CECOP – CICOPA Europe seeks Policy Officer

CECOP – CICOPA Europe 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 12 Jun 2018

Job Description

Policy Officer

CECOP – CICOPA Europe, the European Confederation of cooperatives active in industry and services, is looking for a Policy Officer, to join an international team based in Brussels.

About the employer

CECOP associates 26 member organizations from 15 European countries, and represents approximately 50,000 cooperative enterprises employing over 1,3 million workers. CECOP is the voice of its members, mainly vis-à-vis European institutions, as well as other European-level organisations. Beside advocacy and promotion of cooperatives in industry and services, a crucial role of CECOP is also to facilitate networking, information exchange and development for its members. CECOP represents democratically owned and managed enterprises, contributing to sustainable and inclusive growth while combining economic performance and social progress.

CECOP has a dynamic and multicultural team of 5 full-time employees and 2 part time collaborators, with very complementary profiles. CECOP also hosts and manages the secretariat of CICOPA, the global organisation of cooperatives active in industry and services.

Please see CECOP and CICOPA if you require more information.

About the function

The Policy Officer will work on supporting and strengthening CECOP’s advocacy activities toward EU institutions mainly but also toward the non institutional policy makers. She/he will work under the direct supervision of the Secretary General and in close cooperation with the rest of the team. The Policy Officer, as the rest of the staff, will also contribute to the activities of CICOPA.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • develop and implement the policy strategy for CECOP (Europe) and CICOPA (world level)
  • promote and represent CECOP in front of EU institutions and relevant stakeholders
  • develop policy documents, reports and publications in collaboration with members and other partners
  • monitor EU and international policy developments
  • collaborate with actual and potential partners, including cooperative and social economy organisations, civil society organisations
  • organise events (conferences, workshops, trainings, etc)
  • ensure effective project management, including budget management
  • contribute to the communication activities (news, press releases) and research activities

Candidate’s profile

  • Master degree in a relevant field (political science, economy, social science, law, international or EU affairs)
  • a previous experience of minimum 3 years as policy/advocacy officer in a European or international organisation
  • sound knowledge of different institutional partners (EU institutions and UN institutions) and of the EU decision making process
  • interest and/or experience in the cooperative movement is a strong asset

Required skills

  • excellent spoken and written English, knowledge of Spanish or French is an asset
  • ability to negociate and network
  • strong written and oral communication skills, confident public speaking
  • ability to research, collect, analyse and summerise information
  • capacity to organise one’s work agenda autonomously and proactively, managing multiple deadlines with consistency and accuracy
  • adaptability to different environments with an international and multicultural mindset, and availability to travel occasionaly
  • flexibility and capacity to work in a team

What we offer

We will offer a full-time, open-ended contract, with the gross monthly salary of 2,740 EUR. Public transport costs within the Brussels region and meal vouchers are covered.

The CECOP offices are located in Brussels. We are looking for a candidate to join our team as soon as possible.


Applicants should send their CV and cover letter to cecop@cecop.coop by 28 June 2018 (midnight).

In the subject line of your email please indicate your name and “Policy Officer Application.”

Selection interviews are expected to be held in Brussels early July.

The CECOP offices are located in Brussels. We are looking for a candidate to join our team as soon as possible.

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