European Peacebuilding Liaison Office seeks Executive Director

European Peacebuilding Liaison Office 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussel, Belgium 13 Feb 2015

Job Description

The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) is the platform of European peacebuilding NGOs, networks, and think tanks. EPLO draws together the expertise and resources of 32 member organisations located across Europe with the shared aim of identifying and promoting effective and sustainable peacebuilding policies within the European Union.

Executive Director – Full time

EPLO has been undergoing a period of significant growth, increasing its membership and consolidating its funding base. We are now looking for an exceptional candidate to build on these strong foundations and drive the network forward over the next few years.

As Director, you will be at the centre of further developing and overseeing EPLO’s medium and long-term strategy. Based in Brussels and supported by a highly talented and committed team, you will coordinate EPLO’s policy and advocacy work, represent EPLO at the highest levels and be responsible for managing the staff, raising funds and managing the finances of the organisation. In all areas, you will report to, and work closely with, the EPLO Steering Committee and build and maintain strong relations with member organisations.

This demanding position will require an individual with strong leadership and management experience, coupled with excellent networking skills. Ideally, the successful candidate will combine a thorough understanding and experience of EU structures and institutions with knowledge and interest in peacebuilding, and knowledge of networks management. A proven track record in fundraising, budget management and financial reporting is a must. Fluency in French and English is a requirement, and additional European language an added value.

The deadline for applications is Friday 20 February 2015 17:00 Belgian time.

Please send (1) a CV, (2) the names of 3 referees, (3) indications for availability to start in the position and (4) an application letter (ensuring you respond to the requirements of the persons specifications) to the Search Committee at

Interviews will be held at the end of February. In addition to the interview, candidates will be expected to complete a written test. Referees will only be contacted at the last stage of the process. EPLO regrets that, due to capacity constraints, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We offer a permanent work contract under Belgian law and a competitive remuneration package with legal Belgian benefits. EPLO is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Person specifications/Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Considerable relevant experience at a senior level/managerial position;
  • Proven track record in leading networks;
  • Proven track record in communications;
  • Proven track record in organizational, financial, and staff management;
  • Experience of working in an EU context.


  • Degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience;
  • Proven track record in advocacy;
  • Field experience;
  • Experience in peacebuilding or related NGO sector.

Deep knowledge

  • Structures, procedures and policy-making processes of the EU institutions in particular on EU External Relations.


  • Peacebuilding theory and practice.

Excellent skills

  • Networking – gained preferably within an NGO context; openness to working with NGO networks (in and beyond EPLO) is an essential part of this. Keeping people and MO on side is an essential part of this, too.
  • Communication; including the ability to communicate confidently with a variety of audiences and in the use of different communication media;
  • Proven fundraising and financial management skills;
  • Fluency in French and English (oral and written);
  • Management skills which bring out the best in a team and ensure high quality results with limited resources;
  • Strategy, analysis and problem-solving;
  • Leadership skills both within the staff team and within the network, which make room for other people’s experience, expertise and input.


  • Knowledge of languages other than English and own language;
  • Understanding the EU language;
  • Policy development.

Personal qualities

  • Strong commitment to peace;
  • Strong commitment to peaceful and non-violent approaches to constructive conflict resolution;
  • Consensus minded;
  • Mediator (in approach – qualification is not essential);
  • Diplomatic;
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Willingness to travel.


  • Flexibility.

Questions to be addressed in your application:

The Search committee would like to receive your views on the following elements:

  • Why do you want to work for EPLO?
  • What is the added value that you personally bring to EPLO?
  • How do you meet the person specification?
  • What is your experience with and attraction to coordinating NGO networks?
  • Your availability for a personal face to face interview in Brussels between 25-27 February 2015.
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