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Research Projects Coordinator - Open Society European Policy Institute

Open Society Foundations

Application Deadline: 05 November 2020

Date Posted: 22 Oct 2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your with high-level project management, research, and people skills? We’re seeking a Research Projects Coordinator based in Brussels to support the design and management of research projects.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Research Projects Coordinator will work in the Partnerships, Research, and Outreach team of the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI). OSEPI works to influence and inform decision-making on EU laws, policy, and funding to ensure that open society values lie at the heart of what the EU does, both inside and outside its borders.

As a Research Projects Coordinator at Open Society, you will:

  • Support the Head of Team with coordination of research projects;
  • Review research project proposals, liaise with OSF’s legal department to process and manage contracts, monitor project budgets and financial reports, and support the design of research standards and evaluation;
  • Co-organise events with partners on PRO’s research; liaise with OSF Communications and OSEPI’s Outreach Team for media outreach and social media;
  • Help design the annual research strategy and assist with budget planning;
  • Provide background research on EU policies and political trends, drafting summaries from research events and internal meetings;
  • Take on other tasks and areas of responsibility as directed by the supervisor or director of OSEPI.

What we are looking for:

  • Five to seven years of prior work experience, preferably with prior experience in policy research, research project and budget management;
  • University degree in a related field or equivalent experience with conducting or managing research;
  • Fluent spoken and written English, and knowledge of other EU languages is an asset;
  • An understanding of, or experience with, policy advocacy towards EU institutions;
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to summarize complex policy or academic issues for broader audiences;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills, with a high level of attention to detail.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website:–Open-Society-European-Policy-Institute_JR-0001919.

Closing date: 5 November 2020.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

Head of Advocacy


Application Deadline: 02 November 2020

Date Posted: 22 Oct 2020

Full-time permanent contract – Brussels based – 3,400-3,700€ monthly gross salary depending on experience.

The Brussels-based Secretariat of the Eurochild network is seeking to hire a new Head of Advocacy. It is suited to someone passionate and knowledgeable about children’s rights, and experienced in influencing politicians and policy makers. Familiarity with EU institutions and the EU policy-making process is a distinct advantage.

In the 15 years since its establishment, Eurochild has grown into one of the most influential networks on children’s rights in Europe. Our strength is derived from our membership, the direct involvement of children in our work, and close working relationships with the EU institutions.

These are extraordinary times for children’s rights in Europe. In 2021, the European Commission will adopt a European Child Guarantee initiative, as well as a comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child. These developments can bring about significant and long-term improvements to the lives of disadvantaged children across Europe, if they translate into policies, practices and public spending within countries. This only happens if there is also national ownership of the policy agenda. Eurochild plays a unique role in connecting EU policy with national realities. It supports its membership to influence EU policies and to leverage EU policy, legislation and funding in national advocacy efforts.

This opportunity comes at a time when Eurochild is getting to its next stage of development and our advocacy and communications are crucial to our efforts. In the coming months Eurochild will embark on a number of key external facing campaigns with the aim of influencing policies processes with the potential of bringing about substantial positive changes for children in the European region. We will also work to furthering Eurochild visibility, strengthening its profile as a thought leader in new spaces and developing new products to support its membership, fundraising and broader organisational objectives.


The Head of Advocacy is responsible for designing and coordinating Eurochild’s strategic advocacy and is expected to critically support our positioning in the EU arena and members’ efforts to harness EU driven opportunities incountries. This includes:

  • understanding EU political processes, prioritizing our engagement to ensure that our influencing efforts are strategic, targeted, effective and timely;
  • supporting Secretariat colleagues responsible for Eurochild’s thematic priorities, ensuring alignment and synergies, making sure that our specific policy demands are heard in the policy-making processes (this currently includes early childhood development, children in alternative care and child participation, but new priorities may emerge depending on member interest and funding opportunities);
  • assess and identify effective advocacy tactics, including building or consolidating alliances, ensuring that we achieve our advocacy goals;
  • supporting and building the capacity of Eurochild member organisations to themselves engage in influencing EU policy processes, and to use adopted EU legislation, policy and funding to drive change nationally;
  • use creatively and strategically communication tools (online and offline); craft and refine the content of our messages to ensure we reach the right audiences and achieve our expected impact (in close partnership with the Head of Communications, Secretary General and President).

Support and supervision

The Head of Advocacy is given considerable autonomy to design and lead our advocacy work. The position is supervised and supported by the Director of Programmes who oversees our programmatic work and relationships with donors. However, the selected candidate will also work in close partnership with the Secretary General, Eurochild President (H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca) and the Head of Communications, to build and execute effective advocacy and communications strategies. The position has line-management responsibilities for the EU Affairs Assistant and the Policy Intern (a 6-month rolling programme for young people at an early stage in their career). There will also be task management responsibilities for colleagues working in specific thematic policy areas.

Candidate requirements


  • A proven track record in political influencing, ideally at EU level, with a minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience;
  • Experience of working with and/or for the non-profit sector, preferably in the field of children’s rights;
  • Strong political acumen, with demonstrable capacity to work across the political spectrum and to drive evidence-informed advocacy;
  • Ability to multi-task, to prioritise, to work collaboratively and to think ‘outside the box’;
  • Excellent communicator able to assimilate and convey complex information in ways that are compelling and easy to understand;
  • Excellent networking, negotiation and presentation skills;
  • Keen listener who is sensitive to different points of view. High level of tact and diplomacy;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, other languages are an advantage.


  • Knowledge of the European Union and familiarity with the different EU institutions, the policy making process and the role of organized civil society;
  • Knowledge & experience in one or more of Eurochild’s thematic priorities: ending child poverty, ending institutional care for children, child participation, early childhood development.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to complete the online application form, accompanied by their CV and motivation letter, by Monday 2 November 2020.

Owing to the high number of applications, we are unable to respond to each applicant individually. Therefore, only short-listed candidates will be notified and invited to interviews (conducted online).

Eurochild is an equal opportunity employer. We are guided by the principle of non-discrimination on any ground, and we apply such principle in our day-to-day operations and in our employment practices.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please email Eurochild Director of Programmes Valeria Santostefano:

Programme Manager

Network of European Foundations (NEF)

Location: Philanthropy House, Rue Royale, Brussels, Belgium

Application Deadline: 26 October 2020

Date Posted: 06 Oct 2020

The Alliance for Women in Europe is looking for a Programme Manager for a one-year temporary position (renewable) based in Brussels to coordinate grant making and management of the Fund.

Application deadline: October 26th, 2020

About the Alliance

The COVID-19 pandemic has struck Europe and its citizens early 2020, leading to a resurgence of violence against women (VAW).

Facing the dire need for urgent action to address VAW and the persisting inequalities between women and men in the EU, a group of European foundations and organisations decided to dedicate common resources — financial and otherwise — to a flexible, open platform for donors and women’s rights advocates: the Alliance for Women in Europe (AWE).

The intention is to build trust, partnership and effective responses between committed social actors across the region to provide quality support for any charitable organisation duly registered in the EU providing services, advocacy and innovation for women.

The Alliance for Women in Europe is supported by a group of diverse foundations, of different shapes and sizes, which bring in a wealth of expertise and different perspectives. The initiative, which is hosted by the Network of European Foundations (NEF) and housed in the Philanthropy House in Brussels, builds on lessons learned from other pooled funds.

Our long-term vision is to build greater cooperation and knowledge sharing between relevant donors, women’s organisations and support networks in Europe; and to establish an agile pooled funding mechanism to provide flexible operational grants for social purpose organisations and women’s funds bringing immediate support to women and girls in Europe.

We are seeking a talented and experienced Programme Manager to help us accomplish this vision.

Role Description

The Programme Manager will be responsible for the coordination of the AWE.

He or she will be a key point of contact for civil society organisations seeking and receiving funding and for foundations working with AWE.

The Programme Manager will also contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the fund.

Additionally, the Programme Manager will contribute to fund-wide activities, the nurturing of synergies among the different members, and the communication about the fund.

The Programme Manager is also expected to provide administrative and logistics support where needed.

As the Network of European Foundations provides the legal structure for AWE, the work contract will be issued by NEF and the Program Manager located within the NEF office at the Philanthropy House, in Brussels, Belgium.

Primary Responsibilities

Internal Engagement

  • Prepare, facilitate and follow-up on decision-making within the Steering Committee composed of foundation representatives contributing to the Alliance;
  • Liaise with the Advisory group composed of experts, which goal is to give non-binding strategic advice to the Steering Committee;
  • Coordinate meetings and internal communications of the Alliance;
  • Provide administrative and logistics support where needed;
  • Conduct research and synthesise information to be used in decision-making, strategy development or other program processes.

Portfolio Management

  • Function as a grants manager:
    • Serve as a key point of contact for organisations seeking and receiving funding;
    • Take care of various aspects related to grant management, including due diligence, contracting and payments execution;
    • Contribute to the (pre)selection of grants by analysing grant proposals and budgets;
    • Contribute to the assessment of grantees, by analysing progress reports, conducting site visits, and extracting project learnings to contribute to the evaluation of the Alliance’s work.
  • Liaise with the NEF secretariat for all financial disbursements to ensure proper recording of fund expenditure and income, and follow the Alliance multi-annual budget as approved by the Steering Committee;
  • Share learnings and developments in related projects and/or field;

External Engagement

  • Contribute to the communication about the Alliance;
  • Cultivate relationships with potential future donors and partners in collaboration with existing members.

Desirable profile

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field required;
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant job experience;
  • Significant knowledge of issues related to gender equality in Europe (i.e. gender-based violence, initiatives for women’s social and economic inclusion), and a good understanding of the philanthropy and women’s organisations sector in Europe.
  • Preferable experience leading complex grant-funded programs;
  • Experience working with civil society organisations, philanthropic institutions, or multi-actor collaborations;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects across teams, and ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Demonstrated expertise working across multiple countries and cultures;
  • Extensive experience working in Europe;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and fluency in French and any other European language relevant to the program’s geographic focus areas preferred;
  • Proven ability to work independently;
  • Legal right to live and work in Belgium.

What we can offer you

  • An exciting job opportunity at a newly established philanthropic initiative;
  • Meaningful and challenging work;
  • A diverse and inclusive workplace;
  • A learning organisation;
  • A contract for one year, potentially renewable, for 37.5 hours a week;
  • A gross salary between 49.000 and 52.000€ annually, depending on the level of experience.


If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send your CV along with a cover letter explaining how you are to fulfil the requirements of the role to by 26th October 2020.

We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

There is a desire for the successful candidate to assume his/her position as soon as possible.

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