Vacancy Inclusion Europe: Policy Officer
Published: 12 April 2016
Job title: Policy Officer
Reports to: Director
Management of: May be required to supervise trainees or volunteers
Overall purpose of the post
To develop policies and implement actions in policy areas that are a priority for Inclusion Europe.
The Policy Officer develops, coordinates and implements policies and actions of Inclusion Europe under
the supervision of the Director primarily in, but not limited to, the following policy areas:
• rights of children, young people and women with intellectual disabilities
• participation of people with intellectual disabilities
• accessibility for people with intellectual disabilities
On the basis of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the
focus of the work is on policies, advocacy and generating new opportunities. The Policy Officer works
with other colleagues to involve and engage Inclusion Europe’s members and stakeholders in the policy
making process and manages projects in these policy areas.
Key roles for the Policy Officer
• Policy developer
• Project manager
• Developer of actions
• Team player
Key role: Policy Developer
In cooperation and consultation with the Director and with other colleagues, the Policy Officer leads a
policy development process in specific areas of the UN CRPD that engages the membership and other
key stakeholders and produces policy proposals for approval by Inclusion Europe.
• Develops and coordinates the policy input of Inclusion Europe and its members into the CRPD
implementation process, with a view to ensuring common positions on all relevant topics.
• Is informed about policy processes of all relevant stakeholders, including the European institutions,
the Council of Europe and other European NGOs in the disability field and seeks opportunities to engage
and influence their policies and actions on the key issues.
• Engages appropriate persons in the network about relevant policy developments.
Key Role: Project Manager
The Policy Officer will contribute to the development of projects falling under his/her policy areas. In
cooperation with other colleagues and with project partners, the Policy Officer will ensure that projects
are effectively managed and implemented.
• Contributes to the running of existing Inclusion Europe projects in their areas of expertise
• Communicates effectively with project partners as well as with other stakeholders and the European
• Collaborates with colleagues in organising project events
• Collaborates with colleagues and partners to develop project deliverables
• Performs regularly and efficiently various administrative tasks.
Key role: Developer of actions
Based on the knowledge of relevant policy issues and processes, the Policy Officer contributes to the
development and implementation of new actions and project proposals consistent with Inclusion
• Contributes to the development of advocacy campaigns at European and international level.
• Contributes to the development of proposals for project funding.
• Identifies new relevant calls for proposals and funding opportunities both from European institutions
and other donors.
• Takes the responsibility for the implementation of some actions defined in the annual work plans of
Key role: Team Player
The Policy Officer takes responsibility for his/her own work and is expected to work effectively and
collaboratively with all colleagues to build good relationships that enable the achievement of
• Works in a way that supports the values of inclusion of all people, valuing difference and promoting
diversity. Actively seeks to include people with an intellectual disability and families in the work in a
meaningful and appropriate way.
• Takes responsibility for his/her own performance and development, identifying opportunities to
develop knowledge, skills and performance.
• Is committed to improving the team's performance through contributing good ideas and solutions
and helping colleagues to do their job well.
• Develops positive working relationships with key stakeholders, developing relationships that benefit
their work and support the work of others.
• Demonstrates commitment and reliability to the team and takes over some general administrative
duties to support the running of the Secretariat.
Other relevant information:
• The position is a 4/5 full-time equivalent with the possibility to become full time in due course and
with an unlimited work contract based on Belgian law.
• The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Executive Director.
• Willingness and ability to undertake travel in Europe and, when necessary, beyond.
• Deadline is on 25 April 2016 at 17:00 Brussels time.
Professional background in European policies, disability studies, or other relevant field, experience in
the intellectual disability field would be a strong advantage.
E = Essential / D = Desirable
E MA degree or equivalent in relevant field (Human Rights, European studies, Political Science,
Disability Studies, etc.)
E Ability to develop policies at European level and to support them with advocacy activities
E Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders
E Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English both orally and in writing for a range of
E Strong computer skills, especially in MS Office applications
E Ability to plan, prioritise and organize a complex workload
E Excellent communication, networking, and inter-personal skills
D Ability to work in other European languages, particularly French and/or Italian
D Project management skills
D Problem-solving capacity and ability to see the bigger picture
D Autonomy and ability to work in a small, multi-cultural team
E Experience in advocacy work at national or European level
E Experience in processes fostering participation and mobilisation of stakeholders
E Experience in engaging and organizing networks of volunteers and experts
D Experience in working with children and young people
D Experience of working in the disability field
D Experience with EU-funded projects
D Sound knowledge of European institutions and EU decision-making
D Knowledge of disability issues
D Knowledge of how to use Social Media platforms and other networking tools
by Monday 25 April 2016 17:00 Brussels time.