Communications Officer

Reports to: Director

Type of Contract: Full-time, permanent 

Deadline for applications: TBC

Starting date:  Q4 2022/ Q1 2023


About ECL:

The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) is one of the most prominent civil society organisations active in health policy at the European level.

ECL is the umbrella organisation of cancer leagues across the WHO European region and a driving force to advance cancer prevention, access to medicines and patient empowerment, as well as to influence EU health policies. Founded in 1980, ECL is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation with a secretariat based in Brussels.

ECL currently unites, supports and represents 30 members, which are national and regional cancer societies, who together employ more than 8,000 people and over 300,000 volunteers. They spend more than €750 million every year to fight cancer and represent over 570 million citizens. ECL engages in advocacy and lobbying and participates in several EU-funded projects. We also organise educational and policy events, and capacity-building initiatives. We invite you to read our latest Membership Booklet and Annual Report, visit and follow @CancerLeagues on Twitter and Facebook.


About the position:

ECL is seeking to hire an ambitious, dynamic, and dedicated professional to join our tight-knit team in Brussels to coordinate all external and internal communications. 

The Communications Officer is a pivotal position, providing horizontal support to the ECL secretariat.

The position reports directly to the Director and works in close collaboration with all others in the team.


What will you do?



Who are we looking for?



What do we offer?

  • A friendly and flexible working environment, with the opportunity to take initiative and drive policy and advocacy work;
  • A dynamic, young and supportive multicultural team;
  • A pleasant office space in an ethical building located in the heart of Brussels;
  • Access to experts and a large diverse network of cancer leagues;
  • Opportunities to meet and work with EU institutions and leading European and global cancer organisations;
  • Experience in EU-oriented advocacy work and exposure to a broad range of cancer-related issues;
  • Learning and training opportunities;
  • Benefits package (e.g. meal vouchers, five additional extra-legal vacation days).

Terms of Employment:

  • This position is offered on a full-time basis (38 hours/week) with a permanent contract according to Belgian national legislation;
  • Salary offered will be commensurate with experience and be supplemented with extra benefits;
  • All applicants must be qualified, eligible, and able to work in Belgium without requiring a work visa. We are not able to provide financial assistance to relocate to Brussels;
  • ECL is a smoke-free workplace, compliant with Belgian regulations.

How do I apply?



Deadline for application:  TBC


Due to the high volume of applications anticipated, kindly note that we are unable to provide individual feedback and that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


We expect the successful candidate to be located in Brussels for this position to be part of the permanent staff. The position will involve a combination of teleworking and working in the office. 



Financial Officer – 50% to 100%

Applications accepted on rolling basis


Reports To:       ECL Director

Conditions:       Part- or Full-Time

Start Date:        ASAP

The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), a pan-European NGO, has a need for onsite (with some remote possibilities) financial support. 

Are you a dynamic, positive and intelligent person who thrives on working in a small team?  If so, we would love for you to join us!  You will support the ECL Secretariat and Board, and work with the ECL Treasurer, external Accountant and Auditor to ensure that we meet financial requirements.  This may also include administrative and HR legal tasks.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Prepare and monitor financial reporting and requirements for EU-funded projects;
  • Track income and expenditure on a weekly basis;
  • Issue invoices and follow up with members in a timely manner;
  • Keep track of and pay bills;
  • Manage reimbursements to staff and meeting participants;
  • Prepare quarterly reports to Treasurer;
  • Prepare budgets and other financial reports and present at Board meetings and to General Assembly;
  • Liaise closely with Board Treasurer, external Auditor and external Accountant;
  • Prepare quarterly finance reports, including budget vs actuals;
  • Liaise with bank; and
  • Other financial duties as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • ORGANISED and attention to detail;
  • Fluent in spoken and written French and English;
  • Formal education in a related field;
  • Experienced working in the European context;
  • Some experience in financial reporting, preferably for EU-funded projects;
  • Available to travel at least once a year to our General Assembly meeting in Europe;
  • Excellent PC skills;
  • Excellent prioritisation skills; and
  • Authorised to work in Belgium.

 Highly Desirable:

  • Fluency in Flemish;
  • Specialised degree or certificate in accounting and/or administration;
  • Experience with Sage BOB50.

Terms of Employment: Salary offered will commensurate with experience.  Office is in 1030 Brussels.

Starting date:  negotiable

Send an email to (no telephone calls accepted) with the subject line: Application for ECL Financial Officer:  [Your name & surname], with attachments:

  1. Cover letter no more than one A4 page on your a) motivations, b) qualifications, c) preference for % time, d) earliest availability, and e) salary requirement;
  2. Full curriculum vitae with 3 recent professional references.

Please note that applications with missing information will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No telephone calls accepted. ECL is a smoke-free workplace, compliant with Belgian regulations. 




Applications for our Youth Ambassadors programme are now closed. 

Are you a youth leader, passionate about public health and willing to make a change in cancer prevention? Email us to let us know whether you’d like to be notified about the 2023 call at ECL(at)