Belgium: Communications Assistant

Organization: World Food Programme
Country: Belgium
Closing date: 17 Aug 2016

Job Description

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently looking for a talented and dynamic Communications Assistant to join WFP’s Liaison Office in Brussels (BRU). The position is based within BRU’s Communications Unit, which works on increasing policymakers’ and public awareness of WFP’s humanitarian and development mandate as well as enhancing the visibility of our partnership with the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • Support Europe-based visibility activities vis-à-vis EU institutions (particularly DG ECHO, DEVCO and NEAR as well as the European Parliament’s DEVE Committee) and the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Assist with the implementation of donor and corporate campaigns, including content creation, organisation of events across Europe as well as traditional and social media outreach
  • Support BRU’s efforts to enhance field visibility for WFP projects funded by the EU and Belgium through regular contacts with a wide network of WFP Country Offices, helping WFP colleagues deliver compelling visibility products destined for local and European audiences
  • Assist with drafting and editing of WFP publications, especially annual reports on WFP’s partnership with the EU and Belgium as well as information materials for media, donors and external audiences
  • Take care of EU stakeholders mapping for communications purposes (covering policymakers, media and other EU influencers from the humanitarian and development field) and update BRU’s contact list
  • Keep track of relevant EU events and milestones, helping the Communications Unit spot opportunities to increase WFP’s visibility in Brussels
  • Update media lists and assist with media relations tasks
  • Help with logistic and administrative tasks related to WFP’s communications projects
  • Provide relevant project-related research
  • Perform any other duties as required

Essential Requirements

  • University graduate in disciplines relating to Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Humanitarian Action, International Relations, European Studies or other relevant fields
  • Up to 3 years of experience (including internships) in PR, external communications and/or journalism
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience in developing and implementing PR campaigns and/or other communications projects, including events and digital outreach
  • Media relations experience and understanding of the EU media landscape
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point; Publisher would be an advantage)
  • Proficiency in oral and written English
  • Fluency in French and/or Dutch

Additional Competencies/Advantages

  • Video creation and graphic design skills as well as knowledge of relevant software (e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Corel, Pinnacle etc.)
  • Knowledge of the UN and humanitarian/development context (field experience will be a distinct advantage)
  • Good grasp of EU affairs and institutions, especially in relation to humanitarian and development issues (DG ECHO, DEVCO and NEAR as well as the European Parliament’s DEVE Committee)
  • Experience in multicultural work environments, particularly EU institutions and UN agencies

Terms and Conditions

  • The initial term of this contract will be till the end of 2016, with the possibility of renewal
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • The successful candidate will be offered a net monthly salary between 2760 USD and 3900 USD, based on previous experience
  • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, accommodation, travel to and from the Brussels office, visa arrangements and related costs

How to apply:

Please send us your cover letter and CV to before midnight 17 August 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.