Human Rights Officer (part-time, 19 hours a week) à Brussels

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European Network on Independent Living (Brussels Office)

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Position: Human Rights Officer (part-time, 19 hours a week)

Location: Brussels (EU quarter)

Salary: 1150 EUR gross, plus meal vouchers and public transport

Starting date: 2nd August 2021 (or as soon as possible after that)
Application deadline: 18th June 2021, 17:00 CEST (Brussels time)

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is looking for a part-time Human Rights Officer for its Brussels office, with a starting date on 2nd August 2021, or as soon as possible after that. The Human Rights Officer will be responsible for implementing ENIL’s advocacy strategy at the European and international level. This is a key post in the organisation, central to delivering on the various objectives related to advancing the right to independent living for all disabled people in Europe, without discrimination, and ending all forms of segregation and social exclusion. Because of the way this post is funded, it is essential that the Human Rights Officer is able to work from ENIL’s Brussels Office, as soon as the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted; there is no possibility to work remotely from another country. This post is initially part-time, with a high possibility of it becoming a full time position in 2022.

Person specification

Essential skills

  • Excellent understanding of the Independent Living philosophy, the right to independent living and the human rights/social model of disability

  • Ability to maintain a principled approach to defending the right to Independent Living, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the General Comment 5 of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Sound knowledge of the relevant laws and policies relevant to Independent Living at the European and international level, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its General Comments, the UN 2030 Agenda (Sustainable Development Goals) and the EU Fundamental Rights Charter

  • Sound knowledge of other European and international human rights treaties and human rights mechanisms, and understanding of the importance of mainstreaming disability in other human rights areas

  • Ability to work in partnership with other organisations

  • Strong communication and presentation skills

  • Strong writing skills

  • Strong social media skills (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)

  • Excellent language skills: English and preferably another European language

  • Essential experience

  • Demonstrable experience of carrying out advocacy activities at the local or national level, and preferably also some at the European and international level

  • Familiarity with Independent Living organisations working at the national and grassroots level in Europe

  • Experience of working in the non-profit sector

  • Ability to work independently, without much supervision

  • Ability to comply with strict deadlines

  • Other essential requirements

  • Valid Belgian work permit (if not an EU citizen)

  • Desired requirements

  • Lived experience of independent living and personal assistance

  • Gewenst profiel

    The Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following:


  • Implementing ENIL’s advocacy strategy in Brussels, Strasbourg and at the international level (United Nations), covering the rights of disabled people, including women and girls, children, adults and older people

  • Mainstreaming disability/the right to Independent Living in other policy areas at the European level

  • Developing new advocacy opportunities at the EU level (in Brussels), European level (Strasbourg) and at international level (Geneva/New York)

  • Participating in the relevant strategic dialogues and meetings at the European Commission, European Parliament and the European Council (as well as other fora, if needed)

  • Developing and coordinating campaigns

  • Forming and working in coalition with other organisations, in order to advance ENIL’s advocacy goals

  • Developing advocacy materials (submissions, policy positions, statements etc.) and drafting Press Releases

  • Maintaining regular communication with ENIL members, in order to obtain their input into advocacy activities

  • Providing input into reports in relation to advocacy activities

  • Providing input into new funding applications in relation to advocacy

  • Maintaining the list of contacts relevant to ENIL’s advocacy efforts

  • Communication

  • Drafting articles for the Newsletter and website in relation to ENIL’s advocacy activities

  • Contributing to Members’ mailing, reports for the Board and the Annual activity report, in cooperation with the other staff members

  • Using social media (Facebook and Twitter) to keep the public and ENIL members up to date on ENIL’s advocacy efforts

  • Establishing contacts with the media and maintaining an address book

  • Events coordination

  • Coordinating advocacy events (hearings, roundtables, conferences, protests), including online versions

  • Setting up meetings with policy and decision makers at the European level and internationally

  • Taking part in the planning and organisation of the Freedom Drive

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    How to apply

    Please send your CV, a motivation letter (with the details of two persons who can be contacted for references) and an unedited writing sample (in English) to as soon as possible and not later than 18 June 2021 at 17 CEST (Brussels time). Please explain in the motivation letter how you meet the essential requirements. Shortlisted candidates will be notified within a week of the applications deadline and will have an online interview during the week of 28 June 2021. Disabled persons are strongly encouraged to apply for this post.

     About the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)

    The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is a Europe-wide network of disabled people with members throughout Europe. ENIL is a forum intended for all disabled people, independent living organisations and their non-disabled allies on the issue of independent living. ENIL’s work is guided by the principles of solidarity, peer support, deinstitutionalisation, democracy, self-representation, cross-disability and self-determination.

    ENIL promotes equal opportunities for disabled people, fights against discrimination and addresses the under-representation of persons with extensive disabilities in European disability politics, as well as in mainstream society. ENIL’s mission is to:

  • Promote the Independent Living philosophy among disabled people, the general public, national policy makers, Government administrations, in the United Nations, as well as among regional bodies such as the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

  • Develop the concept, principles and definition of Independent Living. Promote the development of Centres of Independent Living throughout Europe and enhance solidarity and networking among them;

  • Carry out training and awareness raising activities at the European level, focusing on the personal assistance, direct payments/personal budgets and peer support/counselling;

  • Represent Independent Living Organizations and the Independent Living movement at the European level and in different European bodies and organizations;

  • Combat social exclusion and discrimination through disability policies which allow for Independent Living of disabled people. Make the Independent Living framework instrumental to end discrimination against disabled people in Europe;

  • Embrace the social model of disability in acquiring independence and self-determination, and overcome the barriers of the medical and attitudinal models.

  • Every year, ENIL undertakes a number of activities to raise awareness of the rights of disabled people in Europe at both the national and European Level. The Freedom Drive is ENIL’s flagship campaign and takes place every two years. The week-long event provides an opportunity for Members of the European Parliament to meet with disabled people from across Europe and to discuss issues that affecting their lives. It also provides an opportunity for disabled people from across Europe to come together and exchange their experiences in an informal way, as well as facilitate further development of the Independent Living Movement.

  • For further information in relation to ENIL and our activities, please visit our website:

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    Formation requise
    Heures de travail par semaine
    8 - 40
    Type de Contrat
    Temps plein/ CDD
    Date de publication
    Permis de conduire BE/EU exigé
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