Policy advisor - economic development


EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities, is recruiting a policy advisor. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the policy director at the EUROCITIES Brussels office. He/she would ideally start in February 2018.


The policy advisor will be responsible for supporting EUROCITIES activities related to economic development, with a specific focus on long-term investments in cities, SMEs and start-ups, local innovation ecosystems, economic diversification and transition, and international trade.  Other responsibilities include :


  • coordinating, supporting and providing content-related inputs to the EUROCITIES economic development forum, including preparing policy papers and policy statements
  • supporting the working groups related to the economic development forum
  • preparing policy briefings for EUROCITIES members on European opportunities, policy trends and projects for economic development
  • establishing effective working relationships with the European Institutions and other relevant stakeholders in the field of urban economic development with the view of engaging and influencing the European policy process
  • preparing and animating mutual learning events such as study visits, peer-reviews, focus groups
  • cooperating with other EUROCITIES Forum and projects in cross-cutting areas, such as jobs and skills, digital transition, public procurement, etc. 



  • Excellent planning, organisation and coordination skills
  • Problem-solving attitude
  • Flexibility to deal with multiple and changing priorities
  • Good negotiating and influencing skills
  • Excellent political judgement for doing advocacy and lobby work
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, including the ability to collect, analyse and present information in a clear and concise way
  • Initiative and self-motivation
  • Project development and management skills
  • Capacity to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent English, other languages an asset


  • Deep understanding of EU policies and governance related to local economic development
  • Good understanding of long-term investments, local innovation ecosystems, start-ups, economic transition and diversification
  • Good understanding of evidence-based policy-making
  • Good understanding of urban policies


  • Degree in economic development, urban development, or other related fields
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant working experience
  • Experience of policy-oriented research
  • Experience in coordinating working groups
  • Experience in advocacy, lobby and influencing EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders
  • Experience in organising events
  • Experience of working with cities an asset, either in a city administration or city network

We offer

  • A one-year contract under Belgian legislation, starting as soon as possible, ideally beginning of February 2018
  • Salary range between €3,600  to €3,800 gross per month, according to experience
  • Additional benefits (meal vouchers, pension plan, hospitalisation insurance, refund of public transportation, 13th month, éco-chèques)
  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic and international team
  • A pleasant working environment
  • Training opportunities

Applicants are requested to send a letter of motivation explaining their suitability for the position, together with a CV with at least two referees (including your current or last employer) by 4 January 2018 COB to: Patricia de Wouters, HR coordinator, at jobs@eurocities.eu

Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘Policy advisor EDF’ in the subject line.

Interviews will be held in Brussels between 15 and 17 January 2018. Only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.