OBESSU has a European secretariat in the European District in Brussels, Belgium in a nice building called Mundo J, where we are housed together with several other organisations active in the youth sector. Examples of other organisations are the European Students’ Union (ESU), the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) and our Belgian Member Organisation Vlaamse Scholierenkoepel (VSK).
The Secretariat is the co-ordination and information centre of the organisation. From the OBESSU Secretariat a big part of the preparatory work of the different projects is done as well as OBESSUs continuous lobbying work towards the European institutions. The work of Secretariat is lead by the Secretary General. Apart from the Secretary General there are a Projectand Policy Officer, a Communication and Membership Officer, a Programme Coordinator and an External Financial Manager, working at the OBESSU Secretariat.
As a Secretary General she is the link between the Board and the Secretariat. She coordinates the work of the Secretariat and supports the Board, as well as the Working Groups and other OBESSU structures. Her tasks also include strategic and financial management of the organisation and overall coordination of daily OBESSU functioning.
As Project and Policy Officer, he is in charge of the conceptualisation, planning, implementation, follow-up and reporting of the different projects included in the OBESSU Work Plan. He is also in charge of monitoring European and global policy developments in the field of education, training and youth, supporting the OBESSU Board in their policy work - especially through policy briefings, policy papers, and statements.
As the OBESSUs Project Assistant, he works closely with the Project and Policy Officers and supports them in their various projects and needs, providing a helping hand. His tasks include: international project design, project management and policy work.
As the Communication Officer, she facilitates the internal and external communication of the platform. She is in charge of the website, social media accounts, news and everything that has to do with graphic design (logos, promotional material, publications, videos, etc). As the Membership Officer, she supports the Board and she is in charge of all the technicalities related to the network and its members.
As the Programme coordinator he will be in charge of the implementation of "Seeds for Integration" programme within which OBESSU supports initiatives of school students' councils dealing with educational inclusion of school students with refugee and migrant background. Some of his tasks include: communication with school students, member organisations and donor, coordinating the work of selection committee, monitoring and evaluation of selected initiatives.
With his long experience in the sector, he is in charge of managing OBESSU's financial accounting, producing accurate financial reports and keeping abreast of changes in financial regulations and legislation. He also advise the Board and the Secretary General on OBESSU's events from a financial point of view.