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Notice of vacancy for IFJ Deputy General Secretary/EFJ General Secretary

June 23, 2011

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) are seeking to appoint an IFJ Deputy General Secretary who will also serve as the EFJ General Secretary, based in Brussels.

The post holder will work for both the IFJ and the EFJ on a fifty/fifty basis. He/she shall report the IFJ General Secretary and to the EFJ Steering Committee.

The successful candidate must have the following skills:

1. Experience and considerable knowledge of trade unionism, with proven ability to lead and inspire.

2. Experience and knowledge of journalism and broad issues connected with media and journalists worldwide, and within Europe in particular.

3. Experience of leading campaigns and negotiating with institutions.

4. Knowledge and experience of effectively managing the human resources of an organisation with the ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects.

5. Ability to develop and implement financial plans and manage resources, and to secure funding/revenue sources.

6. Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels and to work effectively with affiliates.

7. Knowledge of communication and public relation techniques and ability to develop and deliver reports and presentations.

8. Be fluent in English and French or German. Fluency in the other language will be of advantage.

Duties of the IFJ DGS/EFJ GS:

For the International Federation of Journalists:

The Deputy General Secretary will work in coordination and under the supervision of the IFJ General Secretary and deputise for her in her absence, and in particular be responsible for:

* oversight of all administrative affairs as directed by the GS, including staff matters, covering the work of the Brussels secretariat and regional offices;

* managing on a day-to-day basis finances in the absence of the IFJ General Secretary, in accordance with the existing budget; and organising fund raising and identifying fund-raising opportunities for projects

* working with the General Secretary to develop and improve the communications work of the IFJ; relations with members unions and statutory bodies of the IFJ in the absence of the General Secretary such other tasks as she may from time to time decide.

For the European Federation:

General: Implement the strategic goals and objectives of the EFJ under the authority of the EFJ Steering Committee, and in line with its Rules, internal rules and policies, and report regularly to the Steering Committee on all of his/her action on behalf of the EFJ. The main task of the EFJ GS is to lobby the EU and its institutions on behalf of the EFJ and ensure the communications needs of the EFJ, towards members, affiliates, and externally.

Governance: Enable the statutory bodies to fulfill their governance function by organising and attending all statutory meetings of the EFJ and supporting the elected leadership through open relations with the statutory Officers, the Steering Committee and member unions of the EFJ.

Human resources: Effectively manage the human resources of the EFJ according to procedures that fully conform to current policies..

Communications: Assure the EFJ and its member unions, their mission, programs, and campaigns are consistently presented in a strong and effective manner. Edit and produce publications [print and electronic] for the EFJ. This includes using social media.

External relations: Oversee existing relations with external organisations and initiating new ones under the supervision and with the approval of the Steering Committee. Represent the European Federation of Journalists at the European Commission, Parliament, Council and other European institutions, as well as the Council of Europe.

Terms and conditions

The General Secretary will be employed.on an open contract, including a probation period of six months. He/she will received a basic monthly salary of €4600, paid within the terms of the Belgian salary system. Additional fringe benefits will be paid in line with the terms of the Staff Agreement.

Other terms and conditions in the IFJ staff agreement will apply to the IFJ DGS/EFJ GS, unless explicitly covered and excluded by his contract.

Timetable for the appointment

The IFJ/EFJ have agreed the following timetable for the appointment:

Closing date for the receipt of applications: 31 July (midnight) 2011
Short-listing by the recruiting panel: 5th August
Interview by the recruiting panel: 23rd and 24th August

The appointment will be made by the IFJ Administrative Committee and the EFJ Steering Committee

To be shortlisted candidates must:
* Be a member of a trade union and have trade union experience as a lay or full-time official;
* Have worked as a journalist;
* Be prepared to relocate to within a reasonable distance for the IFJ/EFJ Headquarters in Brussels.
Once appointed, the successful candidate must then sign the contract of employment before the offer is confirmed.

Anyone interested in applying or seeking further details should contact in the first instance:

The Presidents of IFJ and EFJ on the following address:
International Federation of Journalists
International Press Centre, Résidence Palace, Block C
155 rue de la Loi, B-1040 Brussels. Belgium
Tel: +32 2 235 22 00
e-mail :

For more information contact:
International Federation of Journalists
Phone: +32 2 235 22 00

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