Senior Policy Co-ordinator

Eurodiaconia
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Feb-13-2019
  • Posted
    Jan 31

Position description

Eurodiaconia is a European network of churches and Christian NGOs providing social and health care services and advocating for social justice. Together our membership represents the needs and unique experiences of 48 national and regional organisations in 32 countries.

Diakonia is Greek for service and in the biblical sense, this means service for and with people in need. Members’ activities facilitate social cohesion and inclusion through diaconal education and provision of social and health services to young and old, people experiencing marginalisation, exclusion and poverty and situations of abuse.

Eurodiaconia creates a platform for diaconal actors to facilitate trans-national networking. It also creates a link between the regional, national and European levels, developing ideas and feeding into policies to combat social exclusion, isolation, poverty, injustice and inequalities.

The Job is a new post in our team and an opportunity to lead our policy work. We are looking for someone who can co-ordinate our policy team and ensure we all deliver on our ambitious aspirations to address social justice. We are looking for someone who is socially driven, experienced in EU social policy processes, able to co-ordinate multiple policy dossiers and with experience of working within a membership organisation. You should be confident in working with external stakeholders, a partnership and network builder and able to analyse complex information. Co-ordination will be a large part of your role but you will also have your own policy files from our social policy portfolio that you will follow and achieve impact on. You will also work with our Secretary General in ensuring the strategic aims of the network are met as well as being part of the governance team supporting our Supervisory Board and organising our Annual Conference and General Meeting. You will also deputize for our Secretary General as needed. This is a great opportunity for someone who is ready for more in their professional life and wants to develop more than their policy skills.

We expect you to have already established yourself in the social policy field with a proven track record of working at European level in the Brussels environment or a comparable national environment. You should have some experience of co-ordinating staff and/or policy dossiers and ideally some management and governance experience. You should be confident in dealing with colleagues and be comfortable in giving direction and support. You should be ready to step up from your current position to take on more responsibility. You should be able to relate to and sympathise with our vision and mission and understand the traditions that unite our membership. You should appreciate the diversity of our membership and the various cultures that they represent. You will need to be highly organised, proactive, able to work autonomously and be comfortable in initiating contacts with institutional stakeholders and other partners. Our day to day working language is English but other languages are always an advantage.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, generous holiday allowance, a supportive and dynamic working environment, training and support with the opportunity to develop leadership, policy, management and governance skills. You will be working in an international environment and will have some regular travel and the opportunity to share in the development of our vision of a socially just Europe. We can offer this post at either 100% or 80% depending on the candidate. 

Application instructions

Please send a CV and cover letter. Cover letters should be no more than 1 page in length. Please do not send any additional documentation such as references, certificates etc. Applicants should have the existing right to live and work in the European Union. Due to the high level of applications anticipated we will not be able to reply to each application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. 

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