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Vacancy: Policy Officer at EASPD

EASPD is looking for an experienced Policy Officer to join us at its 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 linked to human rights and social services.
Persons with disabilities are particularly welcome to apply for the position.

Overview of duties: 

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

  • services for children with disabilities and their families; primarily early childhood intervention and education. This includes the upcoming EU Child Strategy and Child Guarantee.
  • the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This includes the next European Disability Strategy
  • 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 Interest Group on Early Childhood Intervention and support to the Standing Committee on Education.

 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. This could include the ECI Agora project.
  • The officer will be expected to perform some office and administrative duties, as assigned by the Policy Manager. This is expected from each EASPD staff member


  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • Min. 4 year experience in a Policy-related position, at European and/or national level;
  • Significant knowledge of EU policy-making process and upcoming legislation in the social field;
  • Knowledge of social service provision and relevant 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;
  • Computer literacy, especially a very good command of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • 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
  • 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 have a valid permit to work in the EU
  • The workstation is the EASPD headquarters in Brussels (BE)
  • Open-end contract of 38 hours per week; remuneration according to Belgian legislation; PC 329 (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 The motivation letter should describe how the candidate responds to the skills required. 
  • The deadline for applications is 27th September 2020. Interviews will take place on 6th & 9th October, 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.