Eurodiaconia is looking to recruit a Policy and Membership Development Officer - Migration.
Closing date for applications is 29 January at 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 education and provision of social and health services to young and old, people experiencing marginalisation, exclusion and poverty and situations of abuse.
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.
We expect you to have practical and academic experience in the social policy and migration field with a proven track record of working at European level in the Brussels environment or a comparable national environment. You should be confident in dealing with our partners, members and external stakeholders. This includes the European Institutions, NGO’s, Think Tanks and Social Partners. You should be able to work autonomously on your policy files but also able to work collaboratively with colleagues, members and partners. You should have a particular commitment to social justice, social inclusion and reducing social inequalities. You will have expert knowledge on the challenges that migrants face with social inclusion and integration and how social services and social protection systems will contribute. You will also be able to ensure a cross cutting approach in your work, ensuring that issues relating to migration are included in other advocacy work. Also included in this position is our work on Roma integration and intra EU migration.
Overall, you should have a good working knowledge on current EU social policy initiatives and be able to see how our members can be engaged in advocacy work on social policy at EU level as a result. You will also support our work in bringing members together to share their practical experience on specific areas of work through our internal networks which work in person and online. You will also be committed to ensuring the coordination of your work with our communications team so that we share our practice, policy and stories with as wide an audience as possible.
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.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits, generous holiday allowance, a supportive and dynamic working environment, training opportunities and an international environment. You will also have some regular travel and the opportunity to share in the development of our vision of a socially just Europe.
Further information 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.