Director of Policy – ODI Europe - based in Berlin or Brussels
Overseas Development Institute
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Director of Policy ODI Europe - based in Berlin or Brussels

Location : based in Berlin, Germany or Brussels, Belgium

Competitive Salary and Reward Package


An exciting inaugural post to lead ODI’s policy engagement in Europe and its neighbourhood.

Please note the applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we may fill existing vacancies before the closing date, so you are advised to submit your application as early as possible.

About ODI

ODI is an independent, global think tank. We work to inspire people to act on injustice and inequality. Through research, convening, and influencing, we generate ideas that matter for people and planet.

We lead thinking and agendas to deliver transformational change and bring about a sense of resilient, just, and equitable prosperity -

About the Position

This is an exciting new senior post initially for two years. Based in Berlin or Brussels the Director of Policy will be responsible for expanding and deepening ODI’s impact on European external policies and lead policy engagement with key member states and its neighbourhood.

The role will focus on coordinating and overseeing ODI’s engagement in the Western Balkans specifically, but it will also help us increase our influence in other regions, including accession states, Neighbourhood policy countries, Africa and the Middle East and EU external relations / international partnerships more broadly.

The experienced Director will coordinate ODI Europe’s engagement and advisory with key policy makers and institutions in Europe and its neighbourhood, including priority national and local governments EU institutions, regional and international organisations, private sector actors, and other key regional players and influencers.

The Director will lead on regional horizon scanning and policy engagement, with a view to increase our visibility, influence, and impact in regional policy processes.

They will provide analysis and intelligence on European external policy making to ODI colleagues and partners and promote ODI’s research and expertise among key EU actors.

The Director will also have the experience and skills to oversee and manage staff and is accountable for business development targets and the overall financial performance of ODI Europe.

Key responsibilities

  • Strategic direction and horizon scanning on EU external policies
  • ODI Europe external representation and policy influencing
  • Business development and financial sustainability / performance
  • Undertakes other duties within the scope of the post as may be requested by their manager
  • Knowledge, Qualifications and key experience

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Recognition as an expert of EU policy making and extensive knowledge of European external policies, international development, EU institutions and EU policy frameworks
  • Extensive knowledge of EU norms, processes and procedures
  • Fluency / proficiency in English, French and ideally one additional official EU language
  • Understanding of how to achieve impact and influence decision-making in Brussels
  • Substantial work experience in EU external affairs, international partnerships and related areas
  • Significant experience in leading external affairs and policy engagement strategies with a focus on EU institutions and policy making
  • Management experience including of programmes, strategic and operational plans, and finances
  • Extensive existing networks and relationships with key Brussels based European institutions and actors, European funding agencies and foundations, and a proven ability to fundraise, build and manage programmes of work
  • Demonstrated capacity for policy advisory and / or public affairs work, including influencing EU policy in national governments, multi-lateral and bilateral agencies, NGOs and the private sector
  • Employment Benefits : COMPETITIVE SALARY

    The position is to be filled as soon as possible. The duration of the contract is for two years.

    A competitive salary will be discussed depending on experience and qualifications.

    Part of a generous remuneration package (including benefits such as : complementary pension scheme / or contribution equivalent to 8% of annual salary, DKV hospitalisation insurance, public transport compensation, a professional phone and other allowances such as meal tickets, home working, eco vouchers.

    As well as generous a leave entitlement, and enhanced maternity, paternity and family friendly policies).

    The workplace will be Berlin or Brussels : applicants must be able to work and reside in the EU.

    CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS - 13 February 2022, 5pm CET / 4pm GMT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we may fill existing vacancies before the closing date, so you are advised to submit your application as early as possible.

    For more information and job description please follow this link. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 0351 or email humanresources .

    ODI is committed to developing and supporting diverse and inclusive teams of people who share our passion, where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

    We offer a range of flexible, family friendly and inclusive employment policies to support colleagues from a range of backgrounds and nationalities.

    ODI is an equal opportunities employer Charity Reg. No.228248

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