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27 Sep 2021

Vacancy: Head of Knowledge and Innovation

EASPD is growing rapidly, and we are looking for a motivated team leader to further empower the development of the organisation

  1. Job description

EASPD is recruiting a Head of Knowledge and Innovation to manage a team dedicated to boosting the capacity to create, exchange and use knowledge & innovation within the membership, the secretariat and the disability sector. EASPD aims at playing a leadership and convening role in the development of innovative support models for persons with disabilities all around Europe and gathering and sharing know-how with and between its members and with society as a whole.

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic person willing to further develop and strengthen the Knowledge and Innovation team. The Head of Knowledge and Innovation will work in close cooperation with both the Policy, the Project Development and the Operations Teams and will directly report to the EASPD Secretary General.

Persons with disabilities are particularly welcome to apply for the position.

  1. Overview of portfolio

Knowledge and Research:

  • Development and coordination of the EASPD research agenda
  • Coordination of relationships with research institutes and universities
  • Coordination of project and exploitation of project outputs

Training and capacity building:

  • Coordination of EASPD’s community of practices, training and e-learning
  • Coordination of membership and staff learning needs

Innovation and Know-how:

  • Manage the current knowledge management practices as well as design new knowledge distribution policies and encourage their use
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders in academia and research centres
  1. Profile

We are looking for a hardworking, innovative, collaborative individual who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will have these qualities/qualifications:


  • At least 4 years of relevant professional experience;
  • At least 2/3 years of experience in the academic world and/or in the service provision sector;
  • Master degree in social sciences, international relations or related field;
  • Fluency in English (full professional fluency, written and spoken);
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable and work effectively in and across international teams;
  • Excellent coordination skills;
  • Knowledge of general business software and aptitude to learn new applications and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).


  • Proven experience in a membership based organisation;
  • Proven experience in a research position;
  • Proven experience of coordination of staff;
  • Change management experience, (e.g. change planning, communications, workshop development, stakeholder management);
  • Strong IT skills, including database development;
  • Good command of at least one additional European language.
  1. Terms of the contract
  • The selected person must have a valid permit to work in the EU
  • The workstation is the EASPD headquarters in Brussels (BE)
  • Open-end contract 38 hours per week; remuneration according to Belgian legislation; PC 329 (Social Sector)
  • Starting date: 1st November 2021
  1. What we offer
  • The opportunity to work with a well-respected European NGO in Brussels
  • Working in a multicultural environment
  • The possibility to contribute to the building of a more social and inclusive Europe 
  • An attractive remuneration package.
  1. Application procedure
  • If you feel that you have the skills and competences for the job and could fit into our team, please email your CV and (max. one page) motivation letter to Marina Antanasiotis at
  • Deadline for applications is 27 September 2021 11:59pm. Interviews will be caried out on the 7th October 2021.
  • EASPD regrets that we are unable to acknowledge all applications received. Please note that only suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.
  1. EASPD

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) represents over 20,000 social and health support service provider organisations across Europe and across disability. The main objective of EASPD is to promote equal opportunities for persons with disabilities through effective and high-quality service systems, as based on the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

More information about EASPD is available at

  1. Recruitment Data Privacy Statement
  • EASPD commits to carefully handle the privacy and data protection of natural persons whose personal data are processed by EASPD.
  • EASPD only processes the personal data in a way that is compatible with the purposes for which the data were collected.
  • Personal data is collected to facilitate the recruitment process. Data given to EASPD is included in the CV you need to submit for your application to be considered.
  • EASPD takes appropriate measures to ensure your personal data is not kept for longer than necessary for the intended purposes. That is why your CV will not be kept by EASPD after the recruitment process is finished. Should you wish EASPD to keep your CV for future vacancies, please include this statement in your cover letter.


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