Policy Officer

International Co-operative Alliance
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 13

Position description

The International Co-operative Alliance is an independent, non-governmental organisation established in 1895 to unite, represent and serve co-operatives worldwide. It provides a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and coordinated action for and about co-operatives. The Alliance's members are international and national co-operative organisations across 100 countries from all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, industry, services, banking, retail, fisheries, health, housing and insurance. Through its membership, the International Co-operative Alliance gives a voice to one billion of the world’s citizens. More information is available at: www.ica.coop.

Against the background of cooperative enterprises enabling people around the world to become protagonists of their own social and economic development, the programme ‘Cooperatives in Development – People-centred businesses in action’ will work on promoting the co-operative business model in global and local development policies, and strengthening co-operative organisations as viable actors in development processes in their own rights. This programme will run from March 2016 to September 2020, and be led by the Alliance global office, in coordination with the four Alliance regional offices for Europe, Africa, Americas, and Asia-Pacific.


The Policy Officer will be responsible to support monitoring of global development processes, policies and programs, in view of promoting the cooperative movement world-wide. S/he will work as a member of the ICA-EU partnership team and report directly to the International Development Director. The Policy Officer will work within the framework of the broader policy and advocacy work of the Alliance as established by the International Development Director and the Director of Policy.

The main roles of the Policy Officer are to identify development policies linked to civil society and the private sector, contribute to the design and development of consultations and draft notes, coordinate with global, regional and sector organisations of the ICA to draft positions regarding the implementation of the SDGs and co-organise the global policy events within the ICA-EU partnership.

Key responsibilities are:

  • Monitor global development policies and processes around the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as Financing for Development and the Means of Implementation;
  • Draft notes and consultation papers on international development policies and processes;
  • Organise global policy events within the field of international development;
  • Support the collaboration and coordination with other civil society networks and organisations;
  • Support the coordination of ICA sectoral and regional organisations in development policy processes;
  • Represent the ICA at relevant development and cooperation review meetings on international development.



  • University degree in political sciences, international relations, economics, international development or similar;
  • 2 years of professional experience related to international development policies and processes;
  • Very good understanding of the international institutions and EU;
  • Knowledge of and relevant experience with consultation processes within development processes;
  • Good command of English;
  • Attentive to details and able to prioritize work;
  • Good IT and communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team;
  • Demonstrate commitment to the cooperative values and principles.


  • Knowledge of other languages, particularly French and Spanish;
  • Experience of work with NGOs or membership organisations.


Starting date is as soon as possible.

Located at the Cooperative House Europe (Avenue Milcamps, 1030 Brussels, Belgium).

Candidates need to have, at the time of application, the legal right to work in Belgium. We regret that we are not able to apply for work-permits on their behalf.

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