Policy Analyst: EU Digital Policies, Open Society European Policy InstituteBrussels
Policy Analyst: EU Digital Policies, Open Society European Policy Institute. Brussels. Posting Date: 08/27/2019. Deadline: 09/16/2019
The Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) works to influence and inform decision-making on EU laws, policy and funding to ensure that open society values lie at the heart of what the EU does, both inside and outside its borders. OSEPI is part of the Open Society Foundations and is based in Brussels. OSEPI enriches EU policy debates by offering evidence, analysis and recommendations drawn from the work of the Open Society Foundations in more than 100 countries.
OSEPI is recruiting a policy analyst with substantial work experience to develop and support Open Society Foundations advocacy for EU digital policies that promote vibrant democracies, tolerant societies, accountable governments, economic justice, fundamental rights and non-discrimination.
OSEPI is looking for a strategic thinker with a strong track-record of successful advocacy and an ability to build and lead coalitions to change policy. The ideal candidate will combine these experiences with a strong practical knowledge of how EU policies and legislation are shaped, as well as a broad understanding of the challenges posed by the digital transformation for open societies.
The successful candidate will join a dynamic and innovative office that is committed to the defense of open society values in the EU and around the world. S/he will be based in the OSEPI office in Brussels, although regular travel elsewhere in Europe will be required. OSEPI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.
Responsibilities will include:
- Conceive, execute and revise complex and long-term advocacy strategies that will implement OSEPI’s strategic goals in the EU digital policy context;
- Work closely with OSEPI’s partner programmes and foundations in the OSF network, in particular the Information Programme, to ensure integration of OSEPI’s advocacy with OSF’s grant-making strategies;
- Provide a high level of analysis of digital policy developments, both in the EU and wider developments that will impact on the EU;
- Develop and implement an outreach strategy to policy communities and other stakeholders in EU institutions and Member State governments;
- Build and maintain broad coalitions for influence, including provision of advocacy support both to OSEPI partners in the OSF network and partners in the field;
- Represent OSEPI to key stakeholders in the EU institutions and Member State governments;
- Draft policy briefs, position papers and other communications material;
- Participate in public events and policy debates to further OSEPI’s advocacy;
- Supervise team members, further their professional development and build strong collaboration and prioritisation skills;
- Contribute substantially to OSEPI and OSF-wide strategies, with associated budgets and workplans.
- Proven track record of successfully developing and implementing advocacy strategies.
- Good knowledge of the European Union, including institutions, actors, processes and policies; and of public policy and what influences it.
- Good understanding of recent digital policy developments and the challenges they pose for protecting open society values such as fundamental rights.
- Well established network with key stakeholders in EU institutions such as the European Commission and European Parliament, across all political affiliations.
- Good understanding of the relevant media landscape, including social media.
- Excellent written and spoken communication in English, including drafting and editing skills. Fluency in other European languages a major advantage.
- Willingness to work with a broad range of stakeholders inside and outside OSF (OSF programmes in Brussels, London and Berlin, think tanks, researchers and civil society organisations).
- Demonstrated ability to build, maintain and lead effective advocacy coalitions.
- Excellent organisation of own time and team resources.
- Sound professional judgment on issues requiring sensitivity, confidentiality and discretion.
- Ability to work constructively with colleagues at all levels in the organisation as well as with external partners. Commitment to inclusion and respect for all colleagues regardless of identity or seniority.
- Respect for others’ opinions, good listening skills, and responsiveness to colleagues with awareness and sensitivity to cultural and communication differences.
- Commitment to open society values of rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity and democratic practice.
To apply for this position, please submit a CV and cover letter by Monday 16 September. In your cover letter, please give examples of how your advocacy has led to change. In addition to this, please submit one piece of writing that has been published under your name.
Competitive rates of pay apply.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.