17 Jan, 2023

COFACE Families Europe is looking for a Project and Advocacy Officer (4 days/week, permanent contract) on labour market discrimination

COFACE Families Europe is a pluralistic network of family organisations representing the interest of all types of families in Europe, without discrimination. We are a membership-based non-governmental organisation which works in partnership with the European Commission through an operating grant of the EaSI programme and we build bridges between research and policy through the Horizon Europe programme.

Position Summary

The Project and Advocacy Officer will join the COFACE secretariat in Brussels from early April 2023, working closely with COFACE Director and team members. They will be in charge of coordinating the dissemination work package of Paths2Include, a three-year Horizon Europe research project aiming to expand understanding of the multidimensional aspects of labour market discrimination, and facilitate policy learning about factors at the national and EU level that foster or hamper labour market inclusion of groups in vulnerable situations. The officer will carry out a mix of communication, policy and advocacy activities, building bridges between the Paths2Include research results and different policy frameworks (social, employment, educational) and target audiences at national and European level. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in an international, inspiring, and friendly workplace in Brussels, Belgium.

Main responsibilities

  • Liaise regularly with the Paths2Include project coordinator as well as researchers from the countries of the project
  • Liaise with COFACE members across different countries, consolidating and expanding internal networks on the topic of labour market discriminations and vulnerabilities
  • Coordinate Paths2Include dissemination and communication activities (including issuing regular e-newsletters, website management, formatting publications, social media engagement)
  • Build online Paths2Include communities on social media networks like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
  • Build and maintain databases of different target audiences
  • Organise meetings (including webinars and online meetings) with national and European stakeholders (policy-makers, NGOs, trade unions, employers)
  • Support the preparation of Paths2Include policy briefs based on the research outcomes
  • Contribute to advocacy strategies and consolidate relations with EU/international institutions and agencies
  • Organise the final conference of Paths2Include in Brussels
  • Develop a post-project strategy to ensure lasting Paths2Include impact through use of different tools (videos, trainings, networks)
  • Report on the impact of the project, maintain overview of meetings and events, publications.

Skills and qualifications required

  • Master’s degree in communications, political sciences, EU affairs, or any related fields and at least 3 years of relevant work experience
  • Good knowledge of Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe project management
  • Strong interest in promoting inclusive labour markets
  • Experience and knowledge of EU affairs and working with EU institutions.
  • Experience and knowledge of EU employment and social policies
  • Capacity to organise and manage high quality events with diverse audiences
  • Ability to think strategically, excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, interest in proactive networking and a problem-solving attitude are essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English. Additional languages are a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of a wide-range of communication tools, including Canva and Mailchimp
  • Excellent writing skills, ability to make complex messages accessible to different target groups
  • Ability to work autonomously in a small team
  • Ability to plan and prioritise


  • Based in Brussels, Belgium (the future officer will have to be resident in Belgium)
  • Contract: Permanent contract (32h/week) under Belgian law.
  • Salary between 2500 and 2940 euros gross/month, depending on experience and qualifications, plus benefits (lunch vouchers, pension insurance, generous leaves, flexible work arrangements, training budget, ecochèques, telework bursary and more).

Details of the procedure

  • Deadline for applications: 15th February 2023
  • Interviews will take place the week of 20th February at the COFACE office or online.
  • Preferred starting date: 3rd April 2023.

Candidates are invited to send a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae to lgosme@coface-eu.org to the attention of Elizabeth Gosme, Director of COFACE Families Europe. The applications will be processed in full confidentiality. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, we are only able to contact those who are shortlisted.

About Paths2Include

The overall objective of Paths2Include is to disentangle the dimensions of discrimination in the labour market to gain knowledge on how to develop inclusive labour markets for persons in vulnerable situations. The aim is to discover the importance of intersectionality related to how context puts people in vulnerable positions by focusing on three central labour market processes: recruitment, career trajectories, and work exit, in addition to predict risk factors of vulnerability in the future of work. We will use various empirical strategies to cover these processes and precarious work situations to deliver new knowledge on best practice in labour market inclusion.

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