Deputy Director

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Expiration Date

20 Jul 2018


ONE is a global campaigning and advocacy organisation, co-founded by Bono and backed by over nine million people around the world committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. We hold world leaders to account for the promises made to the poorest, and we press them to support better policies and more effective aid. We also work with leaders in Africa to support greater democracy, accountability and transparency so these resources can be effectively deployed.

ONE teams in Washington D.C., New York, London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, Paris, Ottawa and Abuja to educate and lobby governments to save and improve millions of lives.  


Employees of ONE work in a collaborative and creative environment towards reaching a common goal of ending extreme poverty and preventable disease.  When you work for ONE, you will receive an excellent benefits package along with the opportunity to contribute to lasting change for those most in need. 

The Deputy Director, Brussels is a new role which will strengthen our leadership and management capacity in Brussels, support the EU and France Director in implementing ONE’s advocacy strategy towards the European Union Institutions, and be responsible for all financial and HR management. The post holder will report to the EU and France Director and line-manage all senior roles in the Brussels team.

The Deputy Director will work closely with senior staff across the organisation to maintain ONE’s engagement with officials and partners in government and civil society to promote and defend ONE’s positions. The Deputy Director will work with the Brussels team to develop and deliver global and national campaigns, activate our members, and engage with external stakeholders. The Deputy Director will also work closely with the Senior Operations Manager in Brussels in managing finance, HR, and projects in support of the EU and France Director. S/he will also contribute to organisational developments across Europe and globally.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the international development agenda, significant experience in the management of staff, projects and budgets, and experience in political lobbying and of working with the EU institutions. S/he should also have a demonstrable understanding of how creative campaigning, advocacy and media combine to deliver policy change. 

The candidate will also possess strong analytical, planning and communications skills. They will be a strong collaborator and team player with a deep commitment to ONE’s goals and priorities.

The role reports to the EU and France Director and will be based in our Brussels office, with occasional travel to London and other ONE markets.


  • Manage the Brussels team to deliver ONE’s advocacy and campaigning work with the European Institutions, working alongside the EU and France Director and other members of ONE in Europe and across the organization globally.
  • Support the development and implementation of a long-term strategy aiming to strengthen ONE’s political relationships and public support in Brussels.
  • Develop relationships with and represent ONE to EU officials and NGO partners.
  • Work closely with colleagues in France, Germany, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands to ensure ONE’s lobbying efforts with the European institutions achieve maximum impact.
  • Work closely with campaigns and marketing staff across the organization to leverage ONE’s campaign assets, develop ONE’s brand and increase the quality and quantity of ONE membership in key EU countries.
  • Work with the Senior Operations Manager to ensure budgets and resources are in line with the strategic plan and managed effectively throughout the year.
  • Manage the team of staff in Brussels, implement strategic plans through effective project management, establish processes for the team to ensure the smooth running of the office.
  • Responsible for hiring and personnel management including performance and quality of work.
  • Additional duties as determined.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in international affairs, economics, politics, international development, communications, or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 10  years’ experience within international development, civil society, media or government, ideally with substantial exposure to European Institutions, with seven years’ experience of working in a senior management position.
  • Experience of effective decision-making and leadership with a proven track-record of managing high-performing people, teams and budgets.
  • Significant experience in project management is required.
  • Good understanding of development issues affecting Africa with related work history in poverty and infectious disease alleviation, advocacy, policy, legislation and/or demonstrable interest in the causes ONE supports.
  • A commitment to ONE’s policy priorities and a clear understanding of the links between policy, lobbying, campaigning and media work.
  • Ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities under tight deadlines while performing in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite.
  • Strong financial management skills.


  • An understanding of the complexities surrounding collaboration in a global matrix organization
  • Ability to work effectively, diplomatically and sensitively with a wide range of partners
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with the gravitas and good judgment to represent ONE at high level meetings and conferences.
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Collaborative mindset and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to remain positive in high pressure and stressful situations
  • Critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills
  • Well organized, detail oriented and analytical
  • Action oriented and results focused
  • Flexible and resourceful approach
  • Independent problem solver


Fluency in spoken and written English; knowledge of another EU language would be an advantage.


Occasional travel to London and other ONE markets.


Standard office work environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 


If you are ready to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, please submit a CV for this role at ONE jobs.   

ONE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

Due to the high volume of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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