, by Sunday, 3rd October at 23:00 Brussels time. Earlier applications are most welcome. The cover letter should ideally explain what you can bring to the Association in terms of relevant experience and motivation, and should not be a summary of your CV.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


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