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Policy & Research Officer (m/f/d)

IGLYO Full-Time  Brussels, Brussels, Belgium 21 Apr 2021

Job Description

The Secretariat of the largest LGBTQI youth and student network IGLYO is looking for a

Policy & Research Officer (m/f/d)

Policy & Advocacy 

  • To work closely with IGLYO’s Policy and Research Manager to keep abreast of all key policy needs for LGBTQI young people in Europe, and plan advocacy strategies and activities to influence European, national and local policies and practices
  • To identify emerging issues for LGBTQI young people, analyse the policy implications and possibilities and design appropriate responses
  • To provide advice on policy positions on key areas (such as inclusive education) and support the work of local, national and regional LGBTQI and youth organisations
  • To prepare policy papers, reports, briefings and press releases on key policy issues concerning LGBTQI young people
  • To facilitate and participate effectively in relevant meetings with European institutions and civil society organisations to ensure the priorities of LGBTQI young people are represented
  • To represent IGLYO and disseminate its research to a wide range of audiences
  • To organise events and meetings to promote IGLYO’s policy work
  • To identify key partners and strategic partnership opportunities locally, nationally and internationally
  • To develop communication messages and materials, in collaboration with IGLYO’s Communications Officer, to disseminate IGLYO’s advocacy work and reach a wide range of audiences

Research & Data Collection 

  • To work with IGLYO’s Policy and Research Manager to design and conduct research on key topics concerning LGBTQI youth (such as inclusive education and schools bullying)
  • To work closely with IGLYO’s member organisations, education experts, and European LGBTQI networks to gather and review data on state legislation and policies concerning LGBTQI youth
  • To conduct research on current national education legislation, policies and practices all across Europe
  • To support Staff, Board and members designing and analysing data in several research projects
  • To develop communication messages and materials, in collaboration with IGLYO’s Communications Officer, to disseminate IGLYO’s research work and reach a wide range of audiences


  • To contribute to the staff team to ensure the smooth running of the team on a day to day basis
  • To prepare reports and other relevant documents for the Board, the Executive Director, and funders as required
  • To support with the organisation of team meetings, board meetings, the general assembly and other events as required
  • To attend events and meetings to represent IGLYO when needed
  • To undertake other reasonable duties which may be required from time to time
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time



  • 1-3 years of professional experience in a relevant advocacy, policy or research related position, preferably in a civil society organisation


  • Experience publishing policy papers, briefings and research reports
  • Proven record of influencing European, national or local policies
  • Experience conducting research on national or international policies, preferably covering youth rights

Personal Qualities, Skills & Knowledge (Essential):

Policy & advocacy

  • Good knowledge of the EU, the Council of Europe and the UN reporting mechanisms
  • Proven knowledge of the international LGBTQI rights framework
  • Proven knowledge of European anti-discrimination laws and policies


  • Ability to appropriately implement data collection, taking into consideration any ethical concerns
  • Ability to undertake data analysis for decision making and to draw significant recommendations

Project management

  • Demonstrated capacity to plan and manage long-term projects with multiple partners and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to organise, plan and prioritise workload, and work under pressure to meet tight deadlines or achieve agreed outcomes
  • Ability to work autonomously and to organise workload, resources and priorities effectively


  • Ability to produce clear and concise reports for publication and high-quality oral presentations for a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to simplify and communicate complex information to various audiences, and use communication styles that are appropriate to different people and situations
  • Excellent spoken and written English


  • Ability to build mutually respectful and productive relationships with partners, members and other stakeholders

Personal Qualities, Skills & Knowledge (Desirable):

  • Knowledge of other languages than English
  • Knowledge of inclusive education policies in Europe, and anti-discrimination laws applicable to education
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct research with young people
  • Understanding of intersectionality in research
  • Experience of thematic analysis



  • Excellent IT skills with extensive experience of using Microsoft Office & Google Drive


  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools (e.g., SPSS, Atlas.ti or NVivo)


  • Eligible to work in Belgium
  • Ability to relocate to Brussels and travel on an occasional basis
  • Ability to work flexibly, including sometimes working irregular hours

Salary (Gross):

  • 2275,00€ per month
  • Prime de Fin D’année – this is a 13th month salary, paid in December along with a 12 month salary, taxed slightly differently.
  • Double Pécule de Vacances – this is an extra month holiday pay, paid (after 1 year of work in Belgium) in May to the value of 92% of a usual work month.


  • 7€ lunch voucher for every day worked – averaging at 150€/month
  • Monthly local travel subsidy – this payment depends on where you live & what form of travel you take to the office
  • Yearly training allowance
  • Relocation costs covered up to 250€

Holiday Entitlement:

  • 22 days annual leave (in addition, Belgium has 10 public holidays)
  • Additional 5 days annual leave between 25-31 Dec

Working Hours:

  • 37,5 hrs per week (5 days), core working hours between 9h30 & 16h00.

Line Manager:

  • Policy and Research Manager


  • Permanent

You can find the full Job information here.

Deadline: 10/05/2021 9 AM CEST

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