Advocacy Specialist

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

Position description

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 to EU policymakers drawn from the work of OSF in more than 100 countries. We are seeking two candidates to work in a dynamic team in Brussels at a time of immense change, challenges and opportunities for the open society in Europe and elsewhere.

Job Profile

OSEPI is recruiting for Advocacy Specialists to join our Internal and External EU policy teams. We are looking for two candidates, one with specialised knowledge of EU and human rights law, and the decision making process for internal EU policy; and one with expertise on the policies and instruments for EU external action. Both roles require an understanding of how advocacy works, knowledge of the EU system and commitment to the goals of OSF. 

Each Advocacy Specialist will report to the head/lead of their respective policy team. They will cover a wide range of responsibilities that advance the strategies of each team and of OSEPI. We are seeking candidates with the ability to digest and analyse large amounts of information in a fast-paced policy environment. The Advocacy Specialists will cover a wide range of issues. On internal policy, this will range across fundamental rights, anti-discrimination, migration and asylum policies. On external policy, the role includes a broad geographic scope, from North Africa to Myanmar, and a range of issues from security governance to the protection of human rights defenders.

Essential duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the advocacy efforts of the policy team by conducting a wide range of activities.
  • Conducting research and analysis to be used in the design and implementation of advocacy strategies, and for the evaluation of advocacy portfolios or other OSEPI processes.
  • Designing and carrying out mapping exercises and on-going monitoring of fields, targets and issues for the EXPO or INPO teams.
  • Analysing the advocacy components of grant proposals for OSF grantmaking entities when requested.
  • 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.
  • Proficient 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 (OSF and OSEPI) 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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