Policy and Advocacy Officer
About Plan International
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing all children and especially girls. We are active in over 70 countries across the world.
The goal of the Plan International EU Office is to ensure that the promotion and protection of children's rights, with a focus on gender equality, is a priority for the EU’s external action. We work with the EU in its three roles as a donor, policy-maker and promoter of human rights.
The purpose of this role is to support the Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager to achieve the policy and advocacy objectives of the Plan International EU Office as set out in our new five-year strategy 2017-2021. The Policy and Advocacy Officer will undertake both policy-related and programmatic advocacy and will support the communication team.
This role covers both humanitarian and development cooperation policy analysis and advocacy, with a strong focus on the gender-related aspects of both.
- Identify and monitor EU trends and debates in development and humanitarian aid of relevance for Plan International;
- Analyse relevant EU policies and monitor their implementation;
- Develop advocacy positions on a range of subjects of importance to Plan International EU Office and influence EU positions, policy and funding in line with our Strategy, with a particular focus on girls and young women;
- Develop policy analysis and advocacy materials (briefings, toolkits etc.) for use across the organisation;
- Build and maintain strong relationships with Members of the European Parliament;
- Work across Plan International with our National Offices, Country Offices and other Liaison Offices to enhance our knowledge, influence and impact;
- Coordinate Plan International National Offices in Europe when joint advocacy initiatives undertaken;
- Build capacity of Country Offices to strengthen relations with EU Delegations;
- Support the organisation of campaigns and advocacy-related events;
- Contribute to the internal and external communications work of Plan International EU Office;
- Participate in wider organisational meetings;
- Represent Plan International EU Office in external meetings with a variety of interlocuteurs;
- Represent Plan International in and contribute to relevant civil society network meetings, conferences and teleconferences.
The successful candidate will balance excellent organisational and coordination skills with strong interpersonal communication in a multicultural context, and the ability to plan and implement under their own initiative. They will share Plan International’s Purpose and Values.
1. Qualifications and Knowledge
- University degree in related subject; advanced university degree an advantage;
- Knowledge of children’s and human rights standards and conventions;
- Sound understanding of gender equality;
- Understanding of how the EU institutions operate;
- Knowledge of development cooperation required; knowledge of humanitarian affairs an advantage.
- 4-6 years’ work experience in advocacy in Europe;
- Proven track record of policy and advocacy successes;
- Additional experience in other domains, sectors or geographic regions an advantage;
- Experience of writing briefings or reports on international development or related issues, including making complex topics accessible for non-experts;
- Experience of organising events and coordinating different entities.
- Strong analytical and research skills;
- Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills with proven ability to build solid relationships with advocacy targets;
- Confident and flexible, proactive and self-motivated, able to move easily between tasks;
- Good organisational and planning skills;
- Capable networker, able to coordinate and operate effectively in coalitions;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, for a variety of audiences and in a variety of settings, with the highest level of attention to detail;
- Native level written and spoken English;
- Working knowledge of French desirable; other European languages an advantage;
- Computer literate, familiar with standard software.
Contract: One year, renewable
Working hours: Full-time
Travel: occasional travel will be necessary, both in Europe and beyond
Salary: between €34,800 and €41,800, depending on experience
Other Benefits: 24 days’ annual leave; hospitalisation insurance (DKV); workplace pension; meal vouchers; local public transport covered; "13th month" salary; holiday pay
The position reports to the Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager.
Please only send your CV (no more than two sides of A4) and cover letter (no more than one side of A4), stating the job title in the subject line, to: EUORecruitment@plan-international.org. Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.
The closing date for applications is Friday 26th May 2017 at 17h00 CET.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by close of business on 2nd June; first-round interviews will be held in Brussels or by skype (if not Brussels-based) between 12th and 14th June. The second round of interviews will be held in person in Brussels and will take place during the following week.
Two references will be sought and a range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy.
The start date for the position is Monday 04 September 2017.