JOB OPENING: Policy & Advocacy officer

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About FEBEA

FEBEA, the European federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers, is looking for a full-time policy and advocacy officer.

FEBEA brings together financial institutions from 17 European countries with the aim of developing ethical and social finance in Europe. Together, these innovative and pioneering institutions work, each in  their  country, to disseminate the importance and urgency of the development of ethical and solidarity-based financial models in the Europe and beyond.

FEBEA is a membership organisation working with financial institutions, European institutions, social economy organisations and local authorities to promote a more inclusive and fair financial model in Europe.

With the support of its 33 members, FEBEA promotes the principles of transparency, participation, inclusion and solidarity in the financial sector and in the economy at large. FEBEA promotes a long term vision on the role of finance, as a promoter of an economy that works for people and the environment, where profits are the means rather than  the main goal

FEBEA has extensive experience in the collaboration with relevant European Institutions (European Commission, European parliament, EIB Group and especially the EIF) and the development and implementation of key policies and tools for the financing of the social economy sector. FEBEA has equally built strong partnerships with the main European networks dedicated to the promotion of  a social and sustainable economy.

The main activities of FEBEA include Advocacy, Representation, Project Management, Research, Training, Communication.

FEBEA’s Secretariat is based in Brussels, and is made up of a small, dedicated team. The Secretariat’s activities are supported by by a committed Board of Directors representing 11 organisations in Europe and a strong network of collaborators.

Learn more about FEBEA on our website.

 

The Role

This is a great opportunity to build your career in ethical finance, within an exciting organisation that is currently expanding its activities. As part of our team, you will contribute to develop new policy and advocacy initiatives and tools to spread Ethical Finance in Europe.

 

Main responsibilities: 

Contribution, under the supervision of the Secretary General and the Network Manager, to FEBEA’s communication activities. The aim is to highlight the values and concrete impacts of the Ethical Finance approach in different EU countries, and communicate them effectively toward the general public, towards  EU institutions and towards the networks working in the field of sustainable finance, social finance and social economy in Europe. Where needed, coordination with the rest of FEBEA and its members is also expected in order to produce concrete results.

POLICY, ADVOCACY  AND RESEARCH

  • Support policy development
  • Provide policy advice and support on straightforward matters (e.g. specific requests from members and/or other stakeholders)
  • Support and contribute to policy development
  • Support identification and research of policy issues
  • Coordinate stakeholders consultation
  • Contribute to policy analysis and development
  • Support policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Identify and research policy issues
  • Analyse policy options and devise potential solutions to critical problems
  • Engage and collaborate with a range of policy stakeholders
  • Draft and develop policy
  • Contribution to the research activities (qualitative and quantitative) of the Federation
  • Contribution on drafting of papers and publications
  • Provide data/research on developments in the field of microfinance or social enterprise finance, which can serve as input for evidence-based policy making at EU, national and local levels. The focus can be put on broad overviews as well as on specific niche topics related to the field.
  • Dissemination of policy outputs among relevant stakeholders
  • Support policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Monitor implementation of existing programmes/policies and initiate reviews and/or evaluation as to inform future policy development
  • Act as a conduit between policy areas and relevant stakeholders to identify policy-related links between areas.

 

Qualifications, skills and requirements:

EDUCATION

University degree, preferably in topics related to economics, international relations, social affairs, finance or international development and cooperation.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 1-3 years of work experience in the area of social finance / social economy / sustainable development.
  • Experience in policy activities. Experience in EU policies is considered an asset.
  • Candidates working in a social finance organisation are particularly encouraged to apply.

SKILLS 

  • Knowledge of EU policies and their links towards ethical finance and social economy
  • Strong understanding of ethical finance and social economy values
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, able to address different types of audiences
  • Proficiency in English, other EU languages (especially, but not limited to, French) are considered a plus
  • Advanced and persuasive written and verbal communication skills
  • Comprehensive research, interpretation and critical analysis skills
  • Ability to successfully coordinate, advocate and negotiate
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong and broad stakeholder relationships

Applicants must be able to work and reside in Belgium.

 

Our offer

Full time, open ended Belgian contract.

Place of work: Brussels. Possibility to work from home / home country for certain periods of time, pre-agreed with the management and according to the Covid-related measures. 

Salary range estimation, according to the FEBEA salary scale and depending on skills and relevant experience of the candidate: 2.300 € Gross per month.

In addition to the salary, the employee will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • restaurant tickets for each day of effective work worth 7€/day
  • reimbursement of public transportation cost 
  • reimbursement of internet and mobile phone cost (to allow home distance work)
  • Complementary health insurance 
  • 13th and 14th month salary

 

The position is to be filled out as soon as possible, and in any case from early March 2022 onwards.

 

Application procedure and deadline

Please send your application in English via email to recruitment@febea.org by Friday the 28th of January 2022 at noon CET.

The subject of your application email should follow this naming convention: “Name_Surname_Application_POLICY AND ADVOCACY”.

The application should contain:

  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to work in the field of Ethical Finance (maximum 2 pages);
  • A detailed CV (Europass format).

Applications not respecting the instructions for completing and submitting the application will not be considered.

 

The selection timetable will be the following:

Deadline for submission of complete applications: 28.01.2022 noon CET;

Eligibility check and first assessment of written applications: this will result in a shortlist of candidates who will be invited for the subsequent step. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted at this stage. 

First round of online interviews of candidates will take place between 31.01.2022 and 11.02.2022:

This will result in a shortlist of candidates who will be invited for the subsequent step.

Second in-person interview (ensuring the respect of sanitary measures due to covid) of shortlisted candidates will take place between 14.02.2022 and 25.02.2022 in Brussels; FEBEA will reimburse travel costs for candidates invited to the last interview in Brussels (subject to Covid rules and conditions).

Communication of the final results to candidates: end of February 2022.

During the entire selection procedure, FEBEA is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and lived experience, and acknowledge the underrepresentation of people from certain backgrounds. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential. The equal opportunity principle encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, origins or disabilities.

The FEBEA HR policy is available here.