Search for Common Ground European Affairs Assoc

European Affairs And Partnerships Associate
Based in Brussels, Belgium

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization which promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and in Brussels, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Search seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities.

For over three decades, Search has been a leader in implementing innovative conflict transformation programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and in documenting its experiences and evidence for the broader field. With approximately 700 Staff, and offices in 60 cities and in 49 countries around the world, we are a global organization which draws on local insight and in-depth knowledge. Nearly 90% of our Staff work in their home countries, and many more work in their home regions. Search’s programs are organized into both geographic regional programs and technical units focused on thematic issues (Media, Youth, Research & Learning, etc.).

The organization is an exciting and rewarding place in which to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic Staff, who are committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated team with a good team spirit.

Search in Brussels

Search for Common Ground’s Brussels headquarters is a highly effective presence for the organization in the heart of the European Union (EU), the primary purpose of which is to help advance Search’s organizational priorities by engaging with, influencing, and fundraising from, the EU and European bilateral governments, which compose Search’s largest funding base.

Global Affairs and Partnerships (GAP)

Search’s Global Affairs and Partnerships team, of which our European Affairs and Partnerships (EAP) team is a part, is a dynamic team, combining our field-based expertise with policy and fundraising expertise. Our EAP’s core purpose is to raise and develop Search as a thought-leader in Europe and drive transformational change in the peacebuilding sector, driving more resources towards our field in general, and Search in particular.


Support on fundraising/donor relations with European bilateral donors:
Coordinate Global Calls from European bilateral donors and writing proposals when required;
Be the focal point for the UK CSSF: daily monitoring of opportunities, disseminating opportunities to country teams, lead partnership meetings and calls, attend Supplier events when appropriate;
Support Country teams on technical requests for European bilateral donors;
Oversee and disseminate European funding opportunities from bilateral donors;
Research donor intel for bilateral donors;
Support EVP on bilateral donor relations, through meeting briefs, donor background and funding intel;
Build and develop partnerships with NGOs, contractors for funding collaboration;
Contribute content to the Global Fundraising page, on European bilateral donor information;
Organize donor meetings for international staff for European capitals;
Participate in the Fundraising Forum;
Represent Search at relevant events; and
Participate in BOND calls and meetings for donor and policy intel.

Other tasks:
Conduct daily cash collections, liaising with Country teams to get cash in from donors;
Support the EAP Manager for event organization in Brussels;
Support the EAP Manager on policy and advocacy, participating in BOND, reviewing internal thematic capacity statements and supporting email blasts for advocacy;
Manage the Brussels Support Page, coordinating administrative documentation with the Administrative Associate;
Participate in the Communicating for Results working group;

Supervise the European Affairs & Partnerships Intern for the following tasks:
Provide donor intel and background research on the EU and key European bilateral donors;
Regularly update EU and European Bilateral information/contacts on the organization’s internal system;
Initiate and update the European foundation database to support our field staff’s fundraising efforts; and
Participate in and contribute to regular team meetings with our Global Affairs and Partnerships team based in Washington, DC.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Conflict Studies, Development, or related area – Master’s Degree preferred, but not required;
Two (2) years of work experience in the international development or conflict resolution field;
Written and spoken fluency in English;
Experience writing successful proposals;
Proficiency in second language (French preferred); and
Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, SharePoint, etc.)

The ideal candidate will further exhibit:
A self-starting, enthusiastic, and professional approach to the organization and the position;
Superior writing, editing, and communication skills;
Excellent attention to detail;
Ability to manage multiple tasks and tight deadlines;
Experience liaising with donors and responding to calls for proposals;
NGO, fundraising, and international experience; and
Demonstrable interest in and knowledge of the conflict resolution field.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume through our application system at No phone calls please. Please visit our website for full details of our work. This position will remain open until filled.

No phone calls please.

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