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Vacancy: Policy Officer

Job description

We are looking for a Policy Officer to join us at EASPD’s headquarters in Brussels. The Policy Officer will work in close cooperation with EASPD’s Policy team, led by the Policy Manager. The officer will play a key role in our lobbying and advocacy actions at European and International level. The work will involve covering a broad variety of topics, primarily linked to employment, social economy and social rights.. Persons with disabilities are particularly welcome to apply for the position. The selected person must be registered as unemployed in an EU Member State for at least the last six months in the year before recruitment or be long-term unemployed as a person with a disability.
 

Overview of duties

Under the supervision of the Policy Manager, the Policy Officer will lead EASPD’s Policy work, in areas such as

  • Employment of persons with disabilities – and related services;
  • Social Economy and upcoming EU action plan;
  • The European Pillar of Social Rights and upcoming EU action plan;
  • Other topics will arise.

This will include the following tasks:

  • Monitoring of European Union legislative activities, primarily in the aforementioned issues;
  • Preparation of relevant position papers, briefings and reports, primarily on the aforementioned issues;
  • Representation of EASPD in external coalitions, meetings and events, primarily in Brussels but also internationally. This includes public speaking and engagement with European Union officials. External coalitions include the Social Platform, the European Alliance for Investing in Children and others;
  • Planning and organisation of policy events and meetings (including online) in Brussels, including in European Institutions, and across Europe;
  • Engagement with EASPD members, including through the facilitation of the Member Forum on Employment.

Other tasks will include:

  • EU Project Management activities. Each EASPD staff member is usually involved in at least one European project, either as Coordinator or as simple partner.
  • The officer will be expected to perform some office and administrative duties, as assigned by the Policy Manager and/or the Secretary General. This is expected from each EASPD staff member. 
Profile

Essential:

  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • Experience in a Policy-related position, at European and/or national level;
  • Knowledge of EU policy-making process and upcoming legislation in the social field;
  • Knowledge of social economy and employment issues, including from a European perspective;
  • Proactive, problem-solving and dynamic attitude; • Ability to work with others, under pressure and respect deadlines;
  • Previous experience in events and European project management;
  • Master Level degree (or equal through experience);
  • Computer literacy, especially a very good command of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point).

Desired:

  • Knowledge of issues of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and affecting children with disabilities and their families;);
  • Undergraduate Degree in Politics, International Relations, European Affairs, Law, Sociology, Business studies;
  • Previous experience in events and European project management;
  • Fluent written and spoken in another EU language would be a major asset;
  • Previous experience in an NGO;
  • Negotiation skills with service providers and venues.
Terms of the contract
  • The selected person must be registered as unemployed in an EU Member State for at least the last six months in the year before recruitment or be long-term unemployed as a person with a disability;
  • The selected person must have a valid permit to work in the EU With the financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020);
  • The workstation is the EASPD headquarters in Brussels (BE);
  • Open-end contract of 38 hours per week; remuneration according to Belgian legislation; PC 329319 (Social Sector) and dependent on experience;
  • Starting date: (preferably) as soon as possible.
What we offer
  • The opportunity to work with a well-respected European NGO in Brussels;
  • Working in an exciting, multicultural, inclusive environment;
  • A chance to learn more about the social care & support sectors and organisations from all over Europe;
  • The possibility to contribute to the building of a more social and inclusive Europe;
  • Travel opportunities.
Application procedure
  • Candidates should send their CV and motivation letter to Mr Thomas Bignal thomas.bignal@easpd.eu. The motivation letter should describe how the candidate responds to the skills required;
  • The deadline for applications is 3rd January 2021. Interviews will take place early January 2021, with a strong preference for a face-to-face (with physical distancing and protective equipment) meeting;
  • Due to the number of applications we expect to receive; only selected candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview.
Recruitment data privacy statement
  • EASPD commits to carefully handle the privacy and data protection of natural persons whose personal data are processed by EASPD;
  • EASPD only processes the personal data in a way that is compatible with the purposes for which the data were collected;
  • Personal data is collected to facilitate the recruitment process. Data given to EASPD is included in the CV you need to submit for your application to be considered;
  • EASPD takes appropriate measures to ensure your personal data is not kept for longer than necessary for the intended purposes. That is why your CV will not be kept by EASPD after the recruitment process is finished. Should you wish EASPD to keep your CV for future vacancies, please include this statement in your cover letter.