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DSW seeks Advocacy Officer

Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 20 Okt 2017

Job Description

Advocacy Officer

This is an exciting opportunity for a European affairs professional with fluent written and spoken English language skills, interested in working in an NGO with a dynamic and committed team on advocacy in the field of gender equality, youth, global health and international development.

Based in Brussels, the Advocacy officer will mainly support the DSW advocacy strategy on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially on youth and gender equality-related matters but also works on global health research and development for poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases (in short global health R&D).

Areas of responsibility for the position include

  • Monitor and analyse EU policies and political processes in the areas of EU development policies;
  • Develop specific analyses on EU budget and programming policies regarding these issues, including the research of data on respective EU funding commitments and expenditures;
  • Develop strategic recommendations, advocacy materials, briefing papers, newsletters, and other advocacy documents;
  • Coordinate advocacy activities with partners and colleagues from other DSW Offices, including organising visits to Brussels, events, and meeting programmes;
  • Represent DSW in meetings with advocacy coalitions/partners and with EU officials (European parliamentarians, the European Commission, the EEAS and the Permanent Representations of the Member States, etc.);
  • Support the team in communication, documentation and reporting of the organisation’s international advocacy programmes and other administrative tasks as necessary;
  • Any other duties in support of the advocacy and resource mobilisation team as assigned by the supervisor.


  • At least 3 years of working experience on EU advocacy;
  • General knowledge of EU policy-making processes, poverty alleviation, development cooperation, health-, research- and gender-related policy matters;
  • Knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights and of global health R&D desirable;
  • Experience in data analysis, knowledge of the OECD reporting system desirable;
  • University education (Master’s degree), possibly in European public policy, political science, public health, development cooperation, public affairs, or other related subjects;
  • Fluent oral and written English with very strong editing skills, French and/or German (good knowledge equivalent) will be a strong asset;
  • Strong, persuasive oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills;
  • Supportive of DSW’s mission and vision;
  • Work and residence permit for Belgium.


If you are interested, please send your application (CV and motivation letter) with the reference “Advocacy intern” to:

  • Deadline for application: November 3, 2017
  • Ideal start date: January 8, 2018
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