Senior Policy Officer
Science Europe (www.scienceeurope.org) is an association of major public European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO) from 27 countries, based in Brussels.
It promotes the collective interests of the RFOs and RPOs of Europe, through advocacy and supports its Member Organisations in their efforts to foster European research by offering a platform for collaboration. It aims to contribute to the development of robust research policy in Europe and to support the European Research Area through engagement with key partners and stakeholders.
The Science Europe Office currently has a team of 16 staff.
In order to support the policy activities of Science Europe, we are currently looking for a Senior Policy Officer.
The successful candidate will be part of a team that is responsible for supporting collaboration among the Member Organisations, for developing advocacy strategies on key issues for scientific research in Europe, and for advising the Science Europe governance on policy developments. To do so, the unit works closely with experts from the Member Organisations, with the rest of the Science Europe Office and with relevant external partners.
- You will oversee a portfolio of policy files that evolves over time. Within that portfolio you will manage and co-ordinate policy activities, in close co-operation with the Member Organisations, with external contacts and with your colleagues in the Science Europe Office;
- You will be expected to organise, or contribute to organising, events, publications and other activities related to Science Europe’s priorities;
- You will be responsible for monitoring European and global developments in specific research policy areas; and
- You will liaise with European Institutions, stakeholder organisations and the wider international community.
- You are educated to at least master’s level;
- You have a minimum five years relevant work experience, in the area of research policy or research administration;
- You have experience in EU public affairs and advocacy as well as good knowledge of the policy-making processes at the European level and of the EU-Institutions;
- You have a solid understanding of the mechanisms of publicly-funded scientific research systems in Europe, at national and EU-level;
- You have proven ability in project management;
- You have excellent writing and editing skills, and are very comfortable writing articles, reports and policy papers (in English) for different audiences;
- You can deliver high-quality results under pressure and are comfortable working on your own as well as in teams;
- You have strong communication and relationship building skills, as well as negotiation and persuasion skills;
- You have a pro-active, flexible and ‘hands on’ approach to work;
- You feel comfortable working in a service-oriented manner and in close contact with senior academics and policy makers, in an international context;
- You are fluent in English, which is the working language of Science Europe; and
- You are willing to travel within Europe if required (though your main activities will be in Brussels, occasional travel for short periods may be necessary).
The following skills and experience are additional assets to your application:
- Knowledge of other European languages;
- Experience working in policy areas that are relevant to Science Europe, such as:
- The EU Framework Programme;
- The societal impact and value of research;
- The European Research Area;
- Open Science; and
- EU legislation and regulations related to research.
- Previous experience working in international membership organisations or associations; and
- Previous work experience within a Research Performing Organisation or Research Funding Organisation.
Salary and Benefits
This position is full time for three years with possibility of extension.
Science Europe offers a competitive salary, in the range of €4022 to €4597 gross monthly salary, as well as benefits such as chèques repas (meal vouchers), 13th month (additional salary payment in December), hospital and group insurance and extra vacation days. The salary offered within this range will be dependent on level of experience.
Please note that Science Europe is established under Belgian law, and that employment is within the Belgian tax and social security system.
Posts can also potentially be filled on a secondment basis (for example, a secondment from a Science Europe Member Organisation).
How to Apply
Please apply by sending your CV and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your cover letter (maximum two pages) should outline your suitability and motivation for the post.
Please also include with your application the names and contact details of two people who could provide a reference if you are short-listed for interview.
The deadline for applications is Friday 20 January 2017.
Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the week of 6 February 2017. If you know in advance that you will not be available on that week please clearly indicate this in your cover letter.