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European patient organisation in oncology seeks Public Affairs Officer

European patient organisation in oncology 2-3y Junior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 13 Jun 2017

Job Description

A well known and established European patient organisation in the area of oncology is seeking to recruit a

Public Affairs Officer

to lead the organisation’s work in European policy.

The Public Affairs Officer will be responsible for the various policy files of the organisation, contributing policy recommendations to EU and industry funded projects, and establishing good working relations with key stakeholders.

The Public Affairs Officer will report to the Director and will work closely with the rest of the Secretariat. The Public Affairs Officer will also work closely with the Board who will decide and advise on strategy and direction.


The Public Affairs Officer will be responsible for the development of the organisation’s policy activities in line with the Board’s decisions. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional with sound educational and professional background.

Main Activities

  • Proactively following developments in the EU oncology and health scene and accordingly informing the Board as well as making suggestions for action
  • Assist the Board in drafting, designing, and implementing cancer and health policy strategy
  • Advocating for patients’ rights within EU Institutions and eventually at national level
  • Contribute to the policy aspects of EU and industry-funded projects
  • Assist the President, Vice President and Board in preparing for events and presentations
  • Develop & maintain relations with the organization’s current and new stakeholders (NGOs, industry, academia, health/oncology media)
  • Conceive and organize own events or in collaboration with stakeholders and EU institutions (particularly with European Parliament)


  • Masters degree in EU Affairs, Public Health, EU Law, or related field from recognized European Universities
  • Working knowledge of EU health and oncology stakeholders
  • Proven working experience and knowledge of the European oncology and health systems
  • Good understanding of the functioning of the European Union

Project management

  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and handle multiple projects
  • Ability to use a shared online project management system
  • Able to plan workload and estimate timelines accurately
  • Basic EU funded project accounting and reporting required


  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team
  • Ability to work in an international and multilingual environment
  • Willingness and availability to work longer hours, whenever necessary, undertake business travel at short notice and assist in all activities of a busy small office
  • Proactiveness, collegiality, readiness to offer a helping hand in various tasks, sociable mature personality able to relate with peers and high-level officials
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others in both team and independent environments


  • Outstanding written and verbal skills in English (English fluency is mandatory) and attention to detail
  • Experience in preparing documents (press releases, editorials, etc.) for the press and online media
  • Fluency in at least another EU language
  • Experience in writing long documents (reports, position papers, project proposals, etc.)


  • European Affairs experience in Brussels, preferably with a patient organization or in the health sectors
  • Expert use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – skills and expertise in producing high quality visuals is required for presentations
  • Expertise in using social media in healthcare (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Experience in governance and day to day work of non-profit organisations, particularly in a patient organisation
  • Budget planning, oversight, and accounting experience
  • A professional mindset and interest in the development and sustainability of activities
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels
  • Character traits of being flexible, stress-resistant, efficient, pro-active, diplomatic and above all enthusiastic, willing and keen

What to expect

This is a full time, with permanent contract, challenging position (38 hours per week) based in Brussels, offering many learning and advancement opportunities. Position is suitable for young professionals aiming to build vertical expertise on many and varied aspects of cancer and health care.

You will collaborate with a young, motivated, professional, and friendly Secretariat and a very involved, expert, and collaborative Board.

We offer a captivating and varied function with an organisation driven by its mission and where initiative, creativity, and energy are strongly encouraged.

We look forward to hearing how you can help us achieve our strategic goals. A cover letter explaining why you believe you fulfill the requirements of the position and a CV should be sent in English by June 25 2017 to All applications received will treated with utmost confidentiality.

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