EuroHealthNet is a leading Partnership for improving health, equity and well-being, and consists of bodies responsible for public health and health promotion in European countries. We are based in Brussels, close to the EU institutions, from where we co-ordinate evidence-based policy, research, exchange of good practices and capacity building activities to help improve health determinants and address health inequalities in Europe. Our office is composed of a team of dynamic, diverse and skilled professionals who make health and social policy their daily business. We put an emphasis on a good quality and balanced work-life environment. You can read more about our priorities and how we work at www.eurohealthnet.eu.
About the post
The role of the Policy and Liaison Officer is to monitor EU policies, activities and programmes, to prepare policy publications, briefs and reports, to successfully liaise with key policy stakeholders and support practical activities, and to identify opportunities for advocacy. In particular, this will include analysing the relevant components of the EU work programme, the European Semester and helping to ensure the network is well positioned to support the social inclusion and poverty reduction priorities of the European Commission (through the EaSI and the Health programmes, among others).
- Policy monitoring: among others by using our subscriptions to news and information services, you will monitor and disseminate relevant information for our members and office about EU policy and programme developments in the light of our work plans and work;
- Liaison: in cooperation with colleagues, you will build, report and maintain links with key people at national-level institutions and in the European Commission (EMPL, SANTE, CONNECT, EAC), the European Parliament and Council Presidencies, plus contact with CoR and EESC and other EU agencies e.g. Eurofound;
- Intelligence gathering: you will contribute to the team’s engagement with relevant stakeholders, e.g. EU Health Policy Platform, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children, the EU Alliance for Mental Health, other health and social NGOs and partner networks to be on top of what is happening in our fields;
- Identifying opportunities: you will pro-actively and timely seek out and help us to anticipate opportunities for advocacy, policy and programme development of the network, including opportunities to contribute to policy consultations and informing major and relevant legislative processes in EU/Europe;
- Events and documents: as part of a team, you will help organise (high-level) EU policy events and will take an active role in drafting policy publications, such as précis, blogs, and responses to policy-drafting consultations;
- Contributing to our horizontal work: the office works closely across departments, as part of a wider team, you will work in a liaising role ensuring coherence, building bridges and assisting our PRACTICE and RESEARCH platforms, as well as communications, capacity building and knowledge development, membership and administration departments.
- You are educated to at least a Bachelor’s degree equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. social and employment policy/EU governance/public health), and have an additional minimum of 3 years work experience (preferably at EU level);
- You have practical knowledge of the policy-making processes at the European level and of the EU institutions (proven hands-on experience desirable);
- You have thorough knowledge of social and employment policies, as well as sound understanding of public health, health promotion and disease prevention;
- You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (native speaker level), and have proven experience in writing articles, blogs, news releases, reports and policy papers (in English). English writing skills will be tested during the interview;
- You have basic applied social research skills, curious mind and an aptitude to grasp and ‘translate’ complex subjects;
- You can deliver high-quality results in a timely fashion and are comfortable working on your own as well as in teams;
- You are quality and result-oriented;
- You are resilient and able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously to meet rapidly changing priorities;
- You have political flair and a keen eye for political messages and differences;
- You are rigorous and organised, with attention to detail;
- You have good communication and relationship-building skills;
- You have a pro-active, flexible and ‘can-do’ approach to work.
The following skills and experience are additional assets to your application:
- Knowledge of other European languages;
- Previous work experience within an organisation working on social equity issues and/or public health;
- Experience of working with EU institutions;
- Experience from a membership-based organisation.
This position is offered full-time for one year, with possibility of extension. It will be offered according to Belgian national legislation.
- The Policy and Liaison Officer will report directly to EuroHealthNet’s Policy Coordinator;
- All applicants must be qualified, eligible and able to work in Belgium. We are unfortunately not able to provide financial assistance to relocate to Brussels/Belgium;
- For this position, EuroHealthNet offers a gross salary between €2,600 and €3,200, depending on experience, as well as benefits such as meal vouchers, financial support to use public transport to get to work and hospital insurance;
- We offer a flexible working conditions, supportive to a good work-life balance.
Applicants should send an email to Renaud Rollet, Administrator & Financial Officer, addressed to Dorota Sienkiewicz, Policy Coordinator, with the following subject line: “Policy and Liaison Officer - Job application”.
Please include the following two files as attachments (do not include any other attachments):
- A CV, with filename SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_CV (please include the contact details of your references);
- A motivation letter, one page maximum, with filename SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_ML.
Please address the following question in your cover letter (one page maximum):
- “What do you see as the key challenges in the near future for work on tackling health inequalities at EU level and how can you contribute?”
Please note that applications that do not follow these instructions will be disregarded.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 18 September (before midnight CEST). Interviews (Skype or in person) with short-listed candidates will be held in the last week of September, with the appointment to begin as soon as possible after that (preferably as of the 1st of October).
Thank you for your interest in EuroHealthNet.
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