Manager, European Affairs and Outreach

31 January, 2020

Do you want to make a real difference to peace? Are you interested in using your skills to shape conflict resolution?

The European Institute of Peace is looking for exceptional individuals who share our vision for a world where people live in safety and peace because conflicts and grievances are resolved through inclusive dialogue and lasting political agreements.

We design and help deliver sustainable peace processes and agreements by providing practical experience, technical expertise and policy advice on conflict resolution. We use a variety of tools to help us do this, including analysis, mapping and design, facilitating policy discussions, mediation support and practical engagement.

Based in Brussels and active in 15 countries, the European Institute of Peace is an independent organization working collaboratively with European decision makers, the parties to conflict, and those who represent people suffering from insecurity or at risk of violence, as well as the conflict prevention, resolution and mediation community.

Our approach enables us to be agile, creative, trustworthy and effective in everything we do, and these are key qualities we look for in our team members. 

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Terms of reference

We are looking for a European Affairs and Outreach Manager to be an integral part of the European Affairs Unit (EAU) which ensures that EIP’s work rests on strong European political intelligence and trusting relationships with key decision- and policy makers.

You will play a key role in supporting the Institute’s ambition to strengthen European conflict resolution capability. You will report directly to the Executive Director (ED) and have primary responsibility for the following:

  • The development of an Outreach and Partner Engagement Plan, identifying roles and responsibilities for its implementation whether by the ED, the Senior Management Team, programme managers or senior advisors; guiding, tracking and being accountable for its implementation;
  • Supporting the ED’s engagement with the Board of EIP including visits to capitals; Board governance issues; preparation of and follow up to bi-annual Board meetings; and timely communication with Board members on the Institute’s activities;
  • Providing political insights to the Executive Director and the SMT on EU and European positions and priorities on matters of high relevance to EIP, and advising on and supporting the ED’s engagement with politicians, senior officials and other influential individuals in Brussels and European capitals;
  • Tracking and when appropriate contributing to policy discussions in Brussels and capitals that are relevant to the conflict resolution space, inter alia through:
    • engagement with members of the Advisory Council;
    • networking with relevant research and policy institutes and think tanks;
    • identifying or proposing influencing opportunities
  • Draw upon knowledge of European affairs to provide advice and input to the SMT and project managers, particularly on the design, quality and delivery of the Institute’s programmes, projects and context-specific policy discussions.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Graduate degree in a relevant subject;
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in conflict resolution or international relations either from diplomatic engagements or from multilateral organisations;
  • Experience working with actors central to the Institute’s work: European politicians, policy makers, institutions, foundations, international organisations such as the EU, UN, civil society and the private sector. Intimate knowledge of the EU and European states’ foreign policy through previous direct engagement with EU institutions is a strong asset;
  • Existing, still active high-level access to individuals/networks and network among foreign policy actors within the Europe and beyond;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills, and talent for cultivating relationships and contacts with a range of different interlocutors;
  • Significant knowledge of multilateral diplomacy and political alliance-building among key stakeholders;
  • Proven experience of successful lobbying and impacting policy outcomes.
  • Familiarity with conflict prevention, resolution and mediation issues;
  • Strong political analytical skills and instincts, and ability to think strategically as well as having strong sense of political sensitivities;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; to work both independently and as a team player;
  • Excellent writing skills and command of English (verbal and written). Strong command of French, German or Spanish an asset.

EIP offers

  • Belgian employment contract;
  • Benefits package which includes luncheon vouchers, Hospitalia insurance, pension plan, and contribution to public transportation;
  • 40h/week which qualifies for 12 RTT days per year;
  • Dynamic international team with opportunities to learn and develop skills.
  • Starting date: March 2020

Recruitment process

Please submit 1- 2 pages CV with a motivation letter (Name_Surname_ Manager European Affairs and Outreach) to

Deadline is 31 January 2020 COB.

If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Kindly note that we unfortunately cannot accept telephone inquiries.