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European Advocacy Lead

  • Inclusion Europe
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024
  • Inclusion Europe
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024
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To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to: jobs@inclusion.eu


Inclusion Europe advocates for full rights and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

We demand Europe to end segregation of people with intellectual disabilities and isolation of their families.

Inclusion Europe runs 3 programmes:

  • Making sure every possible self-advocate and family member can tell their story face to face with those who need to hear it;

  • Bringing the best advocacy and research into European decision-making to influence where it matters with expertise that makes a difference;

  • Working together to create inclusive organisations and societies.


THE EUROPEAN ADVOCACY LEAD CONTRIBUTES TO OUR WORK BY:

  • Bringing the best advocacy and research into European decision-making to influence where it matters with expertise that makes a difference;

  • Creating opportunities for self-advocates and family members to talk face to face with European decision-makers.


WHAT DOES THE EUROPEAN ADVOCACY LEAD DO:

Talks to people from the European Union bodies, Council of Europe, and other relevant organisations about what matters to people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Leads our European advocacy programme, contributing ideas about where it should focus and how it should be organised, and supporting others at our team to be effective in European advocacy.

Influences European decision- and policy-making

  • Follows European decision- and policy-making processes to identify opportunities for Inclusion Europe advocacy;

  • Reviews documents such as reports, laws etc., and contributes to consultations to reflect the views and expectations of people with intellectual disabilities and their families;

  • Speaks and represents Inclusion Europe at conferences, seminars etc.


Communicates about European advocacy work of Inclusion Europe

  • This includes writing articles and posts about different aspects of the work, policy developments, and about the work of Inclusion Europe.


Creates opportunities for self-advocates and family members at European level

  • Organises seminars and other events with relevant European bodies;

  • Promotes self-advocates and family members as speakers and leaders at relevant conferences and events;

  • Tells our members and others about European policies, and about how Inclusion Europe works to influence them.


Contributes to reports and research about rights and situation of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Europe

  • Co-writes documents describing what Inclusion Europe wants on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and their families;

  • Cooperates with Inclusion Europe members, listens to what they have to say;

  • Cooperates with Inclusion Europe partners to know about their views and share ours;

  • Prepares documents such as submissions to consultations (CRPD Committee, Council of Europe, EU institutions), policy briefs and positions, reports on topics important to people with intellectual disabilities and their families;

  • Cooperates with our partners for joint advocacy, policy actions.


As part of Inclusion Europe team, the European advocacy lead

  • Works with Director and other team members to formulate and follow our European advocacy strategy;

  • Contributes to development, delivery, reporting of annual workplan, and grant applications;

  • Manages relevant projects or activities;

  • Collaborates with team members on relevant activities;

  • Manages and supports trainee(s).


WE EXPECT THE EUROPEAN ADVOCACY LEAD TO WORK IN THIS WAY:

  • Include people with intellectual disabilities and family members in Inclusion Europe activities.

  • Communicate in a clear and easy-to-understand way.

  • Take responsibility for her/his own work. Work effectively and collaboratively with all colleagues to build good working relationships and achieve Inclusion Europe objectives; support colleagues in their work when appropriate.

  • Contribute ideas and solutions.


HOW WE KNOW THE EUROPEAN ADVOCACY LEAD WORKS WELL:

Inclusion Europe is more visible at the European level, better connected to decisionmakers, and the views and expectations of people with intellectual disabilities and their families are reflected in European policies.

People with intellectual disabilities and family members are invited and participate at conferences, seminars and during the development of relevant documents.

Members of Inclusion Europe know about European policies and our advocacy, contribute to it.

Relevant activities are done in a way and time that was expected and planned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

We expect the candidate to have good understanding about how European advocacy works, and to have work experience in this area (minimum 2 years).

Understanding of issues faced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families will be considered a plus during the application process.

We expect the candidate to speak and write in good, easy-to-understand English.

Other languages are welcome; French will be considered a plus during the application process.

The candidate must have a permission to work in Belgium (EU/EEA nationality, valid work permit) at the date of application.

We also expect the candidate to

  • Have good communications and interpersonal skills;

  • Be good at using computers (Microsoft Office 365, and other usual applications);

  • Have the ability to plan, prioritise and organise her/his workload.


CONTRAST, PAY AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • This is a full-time job on a permanent basis (no fixed end to the contract);

  • The monthly pay is € 3.000 – 4.000 (gross; depending on experience) plus benefits:



  1. 1 extra month of pay (13th month);

  2. Meal vouchers;

  3. Allowance for commute to work as applicable;

  4. Home office allowance;

  5. Holiday pay (depending on work experience in Belgium).



  • The position is based in Brussels, Belgium;

  • European travel will be required;

  • The contract is expected to start in September 2024.


HOW TO APPLY FOR THE JOB:

To apply for the job of European advocacy lead, please send us a document, which will have:

  • 2 pages describing how you would approach this job. We expect this document to communicate your ideas about the work, and to demonstrate your writing skills;

  • 1 page describing relevant highlights from your previous experience, for example successful advocacy campaigns, reports or similar.


Also, send us your structured CV: Include contact details (name, email, phone number) for 2 persons who can provide references about you.

Send these documents to jobs@inclusion.eu.

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2024.

We will confirm by email receiving a full application.

We will not reply to emails which do not have both required documents.

How the selection of candidates is organised

We will evaluate the applications and decide who we want to invite for an interview.

We will invite the candidates for an interview by email.

Interview invitations will be sent by 5 July 2024.

We will not email candidates not selected for interview.

Interviews will be held on 17-18 July 2024.

Interviews will take place at Inclusion Europe office, avenue des arts 3, Brussels.

Online interviews are not possible; We can offer contribution for travel costs for invited candidates (up to € 400 per candidate).

We will write to every interviewed candidate about the result of their application within 7 working days from the interview.

When we decide which candidate we prefer for the job, we will ask about her or his references.
Apply now

Apply for this job

To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to: jobs@inclusion.eu

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