Science Programme Communication Officer


Direct Entry Job Permanent Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Uploaded 3 Aug 2019

Job Description

The postholder reports to the Head of the Content Unit in the News and Content Office of the ESA Communications Department. The postholder is responsible for defining, executing and monitoring all communications activities falling under the responsibility of the Directorate Science. In fulfilling these tasks the postholder is supported by a small team of communication experts.


  • Establishing and implementing the Annual Communication Plan for Science (and thereby contributing to ESA’s Annual Communication Plan), and specific Communication Plans for missions and programmes under the responsibility of the Directorate of Science
  • Participating to the ESA Editorial Board to contribute to an up to date and consolidated publishing agenda reflecting the communication interests of ESA and Science
  • Managing the online presence of the Directorate Science including the ESA portal with a focus on news production
  • Managing the social media communication of the Directorate of Science in accordance with the ESA social media policy based on a cross-media approach including live social TV formats
  • Support corporate media relations, identifying and training  a group of spokespersons of the Directorate of Science
  • Providing the content necessary to the production of videos, graphics, animations (2D, 3D, and interactive virtual reality) focused on the public as target audience and web TV
  • Supporting the implementation of news conferences, exhibition participation and public relations events by working in close cooperation with corporate media relations and the exhibition unit
  • Providing the content necessary to the production of brochures, leaflets, posters, fact sheets and media kits
  • Ensuring a bottom up information flow regarding content relevant for communications in the Directorate of Science
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the implemented communication activities in close cooperation with the News Room based on agreed Key Performance Indicators and taking continuous action to improve delivery as required

Person Specification

Technical competencies

  • Understanding of relevant stakeholders' communication networks
  • Relevant knowledge in area of responsibility at required level
  • Communication strategy and planning communication campaigns
  • Knowledge of and experience in communication in international context
  • Understanding of all communication platforms

Behavioural competencies

  • Communication
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Planning & Organisation
  • Relationship Management
  • Results Orientation


  • University degree (Master level) in Communications or related fields such as, Engineering, Natural Sciences or similar

Additional requirements

  • Experience in international communications is an asset
  •  Knowledge of Space Science, i.e. astronomy, planetary science and fundamental physics 
  • Proven experience in campaign management