Senior Communications Officer

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN17-04
Grade: A3
Job Ref. No.:STF-PL/17-04
Department: Copernicus
Reports to:Director of Copernicus
Closing Date: 2 May 2017

2. About ECMWF *

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of its forecasts, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide the information for up-to-date global analyses and climate reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.

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ECMWF has been entrusted to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until the end of 2020. Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.

3. Summary of the role

The Senior Communications Officer has an important role to play in devising, delivering and evaluating the strategy to increase awareness and uptake of the Copernicus services across Europe.

The Senior Communications Officer is responsible for the overall communication portfolio for CAMS and C3S. The portfolio includes general communications tasks, events and conferences, press management, web services and user uptake related matters, training and education programme, etc. The post-holder should have extensive experience in print and digital communication, stakeholder management (internal and external), and events, coupled with a strong understanding of media relations. Experience of translating complex information in to easy-to-understand messaging across different audiences and European countries is highly desirable, along with a background in the field of climate change and environmental policies. Experience and interest in the field of education and training will also be a strong asset.

A significant part of the Copernicus communication tasks will be subcontracted externally, with a substantial associated budget. The post holder will be responsible for defining the scope of any outsourced work and managing it efficiently to achieve the overall communication objectives, including accountability.

The post-holder will coordinate closely with the Head of Communications at ECMWF to align Copernicus communication activities with ECMWF communications policies.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • To manage and implement all Copernicus communications activities
  • To identify and create opportunities to increase the take-up of the Copernicus services by its target audiences, acting on insight from research and evaluation as well as professional experience
  • To develop and manage interaction with stakeholders, from identification and mapping to managing events, publicity and media outreach
  • To increase opportunities for service users to let the Copernicus team know about their experiences and priorities through panels, questionnaires, focus groups and other involvement activity
  • To manage all external communication contracts, from tendering to day-to-day management, as well as review and evaluation of the outcomes
  • To attend key events and meetings across Europe, including with the European Commission
  • To serve as an active member of the Copernicus leadership and management team
  • To line manage a small team

5. Personal attributes

  • Understanding of and an interest in the scientific culture in which ECMWF works and willingness to adapt to its specificities
  • Ability to work at strategic, tactical and operational levels, with a strong can-do attitude to handle the diverse requirements of this role
  • Ability to lead and inspire a diverse team, as well as work as part of this team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.


  • Background in digital communication, and ability to identify best uses of electronic communications for each audience group and project/programme objective.
  • Proven ability to manage communications channels, including but not limited to digital, print, and events, matching each channel with specific audiences and expected outcome.
  • Proven experience in budget management.
  • Experience in addressing different types of audiences, as well as in different European countries.
  • Experience and understanding of climate change policies would be desirable.
  • Expertise in stakeholder management, with proven ability to identify and segment target audiences, and devise strategies to meet programmesí objectives.
  • Proven ability to line-manage staff, as well as inspire a team, and colleagues across the organisation.
  • Experience of working with the news and specialist media.
  • Experience and interest of the fields of Education and Training, and the ability to devise a high quality programme of activities that meet our usersí needs, and raise the profile of the organisation.

Knowledge and skills

  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centreís other working languages (French or German) would be an advantage.

7. Other information

Grade remuneration

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A3 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £69,700.80 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PS as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract:To 31 December 2020, with the possibility of extension subject to continuation of funding by the Copernicus programme.
Location: The role will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

8. How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at

ECMWF has an Equal Opportunities Policy and applications from all suitably qualified candidates are welcome.

Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the Member States and Co-operating States.

Staff from non-ECMWF States may be considered in exceptional cases where there is a strong need for a particular competency.

* The ECMWF Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
The ECMWF Co-operating States are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Morocco, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

published: 06 April 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.