Call for the next Secretary General of JEF Europe for the mandate of 2024-2026

Deadline: 18 February 2024, 23:59 CET

JEF Europe is an independent, transnational, political youth organisation with over 10 000  members in more than 35 national sections. The goal of JEF is the creation of a democratic European federation as a crucial ingredient for peace, a guarantee for a more free, just and democratic society and a first step towards a world federation. More information can be found here.

As appointed officer and legal representative, the Secretary General works full-time for the organisation at the European Secretariat in Brussels and is responsible, under the oversight of the Executive Board, for:

  • Human resources and team management of the European Secretariat (8-10 people)
  • Fundraising, partnership development and communication with a diverse range of donors
  • Project writing, planning, implementation and reporting
  • External representation (European Institutions, NGOs, etc.);
  • External communication and support to the member sections;
  • Organisation of statutory meetings;
  • Financial management of the organisation (together with the Treasurer).

The Secretary General should have:

  • a thorough understanding of and interest in European politics and affairs;
  • extensive experience in NGO work, ideally on a European level and/or in JEF;
  • extensive experience in project management, especially in projects on the European level;
  • experience with institutional fundraising, especially with EU institutions and the Council of Europe;
  • experience with and/or motivation to work on diversification of funding;
  • excellent language skills; fluency in English is a precondition, any other European languages and especially French and/or Dutch is considered a strong asset;
  • excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • experience with financial management and bookkeeping;
  • excellent knowledge of MS/OpenOffice and online communications (collaborative tools, social media);
  • experience with human resources management and team management as well as leadership skills;
  • self-motivation and ability to work independently;
  • ability to manage different competing priorities and responsibilities;
  • ability to work with, engage with and create synergies with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • ability to work with and reporting to a young, democratic and volunteer-led Board, and to collaborate with a Europe-wide network of young volunteers;
  • the willingness to undertake frequent travels;
  • the sensibility to work in a multilingual and multicultural environment
  • strong commitment to non-discrimination and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.

The applicant should show flexibility (working 8+ weekends/year and work in the evenings outside of office hours as necessary), initiative, personal commitment and motivation to support the activities promoted by the organisation. JEF Europe offers an interesting position in an international environment and a high degree of independence in day-to-day work. JEF Europe will issue a work contract under Belgian law, limited for 2 years, including a trial period of 4 months, starting in June 2024 (exact date to be defined based on the availability of the candidate).

Salary conditions: 3000 EUR gross, Food vouchers, travel support 50 EUR, reimbursed expenses 188 EUR. This translates to approximately 2370 EUR net salary per month plus between 140-165 EUR meal vouchers depending on the amount of days worked in a month. Moreover, the package includes private health insurance, travel per diems, 13th salary and bonus for summer holidays. 

Application procedure:

The application procedure will consist of 3 rounds.

In the first round, the applicant is requested to send their CV and motivation letter (in pdf) until the 18th February, 23:59 CET. In addition, recommendation letters are welcome.

Based upon these documents, short-listed candidates will be notified on the 19th February and requested to share a project and a budget proposal in the second round, until the 24th February

In the third round, candidates will be notified by the 25th February and invited by the Executive Board for an interview taking place in Brussels on the 1 March.

The final approval of the successful candidate in the interview stage will be taken by the Federal Committee (FC) of JEF Europe (the Secretary General is appointed by the FC upon recommendation of the Executive Board according to the Statutes), at its meeting that will take place in Tartu, Estonia on the 13-14 April 2022.

Deadline for applications: 18th February 2024 – 23:59 (CET Brussels time)

Please send your application in English by e-mail addressing both the President, Christelle Savall ( and the current Secretary General, Judit Lantai ( of JEF Europe. In the title, indicate “Application for Secretary General of JEF Europe”.

Any questions should be addressed to the current Secretary-General – Judit Lantai – at