We are hiring a Communications and Membership Officer

ERGO Network is looking for a full-time Communications and Membership Officer to work with our team in Brussels from mid-October 2021

The European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network is looking for a new Communications and Membership Officer who can ensure the external visibility of ERGO Network and smooth internal communication with our membership. Your tasks will include to lead on communications of the high-level advocacy project “Roma Civil Monitor”, while at the same engaging with ERGO members and civil society organisations at grassroots level.

ERGO Network gathers 30 member organisations from across Europe and facilitates wider platforms for civil society organisations and key stakeholders sharing our passion to bring positive change to the situation of Roma societies across Europe. ERGO Network has its office in Brussels with a small but dedicated staff, composed of seven highly professional Roma and non-Roma team members.

Profile

ERGO Network is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Communications and Membership Officer who will work with the ERGO team in a multicultural and multi-language environment and coordinate the communications and public outreach of the organisation.

As Communications and Membership Officer, you will ensure regular outreach to a wide range of stakeholders on ERGO’s work and issues relevant to combatting antigypsyism and social exclusion of Roma through different forms of communications (e.g. press releases, social media, graphics, video). In addition, you will also ensure effective communication with ERGO Network members, coordinate, support and strengthen ERGO Network’s membership, develop effective internal communication channels and tools and coordinate a smooth exchange of information within the membership.

In the light of the new exciting EU funded project “Roma Civil Monitor”, implemented by ERGO Network together with several other partners, we foresee the new Communications and Membership Officer to cooperate with the project consortium to develop and implement an effective communication strategy ensuring visibility of the project and smooth communication between consortium partners, as well as support smooth communication and visibility of the work at the national level with the national civil society organizations engaged in the project.

The Communication and Membership Officer will engage in and support other communication and advocacy activities as indicated by the Director and will work closely with other team members and external experts to ensure coordination and complementarity of activities. The full tasks will be discussed in more detail during the interview and will reflect the responsibilities listed above.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ relevant experience in a communications role
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field is an advantage.
  • Excellent command of English (written, oral, comprehension)
  • Exceptional writing, editing and proof-reading skills
  • Ability to translate complex policy and technical issues into easily to understand written and visual format; draft impactful messages for a wide variety of audiences, be creative
  • Experience in creating engaging visuals (Adobe/Canva); video editing skills are a distinct advantage.
  • Additional training or experience in audio-visual storytelling is considered an asset.
  • Proficient user of content management systems (WordPress), social media platforms and Microsoft Office
  • Experience working in civil society organizations and European networks
  • Good knowledge of European Union institutions and decision-making processes
  • Knowledge of Roma communities and understanding of mechanisms of antigypsyism is a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of Romani language is an added value.
  • Moderation and facilitation skills, as well as experience in capacity-building of civil society are desirable.
  • Good time management, organizational and interpersonal skills and a proactive approach
  • Ability to work independently on different projects simultaneously and on tight deadlines but also as part of an international team

Conditions

Place of work: Brussels (Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26). Remote work will be possible in the beginning, and the team will continue to work flexibly in the future.

Contract: Full time employment contract according to Belgian legislation. Full-time position. Starting date mid October 2021.

Working hours: 37,5 hours per week, in principle spread over 5 week days. It is understood, however, that work outside regular working hours (evenings and weekends) may be required. Both parties undertake to be as flexible as possible with regard to those working hours.  Extra-hours will not give right to any extra financial remuneration but will give right to compensation time to be agreed upon between the Director and the Communication and Membership Officer.

The Communication and Membership Officer is entitled to 20 legal holidays and 7 additional holidays in a calendar year, plus public and statutory holidays under Belgian law.

Salary:  ERGO will pay a monthly gross salary of EUR 3.200.–  (approx.  EUR 2.200.– Net salary). Additionally, according to Belgian law, ERGO staff receive holiday allowances (92% of a full monthly salary, to be paid in June for the months worked up to and including that month), a “13th month salary”, equal to a full-month salary, lunch vouchers (EUR 6,00 for each working day) and reimbursement of public transport (EUR 49/month).

Application procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV and motivation letter to info@ergonetwork.org by 10 September 2021, indicating in the subject of the email your name and “Application for Communication and Membership Officer”. This email address can also be used for further information and questions.

Download the call document here.

ERGO Network strives for a diverse staff and ensures that opportunities offered are accessible to all regardless of gender, age, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. We particularly encourage members of groups which are affected by racism and related discrimination to apply for this post.