Research and policy officer

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19 Dec 2022

REASEARCH AND POLICY OFFICER

 
BETTER FINANCE is a non-profit international NGO with its office in Brussels acting as an independent financial expertise centre to the direct benefit of European financial services users (individual shareholders, investors, savers, life insurance policyholders, pension fund participants, mortgage borrowers, etc.) and other stakeholders of European financial services who are independent of the financial industry. At present, we count more than forty national and international member and sub-member organisations. In turn, those count more than four million individual members. The European Union has supported BETTER FINANCE activities since 2012. For more information, please consult our website, www.betterfinance.eu
 
BETTER FINANCE is looking for a full-time Research and Policy Officer to join the team in Brussels. The successful candidate will specialise in the day-to-day management of policy and research projects covering capital markets, investment funds, life insurance and pensions.
The successful candidate will be required to cooperate closely with the other members of the team, and they may be requested to participate in other advocacy and research initiatives of BETTER FINANCE, depending on their interests and qualifications. We are a young, flexible and dynamic organisation offering an exciting work environment on EU policy issues. We all share a vision of finance to serve the real economy and citizens.
 
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Develop and run BETTER FINANCE policy and research projects related to EU financial policymaking, mainly in the area of capital markets, investment funds, life insurance and pensions;
  2. Follow and engage in the evolution of the EU legislative procedures affecting financial services users’ interests in the research area of capital markets, investment funds, life insurance and pensions;
  3. Develop and contribute to presentations, draft research and position papers as well as responses to EU consultations on issues related to capital markets, insurance and pensions (additional policy areas could be identified and agreed upon with the Executive Director);
  4. Contribute to the management of the BETTER FINANCE Annual Work Programmes presented to the European Commission, in particular in the research and policy area;
  5. Help manage the BETTER FINANCE working groups aimed at collecting input and developing consensus between member organisations on EU shareholder and financial policy issues;
  6. Develop contacts with European institutions, research institutes, think tanks, NGOs and universities, as well as other stakeholders active in the European research area as well as policymaking debate;
  7. Participate in conferences, hearings, expert groups and other public events in relation to the research and policy objectives of the Federation, particularly those organised by European institutions;
  8. Manage the BETTER FINANCE’s Scientific Council by supporting the preparation and organisation of annual meetings.
The Policy and Research Officer will report to the Executive Director.
 
PROFILE
We are looking forward to welcoming an enthusiastic team player willing to take the initiative within the portfolio of assigned tasks. The ideal candidate would meet the following requirements:
Required Qualifications
  • Minimum two years of relevant experience in similar functions (policy, advocacy or research);
  • A university degree in law, economics, European affairs or similar;
  • Commitment to BETTER FINANCE’s mission;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (working language);
  • Knowledge of the general functioning of the EU institutions and their legislative process.
Desirable Qualifications that will be considered an asset
  • Familiarity with and interest in capital markets, investment funds, life insurance and pensions;
  • Experience in drafting publications and carrying out quantitative and qualitative research reports;
  • Understanding of investors’ & savers’ rights issues and financial regulation more broadly;
  • An advanced degree, especially in law or economics,
  • Good IT knowledge, particularly Excel and Word;
 
BETTER FINANCE values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We especially welcome applications from people from groups traditionally under-represented in finance.
 
IMPORTANT: An early application is advised, as we will start interviews as soon as possible and we reserve the right to conclude the recruitment before the deadline if a suitable candidate is found.
The deadline for applications is Sunday, 8 January, at 23:59 CET.
 
The ideal start date would be in January, but we can be flexible on this if needed. This is a permanent position (contrat à durée indéterminée).
 
Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and motivation letter (confirming their availability/notice period) in English to joab@betterfinance.eu. Applications not containing a motivation letter will be discarded. Any questions related to the posting can be included in the same email. Non-European candidates are additionally asked to confirm their availability to work in Belgium. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 8 January, at 23:59 CET.
 
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