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Senior EU Advocacy Officer (m/f/d)

Care International 5<y Senior Level  Brussels, Brussels, Belgium 20 Nov 2020

Job Description

Care International AISBL seeks

Senior EU Advocacy Officer (m/f/d)


CARE International is among the world’s largest international non-governmental humanitarian relief and development organizations. Drawing on its 75 years of experience, through its confederation of 21 CARE member partners, as both a practitioner and thought leader, CARE International’s work reaches 100 countries worldwide to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

At the core of the Confederation is a small, globally distributed Secretariat, which provides coordination and support to its Members in many areas as governance, strategic planning, communications, membership development and accountability, advocacy, humanitarian response, and program development. In addition, the Secretariat represents the CARE confederation at the United Nations and the European Union. The Senior EU Advocacy Officer will be based at CARE International’s Representation to the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Belgium. Under the direction of the EU Representative and Head of Office, she/he will lead the CI advocacy work at EU level in order to build relations with the EU institutions, strengthen CARE’s representation to the EU, and influence EU policies that have an impact on CARE International’s programmatic objectives. The EU Officer will also manage the EU Advocacy Action Plan and coordinate the advocacy work of European CARE offices towards the EU.

Key responsibilities but not limited to:

The Senior EU Advocacy Officer will provide strategic guidance to and implement CI’s advocacy work at the European level, particularly on the priority areas for CI and the CI EU office, namely: gender equality; countries in crisis; humanitarian policy; climate change; food and nutrition security; and external action budgets. The Officer will also follow and provide limited support in other priority policy areas for CI such as the Right to Health, Women’s Economic Justice, Right to Water, and participatory governance, and in other issues related to development and humanitarian aid policies impacting on CI’s work.

1. Leading CI’s European Advocacy work (approximately 65%)

  • Identify and act on opportunities to support the implementation of CI’s global advocacy priorities through CI’s interaction with European institutions in Brussels.
  • Monitor and influence policy developments at the EU level;
  • Undertake research and analysis on relevant EU policies and identifying opportunities;
  • Draft updates, briefing notes, policy positions and talking points on relevant EU processes;
  • Support the organisation of advocacy events;
  • Maintain and further develop a network of contacts within EU institutions and Civil SocietyOrganisations in Brussels;
  • Actively represent, participate in and influence European NGO networks, namely CONCORD, VOICE, CAN Europe, Crisis Action and EPLO, and create other alliances as required to achieve
  • CI advocacy objectives;
  • Through advocacy work, identify and create opportunities to position CI for EU funding, in liaison with EU funding team;
  • Participate in key meetings, briefings and conferences organised by EU institutions, UN agencies, and other NGOs;
  • Provide overall supervision of the EU Funding and Advocacy intern.

2. Contributing to strengthening coordination and information sharing on European advocacy
(approximately 20%)

  • Lead the work of the European Advocacy Group, including assuming responsibility for developing and monitoring implementation of the EU Advocacy Action Plan;
  • Coordinate the interaction of CI’s European members and the European Advocacy Group, and country offices with the EU around EU policy processes and decisions;
  • Support the organisation of the European Advocacy annual meeting, mid-term and ad hoc calls, and other relevant meetings as required;
  • Provide ad hoc support and advice to European members’ advocacy teams.

3. Participating in and supporting the work of CI Brussels office and the CI Secretariat advocacy
team lead by the Head of Global Advocacy as required (approximately 15%)

  • Assist in the preparation of annual operating plans, reports, and MEL for CI Brussels’s advocacy work;
  • Represent CI in meetings/conferences;
  • Support global advocacy efforts beyond Europe as required and feed in CI EU and European perspectives into global advocacy efforts and working groups;
  • Organize conference calls, meetings and workshops, including preparatory processes, documents and reports;
  • Participate in relevant internal meetings;
  • Support administrative functions as needed.




  • CI Head, Global Advocacy
  • CI Senior Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor
  • CI Representative New York
  • Advocacy staff of all CI members, particularly European members, and country offices


  • Advocacy staff in peer organizations
  • Contacts in EU Institutions


  • Master Degree (or a combination of a Bachelor degree and/or relevant experience) in social sciences, such as political sciences, international elations, development studies, economics or law
  • At least 7 years of working experience in advocacy with an NGO or relevant international organisationstowards EU Institutions in the areas of development and/or humanitarian policy
  • Proven knowledge on how to influence EU decision-making processes
  • Proven ability to produce advocacy materials and to develop mechanisms to share and manage advocacy information and knowledge
  • Strong oral and written English. Further language skills, especially French and Spanish would be an asset.
  • Experience in CI priority thematic areas such as gender equality, humanitarian aid, climate change, or food and nutrition security a definitive asset.


  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • High capacity to work independently within a small team and to work with others at a distance within a complex organisational setting
  • Strong organisational and communication skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Ability to take initiatives and responsibility for own learning and work
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines and strong ability to multi-task
  • Committed to CARE’s vision and mission and to achieving gender equality

We are committed to preventing all unwanted behaviour at work. This includes sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child abuse. We expect everyone who works for us to share this commitment by understanding and working within the CARE Safeguarding Policy and related framework.

CARE International has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or child by any of our staff, representatives or partners. CARE International reserves the right to seek information from job applicants’ current and/or previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer.

By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE International requesting the information specified above. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. We will seek at least two references, one of which must be your most recent employer. We participate in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, child abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By applying, you confirm your understanding and agreement of these checks.


Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CVs and a brief covering letter of interest in English to by November 30th, 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

More Information on CARE International is available at Only candidates with the relevant work authorization will be considered.

CARE seeks to improve the lives of the most marginalized, particularly women and girls. Our diversity is our strength. We encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.

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