Job vacancy: IPES-Food communications officer

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) is looking for a full-time communications officer to join its secretariat in Brussels.

Read the full vacancy here.

Job functions:

Working with the IPES-Food secretariat and panel members, the Communications Officer will amplify the visibility of IPES-Food’s work to a range of audiences (including civil society groups, media, and policymakers), helping to cement IPES-Food’s reputation as an authoritative voice in food system discussions around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Devising and implementing a general communications strategy for IPES-Food, and communications plans for report launches;
  • Drafting press releases, op eds and newsletters, and ensuring regular social media outputs;
  • Managing and updating the IPES-Food website;
  • Expanding existing audiences and targeting new types of actors;
  • Expanding & updating the media database; handling media enquiries and making contacts with journalists for report launches/public events;
  • Breaking down IPES-Food reports into short spin-off products (e.g. briefs, blogs, videos);
  • Monitoring global debates on food systems, and identifying opportunities for using those debates to amplify IPES-Food’s messages.


  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in a full-time, policy-related communications role;
  • Fluent written and spoken English, and high proficiency in French (Language skills will be tested at interview);
  • Master’s level qualifications in a relevant field (e.g. Communications, Journalism, Media Studies, Political Science, Development Studies, Environmental Science, Food & agriculture-related topics);
  • Good working knowledge of relevant global policy debates (e.g. on food security, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, GMOs, biofuels); proven ability to grasp complex issues under time pressure;
  • Proven ability to write and communicate clearly on complex topics;
  • Proven ability to prioritize a range of different tasks under time pressure, to co-develop strategies with colleagues, and to work autonomously on delivering them;
  • Extensive knowledge of/familiarity with collaborative work programmes and information-sharing softwares (e.g. Dropbox, Google drive & Slack) and online communication tools;
  • Personal and professional commitment to sustainability, and an open mind about how we can get there.


  • In-depth knowledge of food systems;
  • Extensive experience of communications roles;
  • Fluency in French, and proficiency/fluency in other languages (esp. Spanish, Portuguese, German, Mandarin);
  • Knowledge of data protection rules; experience of managing email servers;
  • Knowledge of EU institutions, European politics and Brussels-based media.


  • Competitive salary commensurate to experience, includes 13th month, 25 days vacation and other benefits (meal tickets, transport costs);
  • Fixed-term contract (CDD) of 12 months with extension foreseen;
  • Short-term travel (2-3 times per year) required for panel meetings and key events;
  • Possibility to homework from other locations for up to 1 week per month.

How to apply:

Candidates must send the following documents to by midnight CET on 5 September 2019 (email header: NAME - Comms Officer application):

  • CV, 2-page maximum.
  • Cover letter, 1-page maximum, explaining the candidate’s motivation and qualifications for the job.