Policy and Advocacy Officer at Eurodad

Deadline: 25 April 2012
Open to: Holders of a degree in political sciences, economics, development studies or related subject, with at least 3 years experience in advocacy, research and analysis, writing briefings or reports, public speaking and making presentations on complex policy issues to civil society organisations and decision-makers or facilitation of broad and diverse group processes
Remuneration: Not specified

Description

The European Network on Debt and Development works for social justice through research and advocacy on development finance policies. Its current focus areas are improving the effectiveness of North-South public and private flows for development, reducing South-North financial flows and enhancing domestic resource mobilisation. These issues encompass work on defining development effectiveness, resolving the debt crisis and combating illicit capital flows. The network secretariat in Brussels assists its 50 member organisations across Europe, and developing country allies, to understand and influence current policy debates. The purpose of this role is to work in the Eurodad team to help take forward its work on development finance issues. This includes work on development effectiveness with a particular focus on aid, North-South public and private flows and on the International Financial Institutions. The role involves advocacy, research, monitoring policy developments, networking and information sharing and facilitation.

Eligibility

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator who is able to take the initiative to inform and mobilise members and persuade decision makers to introduce changes. They will also be able to carry out research and apply extensive policy analysis to their work. They will be familiar with current debates on development finance policies and have experience of working with diverse civil society organisations. They will need to speak and write English to a very high standard, working knowledge of one other European language is highly desirable.

1) Essential experience:
Educated to at least degree level in political sciences, economics, development studies or related subject.
At least three years’ work experience in:

  • Advocacy and lobbying on development finance policy issues
  • Research and analysis, writing briefings or reports
  • Public speaking and making presentations on complex policy issues to civil society organisations and decision-makers
  • Facilitation of broad and diverse group processes

2) Desirable experience:

  • Published research on international development issues
  • Experience of writing articles for newsletters and websites
  • Previous experience in the NGO sector
  • Experience campaigning on international development issues
  • Involvement in an international network
  • Working in a developing country and/or working with organisations from the Global South

3) Aptitudes, skills and knowledge:
Required

  • Knowledge of current development finance debates
  • Ability to conceive innovative and effective advocacy and communications strategies
  • Ability to think analytically and plan strategically
  • Demonstrated skills of coalition-building and coordination of international civil society networks
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills
  • Strong organisational skills, including in event organising
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritise and work under pressure, use own initiative and work independently
  • Eurodad Policy and Advocacy Officer – Role Profile, March 2012
  • Ability to work in a small team and to work collaboratively with non-government organisations across Europe and worldwide
  • A very high standard of spoken and written English
  • Computer literate and familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Desired

  • Understanding of contemporary economic policy and political economy debates
  • Knowledge of the workings of the World Bank, IMF, OECD and European Union
  • Awareness of diverse civil society tactics
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish or one other European language

4) Willingness to travel
5) Commitment to Eurodad’s objectives

Application

Send your CV with a cover letter of 2 pages or less in English. This letter should be properly formatted, clearly and concisely written, and set out why you match the job description. In the cover letter you should also describe a concrete experience you had of designing an advocacy strategy to achieve a specific change in policy at the national or international level. Please make sure you set out the steps or phases you went through, and how you tried to ensure a successful outcome.

Send:
a)    By e-mail to [email protected], marked ‘job application policy and advocacy officer’ in the subject line;
b)    Please label the two files in the following manner:  Surname_CV  & Surname_Cover [so if your surname was Bloggs, your files would be Bloggs_CV & Bloggs_Cover]

Application deadline: 25th of April 2012 before midnight Brussels time.

Eurodad is a small organisation and is not able to reply to all candidates. If you have not heard from them by the end of May, this means your application has been unsuccessful.

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