With the assistance of the European Union.

In the framework of the project “END FGM (Female Genital Mutilations). Cooperation, synergies and structured dialogue among civil society and EU institutions to address female genital mutilation as a development issue” co-financed by the European Commission, the Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo (AIDOS) is recruiting a part-time Advocacy and Policy officer to be based in Brussels, Belgium.

Project background  


END FGM is a European network, which is being created from the END FGM campaign, which was coordinated by Amnesty International Ireland in partnership with a number of organisations in EU member states. The campaign, which has lasted 5 years, was conceived to put female genital mutilation (FGM) high on the EU agenda and to echo the voices of women who have undergone FGM and those at risk of being subjected to it. The network is intended to build on the achievements of the campaign in order to contribute to the abandonment of FGM.

This particular project, which involve four partners organisations, AIDOS (Italy) as the lead agency, FORWARD (UK), MIGS (Cyprus), APF (Portugal) will implement some of the recommendations foreseen in the key dimension 5 of the campaign – EU development cooperation. Therefore, the Project is designed to strengthen the END FGM Network capacities in order to foster synergies and build a structured dialogue with EU institutions, the AU Permanent Mission to the EU and civil society organisations and their networks, with the aim at re-positioning FGM as a development issue.

Main Tasks

  1. Represent AIDOS and the Project in Brussels;
  2. Build the relationships with the EU institutions, AU Permanent Mission and civil society organisations involved in the implementation of the Joint African European Strategy Action Plan (JAES)
  3. 3. Meet with relevant stakeholders, including representatives of the Joint Task Force and the Joint Expert Group in charge of the preparation of the JAES Action Plan beyond 2013
  4. Design and Implement advocacy strategies with a focus on FGM
  5. Define steps and actions to build a constructive dialogue with representatives of EU institutions aimed at including FGM prevention in financial instruments addressing JAES Action Plan priority areas, where appropriate
  6.   Monitor and report on developments in the relevant policy areas
  7. Coordinate advocacy initiatives in Brussels involving the END FGM Network and its members
  8. Coordinate with project and advocacy officers in Italy, United Kingdom, Cyprus
  9. Contribute to the bi-monthly newsletter updating END FGM Network members on progress of the Action and news on FGM
  10. Participate in the Steering Committee meetings as well as in the END FGM Coordination meetings
  11. Contribute to the END FGM Capacity building workshops
  12. Update the Monitoring Tool and assist the expert (team) in charge of the Monitoring and Independent Evaluation of the Action
  13. Contribute to the preparation of the Policy paper to be developed by MIGS
  14. Participate in meetings and events organised in Brussels by other relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations and their networks, to raise the awareness about and expand the support bases for addressing FGM to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs, as part of the activities
  15. Support AIDOS project manager in organising activities based in Brussels

The consultant accepts that, in accordance with the work rules and without prejudice to the legal provisions and regulations, the duties and responsibilities can be adapted in accordance with the needs and the organization of the employer


–   A higher university degree in law, political science, social science, or other relevant field

–    Minimum 5 years of experience in advocacy activities

– Strategic thinking and advocacy capacity towards European institutions

–  Experience in the field of development policy and cooperation, human rights and gender issues

–     Knowledge of Female Genital Mutilation issue

–     Good knowledge of the European Union institutions and in particular of DEVCO

–  Ability to research, collate, analyse and summarise information

– Demonstrating excellent time management and organisational skills

–  Advanced level in spoken and written English, knowledge of French and Italian is a strong asset

–   Computer literacy, with good working knowledge of word processing, e-mail, social networks and Internet applications

–          Background and experience in NGO work is preferable


The position is based in Belgium (Brussels) with short travels to Italy and UK. The duration of the contract is 20 months (February 2014 – October 2015) with a trial period of three months. The contract is part time and the gross salary is 66.000Euro for the whole period. Any other kind of benefit is not covered by AIDOS.


To submit your application please send your CV + motivation letter to, subject: Advocacy/policy officer Brussels

Deadline for application 31st of January 2014.