European Youth Forum seeks Policy Officer

European Youth Forum 2-3y Junior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 22 Jan 2018

Job Description

Policy Officer

The European Youth Forum (hereinafter “Youth Forum”) is the leading organisation advocating for rights of young people. We are a Platform of Youth Organisations, independent, democratic and youth-led, we represent 104 National Youth Councils and International Youth Organisations from across the European Continent. The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively  in  society  to  improve  their own  lives,  by  representing  and  advocating  their  needs  and interests and those of their organisations towards the European Institutions, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.


The Youth Forum is now looking for a Policy Officer to join our team. The Policy Officer will work in the Policy and Advocacy Department and report to one of the Department’s Team Leaders.

The  Policy  Officer  will  work  on  supporting  and  strenghtening  the  Youth  Forum’s cooperation  with  other  international  regional  youth  platforms  &  networks  and institutions inside and outside Europe as well as other global partners. Key areas of cooperation include: sustainable development; peace & security, youth rights and youth participation.


  • Implement and follow-up the Youth Forum policy demands and develop cooperation with partners in accordance with the organisation’s strategy under the supervision of the Team Leader.
  • Build a strong network and strengthen relationships with the various actors in the relevant fields  (global  and  regional  youth  platforms, member  organisations,  other  youth  NGOs, relevant stakeholders, social partners, civil society and institutional partners).
  • Build strong basis for advocacy cooperation towards decision-makers on the Youth Forum’s key policy demands with global and regional youth platforms.
  • Assist the Team Leader and the Policy and Advocacy Director as required.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the strategic priorities and work plan of the Youth Forum.


  • Plan,  execute  and  implement advocacy  actions  aimed  at global  and  regional  youth platforms, policymakers, stakeholders and other decision-makers.
  • Liaise and  plan  strategically with  the  relevant  Board  members  in  relation  to  the  area  of work.
  • Promote and represent the Youth Forum in external bodies (e.g. stakeholder consultation groups, conferences).
  • Monitor and report on policy developments and provide background information to the other team members, Board and Member Organisations.
  • Undertake  research,  surveys and  external  consultations on topics  relevant  to the Youth Forum and its Members Organisations.
  • Coordinate the implementation of meetings and conferences with the support of the Events Team.
  • Oversee execution of the budget that has been allocated to the working area.
  • Report on developments in the relevant fields.
  • Write  policy  documents,  reports  and  publications and  provide  content  for Youth  Forum publications.


  • Have  at  least  a  2  years progressive experience in  policymaking, advocacy or  interestrepresentation and a good understanding of policy making, especially at Global level, but also national and European levels.
  • A  higher  education  degree  in  social  science, law,  political  science,  development cooperation, international or EU affairs or other relevant field is strongly desirable but can be compensated by relevant NGO and/or non-formal education experience.
  • Previous experience with building and maintaining global and/or interregional cooperation with various partners is an asset, especially in the youth field.
  • A quick learner with strong ability to develop knowledge on new concepts and adapt to new processes.
  • An open and avid communicator and a strong team player, proactively including colleagues and member organisations.
  • Background  experience in  a  youth  organisation  and  in  non-formal  education is  a strong asset.
  • Experience with working in a multicultural environment.
  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis and to work flexible hours and on weekends, when required.
  • Willingness to live and work in Belgium. Regular travel abroad is foreseen.


Policy & Advocacy skills:

  • Ability  to  understand  and  identify  opportunities  in  the  global and  interregional decisionmaking processes.
  • Very  good  knowledge  of  the  different  institutional  partners (European  Union,  Council  of Europe, United Nations and Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe) with whom the  Youth  Forum  works,  such  as  the other  global  and  regional  youth  platforms and  the policy processes related to them.
  • Ability to advocate effectively and to communicate in an articulated manner to a wide range of audiences both in written and orally.
  • Ability to formulate a position, analyse documents and monitor processes.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in Spanish and French is a strong asset.
  • Ability to research, collate, analyse and summarise information.
  • Ability to manage effectively your own time, activities and budget.

Personal skills:

  • Sociable, service oriented and at ease in a multicultural environment.
  • Proactive, critical, flexible and solution oriented.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team on a common project.
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage challenging workload and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to master new technical and organisation concepts.
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate several projects simultaneously.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Computer  literacy:  good  working  knowledge  of  word  processing,  e-mail and  Internet applications.


The duration of the contract is five years. The contract is full time (35 hours per week) and the gross monthly salary (for a P1 position according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement currently applied  at  the  European  Youth  Forum)  is  € 2,754.00.  A  relocation  package,  hospitalisation insurance and other benefits are available. Travel expenses within the Brussels region are covered by the Youth Forum.


To  submit  your  application  for  this  vacancy,  please  use  the Youth  Forum  online  recruitment system:

Please  note  that  applications  are  assessed  on  a  rolling  basis  as  they  are  received.  No applications will be assessed after the set deadline.

How to apply with the online application system?

  1. Create a user account: click on “Registration” and fill in your personal details.
  2. Go to the “private area” and login with your username and password.
  3. Click on the vacancy and apply.
  4. Respond to our application questions.
  5. Upload your CV.

Interviews for this vacancy will be conducted on a rolling basis. The successful candidate will be expected to start as soon as possible thereafter. Due to the high number of applications usually received for Youth Forum vacancies, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted.


Equal opportunity

The  Youth  Forum  aims  to  ensure  that  no  job  applicant  or  employee  receives  less  favourable treatment on the ground of race, age, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.


The Youth Forum aims to ensure that relevant volunteering experience is valued as importantly as professional experience.

Work Permit

The Youth Forum aims to ensure that all applicants whether they are EU or non-EU citizens are considered equally. The Youth Forum welcomes all nationalities and is willing to take at its charge any request for work permit.

Conflict of Interest

We require applicants to inform us about any possible conflict of interest. Please note that in case of  being  selected  working  and/or volunteering  for  member  organisations  of  the  Youth  Forum, institutions, political parties and other representative civil society organisations at European level might be incompatible.

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