Policy and Advocacy Officer

Counter Balance
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 07

Position description

Interviews will take place in Brussels or remotely shortly after the deadline. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Discover more about Counter Balance here: http://counter-balance.org/


Counter Balance is a coalition of nine international development and environmental NGOs whose mission is to make European public finance a key driver of the transition to socially and environmentally sustainable and equitable societies. We do this by holding EU public financial institutions to account on their public mission, challenging harmful decisions, policies and projects and promoting progressive alternatives.

The coalition was formed in 2007 to specifically challenge the European Investment Bank (EIB) and push for its reform. While the EIB remains our main target, we have expanded the scope of our work to other public investment banks such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and national development financial institutions – public financial institutions which operate similarly. We also deal with related EU policies and regulations impacting those institutions.


Counter Balance is seeking a dynamic Policy and Advocacy Officer to support our work on European public banks based in our Brussels office.

Working in close cooperation with our members across Europe, the role includes a variety of advocacy, research and operational tasks. The main duties of the Policy and Advocacy Officer are listed below:

  • Develop and implement advocacy and awareness campaigns related to EU investment plans and the EIB;
  • Taking part in advocacy activities towards European institutions (European Parliament, Commission, and EU Member States) within a broad coalition of NGOs;
  • Assisting in communications tasks, particularly with coalition and external partners;
  • Various research activities related to the role of public finance (particularly on climate and development issues);
  • Supporting the organisation of internal and public events;
  • Supporting Counter Balance’s work with operational tasks like minute taking, translations and contacts management.




Reporting to:

The Director of Counter Balance will be the direct supervisor of the Policy and Advocacy Officer. The Counter Balance board is responsible for the oversight of the work and performance of the Counter Balance secretariat. Therefore, members of the secretariat report regularly on their activities to the board.

Other key relationships:

Counter Balance is a coalition which benefits from the expertise of its members across Europe and seeks to coordinate campaigns and activities at a pan-European level. In this context, the Policy and Advocacy Officer will work in close cooperation with staff within our members dedicated to the objectives of Counter Balance.

Other stakeholders who the Policy and Advocacy Officer will work with include EU and non-EU NGOs who Counter Balance has developed strong partnerships with, journalists and decision-makers at EU level.


Full time contract (38 hours) with a competitive non-profit sector salary.

  • Place of work: Brussels (Belgium) - Mundo-B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Ixelles
  • Working language: English

Application instructions

Please apply in writing by sending an e-mail to: [email protected], with the subject line “Policy and Advocacy Officer”, including:

- Your CV in English;

- An application letter, focusing on your motivation and suitability for this position.


Interviews will take place in Brussels or remotely shortly after the deadline. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Discover more about Counter Balance here: http://counter-balance.org/

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