Programme Officer ‘Health and Women’

PICUM office in Brussels

PICUM exists because all human beings should be treated equally and with dignity. This means that nobody should be exposed to exploitation, abuse, discrimination and violence - no matter what their immigration status.

Founded as an initiative of frontline organisations and professionals to mobilise support for undocumented migrants at the European and International level, PICUM promotes recognition of their fundamental rights within the development of policies that affect them. Representing a large network of civil society and professional actors, PICUM seeks to guarantee dignity, equality and non-discrimination for undocumented migrants by increasing awareness regarding their hidden realities, addressing discrimination and encouraging accountability for their rights.

The candidate should have a solid human rights background with particular focus on health and/or women’s issues. As this role requires the production of high level but accessible policy documents, strong writing skills and a clear understanding of the European policy making processes are vital.

Position Summary

PICUM is looking for an experienced candidate to lead its programmatic areas on ‘access to healthcare’ and ‘undocumented migrant women’ for a 6 ½ month period. The Programme Officer will be responsible for research, developing policy documents and organising related events as well as promoting PICUM’s work on these issues to different audiences. Reporting to the Director, they will work in close cooperation with the other staff members.


Person specification: Candidates must have the following profile

Interested applicants should please ensure that they fulfil each of these criteria.

1. Five-years experience in a related field, including at least 2-3 years in a Programme Officer or Project Management position.

2. Ability to produce high-level, accurate, and publishable policy documents and other written material (statements, op-eds, articles, and press releases, submissions) under tight deadlines;

3. Experience of secondary (desk) research - particularly the summary, collation and/or synthesis of existing sources - and analysis on related human rights issues,

4. A clear understanding of the situation facing undocumented migrants in the EU, and a solid knowledge of the European policy making processes are vital;

5. Excellent written and oral communications skills in English (native level proficiency) are essential. Knowledge of French, Spanish and/or other languages an asset;

6. Strong organisational skills, initiative and follow-through, ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure and juggle multiple tasks, and ability to be collegial and team-oriented yet able to work independently;

7. Excellent interpersonal skills including networking, public speaking and experience communicating with multiple stakeholder groups (including policy makers, voluntary organisations etc.);

8. An advanced (graduate) degree in human rights, social justice or a related field, with particular focus on women’s rights and/or the right to health.

Terms of Appointment

• This is a full time position (37,5 hours/week).

• Conditions are according to Belgian legislation including the legal ability to live and work in Belgium.

• We offer a limited contract. Additional benefits include meal vouchers, hospitalisation insurance and end-of-year bonus.

• Start date: 18 May 2015

End date: 31 December 2015

Interviews will be held on 8 April 2015.

• Salary according to the wage scales of the Flemish integration sector; approximately €3,200.00 gross salary/month.

• PICUM is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcomed from candidates regardless of background, gender,  marital status, disability or sexuality.

To Apply

Please fill in the application form (download HERE) in English by Monday 16th March 2015 (at 10:00 GMT+1), addressed to Ms. Michele LeVoy, Director, to the email address of:recruitment@picum.org