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The European Youth Forum is the voice of young people across Europe. We represent over 100 youth organisations, over 40 million young people directly and over 150 million young people indirectly.

The Youth Forum empowers young people to participate in society by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisations. In the current political and social climate young people can be powerful catalysts and provide solutions to Europe’s challenges.

The position
The European Youth Forum is looking for a new External Affairs Director. The Director is part of the senior leadership team and reports to the Secretary General.

The Director plays an integral role in the development of the European Youth Forum. They co-supervise and co-manage the work of around 20 colleagues. They are jointly responsible for all external output of the Forum: advocacy, media, communications and events. Here, we are looking for someone more specialised in the advocacy function, but they should have strong skills across all external skill sets. The Director carries out the work in close cooperation with the other departments of the European Youth Forum as well as with the Board of the European Youth Forum.


Co-lead and co-manage a team of 20 staff, particularly focusing on the advocacy output of the Youth Forum.
Develop the European Youth Forum’s Policy and Advocacy strategy and oversee its implementation.
Ensure that the outcomes and activities of the Youth Forum’s yearly plan are achieved in a quality and timely way.
Set, monitor and report the budget of the Policy and Advocacy Department.
Ensure regular coordination and cooperation with the Board.
Establish and nurture relations with member organisations, decision-makers, alumni and other key stakeholders.
Coordinate the overall engagement with relevant institutions and support engagement with partners and funders.
Ensure compliance of the department to the organisation’s human resources and finances regulations.


Qualification & Experience

At least 5 years experience in people management.
At least 8 years experience in external affairs (policy/events/communications/public affairs).
Extensive professional experience in project management and in managing teams, preferably in a multicultural environment.
Relevant professional experience working at international level in developing policy and advocacy strategies..


Ability to inspire, motivate, supervise and guide people.
Willingness to empower individuals and contribute to their professional growth.
Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills.
Strong advocacy skills at European and International level.
Ability to interact, communicate and work with the Board in an effective and diplomatic way.
Ability to promote a culture of collaboration.
Good understanding of a membership-based organisation, how to drive consensus in a large group of organisations and partners.
Good understanding of, or experience in, decision-making processes of the European Union, Council of Europe and International Institutions (especially the United Nations).
Good understanding of the youth sector (funding, membership, youth work) is a strong asset.
Outstanding communications skills, both speaking and writing (required in English, any additional language is an asset)
Critical, flexible and solution oriented.
Ability to work under pressure, manage a challenging workload and tight deadlines.
Ability to master new technical and organisation concepts and information.


The contract is for an open-ended duration and full time (35 hours per week). The gross monthly salary according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement - and depending on the years of experience - can range from 3,825 to 4,663 euros .

A relocation package, hospitalisation insurance and other benefits are available. Travel expenses within the Brussels region are covered by the European Youth Forum.

Candidates for this position should be willing to travel and work flexible hours including occasional weekends. This position being based in Brussels candidates should be willing to relocate or live in the surrounding area.


To submit your application for this vacancy, please use the European Youth Forum online recruitment system:

How to apply with the online application system?
1. Create a user account: click on "Registration" and fill in your personal details.
2. Go to the "private area” and login with your username and password.
3. Click on the vacancy and apply.
4. Respond to our application questions and upload your CV.

Interviews for this vacancy will be held in September and the successful candidate will be expected to start in October.

Due to the high number of applications usually received for European Youth Forum vacancies, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted. All
candidates are kindly requested to refrain from any phone inquiries .


All appointments should be made in a transparent way and comply with all relevant employment regulations. No job applicant or employee should receive less favorable treatment on the ground of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, gender identity, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.

Work permit
All applicants, whether EU or non-EU citizens, are considered equally. the Youth Forum welcomes all nationalities and will take any work permit request at its charge.

Any relevant volunteering experience is considered equal to any other professional experience.

Conflict of interest
All applicants should be informed and should inform the Youth Forum of any possible conflict of interest. Selected candidates should be aware that working and/or volunteering for a Member Organisation of the European Youth Forum, institutions, political parties or other representative civil society organisations at the European level might not be compatible with working at the Youth Forum.

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About The Job

Brussels , Belgium
Contract type:
Full Time
5-10 Years
General management

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