Senior Advocacy Manager

Senior Advocacy Manager

EAN - European Academy of Neurology

Brussels, Belgium

European Academy of Neurology (EAN), the leading organisation for excellence in neurology in Europe and beyond, is seeking a full-time senior advocacy manager at the EAN Office in Brussels, Belgium.

Who we are

EAN is a non-profit, independent organisation representing more than 45,000 members, as well as 47 European national societies. As a medical society we promote excellence in the practice of general neurology throughout Europe, leading to improved patient care. We also aim to keep Europe at the forefront of neurological research and maintain its position as one of the world’s scientific hotpots in neurology.

What we do

As Europe’s Home of Neurology, we bring together national neurological societies, individual neurologists and related scientists to speak with one united voice. We campaign at the European level to ensure continued resources for research into neurological disorders and diseases, while working closely with patient organisations to ensure the interests and perspectives of patients are embedded in everything we do.

We provide practical and useful resources for all members, which help them improve their skills and knowledge, as well as their careers. This includes online educational resources, schools, and courses with further support in the form of fellowships and grants. We nurture and guide the next generation of European neurologist.

Ensuring excellence in neurology requires continuous learning throughout the careers of all neurologists in Europe. To facilitate this, we organise the annual EAN Congress which attracts more than 6,000 delegates on-site each year and more than 45,000 participants during the 1st fully virtual Congress in 2020. The aim of the congress is to share research results and exchange current best practices.

We also provide our members with access to our peer-reviewed scientific publication, the European Journal of Neurology, together with regular news and updates via our EANpages newsblog, newsletters and social media channels.

Our members help us achieve our mission by supporting our work and contributing to our events and initiatives. In line with our mission of availability of high-quality care to all patients, we are committed to constantly enhancing our member services and resources in future, while reaching out to more and more neurologists across Europe and beyond to welcome them into the Home of Neurology.

Job objective

As part of EAN’s Advocacy and European Affairs Committee, the Senior Advocacy Manager plays an integral role in implementing, guiding and delivering EAN’s’ advocacy strategy.

The position will support the development and delivery of EAN’s advocacy and campaigning strategy to increase the motivation for, and overcome the barriers to, European and national adoption of neurology practice, through original targeted research, advocacy and campaigns.

The Senior Advocacy Manager will be responsible for the preparation and day-to-day delivery of EAN’s advocacy objectives, representing EAN at senior EU levels, implementing and providing management of EAN’s Brussels Office, and coordinating its work.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • Monitor, report on and analyse all relevant EU developments and guide the EAN officers in positioning the society at EU level, in particular within health research and innovation;
  • Contribute to and support the implementation of a European strategy for EAN;
  • Represent EAN at external meetings & conferences at EU level;
  • Identify and maintain a network of key contacts (policy-makers & healthcare authorities) and relevant stakeholders;
  • Implement, guide and manage projects that are clearly defined with regard to content (action plan, timelines, reporting, etc.) and budget.

Collaborate closely with EAN’s European partners: EFNA (European Federation of Neurological Associations), EBC (European Brain Council), Biomedical Alliance in Europe (BioMed Alliance)

  • Monitor and report on funding and grant opportunities of interest to neurology community;
  • Support campaigns to boost research funding and resources for neurology.


  • Managing the EAN office in Brussels;
  • Responsibility for internal administration of the respective area of operations;
  • Ensure the prompt implementation and evaluation of planned activities, and production of strategy papers, advocacy briefs, policy work and other materials;
  • Participate in activities organised by partner societies, observe external developments and provide recommendations to relevant internal parties;
  • Responsibility for EAN congress-related tasks of his / her areas of operations;
  • Work in close co-operation with colleagues in Vienna and EAN officers and other stakeholders in Europe;
  • Organise meetings of EAN Officers in Brussels;
  • Co-organise meetings together with EAN’s partners;
  • Other tasks as reasonably required by the EAN Board and Executive Director.

Position Reports to

  • EAN Executive Director;
  • EAN Communication and European Affairs/Advocacy Committee.

Necessary Qualifications & skills


  • Ability to position and represent the organisation the highest EU levels in relationships with external contacts, including governments or international stakeholders;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work with a wide variety of contacts across a diverse range of cultures;
  • Ability to work with and synthesize the views of diverse institutions and individuals;
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative, and as part of a team working on a larger project, in a dynamic and changing environment;
  • Self-motivated, highly organised and flexible;
  • Organisational, administrative and IT skills;
  • Ability to take initiative, prioritize and work under set deadlines;
  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis in Europe.


  • Second level university level degree in international relations, political science, or a related field. A first level degree in combination with two years additional relevant practical experience may be accepted in lieu of a second level degree;
  • Excellent knowledge of the EU institutions and bodies, their functioning and decision-making processes is essential;
  • Evidence of developing and monitoring budgets for strategic advocacy activities is desirable;
  • Written and spoken English proficiency at native or near-native level.


  • A minimum of five years’ experience in developing and managing advocacy or communication strategies to affect change at EU level or experience working closely with or within EU institutions;
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment is essential;
  • Experience of campaigning is desirable;
  • Experience of identifying and developing the delivery of strategic engagement plans on global moments is desirable;
  • Demonstrable commitment to healthcare and neurology.

What EAN offers

  • A full-time position;
  • Long-term prospects and opportunities for career development;
  • A dynamic, international team that values your cooperation;
  • Opportunity for personal development, i.e., additional training and education;
  • Flexible working hours.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 March 2021. Interviews will take place in March/April 2021.

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