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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Senior Officer for Africa Engagement for Girls Not Brides

Deadline: 15 October 2015

Location: London or Dakar (Senegal) or Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) or Nairobi (Kenya)

Organization: Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is recruiting a Senior Officer for Africa Engagement to expand the capacity of our Africa team. Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child brings together civil society organisations from around the world. The Partnership now counts over 500 members across more than 70 countries, based throughout Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Members are united by a commitment to end child marriage and enable girls to fulfil their potential.

Girls Not Brides works to empower those seeking to end child marriage; to raise awareness of the harmful impact of the practice and the solutions to end it; and to call for urgent action by relevant stakeholders. Girls Not Brides was initiated by The Elders, a group of eminent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela to promote peace and human rights worldwide.

The successful candidate could either be based in the Girls Not Brides office in London or Dakar (Senegal) or, preferably, work remotely from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) or Nairobi (Kenya). S/he will report to the Head of Africa Engagement, and play a central role in the development and implementation of strategies to further Girls Not Brides’ objectives in Africa. S/he will also contribute the broader strategic, programmatic and communications work of the Partnership and help achieve its overall objectives.

Main duties and responsibilities

Play a central role in Girls Not Brides’ work to inform, support and influence selected regional processes pertaining to child marriage in Africa:
  • Monitor, analyse and document developments pertaining to child marriage and related issues in Africa, as well as developments within selected continental and the sub-regional level processes and initiatives on child marriage, women’s rights and children’s rights in Africa
  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies and initiatives aiming at maintaining child marriage on the agenda of relevant regional processes and institutions
  • Help develop and strengthen the Girls Not Brides secretariat’s strategic partnerships with key regional institutions and initiatives focusing on child marriage
  • Promote and facilitate Girls Not Brides members’ effective and collaborative participation in relevant initiatives and processes on child marriage, including through capacity building initiatives.

Provide critical support to Girls Not Brides’ efforts to understand, stimulate and strengthen policy developments in selected focus countries in Africa:

  • Monitor, analyse and document policy developments and opportunities relating to child marriage in selected focus countries across Africa, including through regular liaison with Girls Not Brides members and National Partnerships and occasional trips to focus countries
  • Working closely with the Partnership team, provide critical support to strengthening the capacity of Girls Not Brides members, National Partnerships, and partner civil society networks to successfully take part in policy change in their countries
  • As relevant and appropriate, provide direct strategic and technical support to governmental and other initiatives on child marriage at the national level.

Contribute to developing Girls Not Brides’ presence in Africa:

  • Establish, maintain and strengthen Girls Not Brides’ working relationships with members organisations as well as key regional institutions, organisations, networks and UN agencies working on child marriage and related issues in Africa
  • Represent Girls Not Brides at external meetings and events related to child marriage in Africa, and speak on behalf of Girls Not Brides in the media, as required
  • Working with other teams within the secretariat, contribute to highlighting the work of Girls Not Brides members in Africa and ensuring that Africa members are able to engage meaningfully in the broader work of the Partnership.
Help inform Girls Not Brides’ strategic, learning and communications initiatives with knowledge of the regional context:
  • Coordinate the development and publication of Girls Not Brides’ Africa newsletter, and contribute to the development of other learning and communications resources (e.g. briefings, toolkits, reports, etc.)
  • Provide additional support for the development and implementation of global campaigns, advocacy efforts and other learning initiatives, as required.

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications and skills:

  • Demonstrated experience of undertaking policy and advocacy work in Africa at the regional and/or national levels, preferably as part of civil society coalitions
  • Strong knowledge of international and African standards, institutions and processes relating to human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights
  • Sound understanding of the policy and advocacy dynamics around gender and/or development issues in Africa; an understanding of child marriage and of the key players in the women’s and children’s rights fields in Africa is desirable.
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to think strategically, with a keen eye for accuracy and detail
  • Experience with providing capacity building and/or technical support to civil society
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills; ability to plan and organise work effectively, to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability develop effective working relationships in a multicultural environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, but also to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues based abroad
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential; working proficiency in French is highly desirable
  • Proficiency in recent versions of Microsoft Office suite and use of databases
  • Willingness to travel to/from London and across Africa on a regular basis, and sometimes at short notice.


A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate. We encourage applications from candidates from countries with a high prevalence of child marriage. Please note that in order to work from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Dakar (Senegal) or Nairobi (Kenya) the successful candidate would need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate work permission or visa. The salary range is £35,000 to £42,000.

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to by 18:00 GMT on 15 October 2015 clearly stating “Senior Officer for Africa Engagement” and your name in the subject line. Kindly indicate in your cover letter your preferred location.

We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Gender Mainstreaming Consultant with the African Natural Resources Centre

Deadline: 16 October 2015

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Organization: The African Natural Resources Center


The African Natural Resources Center (ANRC) was established with the long term goal to improve development outcomes from the management of renewable (fisheries, forestry, land and water) and non-renewable (oil, gas and minerals) resources in Africa through effective public and private sector governance and institutional frameworks.

The desired outcomes of the implementation of ANRC interventions are to contribute to inclusive growth through good governance, poverty reduction, mitigation of potentially adverse physical and social environmental impacts, protection of renewable resources, sound revenue management, integration of projects into domestic economies and equitable resources access.

The scope of Centre’s work is underpinned by the following pillars (core functions):

• Advisory services and technical assistance to RMCs

• Capacity building of Natural Resource Management (NRM) institutions

• Knowledge generation on NRM

• Advocacy of sustainable development of African Natural Resources.


The African Development Bank has launched its Gender Strategy (2014-2018) Investing in Gender Equality for Africa’s Transformation, whose objective is to operationalise the Bank’s commitment to gender equality as espoused in the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022. The gender strategy guides the Bank to effectively integrate gender equality into its operations and promote gender equality in Africa.

In implementing its work programme, ANRC aims at mainstreaming gender in all stages of its interventions. This should integrate the three pillars of the gender strategy, namely: i) Legal status and property rights; ii) Economic empowerment; iii) Knowledge management and capacity building.

Gender mainstreaming in the Center’s interventions is expected to contribute to inclusive growth and social progress by broadening opportunities for women and men to participate equally in, and benefit from, the wealth generated by natural resources.


The purpose this assignment is to develop practical approaches for gender mainstreaming in the sectors covered by ANRC. This is done by:
  • Advise ANRC team on how to address gender gaps and promote evidence-based decision making in interventions and knowledge tools and products
  • Sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned in ANRC and with clients and partners
  • develop core sector indicators to allow results tracking and outcome delivery for each of the sub-sectors covered by the Center (fisheries, forestry, land, water, oil, gas and minerals); 
  • organise training for task managers to sensitise them on gender issues in their respective sectors and on the use of the toolkits


The consultants will undertake research on good practices in mainstreaming gender in natural resources management. She/He will utilize mainly secondary data to inform approaches, indicators and toolkits. This will include knowledge and good practices in natural resources management of existing documents and reports from the Bank, other MDBs, as well as other institutions working on these sectors.

The consultant will also conduct discussions and possibly interviews with sector specialists in the Bank to gain a better understanding of the nature of interventions and knowledge products to be delivered.

She/He shall liaise with the Bank’s gender specialist and the office of the Special Envoy on Gender for guidance on Bank’s overall approaches to gender mainstreaming.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes of the consultant’s work are:
ANRC experts enhanced understanding of mainstreaming of gender in interventions.
ANRC experts strengthened capacity to apply gender mainstreaming concepts in all stages of interventions cycle.


The Consultant will work independently, under the supervision of ANRC Director

Duration Of The Assignment: The consultant will work on a full time basis for a period of 6 months

Minimum Requirements

Consultants Profile

The consultants should have a strong background in conducting quality research and gender analysis and producing quality reports.


  • Advanced degree in international development, gender, social studies, socioeconomics, economic analysis or related field.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the area of gender and development.
  • Substantial consultancy experience with a record of delivering high-quality documents and reports within strict timeframes.
  • Sound analytical capabilities
  • Knowledge on gender mainstreaming in one or more of the natural resources sectors
  • Excellent communication skills and analytical capacity.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English 
How to apply:

Please apply to

Monday, September 21, 2015

Assistant - Secretarial Support Together for Sustainability Brussels, Belgium

Assistant - Secretarial Support

Together for Sustainability

Brussels, Belgium

Education Background:

  • Bachelor degree Management Assistant;
  • High proficiency in English mandatory, French preferred, German a plus;
  • Advanced user of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, web conferencing tools.

Expected Work Experience:

  • Professional experience as assistant at least 3 years;
  • Experience in global organizations, working with colleagues from all over the world;
  • Proficient in organizing global telephone conferences, web conferences, meetings;
  • Experience in organizing workshops and dealing with external service providers;
  • Knowledge or experience in any of the fields Sustainability, Supply chain, chemical industry, Procurement is a plus.

Required Personal Skills:

  • Team player, cooperative spirit;
  • Highly developed communication skills;
  • Flexibility;
  • Enthusiasm for new challenges.

Core Tasks:

  • Organize the TfS office processes;
  • Support TfS General Manager and Junior Manager with presentations, data collection and reporting;
  • Plan and organize meetings and global calls, web conferences;
  • Distribute information packages and reading material before meetings and decision slides afterwards;
  • Follow up with TfS member companies on meetings dates, participants; manage changes;
  • Responsible for travel booking of TfS staff.

Organisational Set-up of the Position:

  • Assistant position is part time (50%); time allocation (e.g. daily 4 hrs or flexible) to be agreed;
  • Assistant reports to the General Manager of TfS;
  • Assistant is independent from TfS Member companies (non-disclosure obligation).
Location: Together for Sustainability Office in Brussels (Auderghem).
Please send your convincing application before 19th of October 2015 to Mrs. Dr. Gabriele Unger, General Manager Together for Sustainability, e-mail:
Phone: +32 2792 7515
Mobile: +49 173 1633 968

Why candidates should apply:

  • Contribute to the recently established TfS office in Brussels and it‘s development;
  • Be part of a rapidly developing, flexible and dynamic organization;
  • Work with people from all TfS members companies globally;
  • Exciting opportunity working for a leading sustainability initiative in the global chemical industry, driving towards more sustainable supply chains.

Communications Officer The World Bank Bucharest, Romania

Communications Officer

The World Bank

Bucharest, Romania


The Europe and Central Asia region is made up of 30 diverse client countries, ranging from IDA-only and IDA-blend borrowers to IBRD credit-worthy borrowers with active lending programs and IBRD graduates. With a population of nearly 500 million people, poverty remains a challenge in both middle- and low-income countries. Since 2008, many countries in the region have experienced reversals in gains on poverty reduction made prior to the crisis, including in Romania and Hungary. 

Romania is an upper-middle income country with the 7th largest population in the EU. Despite robust annual growth of six percent per capita GDP since the EU accession process began in 2000, Romania continues to be challenged in its fight against social exclusion and poverty. At about 30 percent, it has the highest poverty rate in the EU-28, exceeding rates in neighboring non-EU countries. Hungary, a high-income economy, has the 13th largest population in the EU - just slightly larger than Sweden - and has enjoyed some of the highest growth rates in the EU. However, it too continues to be challenged by issues such as high child poverty and aging/low labor force participation. 

Following EU accession in 2007, Romania experienced a dramatic decrease in lending. Since 2010, however, the Romania program has rebounded and reclaimed its place as one of the region’s largest borrowers, but most notably, it has become the Bank’s leader in reimbursable advisory services (RAS). The Romania program has re-emerged transformed, with a broad policy reform agenda supported by a mix of programmatic development policy lending and selective but large investment project financing loans, complementing a knowledge-centered/RAS program in its pursuit of EU convergence. Hungary, which graduated from borrower status in 2007, closed its last project in 2008, but continues to engage selectively with the Bank, particularly through RAS. In 2014, the first RAS in pensions was signed, followed by another in social inclusion signed in 2015. 

The Romania Country Office (ECCRO), which manages both the Romania and Hungary programs, is home to a large and dynamic local and international team of all levels and functions, including internationally-recruited specialists coordinating the RAS programs, and the Romania Portfolio Team which continues to innovate the framework, systems, and processes to manage a RAS program that spans 13 global practices and 12 public institutions. Co-located with the IFC and in close proximity to the European Commission and European Investment Bank, it is the epicenter for partnership between the Bank and the European institutions in Romania. Partnership with the European Commission plays a particularly important role in the ECCRO and broader CMU context. Given the rapid expansion of the program and office in recent years and the deepened partnership with the European Commission within the region, ECCRO seeks to elevate its communications function in step with the expanded needs on the ground in Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, and Washington. The elevated Bucharest-based ECCRO communications function aims to improve understanding and support among key audiences (internal and external) for the innovations in and impact/results of RAS and other knowledge business lines in Romania, while supporting at the national level an agenda of inclusive economic and social development, particularly for the most excluded segments of the population (e.g., Roma). This agenda will be advanced by providing the key information and analysis to more effectively influence decision makers and opinion builders, clearly articulating the issues in clear and actionable terms, and by building coalitions to pursue those issues. 

ECCRO wishes to recruit a high-caliber, strategic communications expert as a Communications Officer to lead the elevated communications function in a fast-paced and dynamic office where priorities evolve quickly, and the external environment remains fluid. The Communications Officer should be able to work independently, seeking guidance from management, proactively collaborate with operational and other members of the country team, and build partnerships with the ECA and the country management unit communications teams in Washington, Brussels and other parts of the region. 

ECCRO’s key external audience includes media gatekeepers, government officials, academics, business leaders, civil society organizations, and internal audience includes decision makers within the World Bank. S/he will lead in the design and implementation of communications and outreach strategies directed at both internal and external audiences and in the implementation of customized approaches appropriate to Romania and to a more limited extent, Hungary.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:


ECCRO is seeking an experienced and dynamic communications professional who will work across all areas and instruments of the Romania and Hungary country programs to share knowledge, promote key dimensions of these programs, and “market” the results of the programs with internal and external audiences.

Specific Duties

The Communications Officer’s major responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Political and public opinion analysis and speechwriting;
  • Monitor and analyze current events and public and press opinion in Romania and Hungary, and provide regular updates to the Country Manager and country team;
  • Provide political analysis to the Country Manager;
  • With support and inputs from the Bank’s technical teams, coordinate and prepare speeches for and advises the Country Manager, including the preparation of briefings on trends, news developments, public opinion, or changing/unexpected circumstances that may impact the Bank and its work in Romania;
  • Strategy formulation in print/social media, implementation and monitoring;
  • Design, develop, and execute communication strategy utilizing print, online and social media for ECCRO that will promote the innovations and results in Romania’s program across the World Bank Group, capitalizing in particular on the RASs. Ensure the strategy is aligned with corporate priorities, demonstrates Bank impact, and anticipates reputational risk issues. Follows through with fully implementing detailed communications plans, while monitoring and evaluating its impact and effectiveness;
  • Distill key priorities among many competing strategic communications priorities from the large and complex program in Romania. Articulate an implementable communications strategy with clear short- and medium-term action plans that promote a positive image of Romania and the Bank’s programs/activities, while advocating on key strategic issues (e.g., Roma, social inclusion). Develop communications priorities for Hungary, appropriate to scale of the program. Selectively invests limited time and resources to create communications efforts of highest impact on key audiences, advising management of the need to revise as priorities and circumstances warrant;
  • Formulate a strategic framework for social media to better position the Romania program and its key advocacy campaigns within the country and with key partners; execute the strategy with a sustainable maintenance plan that strengthens the World Bank Group’s Romania program within social media.

Support to Operations

  • Actively seeks out strategic communications opportunities within the country program to promote Romania’s results both internally and externally;
  • Provide regular communications support to operations with the guidance and support of the ECA communications team in Washington and the ECCU5 communications officer in Brussels. This includes working with operational teams towards: (i) making communication based inputs into the upstream reviews; (ii) helping GP task teams, across all products, to identify and develop their own communications strategies consistent with the country communications strategy; and (iii) supporting key communications efforts of individual operations, including by writing high-caliber articles that can be disseminated both to external media outlets and internal WBG/regional platforms. Determine the types of information and communications strategies, tools and activities that are best suited to addressing issues under the Bank’s access to information policy and according to the specific reputational risks;
  • Prepare communications packages, and write/disseminate both routine and specific products (e.g., news releases, backgrounders, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, websites, speeches, briefing notes, tweets, Facebook posts, etc.) to promote the strategic and timely flow of information and key messages about the Bank Group in Romania, its policies and operations to key internal and external audiences;
  • Promote the Bank as a knowledge partner by using its own knowledge products (ESWs, AAAs, Flagships, etc.) to influence policy dialogue and country/regional reforms that reduce extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

External relations

  • Initiate and sustain effective professional relationships with key internal and/or external constituencies (particularly, Civil Society, NGOs, academia, and private sector). Identify opportunities for and forge strategic partnerships both inside and outside the Bank to improve dialogue and outreach and to strengthen the Bank's overall effectiveness and image. Enhance ECCRO’s public outreach program through the partnership with civil society, universities, student associations, foundations, private sector, including joint seminars and other outreach events by working closely with other ECR colleagues;
  • Effectively use online and social media in the context of the communications strategy, and maintain the Romania and Hungary websites and social media, including Facebook and Twitter.


Coach junior members of the team as well as colleagues on the developing their communications skills.

Skills and Behaviors:

  • Strong client focus: Sound judgment and ability to evaluate client needs, suggest innovative approaches and follow up to implement;
  • Demonstrated willingness to receive feedback and adjust to a rapidly-changing environment with evolving priorities;
  • Ability to prioritize, work well under pressure and capably handle/juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines;
  • Ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into key messages tailored to target audiences;
  • Solid understanding of World Bank Group policies, current development topics, issues and institutions as well as good understanding of the EU context and how the EC operates;
  • Good understanding of World Bank Group operations, especially the strategy, policy review and project cycle, counterpart relations, and stakeholder dynamics;
  • Strong computer and web skills. A strong plus is the ability to prepare PowerPoint presentations with charts/tables and other more sophisticated data visualization tools (i.e., video, animation, heat maps, bubble charts, scatter plots, etc.).

Selection Criteria:

  • Master’s degree in communication or in Social Science with at least 5 years of relevant working experience;
  • Excellent command of verbal and written English and Romanian;
  • Communication Strategy and Execution for Development - Independently develops a coherent communications strategy and plans to support their implementation for complex projects and programs. Uses feedback to improve work in communications and operations. Contributes to the development of expertise in this competency in others;
  • Social Media, Information Channels, and Communication Tools Awareness - Modifies communication strategies to leverage existing or new communication tools or media. Leverages WBG's Knowledge Management products to establish knowledge sharing partnerships internally. Contributes to others' development in this competency;
  • Access to Information Policy - Uses WBG's Access to Information Policy when consulting on the development, design, and delivery of communications products;
  • Demonstrates in-depth proficiency sufficient to develop others in this competency;
  • Content Development and Editing - Takes full responsibility for the development of communications content. Ensures the development of communications products to the WBG standard. Contributes to the development of expertise in this competency in others;
  • Relationship Management, Political Awareness and Diplomacy - Strategizes, plans, and implements the development and maintenance of relationships with critical internal and/or external constituencies. Systematically maintains and leverages high-level communication networks within key constituencies;
  • Client Understanding and Advising - Looks at issues from the client’s perspective and advocates for clients within own area so others focus on meeting client needs;
  • Broad Business Thinking - Maintains an in-depth understanding of the long-term implications of decisions, both for related areas within the VPU and the client’s business. Involves key players in identifying operating needs, issues, and immediate solutions;
  • Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions;
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs;
  • Collaborate within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective, and willingly receives diverse perspectives;
  • Create, Apply, and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients;
  • Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward;
  • Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement - Analyzes and provides advice on Shareholder and Stakeholder engagement;
  • Ability to work effectively under stress; ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines;
  • Excellent computer skills; ability to use standard Bank technology packages, e.g., Word, Lotus Notes, PowerPoint, Internet, Excel, HTML, etc.

Team Leader - Social Protection GVG - Gesellschaft für Versicherungswissenschaft und -gestaltung Brussels, Belgium

Team Leader - Social Protection

GVG - Gesellschaft für Versicherungswissenschaft und -gestaltung

Brussels, Belgium

The EU-funded programme SOCIEUX Social Protection European Union Expertise in Development Cooperationis looking for a Team Leader with strong experience in social protection issues as from March 2016.
Duration of assignment: Full-time assignment, limited until 31.12.2016 (10 months) – Potential for continuation within the second phase of the programme as from 2017.

1) Introduction

“SOCIEUX – Social Protection EU Expertise in Development Cooperation“ ( is a technical assistance facility set up and funded by the European Commission’s Directorate for International Cooperation and Development (EuropeAid) to support the efforts of low and middle income countries worldwide in the reform, development and extension of their social protection systems. Being demand-driven, SOCIEUX works through short-term and peer-to-peer technical inputs delivered by social protection experts/practitioners drawn primarily from the European Union Member States’ public administrations and mandated bodies. SOCIEUX contributes to implementing the Communication on Social Protection in EU Development Cooperation (August 2012) and its subsequent Council Conclusions.
EuropeAid plans to extend the duration of the first phase of SOCIEUX (ending on 1st April 2016) until the end of the year 2016. The current holder of the Team Leader position will not be available anymore for this extension period; SOCIEUX is therefore looking for a replacement of the current Team Leader for the duration of the programme extension. As it is also planned by EuropeAid to continue the programme beyond 2016 within the frame of an enlarged technical assistance facility for employment and social protection affairs, there is potential for the new Team Leader to pursue his assignment for a period of 4 years in the frame of a new contract as from 2017.
SOCIEUX is implemented on behalf of EuropeAid by a consortium of four German (GIZ), French (Expertise France) and Spanish (FIIAPP) partner institutions led by the German Association for Social Security Policy and Research (GVG e.V.). GVG ( is a non-profit association based in Cologne/Germany, founded in 1947, dealing with issues of social security and social policy both at national and international level. GVG’s members are the institutions and individuals who have been actively shaping the German social protection system. GVG has been involved in multilateral and bilateral cooperation, institutional building and project management on social policy issues at international level for more than 20 years.
The SOCIEUX office with its European team of 5 staff members is located in Brussels/Cologne. Nearby the team leader the team consists of a Programme Officer, a Communication & Logistics Officer, a Finances & Contracts Officer (based in Cologne) & an Associated Programme Officer.

2) Description of tasks:

Under the supervision of the Programme Director located at GVG’s headquarters in Cologne/Germany, the Team Leader will take over following duties:
  • Overall responsibility for daily management of the programme;
  • Management, guidance and supervision of the SOCIEUX team in daily programme implementation;
  • Responsibility for the processing of requests for technical assistance (TA) submitted by institutions of partner countries within the frame of fixed procedures and deadlines. This responsibility is shared with other team members, in particular the Programme Officer according to geographical areas and knowledge of foreign languages. This involves:
    • Analysis and fine-tuning of requests in consultation with the requesting institution, EU Commission services and external donors;
    • Formulation and development of individual TA actions for submission of approval by EU Commission services;
    • Identification and mobilisation of experts;
    • Coordination and preparation of implementation of individual TA actions in liaison with involved experts and beneficiary institutions (with support of other team members);
    • Monitoring, evaluation and follow-up of TA actions;
  • Coordination of further development/revisions of the programme’s procedures and tools where necessary (including the IT based Project Management Tool);
  • Liaison with external stakeholders and contribution to the implementation of communication and visibility activities of the programme;
  • Preparation of and participation to monthly meetings with the EU Commission and meetings of the Programme Steering Committee (every 6 months);
  • Responsible for programme reporting towards the EU Commission (elaboration of quarterly/final reports) according to deadlines.
The described tasks involve the necessity to network and interact with a multiplicity of institutions from EU and third countries, EU Commission services and external donors and require readiness and ability to travel abroad when necessary.

3) Profile:


University degree in social sciences, economics, public health or other relevant fields. A postgraduate degree in social protection related issues would be an asset.

Professional experience and skills:

  • Minimum of 10 years' professional experience including:
    • working on a relevant social protection field (e.g. pensions, social assistance, health insurance, etc.) in an EU public administration or in middle income and/or low income countries;
    • experience as team leader of development cooperation projects providing policy advice & capacity building (incl. peer-to-peer exchanges among civil servants) on social protection (social assistance, social insurance, contributory & non-contributory, basic social services);
  • Good knowledge/experience of institutional environment in the field of social protection in several EU countries;
  • Good project management skills. Familiarity with the EU Commission's administrative, project management and financial procedures would be an advantage;
  • Ability to accommodate cultural differences and to interact effectively with people of different cultures; diplomatic nature;
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills; excellent leadership competences;
  • Fluency in English and French is required;
  • Full command of standard computer applications (Microsoft Office).

Additional assets:

  • Knowledge and experience in employment/labour issues;
  • Additional good working knowledge of Spanish.

4) Application/expression of interest:

Applications (motivation letter + CV including references) in English language can be sent by mail to the Programme Director, Ms Bélorgey at GVG (n.belorgey@gvg.orguntil 30.09.2015. More detailed information on the SOCIEUX programme will be provided upon application.

Advocacy Officer Open Society Foundations - Open Society Justice Initiative London, United Kingdom

Advocacy Officer

Open Society Foundations - Open Society Justice Initiative

London, United Kingdom

The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Our approach is based on the foundations of international human rights and international humanitarian law, and focused on securing legal remedies for abuses, and the effective enforcement of the rule of law. 

Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies, and fosters accountability for international crimes, combats racial discrimination and statelessness, supports criminal justice reform, addresses abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, expands freedom of information and expression, and stems corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources. 

We recognize that changes in laws and institutions are incomplete without changes in how people think about the law’s relevance to their daily live, and collaborate with a community of dedicated and skillful human rights advocates across the globe, part of a justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world it inhabits. 

Our staff are based in Abuja, Amsterdam, Bishkek, Brussels, Budapest, Cape Town, The Hague, London, Mexico City, New York, Paris, Santo Domingo and Washington, D.C. 

Based in the London office, the Advocacy Officer will develop and implement advocacy strategies and tactics on a broad range of issues, primarily in Europe, although this position does not include advocacy in Brussels, as OSF has a dedicated office there. 

The Advocacy Officer will work to advance Justice Initiative goals and priorities, including advocating for the implementation of decisions from regional and national courts, in collaboration with local colleagues; supporting colleagues, institutions, and structures promoting human rights, justice and the rule of law at the national level; identifying promising legal arguments; developing advocacy materials and events; and developing arguments utilizing international law combined with a sharp political analysis to advance the Justice Initiative’s priorities. 

Work is carried out independently/under general supervision, and reports to the Justice Initiative Advocacy Director.

Essential duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • undertake advocacy primarily in Europe; work with a wide range of project teams to identify and undertake key opportunities in national, regional (especially Council of Europe) and international (Geneva) forums around Justice Initiative priorities;
  • undertake advocacy around Justice Initiative’s litigation and in support of implementation of judgments (European Court of Human Rights, Court of Justice of the European Union, and others) and norms;
  • provide advocacy support to specific thematic project teams (e.g. antidiscrimination, freedom of information/expression, anticorruption) working in Europe and across the world;
  • liaise with colleagues and partners to stay abreast of legal and political developments in thematic areas of interest to the Justice Initiative;
  • conduct research and analysis for use in advocacy materials;
  • develop and strengthen relationships with civil society partners, government, court and institutional officials, academics, and OSF colleagues working on related issues;
  • draft reports, briefing notes, and formal submissions to regional and international institutions;
  • draft advocacy publications for many audiences, from government officials and diplomats to the general public;
  • organize consultations, briefings, and other events to implement Justice Initiative goals;
  • serve as an integral member of the Justice Initiative Advocacy Team;
  • develop project strategy plans and budgets;
  • undertake impact assessments of work;
  • undertake administrative tasks to support advocacy efforts as described above;
  • significant travel required;
  • perform other duties as assigned.

Candidate Profile

A law degree and at least six to eight years’ experience undertaking advocacy focused on legal issues and institutions in European forums, either national or regional, or both. The ideal candidate also will have litigation experience as well, either as a litigator or conducting advocacy in the context of litigation. This position does not include advocacy in Brussels, so experience undertaking advocacy solely in Brussels, while useful, is not sufficient.
  • NGO experience essential, ideally within a human rights and/or legal organization;
  • advocacy experience required and litigation experience, in addition, preferred;
  • knowledge of international human rights law and institutions;
  • knowledge of European human rights forums required, and prior experience with Council of Europe bodies preferred;
  • experience working on at least one of the Justice Initiative’s thematic areas highly preferred;
  • experience working in or around complex institutions highly preferred;
  • exceptional legal advocacy skills: analysis, persuasive communication, strategic thinking, strong execution;
  • demonstrated record of accomplishment in seizing and capitalizing on advocacy opportunities;
  • ability to engage human rights problems from both intellectual and pragmatic perspectives;
  • superlative written and oral communication skills, with cultural communication differences;
  • proven ability to develop strong relationships with a wide range of actors from diverse cultural, geographic, economic, political, and social contexts;
  • deep knowledge of key legal frameworks, institutions, organizations and networks in the field;
  • ability to craft and make advocacy arguments at both a “big picture” and a highly detailed level;
  • ability to work effectively work as a team member as well as independently, with a high degree of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • fluency (oral and written) in both English and an additional European language (French or Spanish preferred) required.

Application Instructions

Please answer the questions in the online application and upload a Cover Letter and CV/Resume.

Closing date: 29 September 2015.

Internal Communication & Membership Development Officer EDF - European Disability Forum Brussels, Belgium

EDF seeks an Internal Communication & Membership Development Officer: Apply by 27/09!

EDF is seeking a dynamic Internal Communication and Membership Development Officer to work within our secretariat in Brussels. Our ideal candidate is committed to the development of the disability movement in Europe and has background experience working for civil society organisations, preferably networks. Our new colleague will be responsible for working directly with EDF members and to maximise their involvement in our work. We need to recruit an excellent communicator who works comfortably in English and French. We are also looking for someone who enjoys working in an international environment, is flexible, details orientated, and can meet deadlines. A working knowledge of accessibility is a strong advantage.
Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing date for receipt of applications: September 27th

Date and location of the interview: October 9th, Brussels