European Transport Workers’ Federation seeks Political Assistant

European Transport Workers’ Federation 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 25 Mrz 2018

Job Description

Political Assistant

with special responsibilities for Railways and Urban Public Transport

REPORTING TO: Political Secretary for Railways and Urban Public Transport, General Secretary

Key responsibilities

  • Assisting the Political Secretary for Railways and Urban Public Transport in the daily work with policy and political expertise and advice
  • Providing general political and policy assistance to ETF, working on cross cutting projects and programs
  • Dealing with requests coming from Sections’ members
  • Developing and keeping good contacts with our affiliates, the ITF and the ETUC
  • Drafting reports, circulars, documents and minutes of meetings and press releases (in close cooperation with the Communications Officer) in English
  • Leading or facilitating ad hoc projects and initiatives
  • Providing input for ETF’ s communication initiatives, like the ETF website, Facebook, social media etc.
  • Political lobby work, working closely with the EU institutions
  • Negotiating with employers’ associations and other stakeholders
  • Preparing documentation for meetings, actions, campaigns and publications where necessary
  • Creating and maintaining file records, including electronic file records
  • Creating survey databases, input data received and preparing analysis
  • Dealing with routine incoming calls/correspondence/requests for information as appropriate
  • Coordinating ETF participation in external bodies
  • Attending meetings and ensuring follow up
  • Assisting with preparation and implementation of EU co-funded projects

We are looking for a candidate with

  • Strong interest in and expertise on transport, railways and urban transport policies and issues
  • Political and advocacy skills.
  • Negotiating skills
  • Graduate level education
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Fluency in additional languages would be an advantage
  • Good knowledge of Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer…)
  • Administration skills
  • Good communication skills, ability to synthesize
  • Strong organisational abilities
  • Creative yet organized
  • Ability to multi-task, identify priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to react flexibly to new challenges and work independently, often under pressure, on specific dossiers
  • Capability to integrate into a small and multicultural team
  • Availability to travel regularly
  • Previous experience in the EU or international environment (Trade Union Federations, NGOs, Institutions, etc), organising campaigns and public relations is desirable
  • Commitment to trade unions’ values

We offer

  • A full-time permanent contract with a competitive package (salary, fringe benefits and extra-legal paid leave)
  • A multidisciplinary and multicultural working environment
  • Involvement in a variety of campaigns, projects and initiatives
  • The office is located in the center of Brussels


We invite any interested candidate to send a CV and a short motivation letter in English to:
Josef Maurer, ETF Senior Operations Manager, at by 15 April 2018.

Only applications sent by e-mail will be considered.

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