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Director of Policy and Research

  • European Health Management Association
Brussels, Belgium
  • European Health Management Association
Brussels, Belgium


The European Health Management Association (EHMA) is the only membership association in Europe that brings together the full health ecosystem of health managers, informal and formal caregivers, patients, legislators, educators, policy makers and regulators, public health experts, researchers, health insurance experts, and industry. We coordinate projects, events and initiatives aimed at creating a clear health vision and alignment strategy, as well as lay down the organisational, societal and technological conditions to achieve optimal health outcomes for individual patients and the entire community. There are currently 15 highly-skilled colleagues in the office contributing to an active, diverse and dynamic work environment. You can read about our work at


  • Summary: Lead and deliver an outstanding portfolio of research and policy activities that support excellent health management across Europe;

  • Support: This post reports to the Executive Director. Works in close synergy with the Director of Development and Director of Projects;

  • People management: This post is part of the Senior Management Team. The post holder manages a team of four Policy officers of varying experience. Manages the involvement of all the team within projects. Liaises with sponsors and granting authorities, project partners and EHMA members;

  • Salary: A competitive base salary is offered, scaled to experience, and a comprehensive benefits package;

  • Terms: Full time, open-end contract based in Brussels and subject to Belgian law. Formal performance review conducted after six months;

  • Benefits: We want our staff to thrive, so we provide comprehensive induction, support and supervision, clear goals and milestones, and a tailored development plan to make sure you have the support, skills and knowledge to succeed. We also provide flexible working hours and teleworking arrangements.


Primary: Unite the skills, knowledge and experiences of the EHMA members, secretariat, and our networks into impactful research and policy initiatives across the multiple classifications of Europe. Raise our policy profile.

  • Maintain and promote the key messages of our comprehensive policy stock take to ensure all our policy and research work is founded in the views of our Members;

  • Empower a team of Policy Officers and support all colleagues across the organisation;

  • Produce research reports, analysis, policy briefings, and speeches;

  • Ensure the highest level or policy and research-informed representations of EHMA in a broad array of influencing activities including policy networks, conferences, committees, special interest groups, and other high-level meetings;

  • Implement and maintain EHMA’s parliamentary and public affairs monitoring;

  • Sustain EHMA’s policy and research work by horizon scanning funding opportunities, building consortia and writing proposals. Seize and leverage these opportunities into successful proposal submissions (European Commission, industry, and philanthropy, etc).


Essential minimum criteria

  • To perform this job successfully the employee in this position must be able to demonstrate at least functional proficiency in all of the core competencies.

General competencies for all staff

  • Uphold EHMA’s statutes, vision and values;

  • Adheres to EHMA’s policies and procedures;

  • Fluency in English;

  • Provision of outstanding customer service to our members, colleagues, board, and stakeholders;

  • Have a can-do attitude and be solution focussed;

  • Manage and prioritise your workload and ensure deadlines are met;

  • Be flexible with priorities and manage time and multiple tasks;

  • Strong writing and communication skills;

  • Maintain positive and constructive working relationships with all people;

  • Participate in professional development and training;

  • Maintain confidentiality with sensitive or privileged information, including day-to-day observance of data protection guidelines;

  • Adhere to all internal and external policies and procedures and contribute to their ongoing development as required;

  • Have regard for your own personal health and safety and for that of those around you;

  • Ability to travel, predominantly across Europe and sometimes other regions, including one day meetings, overnight and multi-days;

  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and SharePoint.

Essential Health Management knowledge

  • A Master degree in health management, public health, or equivalent extensive highlevel work experience;

  • Knowledge of the European health ecosystem.

Policy and Research competencies

  • Knowledge of EU institutions and their decision-making processes;

  • Knowledge of global trends in health and health management;

  • Knowledge of EU and other Parliament processes;

  • Knowledge and experience of research methodologies for policy development;

  • Identify, process, and analyse relevant information from multiple sources;

  • Extensive methodology knowledge of stakeholder mapping;

  • Contribute to, develop and build strong networks of institutional and other partners;

  • Ability to write compelling evidence-based surveys, policy briefings, and other publications.

Project Management competencies

  • Productive engagement in building and coordinating project consortia;

  • Write effective proposals and content for project deliverables, and guide the policy team to deliver outstanding and accurate content;

  • Outstanding project and partnership management. Develop and manage policy initiatives (projects, networks or activities) that move EHMA toward its vision; and work with staff and leadership to develop, track and communicate project goals, timelines, and deliverables related to those initiatives. Ensure milestones and deliverables are met in a timely manner;

  • Keep collaborators and teams up to date on project activities;

  • Maintain effective lines of communications amongst the team and partners, keeping the SMT informed of all critical issues, and propose mitigating solutions;

  • Develop collaboratively a learning and development culture by supporting the research of opportunities to develop existing or new projects;

  • Supervise the development of workplans and budgets.

Financial competencies

  • Creates and implements budgets;

  • Works within project budgets, including EU projects;

  • Works in synergy with other SMT members for optimum financial and people management;

  • Plan, forecast and monitor adequate use of resources, including staff time;

  • Contributes to the preparation of proposals for funding from external sources.

Leadership competencies

  • An active member of the Senior Management Team, participating collectively to decision making for the organisation;

  • Manage, mentor and coach staff and interns with clear direction, goals and support;

  • Conducts empowering routine management, and conduts midyear and end-of-year reviews, and performance improvement plans when necessary;

  • Delegates effectively and thoughtfully to colleagues with expertise in a variety of topics;

  • Recruit and manage a team to deliver all EHMA policy commitments.

Cultural Competency

  • Recognise the role of gender, cultural, social, and behavioural factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of all EHMA initiatives.


  • A comprehensive understanding of health management across Europe;

  • A sound understanding of EU Institution structures, policies and decision-making processes.


  • Work experience in a health or care organisation in Europe;

  • Knowledge and expertise in EU funding opportunities for health organisations;

  • Fluency in French or other European languages.


This position is offered according to Belgian national legislation. It is an offer for a full-time position of 38 hours per week with an open-end contract.

For this position, we offer a competitive base salary, scaled to experience, and a comprehensive benefits package including meal vouchers, financial support towards the use of public transport to work, and complementary pension insurance. The post will combine in-office and remote work, as well as travel. The successful candidate will be supplied with necessary materials to work remotely, as required (e.g., laptop).

All applicants must be qualified, eligible and able to work in Belgium, and are required to be based in Belgium. We are unfortunately not able to provide financial assistance for relocation.


We are committed to building an inclusive working environment and we want all our staff to thrive. We value the diversity that every staff member brings to EHMA. We offer a flexible working environment, and reasonable accommodations will be made for people who identify as living with a disability.

We are also committed to reduce to the very minimum (unconscious) bias and make the recruitment process as objective as possible. We assess applications and interviews through a point-based system and candidates are asked the same interview questions. We also offer personal feedback to all applicants who request it.


Applications are received only through our website at: EHMA Director of Policy and Research vacancy. At the end of that page, you will find the APPLY NOW button.

To apply, please have ready the following documents in one single attachment, with its filename: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_DirectorPolicyResearch

  • Your CV (maximum 3 pages);

  • A motivation letter (maximum 2 pages). In your motivation letter please explain why you are applying for this position and how your experience responds to the profile requirements. Please also detail your salary and benefits expectation and the reasons for your request.

No other attachments are required and we ask you not to include any additional information at this stage.

Please note that applications that do not follow the above instructions will be disregarded.

We will assess applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis; therefore we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

We expect the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.

For further information please email the Interim Executive Director, Ms Federica Margheri at
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