Policy Shapers [Policy Area Expert] (m/f/d) 

Job Purpose:

Lead the development of policy for the European Electoral Program on a range of issues and sectors specific to a policy subject in a collaborative and participatory fashion. 

Electoral Program Process | Topic Priorities

Main Responsibilities:

  1. Create and manage the Team
  2. Lead the production of the Research, and Policy papers, and Candidate briefs
  3. Engage proactively with stakeholders outside of Volt to create, foster, and draw insights from sympathetic organisations (i.e. universities, think tanks, etc.) and individuals (philantropers, academic experts, professional experts, etc.)
  4. Engage with Volt members through the participation to inclusive events, topic discussions, and overall engage in a positive and constructive communication
  5. Report progress to the Policy Shapers co-Leads and contribute to the regular weekly calls of their own team


  • commitment and passion for developing and delivering policy to improve the lives and experiences of citizens or for advancing a particular cause
  • expert knowledge and/or experience in the relevant policy area(s) or topic(s) 
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, to absorb complex information and present it to different audiences in a clear and accessible way
  • interpersonal and leadership skills, to work and build relationships with a range of people holding different views
  • the ability to understand diverse perspectives and to be able to influence and negotiate successfully
  • effective research and analysis skills (including quantitative and qualitative), needed to build an evidence base from which you will work
  • effective policy writing skills (including on EU legislation)
  • a flexible and adaptable approach, in order to respond to shifting priorities and a rapidly evolving external environment 
  • Supervise, train or guide team members, including remotely, towards achieving concrete results and deliverables in a specific timeline
  • available and willing to commit to 10 hours a week in a flexible working environment

We value and encourage diversity and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age and sexual ideology, age, sexual orientation and identity.

How to apply

Please send an email to the policy leads, Claudio Lanza and Inês Bravo Figueiredo, policy@volteuropa.org presenting yourself as a candidate together with a CV that should show clearly your skills, professional experience and academic background. 

Additionally, you should include a brief motivation letter that describes why you are interested in joining the European Policy Team and why you believe you are a suitable candidate for this position.

If shortlisted, you will be contacted to have two interviews with the Editorial Review Lead and the European Policy Leads.

In case of any questions please feel free to reach out to us at policy@volteuropa.org