EU Advocacy Officer

Hope and Homes for Children
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 18

Position description

Hope and Homes for Children is looking for an Advocacy Officer to join our global advocacy team and play a key role in our day-to-day activities in Brussels.

About Hope and Homes for Children

Across the world an estimated 5.4 million children are spending their childhoods in institutions (also known as ‘orphanages’). Worst of all, an estimated 80% of children in so-called ‘orphanages’ aren’t orphans at all. They have at least one living parent or close relative who could care for them with the right support.

Science shows what we all know; that the bond between a child and their family is vital for their development. Over 100 years of research proves that orphanages harm children, subjecting them to high levels of abuse and neglect.

We genuinely believe that whether you’re an advocate, a designer, a social worker, or a fundraiser, at Hope and Homes for Children we all play a crucial part in ensuring children are no longer confined to harmful institutions and can grow up in families and communities.

It’s an exciting time to join the Advocacy team at Hope and Homes for Children. During the next 12 months, we will work with our partners through alliances and campaigns to directly influence the programming of the European Union’s next Multi-Annual Financial Framework, to ensure the implementation of the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the recognition of child protection and care system reform as a priority across HHC countries of operation and influence.

About the role

This is a role designed to sit in the Global Advocacy Team. As our EU Advocacy Officer, you will play a key role in delivering our EU advocacy in Brussels. You will be versatile and dynamic, with a true passion for children’s rights.

To be successful in this role, you will need strong knowledge of the international development and human rights sphere and/or EU social policy. You will possess excellent communications skills and have a strong passion and commitment to children’s rights. You will have a minimum 2 years professional experience with the EU institutions and/or Brussels-based NGOs. You should be able to proactively monitor policy developments and advocate for policy and funding change in the field of care reform and deinstitutionalisation of children.

In return, you will be joining a brave, can-do organisation and an ambitious and collaborative team. You’ll be encouraged to think and act big and you’ll be mandated and supported to do what’s needed to achieve our mission. You’ll work with dedicated, passionate champions who are ready to take bold steps to inspire change – advocating for our cause across the globe.

When permitted, this role will require a willingness to travel regularly in the region and occasionally overseas (pending considerations linked to Covid-19).

What we offer

Location: We are currently working at home due to Covid-19 and until we secure a new Brussels premises. Once established, we will resume working from the office, 2 or 3 days a week with flexibility to work from home for part of the week. Please note this post is based in Brussel, Belgium. Unfortunately, no relocation costs are available.

Hours: This post is full-time basis, i.e. 38 hours per week, however, we offer a high degree of flexibility through our generous flexible and home working policy.

The gross salary for this post is: Circa Euro 3,200 per month depending on experience.

This contract is: Permanent.

The probation period is: Subject to satisfactory completion of the first three months of employment.

Our benefits: A generous benefits package is available, including pension. Our holiday entitlement is: 25 days per year, plus Belgian Public Holidays.

Starting date: As soon as possible, but no later than September 2021.

Next steps

To apply, please upload, via our website, your CV and cover letter (no more than 700 words) in English.

In the cover letter, please indicate why you’re interested in joining us and explain:

  • Why supporting care reform and deinstitutionalisation should be a key priority for the EU;
  • How your skills, competences and professional experience make you a good match for this position.

Application instructions

If your application does not include a cover letter replying to these questions it will not be considered.

The final date for applications is 9 June 2021, however we will be reviewing applications as they are received and to assist with shortlisting, we may contact candidates beforehand, inviting them to take part in a short call to discuss their suitability for this role.

After 9 June 2021, shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written activity on 16 June 2021 and invited to participate in a video interview on 22 or 23 June 2021.

If you have any queries, please email our HR team and we’d be happy to help.

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