Victim Support Europe seeks Policy Officer

Victim Support Europe 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 25 Mai 2018

Job Description

Policy Officer

New and exciting policy position – help victims of crime and shape the future of their rights in Europe.

Victim Support Europe (VSE) is the leading Europe-wide umbrella organisation for victims of crime. It is a dynamic organisation, going through an exciting period of expansion and development. It currently consists of 52 organisations from 29 countries around Europe and globally including Member States of the European Union, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland and the USA.

VSE works at the national, European and global scale to advocate for improvements in the rights and services available to victims of all crime. Our activities are wide ranging including capacity building for national organisations, support to governments to improve laws and policies, projects and advocacy with European and international institutions including the European Commission, European Parliament, UN and World Bank, and referral of victims to support organisations.

We are a busy and highly sought after office, now seeking an experienced policy officer able to carry out research, analysis and policy development, and who is dynamic, passionate and committed to improving the lives of millions of victims of crime each year.

The main functions of the Policy Officer will be policy development and analysis, advocacy, research and communication. The Policy Officer will have their own project responsibilities and will work closely with the Deputy Director and Project Manager to deliver operational objectives and specific projects.

Key responsibilities

EU policy and research

  • Support the development of policy guidance, recommendations and expert advice on victims’ rights, needs and services;
  • Develop VSE policy response to cross-border crime (draft policy papers, make presentations, deliver speeches, cooperate with the EU, VSE members, other stakeholders);
  • Carry out research, surveys, interviews and analysis on wide range of victims issues such as cybercrime, terrorism, compensation for victims, access to services, implementation of European laws;
  • Monitor, analyse and respond to developments at EU level relevant to VSE work;
  • Develop internal and external policies and guidance for victim support practitioners.

Cross-border coordination work

  • Coordinate support for cross-border victims of crimes;
  • Support referrals for cross-border victims;
  • Support the work of VSE’s terrorism response network;
  • Ensure that cross-border victims of major crisis in Europe receive prompt and adequate support in both their country of residence and country of victimisation.


  • Liaise with external organisations and the media to strengthen the rights of people affected by crime and promote VSE’s work;
  • Support the organisation of conferences, workshops, seminars and other events;
  • Represent VSE at conferences and other events.

Profile of the candidate

Essential criteria

  • A university degree is strongly desired but can be compensated by extensive relevant NGO and/or non-formal education experience;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in policy development, preferably at EU/international level and for a membership based organisation;
  • Fluent written and oral English and excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent understanding of the functioning of EU Institutions;
  • Experience in running projects;
  • Proactive, critical and flexible thinking as well as strong analytical skills;
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.

Desirable criteria

  • A background in victimology, victim research or the delivery of victims services;
  • Good knowledge of social media;
  • Good Knowledge of French and other EU languages.

Terms of the contract

The position of Policy Officer is full-time (38 hours/week). Desired starting date of assignment: Immediate.

Gross salary: In the range of €2900 plus benefits, depending on skills and experience.


Supporting applications in English should be sent by email to by 11 June 2018 with “Application Policy Officer 2018“ as subject of the email.

The application should include a motivation letter outlining:

  • why the applicant wants the job;
  • what special attributes the applicant would bring to the job;
  • what skills, knowledge and experience the applicant has which are transferrable to this position.

The application should also include a CV as well as any other relevant information. A minimum of two references that may be contacted during the recruitment process should be mentioned.

Please note that only selected applicants will be contacted.

Interviews will take place on 19 June 2018, in Brussels. Remote interviews will also be considered. Please make sure that you are available on these dates before applying.

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