The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy is looking for a Head of Communication Unit, (Temporary Agent, Grade AD9).
The text of this call is available in all EU official languages [here].
Please send us your application by no later than 15 March 2018 at midnight (local time, GMT +1), following the instructions in the ANNEX.
We are looking for an experienced communications professional, an inspirational and collaborative leader who is comfortable with strategic leadership, change management and creativity.
You will drive the execution of EFSA’s strategy towards 2020 and beyond, through the development of accurate, timely and compelling content that is disseminated in the most impactful way to a variety of audiences. You will effectively manage internal and external communication of the Agency and increase engagement through targeted and impactful communications based on the results of communication and social science research.
As Head of the Communication Unit you will guide an experienced team of approximately 25 staff. The Unit was recently reorganised and is composed of four teams: Media and Social Media; Content, Social Science and Internal Communications; Web, Design and digital collaboration; and the EFSA Journal.
The Communication Unit serves to improve trust in EFSA by increasing the visibility of its work, protecting and enhancing its reputation, and fostering co-operation among partners and stakeholders at national, EU, and global level. The Communication Unit, together with the Engagement and Cooperation Unit, belongs to the Communication, Engagement and Cooperation Department (COMCO).
Staff in the Communication, Engagement and Cooperation Department (COMCO) department seek to adopt a partnership approach in all that they do, both in the relationships that they develop with colleagues in other EFSA departments and in the way that they engage with external stakeholders.
The jobholder will report to the Head of the Communication, Engagement and Cooperation Department.
You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 500 million EU citizens.
EFSA employs approximately 450 staff members, and its Scientific Committee and Panels engage highly qualified and independent scientific experts. Every position within EFSA plays an important part in creating an inspirational environment in which to work and develop.
Read more about EFSA Strategy 2020.
Parma is an elegant city of around 200.000 inhabitants located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Its centre is rich of art, parks and treasures from different ages. Parma is famous for its food, wine flavours and its variable surrounding landscape with small villages, rich of history and liveliness, medieval castles, and picturesque countryside. Parma is strategically located between major Italian cities like Milano and Bologna, and also within reachable distance to ski resorts, natural parks, seaside and mountains.
EFSA can offer the selected candidate a contract of 5 years with the possibility of renewal.
The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent Grade AD9 with the basic salary starting from € 7.714,25, subject to an annual review of remuneration provided for in Article 65(1) of the Staff Regulations.
Find out more about EFSA, visit us @ http://www.efsa.europa.eu.
Please note that the ANNEX represents an integral part of this vacancy and should be consulted before completing your online application form.
This established reserve list may be used for the recruitment of a similar position depending on the needs of EFSA, and will be valid until 31/12/2019 (the validity of the reserve list may be extended).
You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:
a) A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least four (4) years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: journalism, communications, social sciences or any related discipline;
b) A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: journalism, communications, social sciences or any related discipline, and in addition at least one (1) year of professional experience.
In addition to the above, at least twelve (12) years of proven professional experience acquired after having obtained the qualifications mentioned in point 2 in positions corresponding to the nature of duties of the vacant post. Out of these twelve (12) years, at least six (6) years must have been gained in management functions (Head of Unit, Head of Sector, Team Leader or equivalent).
i. At least 6 years of proven experience in a managerial role (Head of Unit, Head of Sector, Team Leader or equivalent), preferably gained in a multicultural environment;
ii. Proven experience in managing and coordinating different communication activities (e.g. management of press offices, development of campaigns and communication materials, web communication, etc.) with a wide range of multimedia;
iii. Experience in crisis communications and in developing preparedness plans and training;
iv. Experience gained in or working with the public sector and in an international/multicultural environment will be considered an asset;
v. Experience gained in a scientific context will be considered an asset.
vi. Excellent spoken and written English;
vii. Excellent ability to communicate complex scientific contents in an accessible manner;
viii. Ability to manage and promote change as a creative, value-adding and innovative leader;
ix. Ability to get the best out of team members, inspire and motivate them, by being approachable and able to listen;
x. Ability to focus on critical facts and coordinate multiple activities to achieve goals;
xi. Ability to apply strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills within a complex organisation;
xii. Ability to maintain a high level of professional ethics and integrity.
In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the English version and any of the other linguistic versions of this publication, the English language version shall prevail.
 Before appointment, a successful candidate shall be medically examined by an institution’s medical officer in order that the European Food Safety Authority may be satisfied that he/she fulfils the requirement of article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.
 Any academic qualification mentioned in the application form shall be duly supported by evidence (original or certified copies of e.g. diplomas, certification, etc.) Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities and qualifications recognised as equivalent by the relevant EU Member State authorities will be accepted. In instances where diplomas are obtained from a non-EU Member State, EFSA may request the candidate to provide a relevant document of comparability issued by a recognised authority.
 Any professional experience mentioned in the application form shall be duly supported by evidence (original or certified copies of e.g. contracts, payslips etc.). Professional experience shall be taken into account from the date on which the person fulfils the minimum qualifications for engagement. In order for the professional experience to be taken into consideration, it must be supported by relevant documents attesting an actual work relationship defined by the following elements: real, genuine work; on a paid basis; as employee (any type of contract), or provider of a service. Any given period may be counted only once (in order to be calculated as eligible, years of studies or professional experience to be taken into account shall not overlap with other periods of studies or professional experience). Professional activities pursued part-time will be calculated pro-rata on the basis of the certified percentage of full-time hours worked. Remunerated PhDs acquired in a field relevant to the job description can be counted as professional experience up to 3 years. Paid traineeships are counted as working experience. Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate(s) will need to provide original versions of documents proving the candidate’s work experience.