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Deadline for applications (CET): 26/03/2023 23:59 (CET)
Job vacancy description: Vacancy notice

Deadline: 26 March 2023 (23h59 CET)


The European Youth Forum represents over 100 youth organisations, which bring together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe.

​​We are the voice of young people in Europe, standing up for their rights and striving for societies where young people are empowered and are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens.


The European Youth Forum is looking for a new Director of Policy, Advocacy and External Affairs. The Director is part of the senior leadership team and reports to the Secretary General.

The Director plays an integral role in the development of the European Youth Forum. The selected person will supervise the work of 10-15 colleagues, including 4 managers. Together with the Communications and External Affairs Director, the two Directors are jointly responsible for all external output of the Forum. Here, we are looking for someone specialised in advocacy.

The Director carries out the work in close cooperation with the other departments of the European Youth Forum as well as with the Board of the European Youth Forum.


Lead a team of 10-15 staff members, including 4 managers.
Work in collaboration with the Secretary General and the other Directors, to develop and implement a vision for the secretariat, in cooperation with the Board.
Further develop the European Youth Forum’s policy and advocacy overall strategy and oversee its implementation.
Ensure that the outcomes and activities of the Youth Forum’s annual plan are achieved in a quality and timely way.
Support the development of impactful topical advocacy strategies and high quality policy and advocacy positions to influence decision makers
Set, monitor and report on a large budget, in cooperation with the team
Coach the team, support mentoring and appraisal, and lead on the recruitment of new staff members when required
Ensure regular coordination and cooperation with the Board, including regular participation in board meetings
Establish and nurture relations with member organisations, partner organisations, decision-makers, alumni and other key stakeholders
Oversee the overall engagement with relevant institutions
Represent the Youth Forum at meetings with policy makers, in collaboration with the Board and team
Support engagement with funders


At least 6 years experience in policy and advocacy.
At least 3 years experience in people management, preferably in a multicultural or international environment.
Demonstrated understanding of decision-making processes of the European Union, Council of Europe and/or the United Nations.
Good knowledge of and a passion for issues relevant to young people and youth organisations.
Good understanding of a membership-based organisation, how to drive consensus in a large group of organisations and partners.

The candidate should be able to demonstrate most of the following:

Strong emotional intelligence skills, able to inspire, motivate and empower
Demonstrated advocacy skills at European and international level
Leading by example and has strong integrity
Strong conflict resolution and mediation skills
Strong strategic thinking, organisational and planning skills
Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
Commits to and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion
Able to promote a culture of collaboration and feedback
Excellent negotiation and persuasion skills
Excellent oral, written and digital communication (required in English, any additional language is an asset)
Project management skills are an asset.
Ability to work under pressure, manage a challenging workload and tight deadlines.


The contract is for an open-ended duration and full time (35 hours per week). The gross monthly salary will be 5,000 euros.

A relocation package, work permit (if needed), hospitalisation insurance and other benefits are available. Travel expenses within the Brussels region are covered by the European Youth Forum.

Candidates for this position should be willing to travel and work flexible hours including significant work at weekends/evenings due to our volunteer structure (at least 6 weekends per year). This position being based in Brussels, candidates should be willing to relocate or live in the surrounding area.


To submit your application for this vacancy, please use the European Youth Forum online recruitment system: http://recruitment.youthforum.org
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3. Click on the vacancy and apply.
4. Respond to our application questions and upload your CV.

Interviews for this vacancy will be held in the first week of April.

Due to the high number of applications usually received for European Youth Forum vacancies, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted. All candidates are kindly requested to refrain from any inquiries via phone or social media. Would you face any difficulties with the recruitment system please e-mail: hr@youthforum.org.

In order to facilitate the selection process, all communication to candidates concerning this vacancy will be in English.


All appointments should be made in a transparent way and comply with all relevant employment regulations. No job applicant or employee should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, gender identity, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.

Any relevant volunteering experience is considered equal to any other professional experience.

Work permit
All applicants, whether EU or non-EU citizens, are considered equally. The Youth Forum welcomes all nationalities and will take any work permit request at its charge.
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