Program Manager for Health

  • Contract
  • Belgium

Friends of Europe

We are currently looking for an experienced professional for the post of: Programme Manager for Health (full-time)

The purpose of the role is to reinforce Friends of Europe’s work on health given its increasing centrality in relation to the organisation’s strategic objectives and the enhanced focus on health within Europe and globally.  Friends of Europe (FoE) has established networks and partners in the domain of health and this role will be key to going to the next level in terms of policy and programming impact. Delivering quality activities is key to FoE’s role as an opinion-leader and partner of choice as Brussels’ go-to-think-tank.


As Health Programme Manager you will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing all health activities at Friends of Europe in coordination with the communication and events team, from the coordination of events to the development of reports and business development.
  • Keeping abreast of policy developments in the domain of health in Europe and identify opportunities to add value, innovate, and build opportunities to enhance Friends of Europe’s reputation.
  • Developing, defining, coordinating, prioritizing and delivering multiple programmes – including events, policy briefings and analyses related to the European Health agenda.
  • Ensuring effective monitoring and gathering of contents and data which can capture and communicate impact.
  • Championing this programme by involving and maintaining effective communication with peers, stakeholders and the wider business community to ensure engagement, support and delivery of programme outcomes – including by consistently working horizontally within the organisation to identify commonalities and opportunities for cross-working.  Ensuring that all activities undertaken within the framework of this programme are designed with the aim of tackling inequalities and promoting gender equality and inclusion.
  • Gaining a good understanding of any given topic/issue related to the current European Commission work programme and its strategic plans as well as to its ecosystem of stakeholders.
  • Performing any responsibilities and tasks commensurate with this position as required by the organization.
  • Supporting the outreach and engagement dimension of all health-related projects and supporting overall partnership development.
  • Event programme management including identification and invitations to speakers and participants, list of categories, scenario/running order, briefing speakers and rapporteur, follow up (report of the event & follow up with speakers and participants).
  • Effective liaison with key partners and relationship management including identifying and supporting business development opportunities.


Education, experience & knowledge

  • Relevant university degree in relation to international and European studies with added value considered for knowledge and expertise in health issues.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in policy analysis, including in project management, ideally in complex projects with a multitude of stakeholders.
  • A good understanding of the political environment on health related issues in Europe today and of EU institutions.
  • An interest in working for a think-tank and commitment to the work of the non-profit and civil society sector.
  • Research experience combined with good analytical skills.

Behavioural competencies & skills

  • Excellent team worker
  • Good interpersonal skills to work in a small, multi-cultural team
  • A highly-motivated, creative and enthusiastic personality
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and good working level of French
  • Excellent organisational and writing skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office


This position is only open to nationals of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland, and to non-EU nationals in possession of a valid work permit.

Candidates must be legally and permanently allowed to work in Belgium (no assistance provided to obtain a visa or work permit).

The job can be a full time or part-time (80%) one.


The position is to be contracted by December 2021 and will be based in Brussels.

To apply, please send us your CV and a cover letter – each no more than 1 page – indicating the position and your surname in the subject line, to [email protected]

Please use the following subject line: “YOUR NAME SURNAME – Health Manager” Closing date for applications is 12 November, 2021 (midnight CEST).


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