In Summary - Communication Officer - EU
Works on communication with different audiences including the public at large, the media and visitors' groups
Communication Officer - EUs typically work in the following Career Sectors:
Videos & Interviews
The Work - Communication Officer - EU
Communication officers in the EU institutions may work in areas such as:
- External communication with different types of multipliers and the public at large, including the media and visitors' groups
- Written and oral information to media representatives
- Web communication
- Strategic and crisis communication.
Day-to-day work activities will typically involve:
- Drafting press releases, reports and texts for different kinds of media (in the language you are recruited in, and/or in French or English)
- Establishing and maintaining relations with the media
- Communicating information on topical EU issues
- Monitoring and analysing media impact
- Managing and maintaining the EU's presence on all online platforms, including the preparation and publication of original content.
Interests - Communication Officer - EU
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
The institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:
- Analysis and problem solving - Ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
- Communication – Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
- Delivering quality and results – Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
- Learning and development – Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
- Prioritising and organising – Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly, and organise own workload efficiently
- Resilience – Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively, and adapt to a changing work environment
- Working with others - Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people
An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results
Entry Requirements - Communication Officer - EU
You must have:
- A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
- A degree in a relevant discipline (check for specific requirements on the competition notice), (or be graduating this year) for entry at Grade AD 5
- Several years’ relevant experience, to join us at a more senior level (Grade AD 7).
Applications are made through the centralised recruitment process.
|See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Communication
Last Updated: July, 2016
Pay & Salary - Communication Officer - EU
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 52k - k
Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions range from around 2,300 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around 16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.
Grade: Basic monthly salary
Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.
For entrants to this role at AD Grade 5 a salary of 4,349 per month applies.
As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO
Last Updated: April, 2015
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Communication Officer - EU
EU Careers - European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
European Movement Ireland
Public Appointments Service
European Parliament Information Office in Ireland