Job vacancy: Press & Communications Officer
The British High Commission in Malta is part of a worldwide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas, and is now looking for a Press & Communications Officer to join their team on a full-time basis. The main purpose of this job is to provide advice and analysis of the media environment in Malta and to build a network of local media contacts and act as the spokesperson for the High Commission liaising regularly with local and international journalists. The job holder will be expected to use their own initiative to seek out pro-active media opportunities to promote the work of the High Commission through effective communication tools (e.g. traditional and social media) and add commentary and knowledge to political reporting.
Roles and responsibilities:
Essential qualifications, skills, and experience:
- To act as the spokesperson for the High Commission and to be the main point of contact for all media-related inquiries at the High Commission;
- To oversee the media relationships, building a network of media contacts to influence and respond effectively and identify suitable media opportunities and risks;
- Make key decisions on content while working closely with BHC staff and the UK cross Whitehall stakeholders providing timely advice on media handling and public diplomacy activity;
- To monitor, analyze and interpret local media to highlight any potential political implications, identify emerging trends and provide positive media opportunities;
- Advice on content and delivery including relevant drafting of articles, speeches, press releases and social media activity working closely with the high Commissioner. Deliver a BHC communications plan that enhances bilateral relations, identifies communications activity and lead on relevant media campaigns and promotion (e.g. consular, Brexit and economic activity);
- To lead on communications plans and advice for VIP visits, including advice to departmental press officers on suitable media opportunities and local procedures;
- Maintain professional knowledge and awareness of communications activity within Europe and wider networks.
Desirable qualifications, skills, and experience:
- Fluent in Maltese and English, both written and verbal communication;
- Local context knowledge.
- Good understanding and knowledge of the Social Media Environment;
- Good drafting skills;
- Experience working with social media, journalism or public event management;
- Experience in drafting articles, speeches, and social media posts.
- Changing and Improving;
- Leading and Communicating;
- Collaborating and Partnering;
- Delivering at Pace.
Grade: B3 (L);
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time;
Working hours per week: 35;
Duration of Post: 12 months;
Location (City): Ta' Xbiex;
Starting monthly salary: €2070.63;
Start Date: 1 February 2019;
End Date: 31 March 2021.
Other benefits and conditions of employment:
- This is a full-time, fixed-term contract until 31/3/2021. Working hours Monday to Friday;
- The successful candidate will be subject to confirmation of a background check and security clearance;
- All applicants should have the right to live and work in Malta. The British High Commission does not sponsor work permits;
- Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission in Malta are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Maltese employment law.
- Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Malta and be prepared to ensure that the right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary pending EU Exit.
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. FCO does not pay for the travel-related expenses incurred in interviews (including Security Check) or accept any financial risk, including cancellation or reschedule costs. The FCO will not meet the costs connected with relocation if offered a position. Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local Staff roles with the British Government through this official tal.net site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however, our adverts will always link back to the official tal.net site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.
British High Commission:
The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organizational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, 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.