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Network officer - Campaigns and Outreach Unit

Vacancy notice – Contractual Agent (FG III)


This is to inform you that the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament is looking for a full-time Outreach Officer (fixed-term contractual agent position for two years renewable, function group III).

Deadline for application: Monday 8th of March, 7 PM

Starting date: as soon as possible

Place of employment Brussels (Belgium).

The Campaigns and Outreach Unit of the Greens/EFA group is hiring a committed Outreach Officer to join its team in Brussels. The outreach officer will report to the Campaigns and Outreach Team Leader, Secretary General and Member of the Bureau responsible for the Outreach department.

The role will involve tracking political developments in key EU Member States that are of strategic importance to the Greens/EFA Group, flagging relevant developments to the hierarchy in a timely manner and proposing specific follow-up activities. This includes conducting intelligence-gathering research through green allies in key Member States and regular analyses of available data.

The Outreach Officer will act as the liaison point between the Greens/EFA Group and the European Green Party and will be charged with coordinating our work so that it builds on the respective added value of each organisation.

The Outreach Officer will be responsible for maintaining regular contacts with green and likeminded parties and movements across Europe, creating spaces for strategic exchanges of information and working together on common initiatives such as information campaigns or events. They will also contribute to the group’s network-building by helping to identify and build new alliances in key EU countries. 

The Outreach Officer will be responsible for coming up with and implementing innovative outreach strategies in order to widen our networks of allies and create synergies with potential stakeholders based on mutual respect and trust. 

The suitable candidate must be a committed team player, with a high degree of availability and flexibility. They should already have experience working in an international political context and have excellent networking and problem-solving skills. They should be proactive, resourceful, respectful of others, willing to travel and extremely well organised. 

 

Tasks to be performed:

  • Contributes to the group’s intelligence-gathering, including identification of key issues in different Member States via regular contacts with national partners and strategic analysis of polls and surveys, in order to feed in to the group’s overall strategy; 
  • Responsible for channelling citizens’ input to the group and enlarging our networks by identifying new social movements that are aligned with our values, including via the European Ideas Labs, EU Open Days and other outreach events as well as maintaining a regularly updated and expanding database of contacts for the group;
  • Leading on research on core audiences and testing of narratives and key messages to reinforce the work of our information campaigns and to feed into the group’s outreach strategy, as well as identification of lessons learned from the national level;
  • Providing strategic advice to green family members on how to leverage the added-value of the group and how to influence the EU institutions, by ensuring regular information-sharing on our priorities;
  • Responsible for attending the EGP Committee meetings as observer and TILT campaign meetings etc and provide advice on how best to ensure political coherence.
  • Contributes to the ongoing strategy of network expansion of the Group by building alliances with potential partners and identifying opportunities for collaboration;
  • Responsible, as part of the outreach team, for organising monthly meetings of the outreach strategy working group, proactively proposing specific outreach activities, and ensuring group follow of decisions taken at the working group, including via the set-up of specific task-forces for a particular country, issue or project;
  • May sometimes be responsible for supervising interns working with the Campaigns and Outreach department

It should be noted that there will be another full-time outreach officer with similar tasks but focussing specifically on countries in the South and East of Europe. 

 

Requirements: Qualifications, experience and skills:

  • Relevant work experience of 5 years or more
  • Proficiency in English and in at least one other EU language 
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in managing information flows in large and complex working environments
  • Excellent organisational skills and proven record of strategic planning or project management involving several countries
  • Strong team player who is open-minded, constructive and has experience in working in a multi-cultural team
  • Ability to problem-solve, with an emphasis on creativity and brainstorming new ideas
  • Proven ability to multi-task and manage multiple requests and projects at the same time
  • Self-motivated, proactive and stress-resistant 
  • Strong networks of greens or like-minded actors across Europe and clear understanding of the added value of the Greens/EFA Group
  • Understanding of Green/EFA positions on key issues and of the various sensitivities amongst different parties in the green family
  • Ready to work in a fast-paced environment with some flexible hours, including work-related travel

Desired assets:

  • Knowledge of the European institutions, EU legislation and decision-making process 
  • Educational background in line with the function 
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in managing databases of contacts and other relevant information for organisational purposes 

Under article 82, (23) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (CEOS) of the European Communities, candidates must:

  • Be citizen of an EU Member State unless an exception is authorised by the authority referred to in article 6 (1); 
  • Enjoy full rights as citizen; 
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the laws concerning military service; 
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved.

 

The Greens/EFA group is an equal opportunity employer. We promote diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment. In case of equal appreciation on competence and suitability for the position, preference will be given to female applicants.

In case of interest in this position, send a motivation letter with your CV by e-mail only to the Greens/EFA HR department (Greens.HR@ep.europa.eu) before the 8th of March 2021, 7 PM Brussels time.