The European Cancer Patient Coalition is recruiting
Two Communications Officers
Full-time (100%) immediate start

Deadline: June 30, 2023
Offices: ECPC Secretariat, 6, Avenue des Arts, 1210 Brussels

Communications Officers


The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) is a non-profit umbrella organisation based in Brussels that represents the voice of people with cancer in Europe and beyond. With 450 members in 50 countries, its vision is for a Europe of equality, where all Europeans with cancer have timely and affordable access to the best treatment and care available. ECPC works towards this vision by influencing the European political agenda, empowering and educating its members, and increasing the role of patients in cancer research.

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The Position

We are looking for two talented, sociable and ambitious communications professionals to contribute in the achievement of the goals of our mission. The Communications Officers will be working in EU-funded research projects (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, IMI, etc), ECPC-led awareness and policy campaigns and initiatives, as well as liasing with ECPC members and supporting our partners. The position reports to the Communications Manager and to the Director/President


  • Implementing the communications requirements of the Annual Action Plan by organizing events, writing press releases, posting in social media, updating website, and other published work.
  • Contribute to the dissemination actitivities of the EU funded projects planning the promotion activities of each project, preparing press releases, patient surveys, organizing webinars and workshops
  • Collaboration and communication with our members, building meaningful relationships with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Organise in collaboration with the Senior Communications Officer, our various online and face to face events during the year, our participation at the ESMO, ASCO and other big Congresses.
  • Keep the website (wordpress) in optimal condition, updating news, assuring that information is published in logical order, taking care of its good maintenance, renewing older content, grouping content of the same category, etc. Make ECPC social media accounts (Twitter, FB, LI, YouTube) a live source of information by regularly posting ECPC news, project information, participations of board members in events, stories.

Your profile


  • Creativity and thinking out of the box
  • Strong interpersonal communication and networking skills
  • A marketing and political flair.
  • Ability to understand and translate complex situations and issues into content that resonates with non-specialist audience, journalistic style, understanding of the traditional and online media’s world, taste for research and argumentation
  • Ability to produce a communications plan


  • Collaborate with the Membership and Partnerships Officer on the many ECPC partnerships, members, sponsors, partners, collaborators, media partners, etc. Keeping track of the different partnerships in a continuously updated database
  • Ability to communicate clearly and consistently, while creating a sense of community within each of our stakeholders

Sense of organization:

  • Ability to multitask and deliver results
  • Attention to detail and use of english
  • Can-do positive attitude and ability to find solutions.

Your mindset

  • A genuine interest for cancer and cancer patients, willingness to learn about cancer to be able to handle more complex tasks
  • Open-mind and willingness to learn from various people, project management tools and methods, information to process, tasks to perform.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented group as well as independently.
  • Sense of proactiveness, initiative and readiness to offer a helping hand
  • Solution-oriented and ability to work, if needed, virtually with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and handle multiple projects, while meeting the needs of project partners, stakeholders, and members.
  • Ability to work in an international and multilingual environment is essentia


  • Proactiveness, collegiality, sociable mature personality able to relate well with peers
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others in both team and independent environments
  • Willingness and availability to work long hours, whenever necessary, to undertake business travel at short notice and assist in all activities of a busy small office
  • Ability to work in an international and multilingual environment with a fast-paced team of young professionals


  • A Master’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, political science, or related field is required
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in the communications field in a similar job, traineeships and short interims do not count
  • Excellent use of written and oral English is mandatory, fluency in a second EU language is required
  • Expert use of Microsoft Office 365 Suite with emphasis on Power Point for presentations, Publisher or similar for creating documents e.g. brochures, invitations, programs, infographics, etc, Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere…), MailChimp, Canva, Visme and social media platforms Facebook, twitter, Linked in, YouTube.
  • Experience in using Content Management Systems, ideally WordPress for updating the website
  • Understanding of EU health policy making processes and structure of the European Commission


  • Previous experience in EU Funded Projects (H2020 / Horizon Europe / IHI / IMI / Erasmus +)
  • Previous experience in oncology or other health related field
  • Knowledge, understanding of cancer, of health systems operation, previous work experience in an NGO, health sector and in developing awareness campaigns strongly preferred

Starting date: Immediate

What we offer:

This is a full-time position (38 hours per week), remuneration according to Belgian legislation (CP337.000) and depending on the candidates’ profile and experience. We also offer a full range of extra-legal benefits (group insurance, hospitalisation insurance, meal vouchers, eco-vouchers, mobile telephone, laptop, end of year gift, expense allowance).

We offer a captivating and varied function with an organisation driven by its mission and where initiative, creativity, and energy are strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will collaborate with a young, motivated, professional, and friendly Secretariat and a very involved, expert, and collaborative Board and Scientific Committee.

  • A full immersion in a European patient organisation
  • A small, friendly, well educated and talented team, fostering collaborative and supportive culture
  • A multicultural work environment
  • Tasks that will accelerate your professional growth


Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter (maximum two pages) in English ONLY by email to latest June 30,2023. The cover letter should have as Subject line: “Application for the position of Communications Officer – your name”) and should outline your suitability and motivation for the post, indicating also when you could start, if short-listed for interview. The position is offered to persons with previous working experience in Belgium, who are established in Brussels, and have a valid work visa. It should explicitly reference how your profile matches the different job requirements described above, and state that you are established in Brussels and in case you are a foreign national that you have a valid work visa. Please also include a photo with your application and the names and contact details of three people (ideally current or former line manager or supervisor) who could provide a reference in case you are short-listed for interview.

We will assess the applications as we receive them and not wait till the deadline is passed. Should you be interested please do not wait till the last day, as we may have already filled the position.

Applications not meeting the requirements will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. CV and personal data of non-selected candidates are not shared with anyone outside ECPC.