EAPN - European Anti-Poverty Network


EAPN - European Anti-Poverty Network

Brussels, Belgium


JOB TITLE: DIRECTOR, Full time position, based in EAPN Office in Brussels
RESPONSIBLE TO: Executive Committee
PURPOSE OF JOB: The Director will ensure the strategic direction of the work of EAPN, under the guidance of the EAPN Bureau and Executive Committee. She/He will have overall responsibility for the implementation of the work programme and the management of the Secretariat of EAPN, and relations with key stakeholders.

Strategic planning

  • To work with the Statutory Bodies, the members and the staff to identify key issues and challenges to be addressed by EAPN;
  • To set objectives and priorities and develop strategies for EAPN to address these key issues and challenges;
  • To ensure appropriate evaluation systems are in place to capture internal and external issues that are affecting the work of EAPN;
  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization (internal and external) and ensure with the Bureau/Executive Committee that proper risk management strategies are in place.

Organisational and Membership development

  • To ensure that work programmes capable of delivering the agreed strategies, objectives and priorities are developed and implemented;
  • To ensure that the Statuary Bodies, Working Groups and Structures and EAPN generally are serviced according to the resources available;
  • To ensure that an adequate membership development and support strategy is developed and implemented by EAPN;
  • To ensure the implementation of strategies to promote the direct participation of people experiencing poverty and their organisations.

Financial management

  • To negotiate and oversee the financial arrangements for the operation of EAPN;
  • To ensure the preparation of annual budget submissions, progress reports and accounts for the European Commission and other Funders;
  • To oversee a financing and fund raising strategy for EAPN.

Management of Staff Team

  • In line with the various responsibilities of the individual staff members, ensure a horizontal, integrated and team approach to staff work and motivate staff to fulfill their functions to the best of their abilities;
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations, including equal opportunities, disciplinary procedures, etc, and ensure that these are effectively implemented;
  • Assure mentoring and a staff development process to contribute to staff wellbeing;
  • Lead in the recruitment of staff.

Policy and Political Advocacy

  • To ensure that relevant legislation, policies, processes are monitored and analysed;
  • To ensure that adequate policy proposals are developed through the membership and structures of EAPN reflecting the aspirations of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion;
  • To ensure effective lobbying strategies and wide advocacy for these proposals;
  • To ensure the effective implementation of campaigns where appropriate.

Representation and Communication

  • In close relation and coordination with the Bureau ensure the appropriate representation of EAPN to external bodies (EU Institutions and other key organisations);
  • To develop and maintain a high profile for EAPN, including through the media;
  • To ensure the effective co-operation with other NGO networks and other relevant social movements particularly at EU level but also at the global level;
  • To ensure effective cooperation with key partners, academics and other relevant actors.


The Director needs to be committed to the vision, mission and values of EAPN and needs to demonstrate their motivation for the work of EAPN to seek the eradication of poverty and to tackle inequality.



  1. At least 5 years’ experience of working in membership based political or advocacy NGOs, or Organisations and being accountable to an elected Executive;
  2. Experience of working on poverty and social inclusion, social justice or related policy areas. Experience of working to empower people experiencing poverty or social injustice and their organisations is desirable;
  3. Experience of personnel management, of team work approaches and of leading a team;
  4. Experience of strategic and financial planning, implementation and monitoring;
  5. Experience of negotiation with statutory authorities at national and/or EU level;
  6. Experience of working in coalitions and networks.



  1. Knowledge regarding the dynamics that cause poverty, exclusion and inequalities;
  2. Thorough knowledge of the policy-making processes and how best to influence decisions;
  3. Knowledge of social policy and/or social inclusion processes at European level.



  1. Proven ability to motivate and lead an international team and to work with team work approaches;
  2. Proven analytical, problem-solving and conflict management skills;
  3. Excellent ability to communicate with groups and individuals and to prepare and deliver presentations;
  4. Ability to manage complex workloads and to plan and prioritise;
  5. Excellent written and oral skills in English. An ability to communicate in French or other EU Community languages is desirable;
  6. Computer literate.



  1. Willingness and ability to travel extensively and work unsociable hours (meetings in evenings or week end);
  2. Ability to be politically impartial in the exercise of duties.



Information on EAPN can be found at www.eapn.eu.

EAPN Staff Team

The person will lead a staff team of approximately 8 people (not all of whom are full time).

He/she will liaise with a network of very diverse members from across the EAPN National Networks and European Organisations. He/she will also need to liaise with the statutory and working structures in EAPN.

Remuneration Package

The person will be employed under the Belgian law with Belgian employment conditions. Consideration can be given to secondment arrangements from an existing employer.

The gross salary scale applicable to this position ranges from 5820 to 6550 monthly, depending on relevant experience. There are 25 days holidays per year and ‘time in lieu’ arrangements for extra hours worked (normally taken during Christmas and Summer holiday periods). Further benefits include a thirteenth month, double holiday pay, a forfaitary amount of 123,95 € on top of the monthly salary for expenses related to the job, reimbursement of public transport to come to work, meal vouchers, an extra-legal pension fund and hospital insurance.

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