Vacancy for an Advocacy Officer

ENAR is recruiting an Advocacy Officer

Deadline for applications: 23 February 2020 (midnight Central European Time)

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) is the only pan-European anti-racism network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racism actors in Europe. Our mission is to achieve full equality, solidarity and well-being for all in Europe. We want to allow all members of society, whatever their skin colour, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation, to participate and be included in society. We specifically work to combat racism and discrimination based on colour, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, religion, culture, language or legal status. We envision a vibrant and inclusive society and economy that embrace equality and diversity and the benefits of a racism-free Europe. Our staff is based in our Secretariat in Brussels and our member organisations work in all EU countries.

Job profile

The Advocacy Officer (AO) will be based in Brussels. This is a full-time position. The gross salary is € 3159 per month, plus benefits. The contract offered is limited to one year, with potential for extension.

The AO will serve as a strategic and policy expert in the field of anti-racism, non-discrimination and in particular on structural racism, diversity and inclusion, race and technology, and policing. The candidate will have experience of working with civil society on non-discrimination, demonstrated advocacy experience and commitment to race equality. The AO reports to the Director. The position does not require line management duties beyond guiding interns, if applicable.

The AO is responsible for specific areas of work, as developed by ENAR and
• monitors policy developments within the European institutions and identifies issues of concern for ENAR and its network;
• identifies and assesses new advocacy opportunities at EU or national level, in collaboration with colleagues and ENAR members;
• drafts preliminary policy positions, and advocacy supporting documents;
• develops and implements advocacy strategies according to ENAR’s strategic plan;
• develops a network with decision makers and politicians and liaises with relevant counterparts, when and where required;
• is involved in the preparation of content for conferences, publications and other ENAR initiatives;
• drafts and implements specific projects and takes part in grant applications and final reporting;
• supports the Director and works closely with colleagues working on advocacy, communication, research and networking to ensure consistency in overall strategies.

Candidate profile

• Educated at university level or equivalent degree or experience
• Minimum 3 years of proven experience in policy analysis and/or advocacy;
• At least 2 years work experience in an NGO, minority-led organisation or similar organisation
• Outstanding advocacy, communication and presentation skills (ability to address a wide range of audiences)
• Outstanding political and analytical skills
• Excellent drafting skills
• Understanding or experience in the area of Diversity and Inclusion, of Artificial Intelligence and algorithm based discrimination, equality data collection, would be an important asset
• Good understanding of EU legal instruments and EU institutions
• Very good knowledge of human rights, equality and non-discrimination, migration/integration and related issues
• Good understanding of the intersectionality framework
• Experience of working in a multicultural team
• Strategic planning and evaluation skills
• Fluency in English (speaking and writing), other languages valued
• Sound organisational skills, ability to prioritise work and to meet deadlines
• Good team player, sound judgment and maturity
• Ability and willingness to travel as required

ENAR strives for an ethnic and gender balance in its staff and to ensure that opportunities offered are accessible to all regardless of gender, age, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation. ENAR encourages individuals or members of groups which are affected by racism and related discrimination to apply for this post.

Application requirements

A complete application contains:
1. An application form part one & part two Please note that the home page (part 1) of this application form is not shared with the selection committee until the interview. Please make sure that your application (part 2) is anonymous.

2. The equal opportunities form. Although we would welcome receipt of this form, it is not mandatory. Please do not put your name on this form.

3. An unedited sample of your writing (report, article, etc. – English only) of maximum 1.200 words. Please do not put your name on this report or article.

CVs or any European application forms will not be accepted. You are required to use the ENAR application form. All information given in the application, including the Equal Opportunities monitoring form, will be treated in a confidential manner.

All applications should be submitted via e-mail to by 23 February 2020 (midnight Central European Time). Please put ‘Application Advocacy Officer + your full name’ in the subject line. The recruitment process will include an interview and a written test. The selected candidate should preferably start in April 2020.

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