Senior Communications Officer


The BIPM seeks to recruit for the following appointment:

  • Post Title: Senior Communications Officer
  • Grade: A9 (based on qualifications and experience)
  • Deadline for applications: 09 June 2024
  • Type of contract: Fixed-term appointment of 5 years, with the possibility of subsequent conversion to an indefinite contract
  • Location: Sèvres (a suburb of Paris) - France


The BIPM is seeking a Senior Communications Officer to join the International Liaison and Communication (ILC) Department. The post holder will ensure a consistent presence of the BIPM on the internet and social media, and promote the BIPM publications. The post holder will advise the BIPM Director, the ILC Director and the technical departments on strategic communication and outreach activities.

Principal duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of the Department for International Liaison and Communication, the post holder will:

  • Develop consistent concepts and materials to present the work of the BIPM to experts, diplomats and decision makers as well as the broader public
  • Manage the internet and social media presence of the BIPM
  • Specify and produce texts and visuals for different target groups and media
  • Support information campaigns and events initiated by the BIPM Director and the departments
  • Participate in the work of the Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer (CBKT) team and in the delivery of projects and events
  • Provide support to the Director of the ILC Department in defining the BIPM strategy on aspects of communication, stakeholder management and outreach.

Required qualifications


  • A higher degree (or equivalent qualification) in physical science, engineering, or information technology.
  • Advantageous: A degree in science communication.

Work experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the communication team of a National Metrology Institute or an international body addressing a technical and scientific audience.
  • Experience in organizing information campaigns and large events.

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of the development and management of material for websites and social media.
  • Skills in writing in English for a targeted audience.
  • An excellent level of spoken English and a working knowledge of French.
  • Experience with the use of software for web publication, typesetting, photo and video editing.
  • The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to maintain good working relations inside and outside the organization.

Terms of Employment & Benefits

The BIPM offers for this position a fixed-term appointment of 5 years with the possibility of conversion to an indefinite contract based on level of performance and availability of budget. The competitive annual gross salary upon appointment will be between €65 477 and €70 478. It will depend on qualifications and experience and is not subject to income tax in France (however it will be taken into consideration for the calculation of the effective taxation rate, depending on the marital status).

Benefits include a minimum of thirty working days’ vacation per year. The BIPM provides a contributory pension scheme and private health insurance for staff members, which can be extended to cover dependents. In addition, various allowances are applicable, depending on family circumstances and expatriate status.

More information on the Benefits & General Conditions of Employment at the BIPM


The BIPM encourages applications from qualified candidates regardless of gender. A full curriculum vitae (CV), a covering letter (in English) and work samples should be sent by 9 June 2024 (23h59 Paris time).


Applications should include the names of two persons who can comment on the applicant's suitability for the post (who will only be contacted with the prior permission of the candidate). Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. They may be invited to take part in a distance written test and/or in a remote interview as part of the selection process, scheduled to start in June 2024. Thereafter, successful candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview.


The BIPM retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a different grade, to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than the one indicated in this vacancy announcement.


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