PICUM is a leading European non-governmental organisation that aims to promote respect for the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe, including the right to health care, housing, education and fair working conditions. PICUM works to build the capacities of organisations dealing with undocumented migrants at local level and formulate recommendations for improving the legal and social position of these migrants, in accordance with national constitutions and international treaties. PICUM is seeking a motivated and diligent individual to serve as an Advocacy Officer in its office in Brussels, Belgium. This is an excellent opportunity for a committed individual to occupy a key position in a dynamic nonprofit organisation based in Brussels and operating at the European level.
The Advocacy Officer will implement and follow-up with policy elements of PICUM’s work programme as mandated by the Board. Reporting to the Director, they will work in close cooperation with the other staff members.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Undertaking advocacy to transform PICUM’s monitoring and reporting activities into concrete improvements in policies and practices by influencing and enlisting the support of European institutions, national policy makers, the media and the general public;
2. Documenting and raising awareness about the human rights abuses against undocumented migrants at European and international levels;
3. Monitoring legal and policy developments within the European Union, Council of Europe, and United Nations institutions and identifying issues of concern for PICUM and its member organisations;
4. Writing and publicising PICUM reports, letters, press releases, policy papers, op-eds, short articles, web materials, and submissions to regional and international bodies in liaison with the Director, Board members, and Project Staff as appropriate;
5. Liaising with PICUM members to propose appropriate policy topics for PICUM’s Annual Work program;
6. Regularly updating current and potential funders about emerging issues and opportunities occurring at local and policy levels, to explore avenues and develop proposals which may enable PICUM to effectively respond to it members needs on a pan-European or International level;
7. Acting as a media spokesperson on undocumented migrants’ human rights issues with national, European and international press;
8. Providing advice to PICUM staff and member organisations on relevant advocacy opportunities and strategies for engaging with European institutions and international bodies on undocumented migrants’ human rights;
9. Networking and alliance building with other advocacy groups based in Europe.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
1. Demonstrated ability to advocate effectively at all levels with regard to a wide range of topics, including experience with face-to-face advocacy with high-level policymakers in European institutions and at national level;
2. Extensive experience in monitoring and analyzing the policy-making processes within the European institutions, including the European Union and Council of Europe;
3. Considerable experience in policy development and formulating policy standpoints for an NGO;
4. Deep knowledge of international human rights law and European regional legal standards and policies;
5. Ability to travel frequently and at short notice to represent PICUM at external events and meet with partners and policy makers at both European and International level,;
6. Ability to produce excellent, polished written material under tight deadlines;
7. Dynamic oral communication skills;
8. Strong research and documentation skills;
9. Experience working with the media;
10. Keen political judgment;
11. Ability to think analytically, creatively and strategically;
12. Flexibility and willing to work closely with colleagues in a team environment;
13. Strong organizational skills, initiative and follow-through, ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure and juggle multiple tasks, and ability to be collegial and team-oriented yet able to work independently;
14. An advanced (graduate) degree in law, international relations, migration studies, social sciences or a related field;
15. Fluency in written and spoken English, an excellent knowledge of French is desired, Working knowledge of other EU languages considered an asset;
16. A commitment to supporting the rights of all migrants, irrespective of nationality, immigration status, or other matters.
Terms of Appointment:
This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week).
Conditions are according to Belgian legislation including the legal ability to live and work in Belgium.
We offer an unlimited contract, with a six-month trial period. Additional benefits include mealth month).
Preferred starting date: Tuesday 2nd November 2010.
Salary according to the wage scales of the Flemish integration sector, approximately € 2780.64 gross
PICUM is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcomed from candidates regardless of race, sex, marital status, disability or sexuality.
Please send a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position and the application form in English by Friday 15
th October 2010, addressed to Ms. Michele Levoy, Director to the email address of:
Do not send applications by post. Interviews for short-listed candidates will tentatively be scheduled for the 21 Please note that due to the large amount of applications we receive and the limited human resources at our organisation, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. More information about PICUM can be found at