ACT Alliance EU Humanitarian Policy & Practice Policy Officer

Job Category

Job Experience

Job Location

Expiration Date

23 Mar 2019

ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union is seeking to recruit a Policy Officer on Humanitarian Policy & Practice

Purpose of the position

ACT Alliance EU is seeking a dynamic Policy Officer whose main focus will be to influence European Union humanitarian policy and practice in line with ACT Alliance humanitarian priority agendas, not least in relation to World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain commitments around localisation, participation and resilience, drawing from the work of the global ACT Alliance and ACT Alliance EU members

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Monitoring and reporting on relevant developments at EU and member state level
  • Networking and relationship-building primarily in Brussels
  • Researching and developing advocacy objectives
  • Planning and undertaking and leading strong and effective advocacy towards key EU institutions and member states
  • Monitoring, follow-up and evaluation of ACT Alliance EU’s humanitarian advocacy strategy
  • Ensuring good coordination of ACT Alliance EU and its members on key advocacy lines and activities
  • Good coordination with other relevant agencies including UN bodies and INGOs allowing for alliance building where appropriate
  • Ensure necessary links are made with the global humanitarian advocacy work of the ACT Alliance

Key working relationships

The Policy Officer

  • reports directly to the Director and works closely with the other colleagues in the ACT Alliance EU secretariat in Brussels
  • has strong links with the ACT Alliance Head of Humanitarian Affairs, Head of Advocacy & Policy and Programme Manager for Migration and Displacement in Geneva
  • works closely with the HPP Working Group as well as member agencies' offices and partner organisations
  • liaises closely with other relevant humanitarian, development and human rights organisations and networks and participates in actions with coalitions
  • liaises with ACT Alliance regional staff as necessary, especially the Humanitarian Programme Officer for Europe


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and competences:


  • Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline – e.g. political science, EU affairs or international relations, humanitarian affairs
  • Minimum 5 -7 years of experience in a challenging and fast-paced political and policy-making environment
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the EU and its institutions and processes and the challenges they pose for advocacy on Humanitarian Policy & Practice
  • Knowledge of and sympathy for ACT Alliance EU’s key advocacy themes, particularly issues concerning localisation, including Survivor-and-Community-Led-Crisis-Response, the role of faith actors in humanitarian aid and diversity of the humanitarian eco-system
  • Familiarity with working in an ecumenical network/context
  • Experience of successful advocacy towards the EU institutions
  • Strong networking skills
  • Experience of successful coordination of a coalition or network
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Sound knowledge of humanitarian issues and 


  • Strong planning and strategic skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and to undertake international travel as required
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, tailored to different audiences, as well as proven ability to speak in public
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesise information to support sound decision-making
  • Team player
  • Ability to work independently and to manage time effectively

Conditions and application process:

  • Contract: The Policy Officer is appointed on a permanent contract and is based in Brussels.
  • Salary in accordance with ACT Alliance EU salary scales
  • The position includes travel, as needed and within budget.
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • How to apply: Applications should include CV, names of referees, and a cover letter addressing the competencies required. The application should be sent to: with the subject “Humanitarian Policy & Practice Policy Officer application”
  • Closing date to submit application: by 6 April 2019 at 12h CET
  • Interviews: will be held early May by skype

For more information on ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union and this position visit our website

Before you apply, read the latest news about EU policies on EURACTIV.COM.

Employers want to know how you found their job advert so please state that you found this position advertised on the EURACTIV JobSite.

The JobSite can give you more...
Get a bi-weekly newsletter featuring the latest jobs published online here.
Become the JobSite's fan on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter and receive the latest news and job of the day.


Disclaimer: EURACTIV is not responsible for the content of the job vacancies published. Reproduction or redistribution of the above text, in whole, part or in any form, requires the prior consent of the original source. Terms and Conditions apply.


Related Jobs

Head of the Irish Regions European Office & Co-ordinator of the Irish delegation to the Committee of the Regions Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly 5 to 8 years 01 April
Head of EU Integrity Transparency International EU 5 to 8 years 28 March