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2012-04-16  JTS seeks an INFORMATION SPECIALIST to work in BRANCH OFFICE in Vitebsk
Public establishment, the Joint Technical Secretariat (further referred to as JTS), established by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, and located in Vilnius, responsible for providing technical assistance to the Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus Cross-border Cooperation Programme within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (further referred to as Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme) seeks an Information Specialist to work in the JTS Branch office in Vitebsk, Belarus. The Information Specialist will work on a full time basis from Vitebsk.
 
The main functions of the Branch Office are related, but not limited to the communication of the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme in the Vitebsk, Grodno, Minsk and Mogilev oblasts and the city of Minsk.
 
The closing date for applications is the 4 May 2012.
 
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
 
Employing Authority
 
JTS, technically assisting the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme.
 
Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme
 
The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument was launched by the Regulation No 1638/2006 on the 24th of October, 2006, which applies from the 1st of January, 2007 till the 31st of December, 2013. The Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus Cross-border Cooperation Programme within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (Programming document) was adopted by the EC Decision K(2008) 8113 of the 18th of December, 2008.
The priorities and measures, potential applicants and beneficiaries of the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme are set in the Programming document.
 
The eligible areas in Belarus are: Vitebsk, Grodno, Minsk and Mogilev oblasts and the city of Minsk. The eligible areas in Lithuania are: Utena, Panevėžys, Alytus, Vilnius and Kaunas counties. In Latvia, the only eligible region is Latgale.
 
Further information about the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus programme can be found on the Programme website: www.enpi-cbc.eu.
 
Organisational structure
 
The implementing bodies of the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme are: the Joint Monitoring Committee, the Joint Managing Authority (Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania), the National Authority in Belarus (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and the Coordinating Unit for European Union’s TACIS Programme in the Republic of Belarus), the National Authority in Latvia (Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government) and the JTS. The JTS is a public establishment set by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.
 
The Branch Office in Vitebsk is established since November 2010 with the purpose of ensuring efficient and comprehensive communication on the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme in Belarus.
 
The full-time labour contract will be concluded with an information specialist, who will then become an employee of the JTS acting as the Branch Office of the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme in Belarus. The office of the Branch Office of the JTS operates in Vitebsk.
 
Overall objective of establishing the Branch Office
 
The overall objective of employing the person in JTS, who will act as the Branch office in Belarus is to actively contribute to JTS activities by conducting efficient communication of the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme aimed at potential applicants, project implementers, media and general public of Belarus and, when necessary, of other countries in accordance with the Communication Plan of the Programme.
 
JOB DESCRIPTION
 
Tasks of the Branch Office
 
The tasks of the Branch Office will include, but will not be limited to:
  • Active contribution to the JTS activities in advising Belarusian beneficiaries and project partners about proper implementation of the projects and reporting;
  • Assistance to Belarusian partners in complying their projects with the Belarusian national legislation;
  • Promotion of the Programme and its achievements in Belarus and, when necessary, other countries;
  • Active contribution to the JTS activities in organising events, meetings and media campaigns in Belarus and, when necessary, other countries;
  • Translation and interpretation from/to Russian and Belarusian to/from English when needed;
  • Collecting the information necessary for the monitoring of the projects implemented in Belarus and for presenting the results of the projects in public and in front of public bodies;
  • Contribution to the JTS activities in conducting other tasks under the Programme document and the Communication Plan of the Programme. 
Requirements
 
The candidate shall have a higher university degree or equivalent in the field of communication, public relations, journalism, public administration, business administration or other relevant field. He/she must possess good organisational, administrative and communication skills. He/she must be capable of working individually, showing initiative and has to be problem solving and goal oriented. He/she has to be fluent in Russian, Belarusian and English.  
 
The candidate has to be computer literate (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) and an efficient user of Internet. Public writing ability and presentation skills will be treated as advantage.
 
The candidate must be familiar with the eligible area of the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme and be aware of the Belarusian laws and regional development strategies and priorities. He/she must be able to demonstrate the knowledge of the EU Neighbourhood policy and the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument initiative.
 
The candidate must be travel proof and preferably have the driving license. He/she will spend not less than 10% of his/her working time travelling in the eligible territory of Belarus and, if necessary, other countries.
 
The candidate must be independent and free from conflict of interest in the responsibilities accorded to him/her.
 
Professional experience
 
The expert shall have at least 3 years of professional experience. He/she should have an experience of working with international programmes or projects and/or in the fields of public relations or journalism. Experience of working for/with public institutions would be treated as advantage.
 
Previous experience of working with the EU funded projects or programmes would be an advantage. Previous experience in the field of communication would be an asset.
 
Period of employment
 
The intended commencement date is the date when the labour contract will be signed (as soon as possible) and the intended end of contract is 31st of December 2014.
 
Remuneration
 
The person shall receive a competitive salary corresponding to his qualification and skills.
 
SELECTION PROCEDURE
 
Submitting applications
 
The candidates applying for the position of the Branch office in Belarus at the JTS, must submit the following documents:
  • CV in English
  • CV in Russian
  • Mottivation letter in English
  • Mottivation letter in Russian
  • A short description of the candidate’s experience in implementing one communication project (e.g. a campaign, event, etc.) in English (up to 2000 characters with spaces).

The documents must be sent to the e-mail address: info@enpi-cbc.eu not later than on the 4 May 2012.

The JTS will acknowledge the receipt of all the e-mails within 1 working day.

Interviews
 
Basing on the application documents submitted, the candidates fulfilling qualification requirements will be invited for an interview in front of the trilateral Joint Employment Task Force. The interviews will take place in Vitebsk, in the first part of May.
 
The successful candidate will be selected after the interview. If he/she refuses to occupy the vacant position, if the Employment Task Force shall decide so, the second best and, subsequently the third best candidate will be offered the job. 
 
Additional information
 
Please, address your questions to the communication officer of the JTS, Mr. Giedrius Surplys:
Tel. +370 5 261 3809
E-mail:
giedrius.surplys@enpi-cbc.eu  
 
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