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Job Vacancy: Communications Officer (CLOSED)

The JPI Oceans secretariat is looking for a science Communications Officer in support of all our communication-related tasks and activities, with a focus on the OKEANO project.

Job Vacancy: Communications Officer (CLOSED)

  • 18 December 2023

The JPI Oceans secretariat is looking for a science Communications Officer in support of all our communication-related tasks and activities, with a focus on the OKEANO project.

Job setting

The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) is a pan-European platform that strives to increase efficiency and impact of national investments in marine and maritime research and innovation. JPI Oceans operates at the interface of science and policy and focuses on long-term collaboration between EU Member States, Associated Countries and international partners. Our work adds to the value of national research and innovation investments by aligning national priorities, addressing them with Joint Actions and amplifying impact through strategic engagements.

JPI Oceans runs a diverse portfolio of currently 15 thematic Joint Actions and engages strategically in several European and international activities. This includes several major initiatives of the EU Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. As part of this portfolio JPI Oceans will coordinate the communication and outreach activities of the newly funded OKEANO project that will support the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance and Declaration. The OKEANO project is a collaboration among 16 organisations in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, France, Germany, Ireland, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. It will provide coordination and support for a wider understanding of the opportunities and needs for sustainable management of the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, JPI Oceans is leading the communication, outreach and ocean literacy components in a Horizon Europe partnership for a sustainable blue economy.

The JPI Oceans secretariat is looking for a science Communications Officer in support of all our communication-related tasks and activities, with a focus on the OKEANO project.

Dynamic working environment

The JPI Oceans secretariat is based in the heart of Brussels and amidst many of the key EU institutions. The position offers the opportunity to work in a multicultural European environment towards a common vision: the health and sustainability of our seas and oceans. You will be part of a dynamic constellation engaging with policy-makers, research funders, researchers, and other stakeholders. There will be ample opportunities to attend international conferences and meetings and build networks with colleagues from across Europe and beyond.

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a small but growing, international team and be immersed in the European research and innovation sphere? We would love to hear from you!

Key responsibilities

The design of your portfolio of responsibilities will include a broad range of aspects with a focus on communication and outreach activities.

  • Support the communication activities of the OKEANO Coordination and Support Action. Your main roles will be to:
    • Collobarate on the development of a communication, dissemination and outreach strategy;
    • Support the development of a corporate identity;
    • Create communication and dissemination content;
    • Disseminate All-Atlantic project and alliance activities and outcomes through newsletters, press releases, website, and communication campaigns.
  • Support the communication and outreach of JPI Oceans’ thematic Joint Actions and Strategic Engagements, including in particular the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership. Your roles will be to:
    • Prepare communication items such as announcements, news releases, annual reports, brochures, briefs, and content for traditional and social media;
    • Targeted communication to policy-makers at different levels, expert communities, and other stakeholders;
    • Create individual communication plans for specific initiatives.
  • Represent and present JPI Oceans and the above Horizon Europe initiatives at international meetings and conferences.


  • A degree or relevant experience in communication, marine or maritime sciences, relevant natural or social sciences, or related fields;
  • Demonstrated skills in journalistic writing and communication & outreach;
  • Expertise in working with audiovisual formats is an asset;
  • Skills in stakeholder engagement, ocean literacy or human capacity enhancement are an asset;
  • Experience with the Adobe suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), the management systems Drupal and WordPress, or other communication-relevant software is an asset.
  • At least 2-5 years working experience (preferably in an international/European working environment);
  • Excellent written and verbal language skills in English. Knowledge of other European languages is an asset;
  • Inter-personal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations within a multi-cultural environment;
JPI Oceans offers
  • The opportunity to work in a small dynamic team with one common vision: to enable the transformation towards a sustainable blue economy whilst fostering the health and productivity of seas and oceans.
  • Immersion into European research and innovation and in science-policy processes;
  • A contract for the duration of the OKEANO project;
  • A competitive salary based on public sector remuneration scales between €3800 and 5500 Euro gross per month depending on experience;
  • Meal voucher contribution at 6.91 EUR per work day, hospitalisation insurance, internet allowance and public transport;
  • 30 days of annual holidays.

  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Occasional travelling will be required
  • Location: Rue du Trône 4, 1000 Brussels

To apply

Please send your application by 19 January 2024 to as one pdf file including a cover letter and your CV. Supporting documents can be added as considered relevant.