Public Affairs and Communications Officer

13 January, 2020

Do you want to make a real difference to peace? Are you interested in using your skills to shape conflict resolution?

The European Institute of Peace is looking for exceptional individuals who share our vision for a world where people live in safety and peace because conflicts and grievances are resolved through inclusive dialogue and lasting political agreements.

We design and help deliver sustainable peace processes and agreements by providing practical experience, technical expertise and policy advice on conflict resolution. We use a variety of tools to help us do this, including analysis, mapping and design, facilitating policy discussions, mediation support and practical engagement.

Based in Brussels and active in 15 countries, the European Institute of Peace is an independent organization working collaboratively with European decision makers, the parties to conflict, and those who represent people suffering from insecurity or at risk of violence, as well as the conflict prevention, resolution and mediation community.

Our approach enables us to be agile, creative, trustworthy and effective in everything we do, and these are key qualities we look for in our team members. 

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Terms of reference

The European Institute of Peace is looking for a Public Affairs and Communications Officer to implement our new Public Affairs and Communications Strategy. This is a new role, and you will be reporting directly to the Executive Director. You will provide support across the Institute, working with all staff and teams to enhance external and internal communications.

In this context you will:

  • Be responsible for keeping the website up-to-date and producing relevant new content as required.
  • Manage all European Institute of Peace digital communications channels, as well as be aware of new emerging opportunities for digital engagement.
  • Work with staff from across the Institute to collate content and draft newsletters and briefings for both internal and external communications, including the bi-weekly Fortnightly Flag and the quarterly Briefing note.
  • Organize, publicize and manage special events using the Institutional Events Planner, to ensure experiences of events which the European Institute of Peace is involved in are professional and reflective of the brand identity of the Institute. 
  • Be the main contact for all media enquiries, draft news releases, and maintain both a reactive and proactive approach to media relations.
  • Be responsible for implementing the new European Institute of Peace branding across the Institute, ensuring full compliance with the brand guidelines across all platforms. 
  • Monitor and evaluate operational activities as per the PAC strategic plan, keeping records and reporting the outcomes to the senior management team.
  • Provide communications support for individual programmes and projects.  
  • Bring opportunities and ideas to the attention of the Executive Director and the SMT.
  • Other communications tasks to support the Executive Director’s office as required.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
  • Minimum five years of experience working in a relevant role
  • Have an interest in conflict resolution and peace building
  • Experience of drafting news releases and handling media enquiries
  • Experience of managing digital content and channels, with knowledge of current, new and emerging digital media approaches
  • Experience working within website Content Management Systems
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Be comfortable working with complex information and have the ability to synthesize it for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Ability to work in Belgium (either Belgium national or EU citizen)

Please note our working language is English, and so you will have excellent English language skills.

EIP offers

  • Belgian employment contract;
  • Benefits package which includes luncheon vouchers, Hospitalia insurance, pension plan, and contribution to public transportation;
  • 40h/week which qualifies for 12 RTT days per year;
  • Dynamic international team with opportunities to learn and develop skills.
  • Starting date: March / April 2020

Recruitment process

Please submit 1- 2 pages CV with a motivation letter (Name_Surname_PAC) to

The deadline is Monday 13th of January 2020.

If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept telephone inquiries. Kindly be informed that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.