JOB VACANCY | Head of Advocacy and Policy

Thinking about a change? European Movement Ireland is recruiting!

Are you passionate about current affairs, politics and European relations?  Are you looking for a job where no two days are ever the same? Are you up for a challenging, varied and rewarding advocacy role? If so, read on…  

 About us

Founded in 1954, European Movement (EM) Ireland is the longest established Irish NGO working on European affairs. An independent, not-for-profit, membership organisation, EM Ireland works to develop the connection between Ireland and Europe through advocacy campaigns, education programmes, training courses, information briefings and networking events. 

 Job purpose

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Head of Advocacy and Policy, which is a new role, will be responsible for planning and implementing EM Ireland’s policy output in line with our strategic plan and mission statement. The successful candidate will also have overall responsibility for EM Ireland’s core education and youth programmes and work on other external programmes and campaigns we manage. They will also engage and develop the organisation’s increasing membership, partners and stakeholders, through the provision of training, policy briefings and other supports on a variety of EU and Brexit issues.  This is a new role in a vibrant and dynamic organisation.  We are looking for someone with drive, passion, ambition and commitment to join our senior management team and grow EM Ireland at an important time for Ireland and Europe.

Key objectives and main responsibilities

  • Develop and lead on EM Ireland’s Advocacy and Policy areas in line with EM Ireland’s Strategy;
  • Lead on the development of the policy output of the organisation for EM Ireland’s diverse audience and stakeholder base (e.g. Policy Briefings, Presentations, Submissions, Consultations etc.);
  • Monitor and track political and policy developments at an EU level for an Irish audience;  
  • Interface with EM Ireland stakeholders in Brussels and elsewhere through our International Network and Brussels membership Branch and institutional stakeholder base;
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to provide training and other supports to the organisation’s members, partners and stakeholders on Irish and EU affairs;
  • Leverage policy developments and other relevant opportunities to raise public awareness of European and EU issues, in collaboration with the Communications Manager and Future of Europe Manager (e.g. Irish – EU developments, Future of Europe, Brexit) across Ireland;
  • Manage a range of educational and youth programmes including but not limited to: Blue Star Programme, College of Europe, Career Talks etc.;
  • Identify sources of support for education and youth programmes and manage all aspects of funding applications and emerging projects with support from the Executive Director;
  • Drive and lead on the organisation’s European Parliament 2019 Election Programmes and Campaigns in collaboration with other team members;
  • Support the organisation’s Future of Europe Programme work with other team members;
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with stakeholders, funders, partners and members;
  • Support and supervise staff members as assigned;
  • Act as a representative of EM Ireland as appropriate and in accordance with the objectives and ethos of the organisation;
  • Undertake other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time commensurate with the seniority of the post.

 Person Specification

  • Experience of at least 5+ years in an advocacy/public affairs/policy/politics role;
  • The ideal candidate will also have a detailed and current knowledge and understanding of European affairs, Irish political affairs and the wider policy environment, particularly at a European level;
  • Excellent research, written and verbal presentation skills with a well-developed ability to communicate with national and international audiences through different means in a variety of public fora;
  • Experience of developing, implementing and reporting on funded projects and programmes and working with funding agencies at a national and EU level;
  • General project management skills with a track record of delivering on objectives;
  • A proven ability to meet deadlines while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Highly motivated self-starter, ability to multi-task and manage a varied workload in a fast-paced environment with an appreciation of the importance of working collegiately as part of a dynamic team;
  • Knowledge and appreciation of non-governmental organisations and the environment in which they operate;
  • Enthusiastic, organised, diplomatic creative thinker and self-starter with excellent interpersonal, influencing and networking skills;
  • Education to honours degree level in a third level institution in a relevant discipline;
  • Strong understanding of social media and other digital channels;
  • Full driving license and use of car desirable;
  • Foreign language skills welcome.


Location: Based in Dublin at European Movement Ireland offices with occasional travel  


Relationships: Reporting to the Executive Director, the successful candidate will work closely with other team members and s/he will manage a number of staff


Terms: A competitive package will be offered to the successful applicant


To apply: A CV and letter of application should be sent in full confidence by email to:

                    Noelle O Connell, Executive Director, European Movement Ireland



Closing date: Applications must be received by C.O.B. on Friday 7 September 2018  


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviews are scheduled to take place in Dublin City Centre on Monday 17 September 2018


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