EU Institutions Coordinator

European Youth Forum
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 03

Position description

The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. We represent over 100 youth organisations, which bring together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe.

The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their rights, interests and those of their organisations. In the current uncertain political and social context that affects young people, they can be powerful catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s challenges.


The European Youth Forum is looking for a EU Institutions Coordinator to join the Policy & Advocacy Department. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Policy & Advocacy Director.


  • Implement, follow-up the European Youth Forum policy demands in accordance with the organisation’s strategy under the supervision of the Policy & Advocacy Director;
  • Coordinate the advocacy work of the European Youth Forum towards the European Union;
  • Build a strong network and strengthen relationships with the various actors in the relevant fields (Member Organisations, other youth NGOs, relevant stakeholders, social partners, civil society and institutional partners);
  • Assist the Team Leaders and the Policy and Advocacy Director as required.


  • Coordinate the advocacy work of the European Youth Forum towards the European Union;
  • Plan, execute and implement advocacy actions targeting policy-makers, stakeholders and other decision-makers;
  • Promote the Youth Forum’s positions in external meetings, events and conferences;
  • Ensure the mapping and monitoring of policies and initiatives in the different working areas of the European Youth Forum in cooperation with the relevant staff members, in relation to the European Union and report on these policy developments to Board members and Member Organisations;
  • Coordinate the relationships of the European Youth Forum towards the European Union (EU);
  • Liaise and develop relations with different Institutions and bodies of the EU, in particular with the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee;
  • Draft briefings, reports, working and strategy papers as well as articles for internal and external European Youth Forum publications;
  • Organise, run and participate in international meetings and projects and coordinate their follow-up, independently or in cooperation with EU institutions;
  • Represent the Youth Forum in external bodies and build a network of contacts;
  • Cooperate with Youth Forum Member Organisations on issues related to the EU;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the strategic plan of the European Youth Forum;
  • Provide support to other colleagues and departments of the European Youth Forum as appropriate and necessary;
  • Coordinate the organisation of relevant meetings and conferences with the support of the Events Team;
  • Oversee execution of the budget allocated to the working area.


Policy & Advocacy skills

  • Ability to understand and identify advocacy opportunities in policy-making processes;
  • Ability to identify, process and analyse relevant information from multiple sources quickly;
  • Ability to synthesise detailed policy positions and write in a concise and impactful manner;
  • Experience of advocacy on policy priorities towards EU institutions and coordination of relevant processes;
  • Good understanding of the internal workings of the institutional partners the Youth Forum works with, especially the European Union - the Council of Europe and the United Nations are an asset - and how to influence their processes;
  • Ability to develop and build a strong network of institutional and other partners and to advocate effectively;
  • Excellent writing skills and advanced level speaking skills in English.

General and personal skills

  • Ability to set personal objectives and think strategically;
  • Good organisational skills and capacity to multitask;
  • Ability to work under own initiative and as part of a team on common projects;
  • Ability to meet change head-on, think creatively and develop innovative solutions;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and manage a challenging workload;
  • Computer literacy, with good working knowledge of word processing, email and online applications;
  • Ability to take on additional responsibilities, including coordination and support;
  • Very good understanding of European Youth Forum internal processes, ways of working and organisational culture;
  • Ability to understand and identify opportunities in the European and global decision-making processes;
  • Very good knowledge of the different institutional partners with whom the Youth Forum works, especially the EU institutions; Council of Europe and the United Nations are an asset;
  • Ability to advocate effectively and to communicate in an articulated manner to a wide range of audiences in both written and orally;
  • Ability to formulate a position, analyse documents and monitor processes.


The contract is for 5 years and full time (35 hours per week). The gross monthly salary according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement currently applied at the European Youth Forum) is €3,008.25.

A relocation package, hospitalisation insurance and other benefits are available. Travel expenses within the Brussels region are covered by the European Youth Forum.

Candidates applying for this position should be willing to travel and work flexible hours including if required occasional weekends. This position is based in Brussels and candidates should be willing to relocate or live in the surrounding area.

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