Communication Officer EU RESPOND project

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Communication Officer EU RESPOND project
  • University Graduate
Do you like translating scientific findings for policy makers and the wider public? Do you have experience with developing and executing communication strategies for non-profit organizations? And are you interested in scientific research on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health of european citizens? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.4 - 0,5

Job description

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic colleague to join our WHO Collaborating Center at the VU, who will take responsibility for communicating research findings to a variety of international policy and government stakeholders and the wider public. 

Your duties
  • Creating and maintaining a communication and dissemination strategy for the EU H2020 RESPOND project
  • Engaging with stakeholders to promote visibility of the RESPOND project and its outcomes
  • Drafting Policy Briefs and multimedia content for dissemination of RESPOND’s project results for a variety of international stakeholders and the wider public
  • Undertaking and organising digital and real-life events and symposia to present the results of RESPOND


  • Academic degree in a relevant discipline (communication, marketing or humanities)
  • Experience in communication in non-profit or sector, preferably in mental health policy or academia
  • Affinity with scientific research in the field of global health and mental disorders
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal
  • Well-organized and pro-active

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,790 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,402 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.4 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP), contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.

About the RESPOND Project
Starting December 2020, the Department of Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam will coordinate the recently awarded 3-year EU Horizon2020 project "Improving the Preparedness of Health Systems to Reduce Mental Health and Psychosocial Concerns resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic (RESPOND).
RESPOND investigates the long-term behavioral and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the project, fourteen academic partners from France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Australia work together with the VU in the lead, and in collaboration with WHO. The RESPOND project will be embedded within the WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Dissemination of Psychological Interventions, which is located at the VU.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until October 26, 2020. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: dr. Marit Sijbrandij
Position: Associate Professor
Telephone: +31 20 5988360

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