CEV – Centre for European Volunteering

CEV - Centre for European Volunteering

CEV - European Volunteer Centre

Capacity Building and Outreach Officer

CEV – Centre for European Volunteering

Brussels, Belgium

The Centre for European Volunteering (CEV) (until 1 July 2020 known as the European Volunteer Centre), established in 1992, is the European network of over 60 organisations dedicated to the promotion of, and support to, volunteers and volunteering in Europe at European, national or regional level.

Through our network we aim to be the leading voice in the values-based volunteering debate in Europe, influencing and sharing the current trends & challenges and those predicted for the future, developing and providing policy advice and expertise for European Policymakers so that volunteering policies and programmes developed at European level are effective and fit for purpose. Network members are also supported to further their own objectives at national/regional & European level by the protection and support for a free and enabling civil society space, advocating for suitable European funding support, and by developing supportive policy statements at the European level on pertinent volunteering issues. In this way, reaching out to the many thousands of volunteers and volunteer organisations in Europe as a source of support in bringing the European dimension to their work.

The position

The Capacity Building and Outreach Officer will work to support the Director with specific expertise in gender and non-discrimination issues towards the development of new capacity building tools and training events. Ensuring the correct balance of representation in CEV events to reflect the diversity in Europe will be a crucial component of this role.


Overall coordination of the capacity building and outreach activities linked to the Citizens European Rights and Values programme Framework Partnership Agreement, namely:

  • Developing training resources for inclusive volunteering; participatory budgeting, and volunteering approaches to support victims of domestic violence and its prevention;
  • Support the implementation of the European Volunteering Capital competition, ensuring that it builds local capacity for greater inclusivity and represents best practice in this field;
  • Coordinate the development of the European Volunteering Ambassadors’ programme;
  • Support a new MEPs “job shadowing” programme in the volunteering sector as part of the EP Elections 2024 campaign.


  • A proven track record of successfully managing and delivering a variety of events including capacity building events;
  • Experience of development of the design and implementation of training courses and training materials using non-formal methodologies;
  • Knowledge and experience of gender and non-discrimantion issues;
  • Previous experience in a cross-field and cross-sector environment is an asset;
  • Previous experience in the volunteering sector is an asset;
  • Previous experience of civil society networks and membership-based organisations is an asset;
  • Knowledge of EU institutions is an asset;
  • Creative mind and out-of-the-box ideas to bring in new actors and partners to engage with CEV and to support and promote volunteering in Europe;
  • Experience in communicating and working with stakeholders at all levels is required;
  • Proactive, critical, flexible and solution oriented;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team on a common project;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage challenging and variable workloads and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrate excellent time management and organisational skills in stressful situations;
  • Languages: Strong oral and written English is required, other languages are an asset.

Personal skills

  • An effective communicator who enjoys working in a team;
  • Ability to set personal objectives, be proactive and think strategically;
  • Good organisational skills and capacity to multitask;
  • High capacity to work independently within a small team and strong time-management skills;
  • Ability to meet change head-on, think creatively and develop innovative solutions;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and manage a challenging workload;
  • Computer literacy, with good working knowledge of word processing, email and online applications;
  • Strong organisational and communication skills.


We offer a permanent, full time (37.5 hours per week) contract with a competitive gross monthly salary. Hospitalisation insurance, meal vouchers, mobile phone, public transport in Brussels and other benefits are offered.

Candidates to this position should be willing to travel and work flexible hours including if required occasional weekends.

Candidates have to have the right to work in Belgium and should be resident and living in Belgium.


To submit your application for this vacancy, please email [email protected] with “Capacity Building and Outreach Officer” in the email subject line your Europass CV and a cover letter. The final deadline for applications is Wednesday 5 January 12 noon but applications will be addressed on arrival and interviews scheduled as soon as possible.

Interviews for this vacancy will be held in December & January 2021 and the successful candidate will be expected to start as soon as possible in 2022.

Due to the high number of expected applications, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted. All candidates are kindly requested to refrain from any phone inquiries.

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