Social Progress Imperative Regional Representative Europe (Brussels)


Position Title: Regional Representative Europe
Department/Function: Partner Network
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Type: Contractor (6 months with potential extension for further 6 months)


A three-year collaboration process led by the European Commission, promoted by Orkestra, Deloitte and the Social Progress Imperative was agreed in October 2014 to produce a Social Progress Index for 272 regions in 28 European Union countries. This EU regional Social Progress Index will inform the next Cohesion Report in 2017 and the development of a network of European Regions sharing knowledge on social progress drivers and expertise on socially innovative policies. To fulfill this collaboration agreement, the Social Progress Imperative is seeking to engage a Regional Representative for Europe based in Brussels.


Under the direct supervision of the Global Network Director, the European Regional Representative will lead the dissemination process of the Beta version of the Social Progress Index for the 272 regions of the EU-28. The European Regional Representative will act as main liaison between the Social Progress Imperative’s team based in DC, the Directorate General for Regional Development of the European Commission and Deloitte representatives in Brussels. The European Regional Representative will establish the foundations of a European network of partner organizations and individuals using the Social Progress Index as an advocacy tool.


Cultivate and manage high-level relationships, especially from the European Institutions and from regional and national Governments.

Collect and synthesize feedback on the Beta version of the EU Regional SPI from key stakeholders from different sectors. Propose feasible responses to that feedback to increase stakeholder engagement and uptake of the Social Progress Index.

Engage thought leaders and decision-makers of all sectors to use the EU Regional SPI data for the purposes of analysis, policy and strategy.

Coordinate with the Directorate-General of Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission the formal launch event of the Alpha version of the EU Regional SPI tentatively scheduled for October 2016.

Build a consortium of European organizations in charge of leading the long-term deployment process of the Social Progress Index in Europe.

Act as intermediary between Communications team in Washington, DC and stakeholders in Europe, and/or in a consultative role, to align messaging and support execution of communications efforts to promote both the European and the global effort

2101 L St NW Suite 800 Washington, DC 20037


Master's degree in Economics, Political Science, International Studies, Public Policy or other relevant field.

10 years of relevant paid full-time advocacy experience working with the European institutions.

Outstanding presentation and communications skills with fluency in English.

Demonstrated ability to manage and cultivate high-level partnerships and demonstrated expertise with representation duties.

Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives with strong ability to anticipate challenges and generate solutions.

Willingness to work in a startup environment in which roles, priorities, and plans are still evolving.

Eligibility to work in the European Union.

The most competitive candidates will have the following qualifications:

Other languages, particularly French, will be considered an asset.

Established networks in the European Union.

In depth knowledge of the mechanisms of the European Institutions, especially as regards regional policy making.

Dynamic and results-oriented problem solver, with excellent common sense, judgment, and decision-making abilities.

Expertise using data for advocacy purposes. HOW TO APPLY

To apply, send a cover letter detailing salary requirements along with a resume, and writing samples in English as attachments or link, to before midnight Eastern on Sunday January 17th, 2016. Outstanding candidates will be interviewed in February 2016. Selected candidate will begin in Brussels no later than March 1, 2016.

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