EU Policy Advisor

SOS Children's Villages International

Brussels, Belgium

SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation we help children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for children’s rights. We work in 135 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Monitor policy developments at EU level, identify opportunities, develop and implement advocacy strategies according to SOS Children’s Villages strategic objectives and work programme; promote opportunities to concretise these achievements through funding commitments;
  • Provide policy research, analysis and advice concerning your areas of responsibility;
  • Develop advocacy messages and positions in collaboration with the Advocacy Team and Member Associations, including capacity building and driving engagement towards the EU;
  • Write briefings, statements, notes and other communication materials for external and internal audiences;
  • Ensure a good information flow with colleagues, other internal departments and Member Associations;
  • Organisation and facilitation of events and workshops;
  • Representation and networking on behalf of SOS Children’s Villages International with the European Institutions and other actors as required.


  • Excellent knowledge and experience of working with the EU institutions, structures, policies, procedures and funding mechanisms;
  • Track record in partnership development and allocation of funding opportunities;
  • MA Degree in International Relations, Political Science, EU studies; Human Rights or related field; BA Degree and commensurate experience can also be considered;
  • Knowledge of humanitarian policies would be an advantage;
  • 5 years of proven relevant professional experience in the field of development cooperation, and/or Child Rights, including in policy analysis and development, advocacy activities and event organisation in an NGO environment;
  • Strong analytical capacity and project management skills; ability to organise and manage own work;
  • Excellent networking and communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English; knowledge of another European language (French, German or Spanish) a distinct advantage;
  • Full computer literacy;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
  • EU citizenship or labour permit for Belgium required.

We offer

  • International working environment, with a social and thriving team culture;
  • Experience working with an international NGO in the field of children’s rights;
  • An attractive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.


  • If you’re interested in this position, we’d like to hear from you! Please answer all questions and attach your CV and a Motivation Letter and a sample of your work in English by 24 September 2017.  Please follow the link here;
  • Your CV (max. 2 pages);
  • A cover letter (max. 1 page) outlining your motivation for this position;
  • A sample of your work (statement, position paper, briefing) that you have written in English.

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