Eurocities is the network of more than 200 cities in 38 countries, representing 130 million people, working together to ensure a good quality of life for all.
You greet your neighbour as you leave home on your way to do work that is meaningful and decently paid. The air is clean and free of honking car horns. Using the free public wifi, you see that today the public square is a local artisans’ and farmers’ market. Your phone polls you on a few quick ideas that the local administration wants to try. You truly feel like you are a part of the city, and, as such, a part of Europe.
This is the future that European cities have been working to build through Eurocities since 1986. We help cities inspire each other. When a crisis hits, the urgency of local coordination and information sharing is starkly obvious – but with longer-burning issues like climate change, social equality and a vibrant economy this ‘glocal’ approach is no less essential.
That’s why we work with over 200 of Europe’s largest cities to improve the lives of over 130 million residents across 38 countries. That’s the ‘cities’ part of ‘Eurocities’. Hundreds of cities have already committed to getting carbon emissions down to zero, welcoming migrants and refugees, and governing through dialogue with their residents.
Local governments work on the ground with citizens and residents, and are essential partners for turning EU policies and ambitions into reality. As such, cities must be included directly in European decision making and should be in direct receipt of European funds. That’s the ‘Euro’ part of ‘Eurocities.’ So Eurocities, Europe plus cities, equals a better future for all.
About the Role
As policy advisor, you will be responsible for supporting Eurocities activities related to the social affairs forum, by contributing to the organisation’s networking, advocacy and delivering EU project activities related to different social inclusion topics, such as employment, skills training and education, social economy and innovation.
What You're Gonna Do
In this role, you will:
contribute to the successful delivering of EaSI grant on social inclusion, including providing inputs to the organisation of our social affairs forum, social Innovation lab, cities social summit
prepare policy-transfer and mutual learning activities on relevant social policies, with a special focus on employment and skills, for Eurocities members, including study visits and peer reviews
organise dissemination and advocacy activities, including seminars, workshops and preparing policy papers and statements
provide policy support to Eurocities working group working on policy priorities that are set annually,
cooperate with colleagues to ensure synergies and cross-cutting work
maintain an up-to-date overview of policy developments and contribute with expertise and strategic insights to the policy work of Eurocities
maintain contacts with the EU institutions, with member cities, and with other stakeholders
coordinate the preparation of relevant policy statements
ensure that any potential synergies with other policy areas, projects and communications activities of Eurocities are developed through coordination with relevant colleagues
ensure effective communication to members and more widely through the various channels available
support Eurocities general policy and project work, as well as other activities in line with the overall objectives
You are an experienced professional who is full of initiative, self-driven, curious, creative, flexible and results-oriented.
The skills and experience to do this job successfully include*:
a successful track record of at least 5 years of relevant work experience in policy advocacy at EU level and EU project implementation
a Masters degree or equivalent in social policies, social sciences, urban development, EU studies or related fields
thorough understanding of the EU institutions, decision-making processes and funding instruments
excellent knowledge of EU policies and programmes related to social inclusion, employment and skills
excellent knowledge of urban policies and cities in general, including the role of cities in the EU
excellent research and analytical skills, including the ability to collect, analyse and present information in a clear and concise way
experience in mutual learning/policy transfer methodologies
experience in organising events
experience in coordinating working groups
experience in advocacy, lobby and influencing EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders
strong organisation and coordination skills
excellent organisational awareness
excellent oral and written communications skills in English
good interpersonal skills for an international environment
a strategic liaison for a specific Eurocities community and key EU representatives
a dynamic team player who also takes full responsibility for delivering results on own work
agile in a changing environment with the ability to juggle competing deadlines
a self-starter, driven by the motivation to deliver outcomes for cities and citizens
experience of working with cities, either in a city administration or through a network
knowledge of indicators, notably in the area of social affair
*We are looking for candidates who fulfil most of these criteria but do not hesitate to apply if you think that you could be a good fit for the position.
What We Offer
- a full-time position as employee, under Belgian legislation. The selected candidate will need to either live in Belgium or be willing to move to Belgium for the duration of the contract (candidates need to provide a Belgian address)
- an open-ended contract linked to the EaSi grant (31.05.2025)
- 3.200 € – 3.600 € monthly gross salary, according to profile and experience
- flexible working hours
- part-time teleworking
- Meal vouchers, pension plan, hospitalisation insurance, public transport costs, 13th month, éco-chèques, training opportunities.
3.200 € – 3.600 € monthly gross salary, according to profile and experience
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