Vacancy: Program and Communication Officer (50 % permanent position)

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade is looking for a highly motivated Program and Communication Officer for a permanent 50 % position. The Program and Communication Officer will be responsible for monitoring and managing development cooperation projects and for preparing public diplomacy and communication material to promote development cooperation funded by Norway in Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

The Program and Communication Officer will be part of the Project Team consisting of two diplomatic staff and two other local staff. The ideal candidate would be available starting mid-end November 2022.

Norway is supporting governments, international organizations and civil society in the Western Balkans 6 region in accelerating reforms necessary for EU membership. Norwegian development cooperation in WB6 amounts to approx. EUR 30-35 million per year. Most of the funds are managed in regional agreements by MFA in Oslo. The Embassy in Belgrade manages the bilateral portfolio in Serbia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia (approx. EUR 5-6 million per year) consisting of approx. 10-12 grant agreements. Information about Norway’s priorities is available here.

The Program and Communication Officer will be responsible for managing a small number of development projects. The Program and Communication Officer will also be responsible for monitoring, reporting and public diplomacy related to some of the regional agreements at the country level. The portfolio is likely to consist of energy, economic and social development, innovation, and environmental affairs. The Program and Communication Officer will have a particular responsibility for communication and visibility activities for all development projects funded by Norway in the three countries

The Program and Communication Officer must work well both independently and in a team. While necessary introductory training will be provided, the Program and Communication Officer is expected to transition into the team swiftly. The ideal candidate has experience from a similar position at an embassy/delegation/international organization, in particular with a focus on public diplomacy/media/communication. The ideal candidate is creative, dynamic and has knowledge of Norwegian culture and priorities. The Program and Communication Officer is expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards.

The Embassy is accredited to and responsible for Norway’s diplomatic relations with Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia. The Embassy has a total of 6 diplomatic staff and 10 local staff, as well as 1-2 interns.

Responsibilities of the Program Officer: 

  • Plan, implement, monitor and manage the Embassy’s development cooperation project portfolio in Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro in line with all applicable grant management regulations and guidelines, in particular OECD DAC.
  • Prepare public diplomacy and visibility events and material for publishing on electronic media and provide substantive input to the Embassy’s website and social media, both independently and in close cooperation with partners.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the Embassy’s annual work plans and policy directions.
  • Represent the Embassy in project-related working groups and meetings with relevant authorities, partners and other stakeholders and maintain close contact on all aspects related to Norwegian development cooperation in Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
  • Monitor and report on trends/developments in priority sectors, and draft speeches, reports and background documents for Embassy Management/MFA.
  • Monitor and report on media coverage and communicate directly with the Embassy’s media contacts in Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
  • Other tasks as instructed by Embassy Management.

Requirements for the position:

  • Relevant university degree.
  • At least four years of relevant working experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience with grant management in accordance with OECD DAC regulations.
  • Sector knowledge about and a network of contacts within economic and social development, energy, innovation and/or environmental affairs in Serbia/Montenegro/North Macedonia, and relevant clusters/chapters of the EU accession negotiations, would be beneficial.
  • Demonstrated experience from visibility and media activities and social media would be beneficial.
  • Fluency in English and Serbian languages, both written and spoken. 
  • Excellent IT skills and in particular proficiency using MS Office, Outlook and Internet search engines (web publishing is an advantage). 
  • Valid driver’s license (B).
  • Availability for travel, including overnight stays

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the application deadline at 22 July 2022. Applications should include a cover letter, a CV with references and, if applicable, reference letters and should be sent electronically in 1 file (PDF format) to emb.belgrade@mfa.no with the subject line “Application Program and Communication Officer – LASTNAME First name”.

Clearly indicate your preferred starting date and any preferences regarding work schedule (preferred working days and working hours during the week).