EDA seeks Head of Media and Communications (m/f)

European Defense Agency 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 20 Sep 2016

Job Description

The European Defence Agency (EDA) was established on 12 July 2004, and is governed by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1835 defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency. The Agency has its headquarters in Brussels.
The main task of the EDA is to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the Union’s defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as it currently stands and as it develops in the future.
The Agency is structured into four directorates. Three operational directorates: Cooperation Planning & Support; Capability, Armaments & Technology; and European Synergies & Innovation and the Corporate Services Directorate.
The role of the Media and Communication Unit is to develop and implement a comprehensive and effective communications strategy for the Agency in close cooperation with the Directorates.

The European Defence Agency is looking for a:

Head of Media and Communications (m/f)


  • Under the supervision of the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive, the jobholder will be responsible for the following activities:
    develop, direct and deliver the communications strategy for the EDA through media, online and communication campaign activities;
  • play a central role in shaping the EDA’s external image, and communicating key messages to its Member States/Ministries of Defence, stakeholders (e.g. European Commission, industry, academia), and to a broader audience as necessary;
  • develop and deliver communication products related to the achievements of EDA projects and activities;
  • be responsible for public content like speeches, webnews, articles, etc. Be the guardian of the facts and figures as well as the consistency of EDA key messages and copywriting style;
  • be responsible for online communications as well as managing the EDA’s house style and corporate communications;
  • provide expert advice to senior management on public information issues;
  • be responsible for the EDA’s press activities, facilitate media interviews for EDA top management, organise proactive media placement, and act as spokesperson when appropriate;
  • organise events and conferences in close cooperation with EDA’s functional Directors, and manage EDA speaking opportunities;
  • build key relationships with the specialist and general press, think tanks and public affairs institutions, and develop materials to support EDA activities;
  • develop and manage internal communications activities as well as social events;
  • oversee the design, production and dissemination of information (audio-visual, multimedia, website, social medias) including but not restrictive: EDA magazine, newsletters, twitter account, press releases, annual report, dedicated publications, linkedin group, etc.;
  • participate to the Agency Management Board;
  • take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.
  • Duties may evolve depending on the development of EDA structure and activities and decisions of EDA management.

Required Qualifications & Experience:

a. Conditions for eligibility:

  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produce the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages to the extent necessary to discharge his/her duties;
  • have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency;
  • hold, or be in the position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate’ (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.);
  • have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College.

b. Essential selection criteria:

(1) Professional:

The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:

  • extensive experience in communications and media, including in a similar senior role, some of which in an international environment;
  • the ability to develop and implement a communications strategy;
  • experience in corporate communication, public affairs, media relations, event management, and digital communication;
  • experience in the European environment;
  • knowledge of CSDP and European defence issues;
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English

(2) Personal:

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency’s way of working. Other attributes important for this post include:

  • excellent interpersonal skills;
  • a strong sense of duty and responsibility;
  • able to present a positive and professional image of the EDA in external relations;
  • open to change and receptive to a rapidly evolving work environment;
  • a sound practical management experience;
  • very good organizational and analytical skills;
  • ability to work under pressure;
  • team-working and networking abilities in an international environment;
  • results-orientation and strong motivation;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency’s objectives.

c. Desirable:

  • a minimum of 12 years of professional experience acquired after the award of the qualification;
  • a university degree/qualification in Communications and/or Public relations and/or Politics would be an advantage.

Application Procedure:

Candidates must submit their application electronically solely via the EDA website. Applications by any other means (hard copy or ordinary e-mail) will not be accepted. Closing date for applications: 30 September 2016. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight. Candidates are reminded that the online application system will not accept applications after midnight (Brussels time, GMT+1) on the date of the deadline.

When applying, candidates from Ministries of Defence or other governmental entities are encouraged to inform their national administration.
Please note that once you have created your EDA profile, any correspondence regarding your application must be sent or received via your EDA profile.
For any prior enquiry, please refer to the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) section, or send an e-mail to recruitment@eda.europa.eu.

Recruitment will be as a member of the temporary staff of the Agency for a four-year period (unless a shorter period is mutually agreed between the parties). Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA Staff Regulations.

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