Policy and Advocacy Advisor

European Network Against Racism
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 01

Position description

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR aisbl) is the only pan-European anti-racism network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racism actors in Europe. Our mission is to achieve full equality, solidarity and well-being for all in Europe. We want to allow all members of society, whatever their skin colour, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation, to participate and be included in society. We specifically work to combat racism and discrimination based on colour, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, religion, culture, language or legal status. We envision a vibrant and inclusive society and economy that embrace equality and diversity and the benefits of a racism-free Europe. Our staff is based in our Secretariat in Brussels and our member organisations are based all over Europe.

To support our work to achieve positive systemic change to build an inclusive Europe, we are looking to recruit a passionate and talented policy advisor capable of spearheading on behalf of our members crucial policy advocacy, monitoring, and research they require. This post offers a unique opportunity to be a leading force for change and phone in your skills as an advocate and champion of the anti-racist movement.

Base Salary: Approx. €3000 gross per month   
Reports to: Director Policy, Advocacy and Network Development  
Working hours: Full time position
Contract: 1 year with possibility of renewal following evaluation
Start of contract: ASAP 

The Policy and Advocacy Advisor implements the advocacy strategy, as developed within ENAR’s annual work plan and in line with ENAR’s strategic plan, as outlined by the senior leadership team and in close cooperation with ENAR team.

Primary responsibilities:

  1. develop and implement the advocacy strategies at both national and EU levels;
  2. develop and advance policy framework strategies for racialised communities in collaboration with targeted coalitions and partners;
  3. identify, monitor and assess new policy initiatives, draft legislation and any other relevant policy information and draft preliminary policy positions, briefing papers, consultations/submissions, letters and internal dissemination of updates to the membership where relevant;
  4. liaise with policy makers and politicians, at national and EU levels; where and when required;
  5. in close collaboration, with the communications team, develop key messages and/or draft communication materials (news releases, op-eds, blog posts, social media posts) in support of policy and campaigns objectives; 
  6. research, monitor and document racial injustice and human rights abuses by collecting and analysing information from a wide variety of sources including governments and public officials, civil society organisations, victims, journalists and others; and
  7. coordinate the work of consultants when relevant.

 General responsibilities: 

  1. work flexibly as a member of the team and the organisation and undertake other reasonable duties and responsibilities at the request of the Co-Directors and other colleagues; 
  2. in close collaboration with the Co-Directors, liaise with policy makers and politicians as well as any other relevant counterparts, when and where required; 
  3. attend and contribute to the preparation of ENAR conferences and publications and other ENAR initiatives;
  4. proactively share relevant information and expertise within the organisation;
  5. contribute to the smooth running of the organisation, working with other ENAR staff to meet the organisation’s overall objectives, including strategic and operational planning, participation in periodic performance and training reviews, and contribute to organisational development where relevant; and
  6. contribute to draft grant applications and final reporting.


Education, knowledge and experience 

  • Educated at university level or equivalent degree or experience;
  • Minimum 3 years of proven track record in policy and research analysis and/or lobbying work at national or international level;
  • Extensive knowledge or at least 3 years’ work experience in an NGO or similar organisation at an EU or national level a distinctive advantage;
  • Experience of working with consultants or others;
  • Very good understanding of EU legal instruments, policies and EU institutions;
  • Good knowledge and experience of anti-racism, the criminal legal system, migration intersectionality, human rights, discrimination and/or related issues.   

Abilities and skills 

  • Outstanding awareness and knowledge of political dynamics and structures;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • Good communication and presentation skills (ability to address a wide range of audiences);
  • Fluency in English (speaking and writing);
  • Sound organisational skills and ability to prioritise work and to meet deadlines;
  • Good team player, sound judgment; 
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required;

Reporting duties 

  • The Policy and Advocacy Advisor reports to the Director, Policy, Advocacy and Network Development.  

Line management

  • No line-management duties beyond guiding their own Intern, if applicable. 

Application instructions

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