European Policy & Engagement Manager


ODI Europe

  • Career category:Advocacy/ Policy
  • Job type:Job
  • Humanitarian or Development:Development
  • Experience level:Other (specified in job description)
  • Organisation type:Think Tank
  • Remote option:No
  • Right to work requirements:Right to work required in advance
  • Salary: € 4441-4751 / monthly
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Deadline:30/06/2024
  • Location:Belgium
Movement building Sexual & reproductive rights (SRHR) Health
About us

ODI Europe is an independent, global affairs think tank based in Brussels with a global network of partners. We bring research, ideas and dialogue with the world into the European policy debate to drive global change. At the intersection of major issues, we bring global evidence to the debate and foster international dialogue. We have strong networks across the world and work closely with colleagues in our offices in London and Washington D.C.

Main duties and responsibilities

European policy liaison and external positioning

  • To monitor EU institutional changes and EU external affairs and development cooperation policies especially those related to foreign policy, human and social development and gender issues.
  • To remain updated on the specific EU development cooperation financial instruments relevant for gender equality, the EU budget cycles (including annual budget and programming) and the multi-annual negotiation.
  • To identify research uptake and policy influencing opportunities and activities to be carried out by Walking the Talk and ODI in the EU Brussels arena in terms of policy and funding and to act upon them by providing inputs, drafting key messages, convening network meetings, hosting events and nurturing contacts with key stakeholders. These policy engagement opportunities should make use of ODI research results and build on the priorities, ideas and needs identified by the consortium, and as well as of concrete opportunities in the international decision-making processes.
  • To work collaboratively with external relevant stakeholders on EU policy engagement, in particular with Brussels-based Gender Equality partners, other SRHR and gender equality networks, and development networks to ensure coherence and efficiency.

Project implementation and accountability

In line with Walking the Talk's overarching planning and monitoring plan, you design, implement and evaluate EU policy engagement strategies, and report on these. This includes:

  • Close coordination with the Walking the Talk Coordination team, consortium-members, ODI’s GESI team and allies.
  • Participation in and / or leadership of the program’s Advocacy working group.
  • Support the learning, monitoring and evaluation for policy engagement.
Undertake such other duties within the scope of their post as may be requested by their Manager.


  • Solid, professional and up-to-date knowledge of and experience in policy engagement for gender equality ODA and/ or FFP, particularly of the EU and international political and administrative context.
  • Knowledge/experience of working in Brussels and the workings of the European Institutions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain close collaboration between “Global South” and “North actors”, working to generate access for voices from low and middle income countries to directly influence policy agendas on gender equality ODA and FFP.
  • Strategic thinking and ability to create, identify and make use of policy influencing opportunities, and link results and lessons to wider program outcomes.
  • Relevant degree or equivalent work experience in international development, gender or feminist studies, political science, public administration, or another relevant field.
  • Full professional proficiency in English with excellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly, mostly in Europe.

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