Eurodiaconia is looking to recruit a Head of Advocacy.
Closing date for applications is 29 January 12 midday CET. However, we will review applications on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close applications if suitable candidates have been found before this date. We therefore encourage applicants to send their applications as soon as possible.
Eurodiaconia is a European network of churches and Christian NGOs providing social and health care services and advocating for social justice. Together our membership represents the needs and unique experiences of 52 national and regional organisations in 32 countries.
Diakonia is Greek for service and in the biblical sense, this means service for and with people in need. Members’ activities facilitate social cohesion and inclusion through diaconal work – the provision of social and health services to young and old, people experiencing marginalisation, exclusion and poverty and situations of abuse as well as advocating for social justice.
Eurodiaconia creates a platform for diaconal actors to facilitate trans-national networking. It also creates a link between the regional, national and European levels, developing ideas and feeding into policies to combat social exclusion, isolation, poverty, injustice and inequalities.
The Head of Advocacy is responsible for designing and coordinating Eurodiaconia’s strategic advocacy and is expected to critically support our positioning in the EU arena. We are looking for someone who can coordinate our policy team and ensure we all deliver on our ambitious aspirations to address social justice. We are looking for someone who is socially driven, highly experienced in EU social policy processes, able to coordinate multiple policy dossiers and with experience of working within a membership organisation. You should be confident in working with external stakeholders, a partnership and network builder and able to analyse complex information quickly. Co-ordination and leadership will be a large part of your role but you will also have your own policy files from our social policy portfolio that you will follow and achieve impact on. You will also work with our Secretary General in ensuring the strategic aims of the network are met as well as being part of the governance team supporting our Supervisory Board and organising our Annual Conference and General Meeting. You will also deputize for our Secretary General as needed.
We expect you to have already established yourself in the social policy field with a proven track record of working at European level in the Brussels environment.You should have some experience of managing and leading staff and/or policy dossiers and ideally some management and governance experience. You should be confident in dealing with colleagues and be comfortable in giving direction and support. You should be ready to step up from your current position to take on more responsibility. You should be able to relate to and sympathise with our vision and mission and understand the traditions that unite our membership. You should appreciate the diversity of our membership and the various cultures that they represent. You will need to be highly organised, proactive, able to work autonomously and be comfortable in initiating contacts with institutional stakeholders and other partners. Our day to day working language is English but other languages are always an advantage.
A full job specification can be found on our website.
Please send a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letters should be no more than 1 page in length. Please do not send any additional documentation such as references, certificates etc. Applicants should have the existing right to live and work in the European Union. Due to the high level of applications anticipated we will not be able to reply to each application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.