European Central Bank – Traineeship in DG-Communications
Reference: 2015-104-TRA EXT
Closing Date for Applications: Tue, 13 Oct 2015
Functional area: Communications
The European Central Bank (ECB) is seeking a trainee for its Global Media Relations Division in the Directorate General Communications (DG/C). The aim of the traineeship is to give the successful applicant the opportunity to gain experience in tasks related to media monitoring.
The Directorate General communicates the official views of the ECB/Eurosystem/European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and informs the public and the media about the tasks, mission and organisation of the ECB. DG/C develops and implements the external and internal communication policies and coordinates communication activities within the ECB/Eurosystem/ESCB. It manages all media relations and public affairs, as well as internal communications. It provides information to the public at large, journalists, institutions, companies, academics, specialists and others, and answers their enquiries. DG/C organises visits by high-ranking individuals and the general public. It produces ECB/Eurosystem/ESCB publications, as well as training and educational materials, and manages the ECB’s internet and intranet sites. It manages events, art and cultural activities, and organises conferences and the logistics for the meetings of the General and Governing Councils, as well as meetings of the Supervisory Board and the European Systemic Risk Board. It also handles protocol issues. DG/C is also responsible for providing translation, editing, proof-reading and terminology services to support the ECB’s reporting obligations and its external communication activities in the 24 official languages of the European Union.
The successful applicant will mainly support the media monitoring team and may be entrusted with the following main tasks:
– supporting the analysis of digital, print and broadcast media, with a view to providing intelligence and strategic advice to ECB management and making them – aware of possible communications challenges and opportunities;
helping to ensure that ongoing and ad hoc research is carried out on topics of relevance for DG/C and the ECB;
– supporting media and daily press reviews and monitoring newswires;
drafting summaries of articles and reports;
– archiving and logging data.
Qualifications and experience:
Applicants must have the following knowledge and competencies:
– a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field such as communications, economics, business administration, public relations, international relations or European studies;
– ideally, some work experience in fields of direct relevance to the Directorate General’s area of responsibility;
– a basic knowledge of economics, central banking issues and/or banking supervision;
– an interest in the role and functioning of the ECB;
– advanced command of English with proven drafting ability;
– a moderate command of at least one and ideally two other official languages of the EU ;
– an in depth knowledge of MS Office, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint;ideally, knowledge of document management systems such as OpenText Livelink;
ideally, user knowledge of enterprise resource planning systems such as SAP.
The successful candidate will have the following behavioural competencies:
– delivers results within tight time frames, prioritising tasks and paying attention to detail, and is able to manage multiple assignments and track progress on numerous processes simultaneously;
– communicates ideas in an effective manner using simple and clear language;
handles sensitive information in a discreet manner, respecting confidentiality;
is comfortable working without close supervision, but knows when to involve others;
– defines success in terms of the team as a whole, shares information and supports team members in the attainment of common goals;
– adapts to changing plans and circumstances with ease and embraces new technologies and processes with enthusiasm;
– establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with staff and management;
demonstrates a conscientious attitude and understands the key organisational goals and the wider context in which we work;
– is aware of the impact that his/her actions have on others and is able to balance individual needs with group and organisational needs.
Traineeship of 3 months, with the possibility of an extension to up to 12 months in total in the same business area.
The selection committee may place suitable candidates on a reserve list, from which candidates may be appointed to similar positions in the same or another business area. It may also be decided to fill the position(s) advertised in this vacancy notice with a suitable candidate or candidates from the reserve list resulting from a recruitment procedure for a similar position. Candidates will be informed accordingly if this happens.
How to apply:
Applications are to be made in English and submitted using our online application form. An "Applicants’ Guide" can be downloaded from our recruitment pages.
The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise and a telephone interview.
Before applying, applicants should check that they meet the conditions set out inArticle 4 of the rules governing the traineeship programme:
Further information on the ECB’s traineeships can be found at
Applicants are accepted from nationals of the Member States of the European Union.
The requirements laid down in the vacancy notice must be met by the closing date for applications.
This vacancy notice may be used to fill the same position again, or similar positions, within 12 months of the selection decision.