Missing Children Europe
Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit an experienced, versatile and dynamic Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer with a true passion for children’s rights, to monitor policy developments and advocate for policy change in the field of missing children, including but not limited to children in migration, child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, children in alternative care and situations of homelessness, and hotlines for missing children. The Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer will be Missing Children’s focal point on migration.
Missing Children Europe represents 32 NGOs in 27 European countries active in combatting the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children. We provide the link between research, policies and organisations on the ground, to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by, or results from them going missing.
The Senior Policy and Advocacy officer is responsible, in collaboration with relevant staff members and under direction and supervision of the Secretary General, for the implementation of Missing Children Europe’s advocacy strategy.
To this end, the Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer:
- Is responsible for and monitors the implementation of Missing Children Europe’s advocacy strategy
- Undertakes advocacy towards relevant stakeholders (e.g; European Union institutions, Council of Europe; United Nations), to achieve concrete improvement in policies and practices for children (at risk of) going missing, including the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and related initiatives; Pact on Migration and related initiatives, by influencing and enlisted support of policy makers, elected officials, intergovernmental bodies and agencies, funders, civil society organizations;
- Supports and works with Missing Children Europe members, including support for national advocacy;
- Develops, writes and publishes relevant advocacy documents (e.g. reports, position papers, statements, newsletter items) and submissions to regional and international bodies in liaison with the Secretary General and relevant staff members;
- Acts as spokesperson representing Missing Children Europe with national, European and international stakeholders, and in front of wide range of stakeholders at external events and with different formats, including presenting at conferences, running workshops, as well as in bilateral and multilateral advocacy meetings, a role shared with the Secretary General;
- Acts as focal point for migration, whose expertise will be requested for input into consultations, position papers, and project proposals for fundraising.
- Builds networks and alliances, and develops joint work, with institutional, civil society and other strategic partners, as well as potential members;
- Ensures that relevant information is shared with the concerned staff and members;
- Provides support to the general advocacy of Missing Children Europe;
- Assists with the communication of emerging policy issues to externals and members;
- Assists with the development of awareness raising campaigns supporting the advocacy;
Essential duties and responsibilities also include co-coordination of the Initiative for Children in migration (ICM) and the EU CSA Legislation Advocacy Group (ECLAG), participation in the Child Rights Action Group and other relevant NGO platforms, and maintaining/developing collaboration with key stakeholders.
The Senior Policy and Advocacy officer supports the Secretary General in her duties of external representation in matters related to public policy, including participation in conferences and meetings. The Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer manages, and is supported by, the Policy and Programmes Intern.
Profile, skills and background:
- University degree in a relevant field required (law, political science, human rights, EU or international affairs, sociology, psychology, child development or any related field)
- At least 5 years of professional experience in advocacy at EU level are required – experience with CoE, UN or advocacy at national level an asset
- Excellent understanding of children’s rights, child protection issues and migration required, – specific experience in one of the relevant policy fields (social inclusion, homelessness, deinstitutionalization, child sexual abuse and trafficking, international family law) an asset.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English required – other languages, particularly French, an asset;
- Ability to work quickly and efficiently as well as stress resistant is essential
- Excellent organisational skills;
- Understanding of the NGO sector / EU umbrella organisations an asset;
- Comfortable working in cooperation with children and young experience experts ;
- Ability to work with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds;
- Ability to work well with others in a small team
- Ambitious, persistent, diplomatic, and with a good sense of humour
- EU work permit required
- A job with autonomy and the opportunity to make real impact in a small but dynamic organisation with a positive work environment, dealing with problems related to the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children at a European level.
Type of contract:
- Full time permanent contract.
- Starting date: as soon as possible
- Based in Brussels
- Remuneration will depend on the candidate’s experience and qualification, following the remuneration scheme of Missing Children Europe. Packages include holiday scheme, 13th month, lunch vouchers, hospital insurance and reimbursement of transport costs.
If you believe you qualify for this position please send your CV and a letter outlining your motivation (1 page max.) to [email protected] by the 19th of January midnight CET with “Senior Advocacy Officer” as a subject title.
In person interviews are planned to take place 25-26th January 2023 (Brussels). You will receive a notification on the 23rd January. The notification will include a test to be completed before the interview on the 26th Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted.
Staff recruited by Missing Children Europe will be asked to comply with our child protection policy, including necessary vetting and background checks of personnel.
Missing Children Europe is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.
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