Officer, International Development, Brussels

Established in 1989, European Foundation Centre (EFC) is an international association of foundations and corporate funders dedicated to advancing the public good in Europe and beyond by creating an enabling legal and fiscal environment for foundations, documenting the foundation landscape, strengthening the sector’s infrastructure, and promoting collaboration, both among foundations and between foundations and other players.The EFC is seeking to recruit a full time person to join its International Department as Officer. The International Department aims to advance European foundations’ contribution to and effectiveness in addressing global development issues; strengthen foundations’ voice in shaping future development policies; promote new forms of dialogue and cooperation between foundations and key other development actors; and advocate for a more favourable operating environment for cross-border philanthropy.

Purpose of the Position

The department provides a range of core services, as well as specific support to collaborative international initiatives undertaken by EFC members. The Officer will support the International Department’s Senior Officer in the development and delivery of these services, and will also carry direct responsibility for the management of specific research and networking activities.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Policy monitoring and representation:

  • Monitor international development policies, consultations and related processes; produce communication and policy briefs on those relevant to foundations;
  • Assist in drafting position papers representing EFC members’ interests on development polices vis-à-vis EU and multilateral organisations;
  • Assist in the representation of EFC members at relevant fora on development;
  • Contribute to building relations between EFC members and multilaterals, as well as key other development stakeholders.

Knowledge and information on philanthropy and international development:

  • Develop case studies on foundation practice and collaborations; gather and maintain core data on funding for international development;
  • Maintain a calendar of key events of relevance to international funders;
  • Contribute to expanding the EFC knowledge resources on philanthropy and international development;
    • Provide information and advice to EFC members on international development policies; developments in international philanthropy and related areas.

    Convening and network building:

    • Contribute to the design and organisation of the International Department’s events, which will include up to two major conference per year, a series of small roundtables, and regular webinars;
    • Provide support to the EFC Task Force on Philanthropy and International Development;
    • Contribute to developing sessions on philanthropy and international development for the EFC Annual Conference and capacity development programme;
    • Contribute to building relations with relevant philanthropy support organisations around the world.


    • Contribute to EFC information periodicals and other relevant publications;
    • Upkeep of the International Department’s web presence and contacts database;
    • Prepare communication materials on the International Department’s work;
    • Give public presentations on the International Department’s work when required.

    Qualifications and Requirements

    • Five years of experience in working on multi-faceted initiatives requiring a capacity to work, often in parallel, on planning, research, outreach and convening;
    • Experience in event management and/or project management;
    • Strong interest in international development policies and familiarity with multilateral institutions;
    • Higher education degree in a relevant field;
    • Ability to work independently and multi-task; very good organisational, communications and administrative skills; sound problem solving attitude;
      • Excellent written and spoken English, additional languages desirable;
      • Knowledge of the foundation sector or the wider not-for profit sector is an asset;
      • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) is essential.

      Starting date: by 15 October 2013

      Application Process

      Interested? Please send your CV (maximum 2 pages) and motivation letter by 10 September 2013 to

      Interviews will be conducted during the second half of September at the EFC. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.