Call for Communication and Policy Officer. Apply by 24th August

 

Call for a Communication and Policy Officer

MIJARC Europe is a non-governmental organisation for rural youth, by rural youth. We promote sustainable agricultural, rural and international development, European citizenship, youth policies, gender equality, environmental protection, interculturality and human rights. In line with our Christian values, we strive to implement and raise awareness about these issues and goals by facilitating inter-cultural non-formal learning opportunities and engaging in advocacy and partnership processes. Employing our methodology of ‘see-judge-act’, we encourage the participation of young people to build the Europe of tomorrow.

We are seeking to hire a resourceful person with strong communication and advocacy skills as well as a good understanding of the EU youth policy environment to fulfil the tasks of a Communication and Policy Officer. This is a critical role primarily accountable for a strong engagement with our member organisations, our political work and the visibility of MIJARC Europe. To be successful in this role you should be passionate about working for non-profit organisations, understanding their specificities and possess a flexible and proactive approach to work.

 

1.       Job duration and conditions

Role: Communication and Policy Officer
Reports to:
Report to the secretariat management team
Duration:
One year contract (CDD) approximately from September 2022 to August 2023. There is a possibility for the contract to be extended.
Location: Office in Brussels (Rue de l’Industrie 10) with the possibility of occasional travels in Europe. This is not a remote position but there is the possibility of partially working remotely.
Working time: Full-time (38 hours per week).

Renumeration: 2300 EUR gross per month

Benefits: 7-euro lunch vouchers on full-working days.

 

2.       Responsibilities

COMMUNICATION (70%)

  • Coordinate the creation of MIJARC’s annual Communication Action Plan in line with our Communication Strategy;
  • Ensure the communication (before-during-after) regarding MIJARC’s Europe events and activities;
  • Manage our social media channels and ensure regular posting, supported by our volunteer Communication Commission;
  • Develop European-wide communication campaigns in cooperation with our member organisations;
  • Monitor communication campaigns from partners in order to identify possible collaborations;
  • Support the volunteers in the Communication Commission, providing assistance and training and ensuring their well-being;
  • Manage our website mijarc.eu and engage in its development, creating contents and visuals.

ADVOCACY (30%)

  • Coordinate the implementation of our Advocacy Strategy;
  • Support the work of the volunteers in the Advocacy Commission, providing assistance and training and ensuring their well-being;
  • Monitor some key policy developments and networks (Farm to Fork, HREDD, ERDN, CoE, EU Youth Strategy);
  • Represent us in one of our umbrella organisation: the European Coordination la Via Campesina (ECVC);
  • Represent us in meetings with European Institutions or partners.

OTHER RESPONSABILITIES

  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the organization, as may reasonably be requested by the Secretariat Management Team or the Executive Board.

 

3.       Profile

  • A relevant degree in Communication, Politics or International Relations;
  • Experience with strategic planning of communication activities
  • Experience with designing social media campaigns and managing a WordPress-based website;
  • Experience in policy monitoring, especially with regards to agriculture, environmental or rural policies;
  • Experience in representation and networking at international conferences and events;
  • Very good knowledge of Office tools (Word, Excel, etc.);
  • Comfortable working with different IT and web management tools, and willingness to learn more tools;
  • Be a Team player, creative, proactive, and autonomous

Highly valued

  • Graphic design skills and/or Website design and management (WordPress);
  • A rural background;
  • An interest in agricultural issues and knowledge of peasant farming and agroecology would be an asset;
  • Previous experience with volunteers of different nationalities;
  • Knowledge of Dutch or French;

Other

  • All applicants must have the right to live and work in Belgium

 

4.       Application procedure

To apply, send us a motivation letter (max 1 page) and your CV (max 2 pages) in a PDF file to recruitment@mijarc.eu with the subject line “Application Communication and Policy Officer_Name”.

We will review applications on a rolling basis and the last date for applications will be Wednesday 24th August 2022 at 23:59 CET

Selected candidates will be invited for a second selection phase as an online or offline interview.

The successful candidate will start at the earliest convenient date but no later than the 18th September 2022. We reserve to close the call earlier if we find the right person for the position.

We are looking for 3 new members in our board this year!

The call is open to any member of our full member organizations.

Potential candidates can reach the board via board@mijarc.eu to express their will to candidate. They can send a video, visuals or anything they want to promote their candidacy before the 22nd of May, and we will share it with our members organizations.

The deadline to apply is the 4th of June, 1st day of the GA.

What is the role and the function of the board ?

  • To chair and to prepare the European Coordination (EC) and the General Assembly (GA)
  • To follow the objectives and projects planned in accordance with the GA
  • To represent MIJARC Europe before any civilian or religious institution
  • To materialize the decisions of the GA and the EC
  • To keep contact with the member organizations and partners
  • To preserve the identity of MIJARC
  • Having the legal signature of MIJARC Europe
  • Being responsible for the books, documents, and seals of MIJARC Europe
  • Being responsible for the registers, the minutes, the projects, and activity reports
  • Being responsible for the finances of MIJARC Europe, for the account’s books
  • To present the budget and the profit and loss accounts to the GA

What are the competences required ?

  • Have experience in organizing events at regional or national level in their organization
  • Be interested by youth rights, youth empowerment, advocacy work
  • Have experience in teamworking

Have any questions? Contact board@mijarc.eu

 

The three specialized work commissions created by MIJARC Europe back in 2017 started their work on the three thematic focus points and for the past year have had an increasingly more important role in the structure of MIJARC Europe.

The three commissions work on:

1. A sustainable culture for agriculture and rural youth
2. Our European vision towards an interconnected world
3. Citizenship and youth participation in rural development

We are currently launching a new call for members of the commissions to fill in the empty seats and join the other commissioners in their work.

IT’S TIME TO START YOUR MANDATE AS A MEMBER OF ONE OF OUR THREE COMMISSIONS,

SO JOIN US NOW!


What you will have to do:

  1. attend at  least  one  Commission  meeting  per   All travel, accommodation and meal costs will be covered by MIJARC Europe;
  2. attend the online meetings (via Skype; the number of meetings will be agreed by the members of each Commission);
  3. work on and take decisions about the methods to use and how to deal with the topics that are linked to the Action Plan;
  4. support the European Team as experts, ensure the external representation of the organization and set up the Think Tank if needed;
  5. set up and run the European campaigns as written in the Action Plan  of MIJARC Europe.

How to become a member of the Commissions:

Fill in the application form here below and send it to the Secretariat of MIJARC Europe via email: office-europe@mijarc.info

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Have a good understanding of MIJARC Europe, its structure and its aims;
  • Be aware of the rural realities in his/her country (and preferably beyond) and be familiar with the perspectives of rural youth;
  • Be interested in one of the three thematic focus points and be ready to do more research;
  • Be able to support young participants in their learning process;
  • Be able to communicate in English;
  • Be able to work in a multicultural team;

Be available for at least one international meeting per year;

Application form

Study session – “I, YOUTH ADVOCATE”

COE-70y-logos-dark-bg-quadriA study session organised by MIJARC EUROPE and DON BOSCO YOUTH NETWORK in cooperation with the Youth Department of the Council of EuropeEuropean Youth Centre Budapest. 

Dates: 7-10 October 2019

This study session has been a common idea of MIJARC Europe and Don Bosco Youth Network, two international organisations that work on very similar topics and who decided to do a joint study session on advocacy for their members.

Aim and objectives

The “I, Youth Advocate” study session aims to prepare young people from MIJARC Europe and DBYN Networks to be active advocates at European level, on diverse topics of interest for youth.

The main aim is built on the following objectives:

  • Assist young people to reflect on their local realities and link them to the policy changes they want at European level,
  • Explore advocacy tools and policy instruments of the Council of Europe, DBYN, MIJARC Europe and other European stakeholders in order to use them in their advocacy work,
  • Develop advocacy competences such as communication with relevant stakeholders, strategic planning and other skills to implement successful advocacy plans,
  • Empower young people to design concrete actions plans on advocacy to be implemented within the two organizations.

Hosting organizations

MIJARC logo transMIJARC Europe is a European coordination network for rural and Christian youth organizations all over the continent. MIJARC Europe represents over 130. 000 young people from rural areas in 14 European countries. It promotes sustainable agricultural, rural and international development, European citizenship, youth policies, gender equality, environmental protection, interculturality and human rights.

6390467Don Bosco Youth-Net is an international network of Salesian youth work offices and youth organisations which work in the style of Don Bosco.  The network assemblies 18 organisations, who cater for over 125.000 children and young people in 16 European countries.  The task of the network is to create and promote international activities for and by young and to create possibilities for member organisations to share their good practices and start-up new projects together.

Study session design

The study session is based on non-formal education methods and will present a mixture of the methodologies used by the two host organizations. The “See-Judge-Act” methodology of MIJARC Europe and the Don Bosco method promoted by DBYN. You should expect a lot of experiential learning activities, reflection moments, practical examples and space for sharing and exchanging facts and opinions. As MIJARC Europe and DBYN are both faith-based organizations, we will also take time to reflect on our own values, beliefs and spirituality.

Phases

Thee will be two main phases of this study session:

  1. E-learning phase (20th September – 2nd October) which will require 1-2 hours of involvement in total and will focus mostly on getting to know each other and setting a common ground to what we all understand by advocacy.
  2. Study session (7-10 October) a four-day residential phase taking place in Budapest, at the European Youth Center. This is the main phase of the activity and participants will learn about advocacy practices and tools and will create action plans that the two host organizations will implement in their work.

Participants will also be invited to continue their involvement within the representation structures of the two host organizations and to further contribute to the implementation of the action plans.

Call for participants: study session “I , Youth advocate”

The first international activity of 2018 is approaching fast and the call for participants has been lanched. So, do YOU want to join our call for peace and bring your contribution to have peace for all? Don’t worry, it is not very complicated. Actually, it will be quite entertaining, funny and natural, because peace begins with each and every one of us and our attitudes.


“A call for peace for all” is planned to take place in Ribamar, Portugal, between the 1st (arrival day) and 5th of July 2018. Three participants interested in the topic of peace from each member movement* are invited to join the youth peace camp. In call below you will find some basic information concerning the organisation of this activity. Also you will find attached one promotion info graphic, which you can use to spread the word in your movements about the Youth Peace Camp.

Download the call: Call for participants _ Youth Peace Camp_A call for peace for all

Download the registration form: Registration form Youth Peace Camp_ A call for peace for all

Please, read this documents carefully, and, do not hesitate to contact us in case you need
any clarification or further information:
E-mail: office-europe@mijarc.info
Phone: 0032 (0) 485 36 84 74

The DEADLINE to apply is: 20th of May

*Not a member of any of the organizations in our network? Then send us an email and we will find a solution. 

 

MIJARC Europe enriches its administrative structure with three new Work Commissions.


Following the decision taken by MIJARC Europe’s last Orientation General Assembly, which took place in Mainz-Germany, between 21st – 23rd July 2017,  three new specialized work commissions were set up. The three commissions will  work on the three thematic focus points and will help the European Board to implement the Action Plan and achieve the newly adopted Strategic Objectives.

The three Commissions will work on:

1. A sustainable culture for agriculture and rural youth

2. Our European vision towards an interconnected world

3. Citizenship and youth participation in rural development

Tasks of members of the commissions:
• attend at least one Commission meeting per year
• attend the online meetings
• work on and take decisions about the methods to use and how to deal with the topics that are linked to the Action Plan;
• support the European Team as experts, ensure the external representation of the organization and set up the Think Tank if needed;
• set up and run the European campaigns as written in the Action Plan of MIJARC Europe.

IT’S TIME TO START YOUR MANDATE AS A MEMBER OF ONE OF OUR THREE COMMISSIONS!

Download the document below to find out more about our new commissions and how to become a commissioner.

!Please note that the call is open only for the members of MIJARC Europe and  its national member organizations!

Call for members of the MIJARC Europe’s Commissions