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Job Vacancy : Policy & Research Assistant


CECOP – CICOPA Europe, the European Confederation of cooperatives active in industry and services, is looking for a Policy & Research assistant, to join an international team based in Brussels.

About the Employer 

CECOP associates 25 member organizations from 15 European countries, and represents approximately 40,000 cooperative enterprises employing over 1,3 million workers. CECOP is the voice of its members, mainly vis-à-vis European institutions, as well as other European-level organisations. Beside advocacy and promotion of cooperatives in industry and services, a crucial role of CECOP is also to facilitate networking, information exchange and development for its members. CECOP represents democratically owned and managed enterprises, contributing to sustainable and inclusive growth while combining economic performance and social progress. 

CECOP has a team of 4 full-time employees, with very complementary profiles. CECOP also hosts and manages the secretariat of CICOPA, the global organisation of cooperatives active in industry and services.

You can find more information about CECOP and CICOPA here: &

About the Function

The Policy & Research Assistant will work on supporting CECOP’s advocacy and reserach activities. She/he will work under the direct supervision of the Advocacy Coordinator and Membership Coordinator, and in close cooperation with the rest of the team. The Policy & Research Assistant, as the rest of the staff, will also contribute to the activities of CICOPA. 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Support the implementation of the advocacy and membership strategies for CECOP (Europe) and CICOPA (world level)

Monitor EU and international policy developments 

Contribute to policy documents, reports and publications 

Contribute to research activities on selected topics, such as country briefings on cooperative ecosystems, etc

Contribute to the organization of events (conferences, workshops, trainings, etc)

Contribute to project implementation, also with regards to administrative tasks

Cccasionally contribute to communication activities (news, press releases)

Contribute to other tasks as requested

Candidate’s Profile

Master degree in a relevant field (political science, economy, social science, law, international or EU affairs)

Sound knowledge of institutional partners (EU institutions and UN institutions) and of the EU decision making process 

1 year of experience in policy area or policy related research in national, European or international organization 

Interest and/or experience in the cooperative movement is a strong asset

Experience in a membership based organization is an asset

Required Skills

Excellent spoken and written English, knowledge of Spanish or French is an asset 

Ability to research, collect, analyse and summerise information

Strong writing skills and ability to adjust the message according to the audience

Capacity to organise one’s work agenda autonomously and proactively, managing multiple deadlines with consistency and accuracy

Adaptability to different environments with an international and multicultural mindset, and availability to travel occasionally

Flexibility and capacity to work in a team

What We Offer

We offer a full-time fixed term contract until 31 December 2020, with a possibility to extend it further. The gross monthly salary is of 2,460 EUR. Public transport within the Brussels region, meal vouchers and hospitalisation insurance are covered and additional benefits are provided. 

The CECOP offices are located in Brussels. The candidate must have a valid work permit for Belgium or be an EU national. We are looking for a candidate to join our team as soon as possible.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send to by 11 March (midnight):

1. Their CV

2. Cover letter (max 1 page) stating, in addition, the earliest date they would be able to start and their notice period (if applicable)

3. A writing sample from their past work or traineeship (max 200 words)

The three documents need to be sent in one single PDF named: Full Name_POLRES_Assistant_CECOP2020. In the subject line of your email please indicate your full name and “Policy & Research Assistant Application.” Selection interviews are expected to be held in Brussels at the end of March/beginning of April. 

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The Company

About The Job

Brussels , Belgium
Contract type:
Full Time
Less Than 2 Years

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