Senior Policy Advisor will be responsible for developing and leading Anti-Slavery International EU policy and advocacy strategies, with a particular focus on EU trade policy and forced and child labour in the global supply chains. The Policy Advisor is a consultancy position (average 3 days/week) based in Brussels, reporting to the UK and Europe Programme Manager who is based in Anti-Slavery International’s office in London.
Key tasks and responsibilities
1. Devise and execute advocacy strategies
- Identify advocacy opportunities with EU institutions and Member States
- Advise on influencing strategies with EU institutions (in particular the European Commission and EU Council)
- Assist in determining priorities and gaining co-operation of others
- Increase the number of Anti-Slavery’s strategic EU allies
2. Monitor EU level developments
- Anticipate policy developments and propose appropriate strategies
- Input into information collection and analysis
3. Draft policy briefings
- Draft policy briefings and blogs
4. Attend meetings
- Attend meetings with EU institutions, Member States and industry association
- Assist in arranging meetings and events in Brussels for Anti-Slavery International staff
Required competencies and skills
- Demonstrated experience in rights-based advocacy and/or international trade policy advocacy
- Minimum 5 years of experience working at European level
- Ability to maintain and cultivate relationships and networks as a part of an influencing strategy
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively
- Excellent political judgment and understanding of the EU political dynamics
- Excellent communication skills (writing and presentation), including a high standard of written and spoken English (required) and French (desired)
- Excellent representational skills
Other key required qualifications, experience and assets include:
- An excellent knowledge of the EU institutions (in particular EU Council and the Commission) and EU decision-making processes
- A good knowledge and experience of working with human rights and international standards, or business and human rights.
- Knowledge of ILO standards and international trade policy would be an advantage.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and to maintain excellent working relationships
- Ability to deal with multiple, sometimes conflicting priorities and to adapt rapidly to changing environments
- Knowledge of the UN system, especially ILO will be considered a further asset
- Flexibility to work on a consultancy basis (Statut d’independent)
- Ability to work in Belgium and to undertake short trips within the EU
The position is offered on a consultancy basis, based in Brussels, covering approximately 3-days/week with a consultancy contract of up to three years.
Expected starting date is as soon as possible.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a CV to: email@example.com by 5pm on 31 July 2017.