Call for Applications: EU and UN Advocacy Coordinator

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

About the Position

Europe Must Act (EMA), with the support of Refugee Rights Europe (RRE), is looking for an experienced, driven Advocacy Coordinator who can strategically develop our understanding of, and relationships with, the institutions of the European Union and relevant United Nations treaty bodies.

In your role, you will interact with all levels of stakeholders, from the general public to volunteer activists, but with the overarching aim of leading EMA’s strategic influencing work towards EU and UN institutions.

You will work closely with, and receive mentorship from, RRE to build advocacy skills and channel information and expertise to EMA.

Within EMA’s set strategy for 2021, you will identify strategic opportunities, people and positions of influence, and policy conversations which EMA needs to be part of to make our voice heard and further our impact. In all your work, you will centralise the voice of asylum seekers, people on the move and settled refugees.

Above all, your drive should be rooted in an optimistic desire for Europe’s migration and asylum policies to uphold the human rights and dignity of people seeking sanctuary here.

As face-to-face meetings and relationship-building are central to the role, you will be expected to be based in Brussels, pending an easing of international travel restrictions related to COVID-19. The role is a self-employed consultancy position, and you will be responsible for ensuring your own income tax obligations are met.

Key Responsibilities

  • Monitor EU level developments, with a focus on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, and engage with key influencers (read more: 1, 2)

  • Develop an advocacy strategy to bring Europe Must Act’s calls to action to EU and UN policy fora.

  • Produce advocacy materials and implement advocacy activities in the name of Europe Must Act at EU and UN levels, including through direct advocacy in Brussels.

  • Submit evidence to the UN human rights treaty bodies based on grassroots organisations' field research findings and evidence.

  • Support the dissemination and strategic communications around any potential field research/evidence reports produced by EMA and/or partners through EMA’s social media platforms.

  • Work alongside EMA’s project teams to ensure a coherent approach and alignment between the wider public campaigns and the EU and UN level work.

  • Where feasible, provide direct EU and UN-related advocacy advice to City Chapter teams on an ad hoc basis

  • Represent EMA on relevant panel discussions and in webinars hosted by our partner organisations.

  • Bring expertise and insights from the role back into the EMA Central Coordination team and participate in EMA’s weekly coordination meetings.

Required Skills

  • Strong understanding of the workings of the EU institutions and UN treaty bodies, recent and current EU migration and asylum policies, the New Pact, and their impact on lived realities on the ground

  • Demonstrable experience of advocacy work, preferably on refugee-related campaigns/in the human rights field

  • Experience in creating an effective, multi-level advocacy strategy for a specific project

  • Ability to lead meetings professionally and inclusively

  • Full professional proficiency of written and spoken English

  • Strong presentation skills, both in extended group presentations and short pitches

  • Ability to produce concise, professional reports with relevant data and focussed evidence

  • Up-to-date knowledge of current social media communications

  • Ability to work constructively with the EMA teams and build strong networks with high-level policymakers

  • In-depth understanding of the issues facing displaced people in border zones and transit points in Europe, ideally with experience of working within grassroots projects on the frontlines. However, outstanding applicants who do not fulfil this criterion will nonetheless be considered for the role, and would in such cases be required to undertake a 1-week direct research placement (Covid-19 permitting) with one of EMA’s partners on Chios/Samos within your first 2 months.

  • Proactive, flexible, independent and solution-based mindset

Desired Skills

  • Experience working alongside refugee/vulnerable communities

  • Experience working in a human rights NGO

  • Competency in additional languages

What We Offer

  • A 10-months full-time consultancy contract of € 2,400 (gross) per calendar month (with potential renewal depending on available funding).

  • The chance to have a positive impact on refugee rights in Europe

  • 1:1 mentorship with one of the leading refugee rights advocacy groups in Europe

  • The opportunity to be part of, and support, a diverse, pan-European network of dedicated volunteer activists

  • Support and experience in forming relationships within EU-level institutions, as well as grassroots organisations.

  • Positive working relationships built on mutual respect, trust and open-mindedness

  • An open-minded, dynamic working environment where creative ideas are welcomed

  • The chance to work independently and build self-awareness and self-belief

How to Apply

Please attach your CV, as well as a cover letter of max. 2 pages (including your availability) in an email to and CC’ing Please put “EMA Advocacy Coordinator” as the subject line. The deadline for applications is Saturday 13 March 2021 at 23.59 CET.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with lived asylum seeker/refugee experience.

Please note that interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on Zoom on Friday 19th March. Expected start: April 2021

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