Advocacy Specialist – Crisis and Innovation

Open Society European Policy Institute
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 25

Position description

Please note, this is a Fixed Term role for 2 years.

This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic team at a time of immense change, challenges and opportunities for the open society in Europe and elsewhere. The Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) is the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Our role is to propose positive measures that will sustain the open society and widen the political constituency that supports it, and to defend against efforts to undermine the founding principles and fundamental values of the European Union. We bring evidence, argument, and recommendations drawn from the work of OSF in more than 100 countries to EU policy-makers on a range of external and internal policies.

Job Profile

OSEPI is recruiting an Advocacy Specialist for a two-year fixed term to focus on innovative, crisis and simmering policy issues of relevance to OSF. We are looking for a flexible, self-starting innovator with sharp analytical and writing skills, and a solid understanding of the factors of political change at EU level.

Candidates should have an understanding of how advocacy works, knowledge of the EU system and commitment to the goals of OSF. We are seeking someone with the ability to digest and analyse large amounts of information with a view to setting priorities and following issues subject to rapid change. The Advocacy Specialist will cover issues ranging from protecting fundamental rights within the EU to ensuring that the EU’s external action protects and promotes open societies. Specific topics may include digital politics, transparency, civic space, trade and the EU’s budget and funding practices. The Advocacy Specialist reports to the Deputy Director and works in close collaboration with the policy team and OSEPI’s leadership. This is an exciting and diverse role at the heart of the policy team in Brussels.

Essential duties and responsibilities in this role will include:

  • Supporting emergency or crisis advocacy through a wide range of activities.
  • Monitoring and providing advocacy support in areas of policy where political and other developments may change the level of priority at OSEPI.
  • Conducting research and analysis to be used in the design and implementation of innovative and new advocacy strategies in areas under development.
  • Designing and carrying out mapping exercises and on-going monitoring of fields, targets and issues for OSEPI’s policy team.
  • Analysing the advocacy components of grant proposals for OSF grantmaking entities.
  • Partnering closely with operational colleagues supporting advocacy initiatives, including events, research initiatives and other areas of advocacy support.
  • Performing administrative tasks or implementing projects which may include developing tools and templates for advocacy, coordinating event logistics and programmes for visiting delegations, and engaging with the research team on the terms of reference for advocacy research projects.
  • Developing concept papers and agendas, and identifying key players for convenings and events.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education; graduate degree desirable.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in a situation relevant to the duties of this role and development of the skills required for this role.
  • Knowledgeable on advocacy issues of interest to OSF, in particular as the European Union and its policies to protect and promote open societies.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; working level French and/or German, and/or additional languages an asset.
  • Strong skills in research, analysis and processing large amounts of information.
  • Practical aptitude with social media and an understanding of the potential of online platforms for advocacy.
  • Ability to work effectively and with flexibility, in compliance with internal policies and external constraints.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

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