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Policy Research Officer

  • European Cancer Organisation
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: May 21, 2024
  • European Cancer Organisation
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: May 21, 2024
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  • Location: Brussels;

  • Reporting to: Senior Coordinator, Policy Research & EU Projects;

  • Status: Contrat à durée indéterminée (CDI);

  • Working language: English;

  • Application deadline: 21 May 2024 (noting that interviews will start before that date).

In this full-time role, based in Brussels, you will support the design and implementation of several top-impact policy research and EU-funded projects, convening wide-ranging stakeholders for leading contributions to the current pan-European cancer policy and research agenda. Projects will be strongly focused on the impact of social inequalities on access to cancer prevention and care. Focus areas may also include, but not be restricted to: cancer survivorship and quality of life, cancer screening and the impacts of crises on cancer.

The ability to be proactive, rigorous, adaptable, and dedicated to the needs of the projects and the goals of the team will lay the groundwork for success.

Our working language is English and this position may require occasional international travel. Candidates must already have the right to work in the EU and already be physically based in Brussels.


European Cancer Organisation (ECO)

The European Cancer Organisation is a not-for-profit federation of 42 member healthcare professional organisations and 21 patient groups working in cancer at the European and international level.

The mission of the European Cancer Organisation is to reduce the burden of cancer, improve outcomes and the quality of care for cancer patients, through multidisciplinarity and multiprofessionalism. In this aim, the European Cancer Organisation convenes oncology professionals, patients and other stakeholders to agree policy through a set of targeted Networks and activities, and advocates for positive change in cancer policy at the European level as the united voice of the European cancer community. One of these Networks is focused on Inequalities and includes specific workstreams on LGBTQI+, ethnicity and gender-related inequalities.

In accordance with its strategic objectives, the European Cancer Organisation operates a growing number of research projects with a policy focus. This includes leading data gathering, analysis and visualisation initiatives, such as the European Cancer Pulse tracking cancer inequalities between and within European countries, as well as targeted initiatives on such topics as cancer screening policy implementation, cancer workforce issues, social inequalities in cancer prevention and care, and the impact of crises on cancer systems. This data intelligence gets translated into high-impact policy recommendations that can eventually influence and drive policy-making and projects in an evidence-based fashion, to the benefit of cancer professionals and patients across Europe.


  • Carry out public health policy research projects for the collection of data on several high-stakes themes for cancer policy across Europe, including social inequalities, cancer survivorship and quality of life, and cancer screening;

  • Maintain and develop multi-stakeholder networks convening the cancer community, civil society groups and decision-makers around the combat of social inequalities and their impacts on cancer, with particular attention to historically marginalised communities;

  • Contribute to the continuous development, update and expansion of the European Cancer Pulse;

  • Plan and implement public health policy research projects in major cancer policy areas: creation of project plans, design of research methodologies, collaborations with academic experts, stakeholders and relevant authorities, management of meetings with project partners;

  • Gather and collect data relevant to the European Cancer Organisation’s policy and research activities, EU-funded projects and other ongoing activities through the review of scientific and political literature, the creation and promotion of policy research surveys;

  • Analyse collected data and develop scientific reports, political infographics and public policy recommendations on their basis; support its visualisation through existing and new data-based tools for policy;

  • Actively participate in the impact and visibility of the policy research projects and their outcomes towards the cancer policy and stakeholder community, in the context of current political opportunities at European and national level;

  • Play leading roles in the participation of the European Cancer Organisation in key EU-funded projects of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the EU Cancer Mission, including in the field of cancer workforce and survivorship and quality of life issues;

  • Support providing the cancer community’s perspective into the implementation of complex EU-funded cancer research and policy implementation projects;

  • Lead activities in EU-funded projects involving ECO linked to their extension and sustainability, reviewing output documents from projects from a scientific perspective;

  • Support engagement with relevant stakeholders for EU projects in which ECO is participating, especially healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers and their representatives;

  • Support the response to ongoing relevant EU funding opportunities;

  • Other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Chief Executive and/or Senior Coordinator, Policy Research & EU Projects


We are seeking a dedicated Policy Research Officer with a strong commitment to successfully delivering impactful and top-quality policy research projects and policy implementation activities, as well as a passion for combatting all dimensions of inequalities in society and healthcare.

We are particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate research rigour, ambition for policy impact, robust organisational skills and a strong motivation for continuous development of skills and responsibilities, which are all essential for effectively aiding the progression of project activities.

The successful candidate will possess outstanding interpersonal and communication abilities, as the Policy Research Officer will play a pivotal role in maintaining clear and open lines of communication amongst various team members, experts and stakeholders.

The candidate will also be flexible and adaptable, willing to embrace additional tasks and responsibilities as delegated by the Senior Coordinator for Policy Research and EU Projects and the Chief Executive, as well as positively to the team dynamic.

Beyond assigned tasks, the candidate should crucially demonstrate proactiveness and commitment in supporting and connecting the goals of the organisation and the team, the needs of the projects and the wider continuous growth and relevance of ECO’s policy research activities.

Proficiency in computer and internet use is vital, with demonstrated experience in utilising Microsoft Office tools such as Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, and Word. Fluency in written and spoken English is imperative, and proficiency in additional European languages will be considered an advantage.


  • A keen interest in supporting the advancement of cancer policy and the success of pan-European collaboration in the field;

  • Proven proficiency and experience in conducting research and analysing scientific materials, with ability for their wider communication to diverse audiences in lay friendly terms and interest in continuously developing policy and advocacy-related skills;

  • Strong background in the fields of public health, life sciences and/or social sciences, and experience in the field of inequalities are considered key assets;

  • A problem-solving, result-orientated and quality-focused mindset with ability to think critically and work independently;

  • An ability to manage complexity from project topics and implementation, establish and maintain relations with high-level stakeholders, and communicate with diverse audiences with adequate language;

  • A team-player spirit, with an ability to efficiently handle and prioritise tasks, goals and timelines across multiple projects, follow internal and external workflows with precise deadlines;

  • Being naturally self-organised, rigorous and attentive to detail, including in respect to multi-tasking, prioritisation, retro-planning, meeting organisation and follow-up, and record-keeping;

  • Being comfortable operating in a people-orientated environment, working effectively with experts and volunteers from many scientific fields and nations;

  • A “completer-finisher”, who is not afraid to proactively follow-up on pending tasks and pick up the phone to make things happen;

  • An aptitude to maintain calm and positive when faced with unforeseen circumstances;

  • Being able to maintain a professional and friendly attitude, keeping the reputation of the European Cancer Organisation into consideration at all times;

  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with effective and efficient writing skills in English (native or near-native level);

  • High level of discretion to maintain confidentiality of information.


  • Satisfaction from the creation and implementation of change-making European wide projects that make tangible improving change to the lives of cancer patients and their families;

  • Experience in the public health sector, with the delivery of the EU Cancer Mission and Beating Cancer Plan at the top of the EU's agenda;

  • The opportunity to work closely with top level experts and management;

  • Experience with varied angles and perspectives of the inter-workings of a not-for-profit organisation;

  • The opportunity to liaise directly with top-level international stakeholders and institutions;

  • The opportunity for strong professional and personal growth in a mentoring office environment.


Interested applicants must have the right to work in the EU and be already physically based in Brussels. They will have fully completed their studies as the role will be demanding and time consuming.

Please send a CV and cover letter (maximum 2 pages of A4), together with details of your current gross salary and earliest starting date (giving details of any required notice period) by email to with the subject “Policy Research Officer”

Application deadline: 21 May 2024 noting that interviews will commence, and an offer made as soon as suitable applicants are identified. Therefore, we encourage interested applicants to submit their application as soon as possible.

Although the receipt of each application will be automatically acknowledged, unfortunately we can only follow-up with applicants that reach the first interview stage.

Applicants should be aware that the selection process may require completion of a written assignment in order to assess your abilities in this critical skill.
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