European Knowledge Co-ordinator

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Expiration Date

26 Jul 2018

Main Purpose of the Role

The European Knowledge Co-ordinator will perform a key role within Lumos by ensuring that its advocacy and research work is strengthened with robust evidence and understanding of national level policy and practice regarding our work and related issues across the European region.  Based in the Lumos’ EU Office in Brussels the role will also provide project management to Community Living for Europe – Structural Funds Watch, a collaborative initiative which monitors commitments by the EU to spend its the transition from institutional to family and community- based care.

Please note that this post is a maternity leave cover. The salary for this position is €45,000 per annum inclusive of holiday payment. 

Principal Accountabilities  

  • Provide project management to the Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch initiative –.
  • Establish links with national and European stakeholders to gather information about policy developments in countries across Europe related to deinstitutionalisation programmes, child protection and other Lumos priorities.   
  • Build a network of relationships and contacts across the European region in line with the priorities of Lumos’ European hub. 
  • Develop policy papers and reports, develop and implement advocacy strategies.
  • Support Lumos country teams and consultants in Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Moldova in their national advocacy – notably when related to EU issues. 
  • Disseminate strategically important  information with the internal and external colleagues 
  • Undertake research and analysis on issues related to deinstitutionalisation, child protection and other Lumos priorities as required.

Person Specification



  • Highly organised, with an aptitude in planning effectively to meet deadlines and an ability to work on multiple tasks at the same time 
  • Project management skills  
  • Knowledge of EU funding mechanisms and EU policy-making processes 
  • Demonstrable ability to analyse policy and fundraising opportunities   
  • Research, analytical and writing skills 
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work with a wide variety of contacts 
  • Written and spoken English proficiency at native or near-native level 
  • Proactive approach – ability to identify & seize opportunities 
  • Administrative skills (good knowledge of Microsoft Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint)  



  • At least 4 years’ experience in a policy, campaigning or advocacy role (internships are also considered experience) 
  • Fluency in English (written, spoken)
  • Experience of coordinating activities with colleagues in different locations 
  • Experience of working with EU in policy, advocacy or campaigning 
  • Experience of working in social affairs, human rights, international development or EU funding 
  • Demonstrable understanding of EU funding mechanisms and processes


  • Experience of working in an international NGO  
  • Experience of working with children and young people’s issues 
  • Knowledge of other European languages would be an advantage 
  • Demonstrable Commitment to children’s rights 
  • Knowledge of the policy and political environment in countries across Europe 


  • Graduate level education or equivalent 
  • The closing date is 26th July 2018.
To apply please submit the following documents:
  1. A supporting statement highlighting how your skills and experience meet the person specification (one page maximum);
  2. Your CV, stating your current salary details. (two pages maximum);
  3. Details of two referees, including a recent employer (to be consulted at the later stage of recruitment).
  4. Please email to Nav Johal at
For further information about this role including a job description please visit our website
If you have any further enquiries, please contact Nav Johal, HR Officer on +44 (0) 20 7253 6464. With a view to minimising our administration costs, unfortunately we are only able to contact those candidates that have been shortlisted for interview.
  • Lumos is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS;
  • Lumos is an equal opportunities employer;
  • Lumos requests no agencies please.
  • All applicants must have an existing right to work in Belgium/EU.

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