Communications Officer at The European Coalition for Corporate Justice

ABOUT ECCJ

With 21 member groups who represent over 250 organisations from 15 countries, ECCJ is the only European coalition bringing together European campaigns and national platforms of NGOs, trade unions, consumer organisations and academics to promote corporate accountability. The coalition is driven by a vision of a sustainable world in which corporations’ drive for profit is balanced by the interests of society at large, and where businesses respect human, social and environmental rights. We seek to tackle some of the root causes of corporate injustice by improving European laws governing activities of business and their impacts on people and planet. ECCJ works as a catalyst, drawing on the expertise and experience of organisations across Europe to provide a united voice at the EU level promoting the need for legal change.

We are looking for a highly motivated person who will be in charge of designing and implementing a high profile communication strategy. He/she will have outstanding written communication skills and help us translate complex issues into accessible messages and materials for a number of audiences. He/she will design events and oversee their organisation. Thanks to his/her outstanding interpersonal skills, he/she will strengthen the engagement of coalition membersand partners. This creative thinker will bring innovative ideas to strengthen our advocacy methods, in particular in the way we communicate our propositions. He/she will contribute to the fundraising work and the development of the network

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Identify communications needs and develop communications strategy for ECCJ’s EU advocacy work
  • Develop in collaboration with intern and service providers the different communications channels – media, website, social media, newsletter… – and design necessary material for internal and external audience – publication, brochure, briefing kit, statement, Q&A, op-ed, press release, annual report… Support the Coordinator in crafting the advocacy messages and developing policy positions and briefing papers
  • Identify and exploit communications and media coverage opportunities
  • Oversee the design and organisation of internal, public and advocacy events
  • Develop strong relationships within the coalition and with partners and targeted audience – press,civil society organizations
  • Keep abreast with the initiatives of ECCJ’s members and partners and with the European and global developments in corporate accountability; apply them in the communication work
  • Work closely with member NGOs and key partners across Europe and develop joint actions, provide strategic and practical support to ECCJ members in developing appropriate communication on corporate accountability
  • Identify best practice and lessons learned in ECCJ’s work and share them across the coalition
  • Support fundraising through identifying funding opportunities, developing funders database and supporting the Coordinator in developing grant proposals and writing grant reports

QUALIFICATIONS AND WORK EXPERIENCE 

  • Education to a degree level
  • At least 2 years’ work experience in the area of communications, preferably in the sector of NGO advocacy
  • Experience of developing and delivering a communication strategy / plan
  • Proven ability to communicate to different audiences and produce tailored communications material
  • Experience of organising different kinds of events
  • At least a basic understanding of EU institutions, EU political context and corporate accountability related policies, in particular human rights and environmental issues
  • Flawless written English, native speaker level#
  • High level of IT skills

The following are strong additional assets

- Work experience in a platform of organizations and/or a European-wide context and/or EU institutions

- Knowledge of graphic design, photo/video editing or web management (CMS) and design

- Knowledge of other European languages

- Experience in fundraising

SKILLS

  • Outstanding written communication skills are essential. They shall include the ability to convey sharp and engaging messages, to translate complex technical information into concise, accessible and catchy information, to present convincing arguments
  • High level of networking and interpersonal skills is essential
  • Given that ECCJ is a small team, flexibility and ability to juggle different tasks and issues simultaneously, to prioritise demands and deliver high quality work against multiple deadlines
  • Independent, proactive, well-organised and solutions-focused

Candidates must have a commitment to and understanding of the mission of ECCJ and its vision of corporate accountability and policy change.  

WHAT WE OFFER

-  Gross monthly salary between 2479€ and 2917€ depending on experience, plus benefits (13th month, luncheon vouchers, pension scheme and hospitalisation insurance)

-  A dynamic and stimulating work environment in an NGO building in the heart of Brussels.

-  Work with organizations from across Europe.

-  Experience and knowledge on a range of human rights, environmental and policy issues

-  Active contribution to the protection of human rights and environment and to policy change in Europe.

Job title: Communications Officer

Location: Brussels

Contract: Full time, 1 year contract (extension dependent on performance & funding)

Closing date: 20 May 2015