Advocacy Officer

Press freedom in Europe needs to be defended, preserved and protected. That is the mission of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), based in Leipzig, Germany.

Currently, ECPMF and its partners are implementing the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), a Europe-wide mechanism, which tracks, monitors and reacts to violations of press and media freedom in EU Member States and Candidate Countries. This project provides legal and practical support, public advocacy and information to protect journalists and media workers. Advocacy is a crucial element of this and other ongoing projects.

ECPMF is hiring an Advocacy Officer to start as soon as possible, ideally from August 2020. You will be responsible for all advocacy activities at ECPMF and represent ECPMF’s mission in the public and political debate. In this position, you need to be a self-starter and a reliable team player. You will work in close collaboration with international partners. The Advocacy Officer reacts to threats to media freedom that are identified through monitoring activities with direct communication, awareness-raising and missions on the ground.

Because the ECPMF is project-funded, the employment contract is due to end on 28. February 2021, with the possibility of continued employment.

The job entails:

  • Monitoring threats to press freedom and related policy debates among relevant inter-governmental actors in Europe
  • Co-ordinating and implementing advocacy initiatives for media freedom and for journalists at risk across Europe within ECPMF’s advocacy objectives
  • Producing and disseminating advocacy materials (social media, statements, open letters) and delivering expertise for reports and studies
  • Conceptualising and implementing international advocacy events, and in-country missions for fact-finding and advocacy
  • Building and maintaining networks of European institutions, political stakeholders and partners in the Freedom of Expression community
  • Representing the organisation to promote its advocacy agenda and priorities
  • Co-operating with the management and the communications department to ensure ECPMF’s messaging and strategic approach aligns with advocacy goals
  • Contributing to project proposals to funders and reporting to the European Commission
  • Supporting the work of colleagues who deliver practical assistance to journalists under threat.

What we expect from you:

  • A degree in a socio-political subject (political science, communication science, media studies, law, human rights) or equivalent educational programme
  • At least 3-5 years of professional experience in advocacy or policy work, ideally in Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or human rights campaigning
  • Demonstrable understanding and knowledge of EU-institutions, media freedom or journalism and politics. A strong network of contacts in this field is desirable
  • Experience in advocating for and communicating complex policy issues (desirable)
  • Knowledge of social media, especially Twitter, as an advocacy tool
  • Experience in handling multiple activities at once, ability to work under pressure
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of German desirable. Additional languages are a bonus
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, particularly in drafting strategic advocacy materials for a diverse audience
  • Professionalism, reliability, willingness to take on responsibilities and excellent co-ordination skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and other relevant software.


You can expect from us:

  • You will be working in a team with a collegial atmosphere in an international environment
  • Your salary will be based on TVL-11, depending on previous expertise
  • This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) and may involve travel within Europe
  • A workplace in the Gohlis district in the city of Leipzig including German employment benefits and 30 days’ holiday per year
  • The possibility of continued employment

We look forward to hearing from you!

Application Deadline: 10 July 2020

Please send your application letter and CV by email to

You must be entitled to live and work in the European Union.

Please note that we can only notify successful candidates for the next round of the selection process.

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