Ø Are you eager to spread the word about European cooperation with dedicated activities, tools and campaigns?
Ø Are you passionate about organising high quality events which put a lasting smile on the participants’ faces?
Ø Are you motivated to work in an international environment for the benefit of local and regional development across Europe?
Ø Is your working spirit driven by the values of excellence, creativity and teamwork?
If your immediate response is four times yes, don’t wait and take a closer look at our job ad.
G.A.C GROUP is an international consulting company for innovation & performance of public organisations and private sector. Our mission: accelerate the innovation and performance of companies and territories for a responsible development and sustainable growth. We’ve got 3 main areas of expertise: Innovation, Human Resources and Taxation and we support over 2000 clients in 15 offices around the world.
Focus on our European programmes:
European projects and the implementation of competitive funding materialize the European Union’s desire to stand out in a context of strong international competition. Numerous funds are allocated to allow better visibility of culture-edge research and innovation and to concretize projects to face current global issues. We support public and private actors in the creation of innovation projects, thus promoting interregional and international collaboration in response to economics, societal and environmental challenges.
What is the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform about?
As an innovative tool of European cooperation, the Policy Learning Platform of Interreg Europe is an interactive space for continuous learning dedicated to local and regional policymakers. Whether we talk about sustainable urban mobility, the management of nature parks or the competitiveness of small companies in rural areas, many smart solutions have already been developed and tested by cities and regions across Europe. Hence, why to reinvent the wheel when you can get inspiration and share ideas with those who are facing similar challenges.
Complementing the funding for interregional cooperation projects provided by Interreg Europe, the Policy Learning Platform represents the second pillar of the programme and is run by an external consortium led by GAC Group.
Through interregional peer reviews, networking events, webinars, online discussions, good practices and publications we provide practical tools and knowledge for the development of better regional policies for the future. Following the motto ‘the more concrete the better’, we are striving for Europe-wide peer learning experiences which create concrete benefits and lasting impacts for the day-to-day work of our community: local and regional policymakers from all across Europe. Consequently, as you will agree, pro-active promotion and targeted event formats are key to achieve our ambitions and objections in practice.
Strategic priorities of the position:
Support Interreg Europe’s communication unit to deliver communication activities related to the Policy Learning Platform
Support the platform’s Lead Manager, the Thematic Managers and the Policy Experts to deliver activities in accordance with the platform’s workplan (presentations, events, meetings, etc.).
Specific related tasks (non-exhaustive list):
Lead on various communication projects related to the Policy Learning Platform
Organise or support with the organisation of various onsite and/or online events
Plan and implement communication campaigns related to the promotion of the platform in accordance with the workplan
Prepare concepts for the publication(s) and lead on the project implementation respecting the deadline
Create and/or revise templates for different communication products produced by the Platform (policy briefs, invitations to events, reports, etc.)
Produce or update Platform related content for the website respecting web writing guidelines
Subcontract and coordinate other communication professionals needed for specific projects (design, video production, events, etc.)
Contribute to the design and format of the online activities led by the policy experts of the platform
Prepare briefs for media if requested
Produce and/or publish texts for the website (platform) and social media
Represent the Platform and deliver presentations in third-party events when required
Contribute to Interreg Europe’s active community building
Ensure that the Platform produced communication materials are in line with the Interreg Europe’s branding guidelines
Evaluate Platform communication actions
Contribute to the annual communication plan for the programme and report on the implemented activities.
Whom are we looking for?
Building on the manifold experiences gained since the launch of the Policy Learning Platform in 2016, we aim at reinforcing our team in Lille with an experienced communication expert for promotion and events. Under the coordination of the programme’s Head of Unit for Communication and Contact Points and the Lead Manager of the Policy Learning Platform, you will sign responsible for the programme’s various communication activities promoting the Policy Learning Platform among European regions and cities, including the delivery of targeted online and onsite events.
University degree in a relevant field
Minimum 3 years of relevant experience in communication, in particular, working on communication strategy implementation in international organisations and/or bodies responsible for local/regional policies. Overall, a minimum of 6 years of professional experience is desirable
Experience in project management
Demonstrated ability to build partnerships, network and develop external relations
Proven ability to write engaging content for different target groups and various channels, in English
Client orientation and commitment to high quality in all spheres of work
Proficiency and fluency in English (written and oral) and basic knowledge of French or readiness to learn French
Independent worker, but equally team player; ability to work in an international environment with colleagues located remotely
Ability to work in a multi-stakeholder environment
Outstanding organisational skills, accuracy and assertiveness
Good analytical skills
Sense of initiative
Ability to anticipate, propose and implement solutions
Proven experience in managing an external suppliers
Good computer literacy (Microsoft Office and database software)
Good knowledge of and genuine interest for the online environment
Readiness for regular business trips in all parts of Interreg Europe’s geographical area (EU27 and beyond).
Experience in digital events
Experience in community building
Video making and editing
Basics of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) or similar
Knowledge of European Union institutions and policies, Cohesion policy in particular, preferably through practical experience
Knowledge about Interreg Europe and interest in the topics covered by the Interreg Europe programme
Knowledge of other EU languages.
The selection process – what to expect?
Based on the submitted applications, candidates will be short-listed for phone interviews. In a second step, interviews will be held with the most convincing candidates, online or at the premises of the Policy Learning Platform in Lille (to be confirmed to the shortlisted candidates in due time).
As an indicative timeline process, the following dates have been set:
Submission of applications until Monday, 4 September 2023 final deadline).
Phone interviews with short-listed candidates on Monday, 18 September 2023.
Face-to-face interviews in Lille with the most promising candidates on Thursday, 5 October 2023 (date to be reconfirmed). During the interviews, the candidates may be asked to perform a short practical exercise – to be confirmed and detailed.