Eurocities is the network of more than 200 cities in 38 countries, representing 130 million people, working together to ensure a good quality of life for all.
You greet your neighbour as you leave home on your way to do work that is meaningful and decently paid. The air is clean and free of honking car horns. Using the free public wifi, you see that today the public square is a local artisans’ and farmers’ market. Your phone polls you on a few quick ideas that the local administration wants to try. You truly feel like you are a part of the city, and, as such, a part of Europe.
This is the future that European cities have been working to build through Eurocities since 1986. We help cities inspire each other. When a crisis hits, the urgency of local coordination and information sharing is starkly obvious – but with longer-burning issues like climate change, social equality and a vibrant economy this ‘glocal’ approach is no less essential.
That’s why we work with over 200 of Europe’s largest cities to improve the lives of over 130 million residents across 38 countries. That’s the ‘cities’ part of ‘Eurocities’. Hundreds of cities have already committed to getting carbon emissions down to zero, welcoming migrants and refugees, and governing through dialogue with their residents.
Local governments work on the ground with citizens and residents, and are essential partners for turning EU policies and ambitions into reality. As such, cities must be included directly in European decision making and should be in direct receipt of European funds. That’s the ‘Euro’ part of ‘Eurocities.’ So Eurocities, Europe plus cities, equals a better future for all.
About the Role
Eurocities is recruiting a Senior Policy Advisor in the field of social inclusion. The candidate would ideally start end of June 2022.
What You're Gonna Do
- As Senior Policy Advisor, you will coordinate the social affairs team under the supervision of the policy director. You will be responsible for leading Eurocities activities related to social policies, including implementing the European Commission EaSI grant on social inclusion.
The main tasks include:
- leading on Eurocities work on social inclusion, including its thematic working groups
- coordinating and supervising the implementation of the European Commission EaSi grant, including annual reporting and application
- organising the annual Social Affairs Forum meeting in cooperation with the forum chair and host city
- leading our mutual learning programme, including organising capacity building activities, policy and knowledge transfer, peer reviews, study visits, co-- - - creation workshops, social innovation urban labs, etc.
- undertaking policy-oriented research such as identification and collection of good practices, preparing surveys and presenting the results in concise reports
- preparing policy papers and statements in collaboration with members
- organising advocacy activities, including high-level political discussions and technical workshops
- addressing the European institutions and other relevant organisations
- developing potential synergies with other Eurocities policy areas, projects and communications activities by coordinating with relevant colleagues
- providing effective communication to members and to a wider audience using the various available channels
- managing a small team
- a successful track record of at least 7 years of work experience in social inclusion policies in the European context
- a Master’s degree or equivalent in social policies, social sciences, urban development, EU studies or related fields
- experience in managing a small team of people
- experience in policy-oriented research, including the ability to write and edit policy research papers in a logical, clear and concise way
- experience in managing, coordinating and bidding for EU projects on social inclusion
- experience of working in membership associations
- experience in EU advocacy and influencing EU institutions, and other relevant stakeholders
- experience in organising events and capacity building initiatives
- excellent understanding of EU policies in social inclusion, inclusive labour market and fighting poverty
- excellent understanding of the EU institutions, decision-making processes and funding instruments
- good understanding of evidence-based policymaking, challenges and opportunities
- good understanding of mutual learning and policy transfer methodologies
- excellent knowledge of urban policies and cities in general, including the role of cities in the EU
- good knowledge of local government
- excellent research and analytical skills, including the ability to collect, analyse and present information in a clear and concise way
- excellent political judgement for advocacy purposes
- good planning, organisation and coordination skills
- excellent oral and written communications skills in English
- problem-solving approach
- flexibility to deal with multiple and changing priorities
- good negotiating and influencing skills
- able to work autonomously and as part of a team
- other languages (especially French)
What We Offer
- a full-time position linked to the EaSi grant, starting as soon as possible
- an employee contract, under Belgian legislation. The selected candidate will need to either live in Belgium or be willing to move to Belgium for the contract duration (candidates need to provide a Belgian address).
- 4.200 € monthly gross salary
- Meal vouchers, pension plan, hospitalisation insurance, public transport costs, 13th month, éco-chèques
Some other benefit examples are:
- training opportunities and access to online training
- a dynamic international team
- a pleasant working environment
- flexible working hours
- part-time teleworking
- Eurocities promotes the importance of a work-life balance.
How to apply
Applicants are requested to send a letter of motivation, describing point by point their relevant experience and linking it to the requirements for the position, and a CV with at least two referees (including your current or last employer) by 23:59 on Sunday 5 June 2022 to: Patricia de Wouters, Head of HR, at [email protected]
Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘Senior policy advisor SAF’ in the subject line.
Interviews will be held in person or online on the 14 and 15 June 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
4.200 € monthly gross salary
Unfortunately, it seems like this job is not available for international candidates. Unless you’re eligible for a work visa otherwise, please double-check with the company.