Key Responsibilities


Develop and implement the advocacy strategy of the European Scout Region (ESR), in line with its strategic priorities, addressing the needs of young people and the development of Scouting. Ensure the recognition of Scouting as a leading non-formal education provider.

  • Maintain and develop a network with relevant European institutions in line with the strategic priorities of the ESR.
  • Advocate through partnership with relevant civil society organisations in the frame of established European platforms.
  • Support the engagement of youth representative volunteers in the representation and advocacy work of the ESR.
  • Manage and draft position papers with volunteers.
  • Represent Scouting in relevant events and organise visibility events and
  • Strengthen the capacities of Member Organisations in their advocacy work at local and national levels through the delivery of tailored services and
  • Maintain an active network of Scout representatives at national level.


Partnerships: Maintain and develop partnerships with relevant civil society organisations, institutions and stakeholders to support the development of Scouting. This includes the development of partnerships in the frame of EU funding application.

  • Participate and contribute to a global team on partnerships.
  • Support the dissemination of global partnerships in Europe.
  • Build or maintain relevant partnerships with other European civil society organisations and educational partners.


External Communications: In collaboration with the Communications Manager, support the ESR’s external communications to leverage the advocacy and visibility of Scouting to relevant European stakeholders

  • Oversee and support the alignment of the external communication outputs within the ESR advocacy agenda and positions.


Fundraising and grant management: Provide strategical views and support to the Grant Making Processes Manager to improve the access of Scouting at global, regional, and national levels to funding opportunities.

  • Oversee and support the Grant-making Processes Manager to develop funding applications mainly to Erasmus, European Solidarity Corps and European Youth Foundation.
  • Monitor and control compliance with donor requirements in grant management and reporting.
  • Support diversification of funding sources within relevant European sources of funding and foundations, especially South East Europe pre-accession funds.
  • Monitor and support access of Member Organizations to EU funds through information, capacity building, coalition building support and advocacy.
  • Potential development to support WOSM at a world level to access to EU development funds for other Scouting regions.


Management: Coordinate the team based in Brussels, Belgium.

Support and ensure line management of the Grant-making Process Manager

Punctually support the administration of the office towards the relevant Belgian authorities together with the Finance Manager.


Other tasks as identified by the Regional Director.


Internal and External Relations:

  • Work together with staff of the World Scout Bureau European Support Centres – (Geneva, Brussels, and any remote colleagues).
  • Work together with staff of the World Scout Bureau Global and Regional Support Centres.
  • Work together with elected governance and Committee members of ESR.
  • Work together with representatives of National Scout Organizations in ESR.
  • Work together with volunteers in the area of external relations.
  • Collaborate with other civil society organisations and related platforms (European Youth Forum, Centre for Volunteering in Europe, Lifelong Learning
  • Platform, Children Action Group).
  • Collaborate with other relevant European institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe).


The Expectations


  • University education, or equivalent professional experience, preferably but not exclusively in European affairs, law or economics, with other relevant degrees also being considered.
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills in English, with any additional language being an asset.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of EU affairs or a related sector.
  • Experience in advocacy or institutional experience in the field of youth or education policy development.
  • Experience of working with volunteers.
  • Line management experience.
  • A track record of successful funding applications, ideally with relevant EU grants would be desirable
  • Previous volunteering engagement in Scouting or other youth organisations would equally serve as a beneficial asset.



  • Knowledge of the European institutions and European youth
  • Desirable knowledge of the World Organization of the Scout Movement or a related youth development field.



  • Capacity to maintain relationships and communications in an international environment.
  • Ability to draft statements and written contributions for external audiences, explaining Scouting’s positions in an understandable and simple manner.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple parallel processes with potentially conflicting deadlines.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Networking and relationship-building skills.


Personal qualities

  • Leadership skills, networking skills and the ability to engage with external partners.
  • Ability to work as a team manager and colleague in an international and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Displays honesty, integrity, and a strong sense of values and ethics in all actions and decisions.
  • Adaptable to different working conditions, including working under
  • Team player.
  • Problem-solving mindset.
  • Flexible approach and able to manage changing agendas and strategic priorities.
  • Willing to travel and for up to 25 days per year, including
  • Understanding of and acceptance of the fundamental principles of Scouting.



Compensation package

  • Annual gross salary in line with the sector market rate, as well as:
    • Lunch vouchers
    • Public transportation
    • Working from home allowance
  • Additionally: Complementary Hospitalization + private health ins., and an additional
  • 5 annual leave days (total 25 a year) + legal Belgian holidays


The Application

Interested candidates are asked to apply for this role by sending their application consisting of a CV and a cover letter to before 23.59 on 31st October 2021.

Application will be considered on a rolling basis.


SecteurYouth; Social Affairs