Deadline Extended - Communications Assistant (MDA18.536): British Embassy Chisinau

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Communications Assistant (MDA18.536)

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory: Communications, Press and Media

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities): The British Embassy in Chisinau is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to employ a Communications Assistant.

The successful candidate will lead on the Communications work across Embassy teams including digital, public diplomacy and work with the press. Ensure the visibility of the UK Government presence in Moldova.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Media and public affairs (80%)

  • Lead on public diplomacy to provide visibility to the work performed by Embassy teams; liaising closely with the projects, defence and PPA sections;
  • Develop media plans for Embassy activities and events identifying ways to enhance visibility; lead on media strategy for inward visits;
  • Organise and promote British Embassy public events;
  • Act as a focal point for press enquiries, identify opportunities for interviews for Her Majesty’s Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission;
  • Ad hoc tasks as required (eg update the page for Moldova).

 Chevening (10%)

  • Promote the Chevening scholarship programme, working with universities and other relevant actors to increase the visibility and attract high quality applicants;
  • Lead on selection process in liaison with the Chevening Secretariat;
  • Organise pre-departure and welcome events for Chevening scholars and alumni;
  • Maintain and enhance links with the Chevening alumni community.

 Political/Commercial (10%)

  • Provide support to/cover for Political Head of Section  as required;
  • Point of contact for British Businesses (both in UK and in Moldova), responding to requests on commercial issues;
  • Explore opportunities to increase commercial activity/visibility;
  • Ad hoc tasks as required; some aspects of the role may change over time and flexibility is an essential part of the job.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Excellent command of English (the successful candidate will be required to show evidence of English language skills at IELTS level 5.5 or above or CEFR level C1), Romanian and Russian (written and spoken) and be able to prepare press releases in all three languages;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Knowledge of the Moldovan press community and civil society;
  • Excellent organisation, communication and managerial skills;
  • Self-starter, team worker and able to respond flexibly to changing circumstances.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Experience with image and video editing software;
  • Experience drafting press releases.
  • University degree - preferably in Media, International Relations or related subject.

Required competencies: Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Demonstrating Resilience

Application deadline: 16 September 2018

Grade: A2 (L)

Type of Position: Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week: 35 Net

Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Country/Territory: Republic of Moldova

Location (City): Chisinau

Type of Post: British Embassy

Number of vacancies: 1

Starting monthly salary (MLD): 18,673.00 gross (not negotiable)

Start Date: 1 October 2018

Other benefits and conditions of employment:  All applicants should have the right to live and work in the Republic of Moldova. The British Embassy does not sponsor for work permits.  Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Chisinau are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.

Additional information  

Candidates have to submit their applications online. Please access the following link:

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered. Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

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