Vacancy Notice N° e10/2007
Position of Analyst in charge of a new database on television companies and television channels in Europe (Grade B5)
Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law (DGI)
European Audiovisual Observatory

Closing date: 04 April 2007
Location : Strasbourg

Job mission

Context information
In the context of a contract with the European Commission, Directorate General “Communication”, the European Audiovisual Observatory is launching a 5-year project for the development and maintenance of a database (“Database MAVISE”) on television companies and television channels in Europe. This contract covers the conception and development of the software, as well as the management and updating of the database.

Job mission

 Under the authority of the Head of the Department for Market and Finance Information of the European Audiovisual Observatory, the post-holder will be responsible, along with a second Analyst, for organising and processing information on television companies and television channels in Europe in a database, in compliance with guidelines and priorities, and with a concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy.

Key activities

The post-holder performs the following duties:
·         contributes to the conception of the database in the development stage;
·         identifies relevant information sources;
·         collects, organises and processes information on financing of television channels and television companies in Europe;
·         analyses the data collected;
·         draws up documents, reports and statements;
·         works in close contact with internal counterparts to ensure the co-ordination of activities;
·         establishes and maintains a network of correspondents, in particular within the broadcasting companies;
·         participates in meetings, takes minutes and follows up on actions agreed;
·         reports to the Head of Department for Market and Finance Information on the results achieved and on the problems resolved.

Eligibility Requirements

Employee Core Values


Managerial skills : management of projects.
Professional and technical competencies:
·         qualifications: full secondary education, a post-secondary qualification in economics, business, political sciences or communication would be an advantage;
·         professional expertise: knowledge of european, national and regional television landscapes and of the professional organisations and research/studies institutions active in the field; appropriate professional experience in the audiovisual sector and good knowledge of the European television sector; skills in the elaboration of descriptive statistics; scientific or professional publications related to the television sector would be an advantage;
·         ICT skills: sound computer skills of standard tools in office applications (word processing, spreadsheet, databases, …) as well as specific software;
·         Planning and work organisation;
·         Information seeking;
·         Analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
Interpersonal skills : service and client orientation, teamwork and co-operation, relationship-building.
Communication and linguistic skills : listening and communication skills; very good knowledge of one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe (English and French) in oral and written communication and good knowledge of the other as well as of German as the third official language of the Observatory; knowledge of other European languages desirable.
Personal attitudes : Initiative and responsibility, result-orientation and sense of continuous improvement, concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy; adaptability, self-management and development, organisational alignment.
Personal values : Integrity, loyalty and conscience, discretion, independence and confidence, respect for diversity.

Additional information

The Organisation
The Council of Europe is a political organisation founded in 1949 in order to promote greater unity between its members. It now numbers 46 member States.  The Organisation’s main aims are to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and to develop common responses to political, social, cultural and legal challenges in its member States.  Since 1989 it has integrated most of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and supported them in their efforts to implement and consolidate their reforms.
Set up in December 1992, the European Audiovisual Observatory's goal is to gather and diffuse information on the audiovisual industry in Europe.  The Observatory is a European public service body comprised of 36 member states and the European Community, represented by the European Commission.  It operates within the legal framework of the Council of Europe and works alongside a number of partner and professional organisations from within the industry and with a network of correspondents.  In addition to contributions to conferences, other major activities are the publication of a Yearbook, newsletters and reports, the compilation and management of databases and the provision of information through the Observatory’s Internet site (


 Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe on-line application system and submitted by 4 April 2007 at the latest.
Candidates must be nationals of a Council of Europe member State. Under the Council of Europe’s Staff Regulations, staff members retire at the age of 65.
The successful candidate will be appointed on a fixed-term contract of six months, which could be renewed four times for periods of one year, subject to the extension of the contract with the European Commission.  On the basis of this competition, a reserve list (valid for two years; this period may be extended by periods of one year) may be drawn up of successful candidates for other similar vacant posts (of fixed or indefinite duration) in the Organisation. The names of applicants placed on the reserve list will be forwarded to the respective member state's Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe, as well as to the applications placed on the reserve list.
Under its equal opportunities policy, the Council of Europe is aiming to achieve parity in the number of women and men employed in each category and grade. In the event of equal merit, preference will therefore be given to the applicant belonging to the under-represented sex.
Applications from all suitably qualified candidates are welcome, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation.