Policy and Advocacy Officer - Research

Coimbra Group of Universities
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 06

Position description

Key responsibilities could include

Policy and advocacy work:

  • Monitor, analyse and report on EU legislation and policy developments in Education that could impact CG member universities (European Research Area, New European Innovation Agenda, research assessment, research careers, MFF, etc.);
  • Consult and liaise internally and externally to the Coimbra Group community, collect and prepare data to feed into the policy work;
  • Contribute to formulating and promoting CG’s position on relevant topics at EU level in close collaboration with the Executive Board;
  • Respond to consultations, draft and edit policy notes, position papers, statements, press releases, briefings, reports and other documents;
  • Contribute to developing and implementing advocacy strategies and campaigns in close collaboration with the Executive Board and, when appropriate, with relevant partners;
  • Strengthen CG relationships with EU institutions and relevant EU stakeholders;
  • Harness the potential of CG central strategic initiatives, Working Groups’ activities and EU projects where the CG is involved, to feed into the policy work;
  • Participate and represent CG in stakeholder meetings and other events.

Contribution to other services provided to CG members:

  • Monitor and provide support to the work of three thematic CG Working Groups;
  • Prepare, organise, participate in and/or report on internal and external meetings and events;
  • Contribute, as required, to implement centrally managed initiatives and projects;
  • Write articles for the CG web site, newsletter, social media posts;
  • Contribute to providing inputs, support and advice to CG members as appropriate;
  • Collaborate effectively with the other staff members to support shared team outcomes;
  • Undertake other relevant duties as appropriate, in line with the priorities of the Coimbra Group.

Profile and skills

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline, or equivalent work experience;
  • Successful track record of 5-10 years’ work experience in policy and advocacy work at EU level (e.g. at an EU institution, representation office, stakeholder organisation or in a consultancy, etc.);
  • Previous experience in academia is an asset;
  • Thorough understanding of EU institutions, policy-making processes and funding instruments;
  • Good knowledge of higher education, research and innovation issues, notably their European and international dimensions;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (be confident in engaging with a range of stakeholders, capacity to draft concise effective policy messages, etc.);
  • Fluent spoken and written English-other EU languages is an asset;
  • Fully computer literate with advanced knowledge of MS Office 365;
  • Qualitative and quantitative analytical skills (desirable);
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks at the same time;
  • Team player with a flexible, positive attitude towards work;
  • Availability to travel occasionally mainly within Europe;
  • Have the right to live and work in Belgium at the time of application.

Application instructions

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