CONCORD is the European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations: 28 National Platforms, 25 international networks and 4 associate members which together represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of people across Europe. We are the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy, funding and practice.
As an experienced advocacy adviser, you will lead and engage CONCORD members to shape CONCORD’s policy and advocacy work on the issue of inequalities and global citizenship education. We are looking for a person who enjoys system thinking, teamwork and engaging with a range of actors on advocacy work. The role will provide strategic policy steer and thought leadership in helping to shape and share a narrative around inequalities. You will build on your knowledge and understanding of multi-dimensional and intersectional approaches to inequalities to help CONCORD members and partners shape successful policy outcomes. Through the understanding of the global citizenship education issues you will work to challenge the traditional sphere of power to defend human dignity and to promote social accountability and international solidarity.
You will contribute to the work of other Policy and Advocacy Advisors within the Secretariat in order to achieve our joint aim of transformational change in EU policy, funding and practice. You will support the communications team in contributing to the visibility of CONCORD’s work.
Key areas of responsibility
Lead CONCORD’s work on the topics related to inequalities, sustainable economy and civil society, including engaging and coordinating a solid base of members contributing to ‘inequalities and social economy’ work,
– Lead and contribute to CONCORD’s work on global citizenship education,
– Facilitate the development of evidence-based policy recommendations and positions in priority areas including by commissioning research and producing reports, briefings and other materials to feed into key policy and advocacy debates
– Promote political dialogue and build sound relationships with the EU institutions
– Provide input, support and advice to CONCORD members, including capacity-building and participation in cross-organisational events and working groups.
– Develop a broad network of experts from civil society, academia, think tanks, the private sector and other relevant sectors; outreach to civil society in Africa will be particularly important
– Ensure budget monitoring and reporting on activities under the grant
– Contribute to the team’s planning activities and undertake other relevant duties as appropriate, in line with the priorities of the team,
– Contribute to generic policy and advocacy work and internal coordination and collaboration
– Represent the Confederation in relevant governance, planning, intelligence and advocacy meetings
– Support the peer-to-peer capacity-building of members to better engage in national, EU, partner country and international advocacy initiatives
The candidate will understand and be committed to CONCORD’s vision and goals and be able to contribute to CONCORD’s ambition to pursue a transformational, systemic and gender-sensitive agenda at EU level.
– Academic background or professional experience in the development and/or human rights sector
– Strong advocacy background ideally mixed with knowledge of socio-economic policy,
– Sound understanding of gender equality and systemic approaches in development cooperation
– Good understanding of EU policy-making and influencing processes and strategies
– At least 7 years of professional experience (excluding internships) specifically in policy and advocacy work
– Experience in advocacy towards the EU with a proven track record of policy and advocacy successes
– Experience in working in an NGO, whether in Europe or elsewhere
– Experience in writing briefings or reports on international cooperation or related issues
– Experience in organising events and coordinating different entities.
– Politically astute, with well-honed policy analysis skills and an ability to translate that analysis into strategic advocacy positions that imply a transformative, gender-sensitive change
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and collegial approach, including tactful but effective facilitation skills to build consensus
– Strong planning and organisational skills, particularly the ability to plan and execute research that contributes to advocacy positions
– Team player; proactive; self-starter
– Capable networker, able to coordinate and operate effectively in coalitions
– Confidence and fluency in communicating to external audiences on CONCORD’s work in your areas of focus
– Fluent level written and spoken English is a must; working knowledge of French is desirable
Conditions of Employment
Contract: One-year full-time position (“CDD”) with the possibility of conversion to permanent
contract (“CDI”) on successful completion
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Gross salary: €3579 per month, depending on experience
Other benefits: holiday allowance; ‘thirteenth month’; hospitalisation insurance; affiliation to pension scheme; meal vouchers and a monthly commuting allowance on local public transport or by bicycle pro rata for the period.
The position reports to the Head of Policy and Advocacy.
If you are interested, please upload your CV and a cover letter explaining your motivation and fit (max. 1 page ) in the portal below before the given deadline. Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted. All candidates must have a valid work permit to work in Belgium. We will contact only shortlisted candidates.
The closing date for applications is 14 September 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The written test and interviews will take place during the week of 20 September. The ideal start date is mid-October.