Policy and Project Officer

European Lung Foundation
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 22

Position description

ELF works to ensure people living with lung disease have access to evidence-based information and the opportunity to influence respiratory research, guidelines and policy at a European level. ELF has >200 patient organisations in its patient organisation network from 51 countries. It also has 13 disease-specific patient advisory groups, who provide input and advise on the priorities important to patients. ELF has offices based in Sheffield and in Brussels.

ELF was founded by the European Respiratory Society (ERS). ERS is an international membership organisation that brings experts working in respiratory medicine. It has a membership of >35,000 individuals representing over 160 countries. It is the leading medical organisation in the respiratory field. ERS has a strong presence via its Advocacy team in Brussels.

ELF is looking for a Policy and events officer to work in its Brussels office in partnership with the ERS Advocacy team. The focus of this position will be on promoting lung health via Brussels-based advocacy activities.

Candidates should display flexibility and show an ability to adapt and become acquainted with various ELF and ERS projects and policies if necessary. This individual will be based in Brussels, reporting to the European Lung Foundation Director in Sheffield, UK, and the ERS Director of Advocacy and European Affairs in Brussels, Belgium.

Main responsibilities:

  • Contribution to advocacy activities such as preparing presentations, drafting speeches, writing editorials and newsletters for ELF network/patient advisory groups;
  • Providing support to internal working groups and committees (agendas/minutes);
  • Comprehensive delivery of high-quality EU policy events;
  • Coordination of and delivery on a range of EU projects covering topics such as COVID, lung cancer and TB.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant discipline, e.g. health/research;
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience, preferably in the healthcare, or association management field;
  • Understanding of the European institutions;
  • Good knowledge of medical/research/health policy issues;
  • The ability to plan your own work, work on your own initiative and to deadlines;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Ability to distil complex ideas quickly in order to articulate these to relevant audiences internally and externally;
  • Reliability, honesty, tact and discretion;
  • Ability to work as part of a small team;
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Office (Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required;
  • Knowledge of additional languages is a plus;
  • Work experience in an international environment.

ELF offers an excellent package according to the Belgian legislation and social security requirements.

Application instructions

Applications should be sent by email with the subject ‘Policy officer - ELF’ to ELF Director.

Start date: As soon as possible
Duration: Permanent
Please note: Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted

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