Senior EU Advocacy Officer

CARE International
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 09

Position description

CARE International is among the world’s largest international non-governmental humanitarian relief and development organizations. Drawing on its 75 years of experience, through its confederation of 21 CARE member partners, as both a practitioner and thought leader, CARE International’s work reaches 100 countries worldwide to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

At the core of the Confederation is a small, globally distributed Secretariat, which provides coordination and support to its Members in many areas as governance, strategic planning, communications, membership development and accountability, advocacy, humanitarian response, and program development. In addition, the Secretariat represents the CARE confederation at the United Nations and the European Union.

The Senior EU Advocacy Officer will be based at CARE International’s Representation to the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Belgium. Under the direction of the EU Representative and Head of Office, she/he will lead the CI advocacy work at EU level in order to build relations with the EU institutions, strengthen CARE’s representation to the EU, and influence EU policies that have an impact on CARE International’s programmatic objectives. TheU Officer will also manage the EU Advocacy Action Plan and coordinate the advocacy work of European CARE offices towards the EU.

Key responsibilities but not limited to

The Senior EU Advocacy Officer will provide strategic guidance to and implement CI’s advocacy work at the European level, particularly on the priority areas for CI and the CI EU office, namely: gender equality; countries in crisis; humanitarian policy; climate change; food and nutrition security; and external action budgets.

The Officer will also follow and provide limited support in other priority policy areas for CI such as the Right to Health, Women’s Economic Justice, Right to Water, and participatory governance, and in other issues related to development and humanitarian aid policies impacting on CI’s work.

1. Leading CI’s European Advocacy work (approximately 65%):

  • Identify and act on opportunities to support the implementation of CI’s global advocacy priorities through CI’s interaction with European institutions in Brussels;
  • Monitor and influence policy developments at the EU level;
  • Undertake research and analysis on relevant EU policies and identifying opportunities;
  • Draft updates, briefing notes, policy positions and talking points on relevant EU processes;
  • Support the organisation of advocacy events;
  • Maintain and further develop a network of contacts within EU institutions and Civil Society Organisations in Brussels;
  • Actively represent, participate in and influence European NGO networks, namely CONCORD, VOICE, CAN Europe, Crisis Action and EPLO, and create other alliances as required to achieve CI advocacy objectives;
  • Through advocacy work, identify and create opportunities to position CI for EU funding, in liaison with EU funding team;
  • Participate in key meetings, briefings and conferences organised by EU institutions, UN agencies, and other NGOs;
  • Provide overall supervision of the EU Funding and Advocacy intern.

2. Contributing to strengthening coordination and information sharing on European advocacy (approximately 20%):

  • Lead the work of the European Advocacy Group, including assuming responsibility for developing and monitoring implementation of the EU Advocacy Action Plan;
  • Coordinate the interaction of CI’s European members and the European Advocacy Group, and country offices with the EU around EU policy processes and decisions;
  • Support the organisation of the European Advocacy annual meeting, mid-term and ad hoc calls, and other relevant meetings as required;
  • Provide ad hoc support and advice to European members’ advocacy teams.

3. Participating in and supporting the work of CI Brussels office and the CI Secretariat advocacy team lead by the Head of Global Advocacy as required (approximately 15%):

  • Assist in the preparation of annual operating plans, reports, and MEL for CI Brussels’s advocacy work;
  • Represent CI in meetings/conferences;
  • Support global advocacy efforts beyond Europe as required and feed in CI EU and European perspectives into global advocacy efforts and working groups;
  • Organize conference calls, meetings and workshops, including preparatory processes, documents and reports;
  • Participate in relevant internal meetings;
  • Support administrative functions as needed.



  • CI Head, Global Advocacy;
  • CI Senior Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor;
  • CI Representative New York;
  • Advocacy staff of all CI members, particularly European members, and country offices.


  • Advocacy staff in peer organizations;
  • Contacts in EU Institutions.


  • Master Degree (or a combination of a Bachelor degree and/or relevant experience) in social sciences, such as political sciences, international relations, development studies, economics or law;
  • At least 7 years of working experience in advocacy with an NGO or relevant international organisations towards EU Institutions in the areas of development and/or humanitarian policy;
  • Proven knowledge on how to influence EU decision-making processes;
  • Proven ability to produce advocacy materials and to develop mechanisms to share and manage advocacy information and knowledge;
  • Strong oral and written English. Further language skills, especially French and Spanish would be an asset;
  • Experience in CI priority thematic areas such as gender equality, humanitarian aid, climate change, or food and nutrition security a definitive asset.


  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • High capacity to work independently within a small team and to work with others at a distance within a complex organisational setting;
  • Strong organisational and communication skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills;
  • Ability to take initiatives and responsibility for own learning and work;
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines and strong ability to multi-task;
  • Committed to CARE’s vision and mission and to achieving gender equality.

Application instructions

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CVs and a brief covering letter of interest in English by November 30th, 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

More Information on CARE International is available at

CARE seeks to improve the lives of the most marginalized, particularly women and girls. Our diversity is our strength. We encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.

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