Climate Policy and Advocacy Officer

CIDSE is an international alliance of Catholic development agencies. Its members share a common strategy in their efforts to eradicate poverty and establish global justice. CIDSE’s advocacy work covers global governance, resources for development, climate justice, food - sustainable agriculture and trade, business & human rights and sustainable development. 

The CIDSE Secretariat, located in Brussels, is currently looking for a CLIMATE POLICY and ADVOCACY OFFICER to join its team as soon as possible. The position is full-time, part-time is possible with a minimum 75%.

Purpose of the job:

  • To contribute to and facilitate the implementation of the vision and advocacy strategy of the network, in particular as regards climate justice;
  • To contribute to CIDSE's broader advocacy strategy and network-wide effort on rethinking development as well as unsustainable societal and economic paradigms.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Facilitation and coordination of the CIDSE climate advocacy group (team building, planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting);
  • Promotion of policy analysis, facilitating policy formation, strategy formulation and intelligence sharing;
  • Organisation of international and European lobby, advocacy and campaign initiatives and other projects as assigned;
  • Networking and building coalitions for joint advocacy with organisations from the global south associated with the network, other NGOs and networks worldwide;
  • Liaising with and representing CIDSE at EU institutions and international institutions like the UN, especially the UNFCCC, IPCC and others; public speaking at events;
  • Fostering joined-up work with other CIDSE advocacy groups and contributing to CIDSE’s cross-cutting work on rethinking development.

Your profile:

  • At least 3-5 years' experience in NGO/NGO networks’ policy and advocacy activities;
  • Knowledge of the climate field and policies, and of related issues such as energy and agriculture;
  • Knowledge of political decision-making processes relevant for the mission of CIDSE and in particular for climate justice;
  • Experience in facilitating groups and steering processes with different stakeholders, capacity to make judgments; experience with project-team-management is an asset; good inter personal skills;
  • Relevant education/university degree;
  • Good multi-tasker with result-oriented organisational, planning, communication and writing skills;
  • Experience in working with Southern Civil Society Organisations. Field experience is an asset;
  • Strong interest and understanding of development related policies and the NGO community, ability to apply gender analysis is an asset;
  • Commitment to CIDSE values and mission and interest to work for a network of Catholic development NGOs;
  • Good team work/independent working skills and ability to work in a network and multi-cultural NGO environment;
  • Innovative, strategic and analytic skills;
  • An encouraging and service delivery professional attitude;
  • Excellent written and spoken English (good French, further Spanish, German as well as other languages will be an asset);
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis.

CIDSE offers:

  • the opportunity to work in an international organisation with a dynamic international team;
  • the opportunity to work with CIDSE member organisations, allies and partners worldwide;
  • the opportunity to work in the Brussels EU-Quarter;
  • an interesting and challenging job;
  • a monthly gross salary plus End of Year Allocation (13th month salary) and holiday allowance (92% month salary). Additional benefits: extra pension insurance scheme, loss of salary insurance, hospitalisation insurance, meal checks;
  • 21 days of holiday per year plus 8 days extra in addition including days between Christmas and the New Year.

For more information about CIDSE please visit our website

Please send your CV and cover letter by 23 March 2014 to: or to: 
CIDSE Secretariat - Attn: Secretary General 
16, rue Stévin 
1000 Brussels, Belgium 
Fax: + 32 - 2 - 230 70 82

Interviews will likely be held in the first and second week of April 2014.