SFP is searching for a new Policy and Communications Officer

Wednesday, 14 June 2023


SFP is a coalition of NGOs working exclusively on EU policy analysis and advocacy linked to the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Our vision is a world free from the death and suffering caused by tobacco consumption.

To this end, SFP works with decision makers to ensure that tobacco control receives adequate political attention at EU level and to promote tobacco control information and policy research at EU and national level, in collaboration with other EU health organizations and tobacco control networks. It also aims to ensure FCTC implementation globally, and is working to release EU funding for tobacco control to counter poverty in developing countries.


The Communications and Policy Officer supports the implementation of the SFP multi-annual strategy and annual work plans. S/he will work closely with the SFP Director within a small team and will have cross-cutting responsibilities to support the communication of SFP’s work towards its stakeholders and will have policy campaign responsibilities. S/he will have a responsibility to execute SFP’s policy strategy and allocated deliverables and will represent SFP and its positions externally. S/he will have a responsibility to coordinate SFP’s communications strategy and will represent SFP and its positions externally. In addition, the Communications and Policy Officer will ensure the two-way communication with SFP Coalition members and the timely reaction to network and partner requests.

Job description

  1. Policy and Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) implementation with a focus on tobacco taxation, product regulation, advertisement, smokefree laws, and governance/transparency.
    • Develop and execute policy campaigns
    • Draft policy briefings and analysis and other policy tools, responses to public consultations for own policy campaigns
    • Monitor and report on political, policy and scientific developments on own files
    • Support the organisations of relevant policy events
    • Liaise with SFP Coalition members, EU policy-makers, experts, and stakeholders on policy campaigns
    • Develop and maintain relevant contacts for own policy files including academia, civil society and government bodies on both national, European and global level
    • Attend meetings (in-person or virtual), webinars, and events on policy issues of interest to SFP
    • Represent SFP on policy issues towards external stakeholders, including at conferences, workshops, consultations, etc.
    • Contribute to developing and executing policy campaigns
  1. Communications and network coordination
    • Draft, review and publish web and media content including press releases and statements on SFP campaigns and events
    • Support the implementation of communications plans across policy campaigns
    • Collect and record regularly updated information on the work and the activities of SFP Coalition members, other health organisations and EU institutions
    • Propose and organise capacity-building activities for SFP Coalition members, coordinate and organise Coalition meetings
    • Draft presentations, reports and briefings on campaigns and events
    • Draft and publish the SFP newsletter
    • Manage SFP’S social media accounts (LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • Monitor publications of the EU for policy developments, which may be of interest to the SFP Coalition members
    • Manage SFP’s contact and subscriber database
    • Produce materials including, but not limited to, all SFP documents and the website
    • Manages and cultivates relationships with media contacts
    • Draft content for SFP reports
  2. Other
    • Support the general administration and functioning of the SFP secretariat
    • Support the organisation and logistics of SFP events (e.g., the SFP policy events and Annual Coalition meeting)
    • Draft short reports of calls and meetings
    • Ensure prompt follow-up for events and meetings


University degree in a relevant field (Master’s level, in politics, communications, international relations, public health, law)


  • 2-3 years of relevant work experience in EU policy making processes, political environment and advocacy. Experience in health/environment/sustainability is a bonus
  • Demonstrable experience in communications and advocacy, ideally in a policy context
  • Experience in navigating EU institutions and processes
  • Ability to synthesize and analyse policy issues
  • Ability to prioritise and organise the work in cooperation with the Director and the team
  • Proficiency in English with excellent writing skills
  • French-speaking skills would be a plus
  • Fluency in MS Office and Google applications


  • Commitment to core values of public health and SFP’s vision
  • Strong communicator and networker
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a small, tight team
  • Positive, can-do attitude, problem solving skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Multitasker, quick thinker, self-starting and proactive attitude


  • A competitive remuneration package including meal vouchers, a monthly allowance and a public transport allowance.
  • A dynamic team within a field of major importance for public health
  • Knowledge and experience sharing in a dynamic, multicultural team within a field of major importance for public health and the environment
  • Access to tobacco control and public health experts, health economists, and a large and diverse civil society network
  • Learning opportunities and possibilities for growth

Participation in trainings on advocacy, communications



The application deadline is 28 June 2023. Pre-selected candidates will be asked to complete a written task. Based on the results of the written task selected candidates will be invited for an online interview.  To apply, please send the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


  • An up-to-date CV
  • A concise motivation letter (no more than half a page) clearly stating why you are interested in working with the SFP team and in public health.


The successful candidate will be required to sign a conflict of interest form declaring non-affiliation with the tobacco industry. 

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