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EU Rights Coordinator

ECAS is Recruiting an EU Rights Coordinator

The European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) is a Brussels-based international non-profit organisation with a pan-European membership and 27 years of experience.

ECAS’ mission

Empowering citizens in order to create a more inclusive and stronger European Union by:

  • Promoting and defending citizens’ rights.
  • Developing and supporting mechanisms to increase citizens and citizen organisations’ democratic participation in, and engagement with, the EU.

ECAS’ Vision

An inclusive, transparent, citizen-centric and democratic European Union in which citizens’ rights are at the heart of decision making at all levels and in citizens are informed, consulted and actively participate.

ECAS’ Team Values

  • Non-partisanship: Free from affiliation with any political party.
  • Professionalism: Striving for excellence in all aspects of our work.
  • Empowerment: Enabling citizens to understand and utilise their rights.
  • Inclusiveness: Ensuring that all EU citizens can fully enjoy their rights.
  • Innovation: Applying unique and modern solutions.

Description of the Job

ECAS empowers citizens to exercise their rights and campaigns for an inclusive, transparent and democratic Europe, in which citizens’ rights are at the heart of decision-making at all levels.

The right to free movement of persons is one of the four fundamental freedoms underpinning the European project. It is also the right that EU citizens consider to be the most notable achievement of European integration. ECAS has an extensive track record in helping EU citizens in exercising their right to free movement and in-depth knowledge of the problems associated with its implementation.

As part of its 5-year strategy, ECAS is now also focusing on fostering the successful inclusion of EU mobile citizens in their host EU country’s civic and political life.

The successful candidate will take the lead in and coordinate ECAS’ activities related to the political rights of EU mobile citizens. The candidate should manage ECAS’ projects and play a pro-active role in the implementation of ECAS’ advocacy campaigns on citizens’ rights while working in close collaboration with the other team members.

He/She should have a keen interest in understanding European citizenship issues, should operate effectively at their own initiative while being a team player and should be able to work under tight deadlines.

Commitment to ECAS’ mission and values is a must.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director of ECAS, the Candidate will:

  • Support the implementation of ECAS’ EU Rights’ agenda with a special emphasis on political rights of EU citizens.
  • Coordinate ECAS’ projects.
  • Monitor daily political, policy and legislative developments.
  • Design and support the implementation of ECAS’ advocacy campaigns (in cooperation with the respective content-related managers).
  • Promote ECAS’ work to decision-makers and stakeholders.
  • Write statements, positions, press releases, and articles related to the EU Rights focus area.

Knowledge and Experience

  • University or Master’s Degree in Law, International Relations, European Studies or any other relevant field.
  • Excellent knowledge of the EU decision-making process.
  • Excellent knowledge of EU Rights and European citizenship.
  • Experience with the EU institutions.
  • Experience with a European association.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Experience using MS Office products and web content management (WordPress, Drupal or others) would be an asset.

Skills Required

  • English language proficiency – written and oral.
  • EU project management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven skills in campaigning and event management.
  • Friendly, social, proactive.
  • Innovative and result-orientated.
  • Team worker but capable of performing tasks independently.
  • Capable to working under pressure and observing strict deadlines.
  • Capable of multitasking.

Deadline for Applications:

Applications – CV and Motivation Letter including salary expectations – should be submitted by 10 March 2018 to Ms. Diana Coseano at diana.coseano@ecas.org.

ECAS is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

YEA Legal Experts

Recruitment of Legal Experts for Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands and Sweden

ECAS is running a major European citizen advice service for the European Commission.  This consists of a small management team and a current team of around 60 legal experts answering questions in 25 languages.

Answers provided by the service relate primarily to citizens’ free movement rights: defence of the right to stay, access to social rights, recognition of professional qualifications, etc.  The team provides advice about how to overcome barriers to the recognition of EU citizens’ rights and the nearest available specialised service (signposting).  We are currently looking for:

Legal Experts for Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands and Sweden

With the following qualifications:

  • Degree in law, with knowledge of European Community law particularly in the area of the internal market and the free movement of people
  • To be mother tongue (or equivalent) speakers of one of these seven countries
  • Strong English language skills (or French with at least the ability to communicate in English)
  • Knowledge about the legal system and institutions in the respective country
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and concise way and under tight deadlines
  • (If possible) familiarity and experience with NGOs and citizens advice services, or other services in contact with the public.

The legal expert will be recruited as a contractor and will not have employee status.  Work will be performed on a flexible basis, depending on the number of incoming enquiries, and will be paid per enquiry. The expert should be based in their Member State.

If interested, please email your Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter and supporting documentation to Claire Damilano. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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