Policy Advisor - Social Affairs

  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 30

Position description

As policy advisor, you will be responsible for supporting Eurocities activities related to the social affirs forum, by contributing to the organisation’s networking, advocacy and project activities related different topics such as inclusive labour market and social innovation. In this role, you will:

  • prepare policy-transfer and mutual learning events on social affairs and employment for Eurocities members, including study visits and peer reviews;
  • organise dissemination and advocacy activities, including seminars, workshops and publications;
  • carry out lobby and advocacy work on long-term unemployment, youth unemployment, and the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights with European Institutions and other relevant stakeholders;
  • provide support to Eurocities working group on employment, and working group smart social inclusion, preparing policy briefing and drafting policy papers;
  • cooperate with colleagues to ensure the delivery of the annual workplan and mutual learning programme for social and employment policies;
  • maintain an up-to-date overview of policy developments and contribute with expertise and strategic insights to the policy work of Eurocities;
  • maintain contacts with the EU institutions, with member cities, and with other stakeholders;
  • coordinate the preparation of relevant policy statements;
  • ensure that any potential synergies with other policy areas, projects and communications activities of Eurocities are developed through coordination with relevant colleagues;
  • ensure effective communication to members and more widely through the various channels available;
  • support Eurocities general policy and project work, as well as other activities in line with the overall objectives.




You have:

  • a successful track record of at least 5 years of work experience in policy advocacy at EU level and EU project implementation;
  • a Masters degree or equivalent in in social policies, social sciences, urban development, EU studies or related fields;
  • thorough understanding of the EU institutions, decision making processes and funding instruments;
  • excellent knowledge of EU policies and programmes related to social inclusion;
  • excellent knowledge of urban policies and cities in general, including the role of cities in the EU;
  • excellent research and analytical skills, including the ability to collect, analyse and present information in a clear and concise way;
  • experience in mutual learning/policy transfer methodologies;
  • excellent political judgement for advocacy and lobby work;
  • experience in organising events and mutual learning activities;
  • experience in coordinating working groups;
  • experience in advocacy, lobby and influencing EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders;
  • strong organisation and coordination skills;
  • excellent organisational awareness;
  • excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
  • good interpersonal skills for an international environment.

You are:

  • a strategic liaison for a specific Eurocities community and key EU representatives;
  • a dynamic team player who also takes full responsibility for delivering results on own work;
  • agile in a changing environment with the ability to juggle competing deadlines;
  • a self-starter, driven by the motivation to deliver outcomes for cities and citizens.


  • experience of working with cities, either in a city administration or through a network;
  • knowledge of indicators, notably in the area of social affairs;
  • other languages.

Application instructions

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