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EU Advocacy Officer

The European Union (EU) is at the forefront of policy and legislative change in areas that are essential for ARTICLE’s 19 mandate and strategy to promote and protect freedom of expression and information. In the past years and months, ARTICLE 19 has been actively involved in the advocacy around a number of EU dossiers from its international office in London. However, ARTICLE 19 believes its advocacy efforts will be stronger with a direct presence in Brussels.

ARTICLE 19 is therefore looking for an EU advocacy specialist who will become its voice, eyes and ears in Brussels, to fortify its network of contacts and engagement, and to scope opportunities to expand and reinforce its advocacy objectives in the EU policies. You will play a crucial role in creating, developing and implementing ARTICLE 19’s advocacy strategies related to freedom of expression and information within the EU and building its presence in Brussels.

Based on ARTICLE 19’s current priorities in the EU, you will be at the forefront of the fight for regulatory frameworks, policies and rules’ enforcement that protect freedom of expression online, tame excessive and unaccountable corporate power over free speech, and guarantee media freedom, independence and pluralism as the most effective way to ensure the resilience of democracy.

What you will be doing day-to-day:

Strategic planning and implementation of the EU advocacy objectives

  • Helping to develop, maintain and enhance ARTICLE 19’s EU strategy for maximum impact;
  • Implementing and increasingly contributing to the shaping of the EU advocacy strategy towards the relevant EU institutions and bodies, and other actors for change on key issues related to ARTICLE mandate;
  • Creating and ensuring synergies between ARTICLE 19’s advocacy at EU level and the one at member states’ level, in particular in relation to the DSA and DMA enforcement;
  • Developing advocacy briefs, letters, submissions and other communications for EU audiences and interlocutors;
  • Organising policy debates to create opportunities for dialogue and influence of legislators, policy-makers and enforcers;
  • Delivering advocacy advice, plans, materials, and results on the EU strategic priorities;
  • Contributing, as it fits, to capacity building for civil society and other relevant actors, as well as to narrative building in relevant areas. For this purpose, building and maintaining a fruitful and open dialogue with generalist and specialised media;
  • Representing ARTICLE 19 to EU institutions and other organisations and stakeholders.

Developing and maintaining ARTICLE 19 partnerships in the EU

  • Expanding and maintaining relationships with key EU institutions and strategic stakeholders, attending external meetings, collecting information and building alliances relevant to the different policy and enforcement areas;
  • Developing ARTICLE 19’s profile with relevant decision-makers and enforcers in the EU institutions and those who influence them.

Developing ARTICLE 19’s direct presence in Brussels

  • Helping with establishing ARTICLE 19’s EU presence, with support from relevant staff in the International Office and ARTICLE 19 Europe Office;
  • Exploring funding opportunities for the EU office, together with the Head of Law and Policy, Digital Markets, the ARTICLE 19 Business Development team and ARTICLE 19 Europe team. In particular, contributing to relevant concept notes, funding proposals and budgets;
  • Ensuring accurate and timely reporting and monitoring of project funds and compliance with transparency requirements regarding EU advocacy-focused projects.
What will you need to succeed in this role:


  • Knowledge and expertise in both a) international and EU frameworks regarding the right to freedom of expression, and b) competition law and policy and regulation of digital markets. Alternatively, you will be proficient in one of these areas but will be willing to build knowledge of the other one through extensive study and capacity building in a short span of time;
  • Understanding of key drivers, political dynamics and debates relating to freedom of expression in order to influence policies;
  • Excellent understanding of how the EU works, in particular the understanding of the EU legislative, decision-making, policy-making and enforcement processes, and how they link to ARTICLE 19’s core issues.

Experience and skills

  • Experience in policy and politics in the EU and demonstrable success in conducting advocacy with EU institutions;
  • Network of relationships in relevant EU institutions and bodies, in particular with key legislative and policy-makers and enforcers;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to identify tactical steps to serve the bigger picture, including experience of communicating effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing;
  • Excellent communications skills – written and verbal, including the ability to draft concise and detailed advocacy documents on a short deadline;
  • Proven experience of working effectively in partnership with other NGOs and NGO networks, including in terms of capacity and consensus building;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, including the capacity to deliver finalized, edited reports of high professional quality;
  • Capacity to work independently as well as in cooperation with ARTICLE 19 staff.


  • Work permit in Belgium. Please note that ARTICLE 19 is unfortunately not in a position to support a work visa/work permit for this role;
  • Fluency in French is highly desirable.
About ARTICLE 19 as a team:

Established in 1987, ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. ARTICLE 19’s mission is to promote and defend the universal human rights of freedom of expression and information around the world, through international advocacy, legal analysis, and regional and national projects. ARTICLE 19’s Law and Policy team is closely following a variety of EU dossiers, which have or will soon have a strong impact on the right to freedom of expression and media freedom in the EU, and also the potential to set standards at the international level. ARTICLE 19’s contribution to the debate takes the form of research, legal analysis, advocacy, consensus and narrative building.

ARTICLE 19’s Europe office (in The Netherlands) is the leading freedom of expression and information organisation in Europe and Central Asia region where it conducts research, policy development, legal support and international advocacy with human rights partners in ten countries and covers the protection of journalists across the UK, EU and candidate countries.

Line manager: Head of Law and Policy, Digital Markets (based in the International Office in London)
Key relationship: ARTICLE 19 Europe, Law and Policy team, Communications and campaigns team, Global Team Digital and other Programme leads;
Working hours: Full time
Contract: 18 months initially (subject to funding, permanent subsequently)
Special conditions: Occasional travels to International Office in London and Amsterdam required
Location: Brussels (mandatory). However, the post holder will be employed by ARTICLE 19 Europe.
Salary: Circa 55,000 € gross per annum

Application deadline: Wednesday, 4th January 2023.

To apply, please click here.

Status: Closed

  • Employment

Organisation: ARTICLE 19

Deadline: 04/01/2023

Location: Brussels, Belgium


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