The European Cancer Patient Coalition is recruiting

A Partnerships and Communications Manager

Full-time (100%) position to start as soon as possible
Deadline: 30th January 2023
Offices: ECPC Secretariat, 6, Avenue des Arts, 1210 Brussels

Partnerships and Communications Manager


The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) is a European umbrella organisation based in Brussels gathering over 450 cancer patient associations from 49 Countries.

ECPC was set up in 2003. We believe that cancer patients are the most important partners in cancer control and we advocate for all the cancer-related issues affecting our society. Every day we are working to make sure that all European cancer patients have timely and affordable access to the best treatment and care available, throughout their life.

The Position

We are looking for a talented, sociable and ambitious communications professional to help us achieve the goals of our mission. The Partnerships and Communications Manager 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.


  • Overseeing all internal and external communications, ensuring ECPC’s message is consistent and engaging
  • Planning, presenting to the Board and implementing the Annual Communications Action Plan
  • Leading the ECPC communication activities and research projects dissemination by setting up and
  • implementing communication and dissemination plans to promote these specific projects to support our partners and increase the ECPC visibility
  • Leading, training and empowering the communications team to conceptualize and implement creative communication and dissemination strategies and campaigns.
  • Consistently building and maintaining the good reputation and relationships with external partners and other organisations.
  • Develop, write and edit communications materials, including press releases, website content, blog posts,  press releases, publications and social media content through appropriate channels and audiences.
  • Collaboration and communication with our members: maintaining and updating the ECPC membership database,  building meaningful relationships with external partners and stakeholders, by creating an engaging and active membership policy.
  • Organising our Annual Congress and General Assembly, our various online and face to face events during the year and our participation at the ESMO and other big Congresses.

Your profile


  • A marketing and political flair.
  • Strong skills to 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
  • Creativity and thinking out of the box
  • Strong interpersonal communication and networking skills


  • Manage the many ECPC partnerships, members, sponsors, partners, collaborators, media partners, commission and EU Parliament officials, etc. Keeping track of the different groups in well updated lists
  • Create a sense of community within each one of them and among all of them,
  • Community manager skills to keep each and all partnerships informed of ECPC activities and news, and equally inform ECPC of the activities and news in every partnership.
  • Sense of organization:
  • Great multitasker and capable of simultaneously managing multiple projects with different deadlines and requirements, ability to deliver results
  • Attention to detail and fine inherent sense of word impact
  • Can-do positive attitude and ability to find solutions.
  • Ability to plan, prepare and implement an Annual Communications Plan
  • Your mindset
  • A genuine interest for cancer and cancer patients and for civil society organisations.
  • 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 atmosphere as well as independently.
  • Sense of proactiveness, initiative and capacity to delegate tasks accordingly.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: verbal and written
  • Solution-oriented and ability to work 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 essential


  • Proactiveness, collegiality, readiness to offer a helping hand in various tasks, sociable mature personality able to relate equally well with peers and high-level officials
  • 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
  • 5 years of proven experience in the communications field in a similar job, traineeships do not count.
  • Strong teamwok mindset, proven ability to lead and manage a small team of peers and trainees
  • Knowledge, understanding of cancer, of health systems operation, previous work experience in an NGO, health sector and in developing awareness campaigns strongly preferred
  • 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 and social media platforms
  • Experience in using Content Management Systems, ideally WordPress
  • Understanding of EU health policy making processes and structure of the European Commission
  • Ability to make and implement an annual workload plan, estimate timelines accurately and work autonomously in a fast-paced environment.


  • Previous experience in EU Funded Projects (H2020 / Horizon Europe / IHI / IMI / Erasmus +)
  • Previous experience in oncology or other health related field
  • Teamwork, a collaborative mindset are essential and willingnes and readiness to offer a helping hand when and where needed are key.

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, meal vouchers, eco-cheques, CCT90 Bonus,  etc) as well as 5 additional holidays per year.

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
  • Autonomy in your daily work

Starting date: Immediate


Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter (maximum two pages) in English ONLY by email to by January 30, 2023. The cover letter should have as Subject line: “Application for the position of Partnerships & Communications Manager – your name”) and should outline your suitability and motivation for the post, indicating also when you could start, if short-listed for interview. It should explicitly reference how your profile matches the different job requirements described above. Please also include a photo with your application and the names and contact details of two people (ideally a 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.