Senior Partnership & Advocacy Officer

at Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies
Published September 7, 2022
Location Brussels, Belgium
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


The Senior Partnership & Advocacy Officer oversees some of VOICE key areas of engagement: the Humanitarian Partnership (former FPA) and the Grand Bargain work areas. While being at the forefront of VOICE’s engagement with DG ECHO, the Senior Partnership & Advocacy Officer is responsible for coordinating and facilitating dialogues and exchanges between DG ECHO and VOICE’s NGO members, and to foster collective action to influence DG ECHO’s humanitarian policies and operational modalities. S/he will report directly to the Director.


Main responsibilities


  • Lead two VOICE working groups:


the Humanitarian Partnership (HP) Watch Group, including Task Force, which aim at defending the interests of all DG ECHO certified NGO partners regarding the HP and at promoting a quality and efficient partnership between DG ECHO and its NGO partners

the Grand Bargain (GB) 2.0 Working Group which aims at supporting the implementation of the GB 2.0 commitments in EU Member States and institutions

  • Provide effective policy monitoring, research and analysis of key humanitarian processes focusing on, but not limited to, the DG ECHO Humanitarian Partnership with NGOs and the Grand Bargain


  • Ensure information flow between EU officials and VOICE membership with the aim of coordinating and supporting advocacy efforts at EU and Member States’ level


  • Develop advocacy messages and network positions on allocated portfolios in collaboration with members and Secretariat’s colleagues


  • Write concept notes and policy statements on behalf of the network ensuring the interests of VOICE members are heard by policy- and decision-makers


  • Lead or participate in the organisation of VOICE events, meetings, webinars, and other outreach activities, potential new or ad hoc working groups, workshops and conferences at Brussels and Member States’ level


  • Represent VOICE at relevant meetings and conferences with members, donors, policymakers, and other partners, including through speaking engagements and networking with relevant stakeholders


  • Contribute to strengthening VOICE’s external visibility and increased outreach to VOICE main target groups


  • Perform related organisational and administrative tasks


Essential required skills


  • At least 6 years of working experience in the humanitarian/development/NGO sector • Prior experience in managing or implementing institutional grants, ideally DG ECHO grants


  • Knowledge of the EU policy environment related to humanitarian aid, the functioning of EU institutions, policies, procedures, and funding mechanisms


  • Strong research, analysis, and reporting skills combined with the ability to undertake research quickly and translate complex data into coherent narratives


  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English, including outstanding presentation skills and appropriate attention to detail


  • Exceptional organisation skills and a demonstrated ability to plan and keep track of concurrently running tasks


  • Ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team player in a multi-cultural working environment Highly desirable • Field experience in humanitarian crisis-affected countries


  • Good working knowledge of French


What we offer:


  • Contract: full time open-ended contract


  • Salary: competitive salary package based on skills and experience in line with Brussels-based NGO standards


  • Workplace: VOICE Secretariat with teleworking possibilities


  • International team: an exciting opportunity to work in a very pleasant work atmosphere with an open-minded international and highly dedicated experts’ team


How to apply

Please send your application in English via e-mail with Senior Partnership & Advocacy Officer Position in the subject line, as well as your name and surname, and include:


  • A motivation letter of maximum one page including your availability


  • A CV of maximum two pages including two to three references
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