New EHN Job Opportunity: Policy Advisor Patients and Research

October 18th 2022

The European Heart Network (EHN) is recruiting a Policy Advisor Patients and Research.

EHN is a Brussels-based alliance of foundations and associations dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, supporting patients and representing patient interests and funding research throughout Europe.

Cardiovascular disease is a group of disorders, all related to the heart and circulatory (vascular) system, including stroke. Though 70% of all CVDs are preventable, it continues to be the leading cause of death in Europe and globally. It presents a major societal challenge with over 60 million people in the EU living with CVD, generating an annual cost estimated at 210 billion EUR. In order to lift the social and economic burden of CVD in Europe, political leadership and a dedicated European Plan for Cardiovascular Health are needed.
EHN’s ambition is to create an environment in which the healthier choice becomes the default choice, which offers the best possible medical support and care for patients while promoting cardiovascular health for all Europeans.

Our strengths lie in advocacy, awareness raising, networking and capacity building. Our core values of independence, collaboration and inclusiveness are what underpin our success.

We are looking for a suitable candidate for the following profile: Policy Advisor Patients and Research

Role description
In this role, you will be supporting the EHN’s patients and research-funding member organisations and helping them build their capacity. To that end you will be responsible for preparing meetings/seminars. You will be representing EHN in the European Medicines Authority’ (EMA) Patients' and Consumers' Working Party and liaising with EHN’s wider stakeholders.

Specific tasks include:

  • Liaise with EHN patients’ group and ensure active interaction between them through meetings/seminars/ as well as other means of exchanging information
    establish priority issues on which to develop EHN papers/positions and bring together the evidence base/identify research gaps;
  • Draft EHN papers/positions guided by EHN members and internal/external researchers;
  • Follow developments at EU level in terms of initiatives, legislative proposals etc. with an impact on or relevance to heart and stroke patients and research and organise EHN responses/statements;
  • Coordinate EHN responses to EU legislative proposals with an impact on or relevance to patients and research;
  • Liaise with EHN’s research-funding members and ensure interaction between them inter-alia through the EHN Research Platform;
  • Analyse and respond to requests for partnership in research projects.


  • University degree or education/training relevant for the job
  • At least 2 years of professional experience
  • Patient and persistent
  • Highly developed team spirit
  • Good communicator and sense of diplomacy
  • Flexible and able to multi-task
  • Experience within an international and multicultural environment is advantageous
  • Languages: English (mother tongue or equivalent); French useful; more European languages an asset
  • Need to know the EU policy-making procedures and structure of the institutions, the role of NGOs and lobbying organisations “How Brussels Works”

We offer you a challenging position in a European and professional organisation, with Brussels as its operating base.

  • Permanent position, full time
  • Workplace: Brussels/Teleworking depending on the respective health/employment regulation applicable
  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Starting date: as soon as possible

Application process
To apply, please send a letter of motivation and your CV to the attention of Maria Cummins at

Application deadline: 14 November 2022
We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.