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EPHA is recruiting a Policy Coordinator for Health Inequalities, including Roma health / ethnic discrimination (full time).

EPHA is seeking a highly motivated and proactive individual to lead EPHA’s advocacy and policy work on Health Inequalities. This includes the coordination of relevant Roma health related EPHA projects that may include, but are not limited to, managing fellowships and a Roma Health Network, as well as liaising with EPHA member organisations and external partners around broader issues pertaining to health inequalities and the determinants of health.

The position requires strong organisational skills to deliver international projects, advanced research skills and excellent verbal and written communication abilities, including a developed sense of diplomacy, to liaise with policy stakeholders and health advocates at all levels and across Europe.

We offer the chance to join a growing international network of organisations campaigning for improving population health in Europe by reducing health inequalities and to help shape policies with huge implications for public health in Europe and beyond.

The successful candidate will have a solid track record in the management of international, especially EU funded, projects. EPHA actively welcomes applications from members of the Roma community.

About EPHA

EPHA is a change agent – Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health. We are a dynamic member-led organisation, made up of 90 public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals and disease groups.

EPHA’s vision

Our vision is of a Europe with universal good health and well-being, where all have access to a sustainable and high quality health system: A Europe whose policies and practices contribute to health, both within and beyond its borders.

About the role

The Policy Coordinator will ensure that EPHA’s actions on Health Inequalities, including Roma health, ethnic discrimination and Early Childhood Development (ECD), grow to their full potential in partnership with our members. This will include the efficient implementation of projects in collaboration with funders and partners. In particular, the incumbent will be in charge of managing Roma health related projects, which may include coordinating the advocacy actions of current and former fellows as well as the further development of a Roma Health Network composed of EU, national and local level advocates and researchers He/she will ensure timely implementation of decisions and coordination of actions, and deliver capacity-building activities for the benefit of pro-Roma civil society. He/she will lead all relevant organisational and administrative tasks, ensure effective planning and assume policy and advocacy responsibilities to complement the fellows’ activities.

We anticipate this role to be developing in line with EPHA’s actions on Health Inequalities and Roma Health / ECD, with the post-holder shaping future priorities and responsibilities, particularly in relation to Working Group meetings and other internal decision-making processes.

This will be a full-time role, initially under a one-year contract (renewable). Overarching direction and role objectives will come from EPHA’s Secretary General and Deputy Director.

The role will involve:

  • Responsibility for the successful delivery of EPHA projects in the field of Health Inequalities, especially Roma health / ethnic discrimination and ECD.
  • Leading project management, implementation and administration of projects.
  • Identifying opportunities and supporting tenders for new projects, including EU funded projects;
  • Liaison with project partners, monitoring against project and workplan objectives, budget management, timely and accurate reporting to funding bodies;
  • Organisation and facilitation of meetings and events;
  • Drafting, editing and contributing to project communications;
  • Working closely with EPHA’s member groups and NGO, academic, industry and government contacts and working in coalition, including participating in studies, report launches, etc.
  • Providing support for Roma health fellows’ activities, as required.

Eligibility – the successful candidate MUST meet all of the following criteria:

  • Strong, demonstrable commitment to the EPHA’s vision, especially on health inequalities;
  • A minimum of three years’ relevant professional experience, e.g. project management, especially of EU-funded projects, including budget responsibility;
  • Excellent organisational skills, meeting strict deadlines, attention to detail and coordination with international project partners;
  • Experience of event organisation and management;
  • Fluent English, excellent communication, presentation and writing skills;
  • Tact and diplomacy;
  • Independent self-starter with strong interpersonal and team-working skills;
  • Enthusiastic about, and respectful of, working within a diverse community;
  • Willingness to travel.


  • Roma origin
  • Fluency in a central/eastern European / Balkan language
  • Experience of drafting and editing public-facing communications materials, website management;
  • Academic qualifications in public health or public policy.


Full time salary, plus competitive benefits package (according to Belgian standards).


This is a full-time role, 37 hours per week, with a one year rolling contract. Extension for another year would depend on work performance. Extension after 2 years will depend on available funding.

Application deadline:

Friday, 10 May 2019, COB

How to apply?

Please submit applications to, (1 page maximum cover letter and a 2 pages maximum CV without a picture) with Subject: HEALTH INEQUALITIES COORDINATOR.

In the motivation letter, candidates are expected to explain how their relevant experience meet the criteria listed under the ‘Eligibility’ section by giving a concrete example of the candidate’s most successful project management delivery.

Applications not respecting the above requirements will be disregarded. Due to the high number of expected applications, we regret we can only contact those candidates shortlisted for interview.

Due to the high number of expected applications, we regret we can only contact candidates shortlisted for interviews.

Interviews are scheduled to be held in the second half of May. The successful candidate will be expected to start in June 2019.

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