Reporting to and working closely with the External Affairs Manager, External Affairs Officer works very closely with the External Affairs Manager (for whom they also deputize) to identify and secure opportunities to promote RFE/RL and the work of its journalists, developing and maintaining relationships with national authorities, think tanks, and NGOs.
- Deputize for the External Affairs Manager in Prague as required, including by:
- Keeping abreast of all Prague-based communication work and ensuring that senior management, including the president and editor in chief, is informed
- Ensuring queries and requests from external stakeholders, including media inquiries, are dealt with in a timely manner
- Responding to urgent requests from senior management
- Managing the day-to-day operations of the Prague External Affairs team
- Proactively generate opportunities for and lead on external visits to and events at RFE/RL’s Prague headquarters
- Work with external partners to identify opportunities to place topics of relevance to RFE/RL and speakers at conferences and other public-facing events, including during the Czech presidency of the EU
- Proactively identify and bring to fruition opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with external partners, in particular NGOs and think tanks
- Draft written communication materials, including press releases, as required
- Produce innovative social media content aimed at Czech, European and US audiences
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
A master’s degree in international relations or related field; or equivalent experience
A minimum of 5 years of experience in a communications role, which included event management
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to flex communication style to engage different audiences
- Proactive approach to stakeholder relationship management Ability to think strategically and apply sound judgement
- Strong project management and time management skills
- Ability to work both independently and in a team within a busy and demanding work environment
- Familiarity with Czech politics and government institutions as well as the non-profit sector
- Familiarity with RFE/RL’s coverage region and knowledge of local languages is an advantage
Proficiency in written and oral English and Czech (will be tested)
Appointment against this post is on a local basis only. Please note that for the locally advertised positions preference will be given to those with a work permit and/or a valid residence status in the Czech Republic. Locally recruited employees should reside within commuting distance of Prague, Czech Republic, or be willing to move to take up work. They are not eligible for allowances applicable to candidates who are internationally recruited. Rather, they receive statutory benefits as per Czech labor law. Salary scales for locally recruited employees are based on the best prevailing local conditions. RFE/RL does, however, cover the costs of interview travel and, upon appointment, some relocation costs.
Note: In response to changing operational requirements, RFE/RL retains the discretion not to make an appointment, or to modify the job specifications for a particular vacancy.
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