Now recruiting: Communications Officer (3-5 years experience)

Job Description: Communications Officer

Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit a versatile and creative Communications Officer to execute and implement communication efforts, support fundraising and improve press activities for the organisation starting Monday, January 6, 2020 (flexible).

Missing Children Europe is the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children, representing 31 organisations from 26 European countries. We provide the link between research, policies and organisations on the ground, to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by, or results from them going missing.

The Communications Officer will report to the Secretary General in executing and implementing internal and external communication, awareness raising, marketing and press activities based on the 2018-2022 communication strategy. The Communications Officer is supported part time by the Communications and Fundraising Assistant.


Implementing the 2018-2022 communications strategy

·       Ensure that all external communications, both general and specific to the programmes, are in line with the organisation’s communication strategy and objectives

·       Ensure the brand of the organisation is strong, consistent and enforced in internal and external efforts

·       Ensure that all the organisation’s communication efforts are inclusive, and – in cooperation with children – ensure that our communications targeted to them are child-friendly

·       Further develop the press list and assist the media training of staff

·       Support the creation of a message house for the team

Coordinating the organisation’s external organisational communication

·       Coordinate content production, design and printing of the annual Figure & Trends report and Annual Impact report

·       Create and disseminate social media content

·       Lead the redesign of and manage multiple websites

·       Development and writing of press releases, public newsletter, opinion pieces etc.

·       Media monitoring and reporting on communication campaigns, social media reach and engagement, Google analytics, bitly, YouTube etc.

·       Raising public and political awareness about issues related to missing children through International Missing Children’s Day, NotFound Day and Mediation Week

·       Proactively amp up press efforts and media relations through dealing with press enquiries, sending out materials etc.

·       Organising and implementing national and EU communication campaigns for projects, events etc. as well as collaborative communication campaigns by external partners

·       Brief and manage relationships with external supporters such as photographers, videographers, designers, developers, agencies etc.

·       Collaborate with different communications agencies and organise campaign pitches

Leading the dissemination of ChildRescue, a Horizon2020 project

·       Coordinate weekly calls and prepare launch of the ChildRescue app in May 2020

·       Develop press relations and awareness around ChildRescue in Belgium and with EU Institutions

·       Support of communication and dissemination related activities for the project including proof reading, feedback on materials, attending and speaking at events etc

·       Create a final dissemination report on all activities performed during the project

Assisting programmes and membership staff with communication needs

·       Ensure that programme and membership communication efforts are strategic and are aligned with the organisation’s communication strategy

·       Support projects and campaigns with necessary marketing and communication efforts

·       Facilitate communication between and towards members: quarterly member newsletters, member campaigns, webinars and the internal member portal

Work closely with fundraising officer to

·       Line manage the Fundraising and Communications assistant

·       Coordinate advertising campaigns on social media

·       Support fundraising events and campaigns with the necessary marketing and communication efforts

Required profile, skills and background:

·       University degree in communication, marketing, press relations or other relevant field

·       3 - 5 years of relevant professional experience

·       Native command of English

·       Experience in managing social media profiles and content

·       Designing skills in adobe photoshop and illustrator

·       Knowledge of video creation and editing is a plus (Adobe premiere pro or Final cut)

·       Knowledge of website creation and content management

·       Understanding and interest in general children’s rights/child protection issues

·       Ability to work proactively and to take charge of projects and efforts

·       Ability to work quickly and efficiently as well as stress resistant

·       Ability to work well in small team with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds

·       Positive with a can do attitude and desire to receive feedback and improve

·       Ability to work within tight budget constraints and a creative problem solver


 Our offer:

·       An exciting job in a small but dynamic organisation dealing with problems related to the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children at a European level.

·       Full-time, permanent contract. Starting date: January 6, 2019

·       Remuneration will depend on the candidate’s experience and qualification, following the remuneration scheme of Missing Children Europe. The package includes lunch vouchers, hospitalisation insurance and reimbursement of 78,6% of transport costs.

If you believe you qualify for this position please send a cover letter and your CV (max 2 pages) to Ariane Poisson at by 8 December (12 am CET).

Interviews are planned to take place on 10 December. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Staff recruited by Missing Children Europe will be asked to comply with our child protection policy, including necessary vetting and background checks of personnel.

Missing Children Europe is an equal opportunity employer and does not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.


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