Vacancy Announcement: Post of Communication Secretary at the HELCOM Secretariat
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the post of a Communication Secretary at the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) Secretariat to take care of the external communication and public relations activities of HELCOM. The post, which is based in Helsinki, Finland at the Commission's Secretariat, will become vacant in March 2017 (subject to confirmation).
The post is open to nationals of the Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention and nationals of any other state which is a Member State of the European Union.
HELCOM is an inter-governmental organization established for the purposes of the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, 1992, consisting of Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The aim of the Convention is to restore the ecosystems of the Baltic Sea Area and preserve its ecological balance by preventing pollution from all sources reaching the Baltic Sea and ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources within the Baltic Sea Area.
The Commission is administered by its international Secretariat based in Helsinki, Finland. The Secretariat consists of an Executive Secretary, three Professional Secretaries, Communication Secretary, Administrative Officer and general and project staff. The Commission works in English.
HELCOM has over 40 years of experience of unique cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region bringing together the Contracting Parties and engaging actors from different institutions, sectors and interest groups in a common mission to reach a good environmental status of the Baltic Sea. The main duty of HELCOM is to make policies and recommendations on relevant measures to be implemented by the Contracting Parties. HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), including its follow-up commitments, is the main programme for action.
The Communication Secretary is responsible for:
-identifying, producing and using relevant information and communication means to support the implementation of the HELCOM strategies and policies;
-actively take part and contribute to HELCOM processes as well as search for and synthesize any relevant information, with the aim of possessing a wide understanding of HELCOM issues;
-providing support for the development and execution of a HELCOM policy for information and awareness with the aim of influencing the political constituencies in the Contracting Parties in relation to the priority issues of HELCOM;
-assisting in identifying relevant and interested data providers to a HELCOM information network, and being responsible for HELCOM's contact with those;
-disseminating information about the activities of HELCOM to the media and the general public by producing news releases, preparing various publications, publishing HELCOM news and by any other suitable means;
-developing and editing the contents of the HELCOM website, including employing the possibilities of the social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and non-conventional and innovative means of communication;
-other tasks entrusted to him/her by the Executive Secretary.
The common requirements and duties for the Professional Secretaries as well as the post description of the vacancy can be found here: http://helcom.fi/about-us/vacancies.
Qualifications and experience
The person to be appointed shall have:
-understanding of the role of HELCOM and its Secretariat;
-experience in communication, information, public relations activities or journalism in the English language, preferably within the environmental field and a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience;
-ability to quickly grasp and absorb new subjects, including technical and policy orientated;
-excellent organizational and administrative skills and proven ability to deliver against tight deadlines;
-knowledge of Internet-based applications, information management systems, word processing and other office-suite software;
-web editing skills and ability to employ the possibilities of social media and other means of communication.
A thorough knowledge of the English language as well as the ability to draft quickly and concisely in English for various target groups is essential. Professional experience at the international level is an asset. Ability to use image editing and publication software is also an asset.
Terms of appointment
The salary, which is non-incremental, is approximately 5.800 EUR per month. The salaries paid by the Commission are exempt from Finnish income tax. In addition, certain allowances may be payable, depending on personal circumstances.
The initial appointment is for three years, the first six months of which shall be a probationary period, with the possibility of a prolongation for another period not exceeding three years (3+3 years, maximum 6 consecutive years altogether).
The successful candidate is expected to take up his/her post in March 2017 (exact time to be confirmed).
Applications consisting of a cover letter with motivation and CV should be sent, preferably by e-mail, to Administrative Officer Satu Raisamo (email@example.com) on 25 November 2016 at the latest. Applications received after that date will not be taken into consideration.
The interviews will take place in mid-December 2016.
Tämä työpaikka, Communication Secretary, on ilmoitettu mol -palvelussa 27.09.2016 ja sen on julkaissut HELCOM (Baltic Marine Environment Commission). Kyseessä on kokoaikatyö. Ilmoituksen hakuaika umpeutuu 25.11.2016. Työpaikka sijaitsee paikkakunnalla Helsinki , osoitteessa Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, 00160 HELSINKI .
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