03 July 2012

European Foundation Centre
Vacancy Disability Thematic Network Officer
Brussels, 2012

The European Foundation Centre (EFC), an international membership association, wishes strengthen its team in the area of disability with a Disability Thematic NetworkOfficer.Page Content EFC activities in the disability field are aimed to promote and support philanthropy in this field by increasing awareness of foundation and corporate support in this area; strengthening the exchange of knowledge and good practice; facilitating networking and partnerships among stakeholders; enhancing the foundation community’s knowledge, skills and effectiveness in the field and mobilising stakeholders for further action.

About this position
The main role of the officer will be to contribute to the activities and initiatives developed within the Disability Thematic Network, including the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability and the Social Economy Europe’s Group on Disability. In addition, s/he will also be involved in other general EFC activities.

Job tasks are wide ranging and in addition to general administrative work, the person will also assist and participate in the following tasks: EFC and European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disabilities (Disability Thematic Network).

Management tasks
● Prepare internal Consortium meetings and ensure follow-up of the events including managing logistics, drafting documentation and minutes, and implementing any action points resulting from the meetings;
● Collaborate to implement the Consortium work plan (studies, seminars, High Level conferences, etc.);
● S/he will be responsible for liaising with Consortium Members on everyday matters;
● Cooperate with and contribute to other EFC Thematic Networks and initiatives whenever elements regarding disability are involved.

Communication tasks
● Developing and maintaining the external and internal communication tools developed within the framework of the Disability Project:
- Management of ARIADNE Funders Network;
- Preparing factsheets, leaflets, booklets, interim reports on the project’s activities when required;
- Developing a communication plan (promotional videos, articles, press releases, interviews...in order to increase the Consortium's visibility).
● Develop and contribute to the other existing EFC information and communication tools (EFC Thematic Network Newsletters and EFC website);
● When needed, represent the Consortium to European institutions and other key stakeholders in the field, as well as any other means to give visibility to its work (writing articles, press releases, etc.);
● Develop background materials as well as practical tools aiming to increase awareness on philanthropy in the field and promote the inclusion of disability-related issues in the EFC and among funders (such as practical guidelines);
● Ensure public representation of the Project and Thematic Network in events and meetings when required.

Information tasks
● Provide information and technical support to members’ initiatives related to disability;
● Monitor and follow trends and political and legislative initiatives related to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities both in the sphere of European institutions, UN system and EU Member States;
● Monitor and identify trends and players regarding philanthropy in the disability field, in particular grantmaking initiatives developed by foundations and corporate donors in the disability field at regional, national, European and international levels. Explore the possibilities for funders to provide input and create partnership with EU institutions;
● Keep track of relevant EU policy and legislative measures as well as resources, news and events in the non-discrimination and disability fields relevant to EFC work.

Other tasks
● Draft grant proposals and reporting for members on the project;
● Assist the Chair of the Consortium (Fundación ONCE) by drafting reports, press notes, articles and speeches both in English and Spanish;
● Draft annual narrative and financial report related to the Project itself and initiatives developed within its framework;
● Provide related administrative duties as required;
● Help with organisation of relevant sessions of the EFC Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Conference and the Autumn Assembly;
● Attend meetings organised by the EFC and other organisations (EU institutions, umbrella organisations, etc.).

Skills required
● University degree, preferably in the area of social science (especially law or political sciences);
● Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English and Spanish is compulsory and French would be a strong asset;
● Sound knowledge of the European Union's structure. Knowledge of the disability field and/or philanthropy is a plus;
● Good networker with experience in liaising with a variety of actors;
● Excellent organisational, communication and writing skills;
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
● Ability to work under pressure and to deal with multiple priorities;
● Outgoing, enthusiastic, flexible person, with a committed and sensible attitude towards work;
● Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Procedure and deadline
If you are interested in this position please send your motivation letter and CV before 11 July 2012 to Diane Gortz at Jobs@efc.be and to Maria Orejas Morejas@efc.be

Interviews will take place on 19 July 2012.


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