European Union (EU) Advocacy Advisor


Job Title: European Union (EU) Advocacy Advisor

Job Family: Advisor

Directorate/Cluster: Director Of Region + Political & Programme Strategy

Unit/Team: Europe(EU) Region

Entry Salary: €44,323 Per Starting Annual Gross Salary. Local Terms And Conditions Of Employment Will Be Applied.

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract – For 2 Years

Location: Belgium, Brussels

Reports To (Incl Matrix Reporting): Head Of Country Engagement And Transformation Americas And Europe (HCE&T)

Direct Reports: None

Matrix Reports: Matrix Reports Head Of Programmes And Influencing; Matrix Reports Head Of Campaigns And Communications



The EU Advocacy Advisor Lead In Collaboration With The Head Of Country Engagement And Transformation (HCE&T) Will Advance The EU Influencing Strategy In Collaboration With Global Secretariat (GS) Colleagues, And ActionAid Members In The Region And Beyond Europe.
Act As ActionAid’s Full-Time Link To The European Union (EU), The European Commission (EC), European Parliament, And The Other Brussels-Based Institutions And Civil Society Networks For Advocacy, Alongside The EU Partnerships Manager For Funding. Maintain ActionAid’s Profile, Reputation, And Influencing Policy Circles At European Institutions And Brussels-Based Organizations And Networks, Building Networks And Connections To Allies And Donors. Advances Targeted Advocacy Strategies Developed By GS Teams And Members And The Signature Campaign Through Opportunities With The EU And EC.
Assists ActionAid (AA) Country Offices In Advancing Their Objectives When EU/EC Institutions Are Targets Or Potential Allies. Coordinates With European Affiliates Advocacy/Campaign Teams To Provide Support For ActionAid Initiatives At The Regional Level.
Facilitates Participation Of ActionAid Members( From All The Regions) And GS Staff In EU-Related Processes To Advance AA’s Strategic Priorities. Provides Information And Analysis Of EU Processes, Political Developments, And Challenges/Opportunities To Relevant Countries And The GS, Particularly To Those Working On Policy And Campaign Development.



1. Strategic Leadership

Support And Represent AA’s Positions And Interests At The EU And Related Institutions, Ensuring That The Organization’s Profile And Reputation Are Promoted, And Opportunities For Influence Are Identified And Exploited.
Coordinate The Implementation Of The European Regional Component Of Advocacy And Campaigning Strategies Developed By GS Teams And Members, And The Signature Campaign Through Lobbying And Other Influencing Activities Including Promoting Our Messages And Positions Through Policy Forums And In Alliances With Other Civil Society Organizations.
Coordinate Work At European Country Offices To Support AA Initiatives At The Regional Level, Encouraging Input And Action To Support Agreed AA Priorities.
Facilitates Influencing And Campaigning Work By AA Country Offices When Supporting Agreed Priorities Or Advancing Their Own Campaign And Advocacy Initiatives At European Level.
Through All Areas Of Advocacy And Influence, Pursues Fundraising Possibilities For Countries And The GS At EU And EC In Coordination With EU Fundraising Team.
Provides Regular Analysis Of Political Developments And Opportunities At The European Union And Shares With Relevant Staff Around The Federation.

2. System, Policies And Procedures, And Product Management

Effectively Coordinate The Development Of Impactful And Innovative Advocacy And Campaigning In Relation To EU Institutions.
Support The Development Of Collective Positions And Knowledge Within Europe To Support Meaningfully Engagement With Policy Innovation And Systems Change At Global Level (Aligned With AA Global Strategy, The Feminist Principles And The Related Strategic Implementation Framework).
Facilitate Cross-Federation Learning From Advocacy/Campaign Experiences As A Keyway To Promote Innovation And Improvement In AA’s Influencing Methods.
Put In Place Robust Systems For Advocacy Planning, Internal Communication, Delivery And Monitoring And Evaluation, Ensuring These Systems Support Effective, Timely Cross-Functional And Cross-Country Working And Reduce Transaction Costs.


3. Issue Resolutions, Crisis/Risk Management

Monitor Potential Risks That May Arise From Advocacy And Campaign Actions In Europe And Develop Plans With GS And Country Colleagues To Address And Manage Them.
Contribute To Identify And Creatively Resolve Multiple Conflicts And Disagreements Among Countries And Across GS Functions On Advocacy And Campaign Strategy, Positions, Tactics, Decision-Making, And Resourcing, Working Collaboratively With Other GS Heads And Leads To Broker Compromises While Keeping The Advocacy And Campaign On Course To Achieve Agreed Objectives.

4. Communications, Influencing, And Coordination


Support The HCE&T To Build And Strengthen Relationships With Civil Society Partners, Social Movements, And Campaign Allies At The Regional Level And Ensuring Coordination With Other Regions.
Convene And Engage Advocacy/Campaign Teams Around External Engagement And Advocacy/Campaigning Opportunities At Regional Level To Strengthen Local- Global Influencing
Support And Complement The HCE&T To Raise The Profile Of The AAI Within The Region, Representing And Advancing The Vision, Mission, And Values Of AAI With Governments, Donors, And Regional



Ensures Federation Members And GS Relevant Teams’ Meaningful Participation In The Development And Implementation Of Influencing And Campaigning Activities


5. People Management

There Is No People Management, But It Is Important To Build Constructive Cross-Functional Collaboration Within The GS Teams And With AA Members. The EU Advocacy Advisor Will Be Part Of The EU Office Team Led By The Head Of Country Engagement And Transformation For Europe And Americas. The Team Also Includes The EU Partnership Lead And 3 Business Development Advisers.
The Role Will Also Report To The Head Of Programme And Influencing And The Head Of Campaigns And Communications..



1. Education And Qualifications

An Advanced University Or Postgraduate Degree In Social Sciences Or Equivalent Experience.
A Master’s Degree Will Be Advantageous

2. Essential Experience

Experience Of Policy Advocacy And/Or Social Justice Organizing; Networks And Connections At International Or Regional Level For Advancing AAI’s Influencing Agenda.
Experience Of Preparing Briefing Papers For Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Aimed At Engaging The Public And Influencing Decision Makers, And Directly Presenting And Negotiating In Various Fora
Substantial Experience In Working In Or With European Union Or Related Institutions And Civil Society Organisations Networks.
Experience To Work In A Multicultural Context/Environment, Engage In Social Justice Activism/Advocacy And Demonstrate Innovative Practices.
Experience In Developing Project Proposals To EU Calls For Proposals.

3. Essential Knowledge

Deep Understanding Of Intersectional Gender, Economic And Environmental Justice Struggles At Global And European Level In The Region And Understanding Of And Passion For ActionAid’s Theory Of Change That Injustice Can Only Be Overcome By Strengthening The Individual Agency And Collective Power Of Oppressed Groups To Achieve System Change, Related Also With The Europe External Action Impact In Other Regions.
A Deep Understanding Of ActionAid’s Feminist Climate And Economic Justice Issues
Broad Knowledge Of The Various Issues ActionAid Works On And Of European Politics, And Capacity To Develop Basic Competency In New Areas As Needed.

4. Essential Skills

Skilled In Driving Clear, Measurable Objectives And Key Results, Including In Cross- Functional And Matrix
Strong Team Player, Able To Work Closely With Others (Often From A Distance) To Meet Tight Deadlines And Multiple Priorities
Proven Ability To Think Strategically And Analytically
Proven Initiative, Flexibility, And Enthusiasm In Managing Complex Activities In An Organizationally Complex And Changing Environment
Proven Ability To Work And Deliver High-Quality Work On Own Initiative With Minimal Supervision, Ability To Work To Deadlines Under Pressure.
A Strong Commitment To Develop, Promote And Practice AAI’s Vision, Mission, Values, And Strategy

5. Language Requirements

Fluency In Spoken And Written English And French.
Knowledge Of Other European Languages Relevant To The Context/ Region Is An Added




This Job Description Covers The Main Tasks And Conveys The Spirit Of The Sort Of Tasks That Are Anticipated Proactively From Staff. Other Tasks May Be Assigned As Necessary According To Organizational Needs.

It Is Part Of Every Staff Member’s Responsibility To Contribute To ActionAid International Culture And Comply With Organisation’s Values And Practice, Which Are:

Leading Innovation And Change: Establish A Culture Of Excellence In A Respective Team That Values Experimentation And Continuous Improvement
Feminist Leadership: Championing Feminist Leadership Principles And Values Including Commitment To Diversity And Inclusion (Race, Gender, Power)
AAI Values Practice: Ensure Personal And Team Culture That Demonstrates All Of AAI Values Including Mutual Respect, Equity, And Justice, Integrity, Solidarity With People Living In Poverty And Exclusion, Courage Of Conviction, Independence And Humility

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