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ITUC seeks Advocacy Officer

International Trade Union Confederation 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 30 Jan 2018

Job Description

Advocacy Officer

Job description

We are looking for an experienced Advocacy Officer with a strong interest and motivation in promoting sustainable development premised on workers priorities such as labour rights, social dialogue, social protection, gender equality and environment.

The successful candidate will be responsible for promoting the Decent Work Agenda (social protection, social dialogue, labour rights) in development policymaking processes at various levels ranging from the United Nations, the OECD and Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

This position requires the ability to work strategically and collaboratively, including coordination capacities with other departments of the organisation, contributing to the wider objectives and priorities of the ITUC.


  • Cover relevant UN-based processes on sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda, Financing for Development and the Development Cooperation Forum, provide orientations for policy formulation purposes and advocate for the inclusion of trade union priorities within resulting policies;
  • Engage in the policy-making process and debates at OECD-DAC level promoting the inclusion of trade union priorities (including Development Cooperation Directorate and Development Centre);
  • Engage in the work of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC);
  • Support the implementation of the work plans of the regional organisations that are part of the TUDCN programme;
  • Participate and represent the TUDCN in meetings at institutional level;
  • Produce briefings and meeting reports for the TUDCN’s members;
  • Produce position papers and statements advocating the priorities of the members;
  • Liaise with development-focussed CSO platforms and further build alliances;
  • Facilitate the work of the TUDCN working group on global policies;
  • Organise and coordinate research on relevant themes relating to development policies;
  • Write articles for the TUDCN newsletter;
  • Follow-up and report from the TUDCN’s meetings and make the results visible for the affiliated organisations and other stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the narrative and evidence-based programme reporting to the current donors.

Qualifications required

  • Excellent knowledge of global development debates/policies and experience of UN, OECD-DAC, GPEDC policy making processes;
  • Excellent oral communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills – for a technical, policy and general audience (newsletters, policy documents and social media);
  • Knowledgeable about research coordination and inquiry methods;
  • Proven capacity in management, planning and reporting;
  • Familiar with working in a constituency-based/umbrella organisation;
  • Excellent command of English and of either French or Spanish. The coverage of all these three languages will be considered an asset;
  • Familiar with and interested in working in a trade union environment and able to work in a team.


Applications should be sent, together with CV, to Luc Vermeersch, Human Resources to

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