European Environmental Bureau
The EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL BUREAU, a federation of 140 environmental citizens’ organisations, based in Brussels, has a vacancy for a POLICY OFFICER for a FULL-TIME position working on biodiversity, water and soil protection.
The policy officer will work under the responsibility of the Director of the EU-Policy Unit. He/she will work mainly in the following areas:
- Water: implementation of the Water Framework Directive and following related legislative proposals;
- Biodiversity: Implementation of the Habitat and Birds Directive and the Natura 2000 network and following relevant legislative proposals in the area of biodiversity;
- Soil: Monitor developments around the Soil Framework Directive.
The successful candidate will:
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the relevant topics and carrying out specific in-depth research where required;
- Lead the formulation of EEB policy and strategy with respect to the relevant topics and drafting EEB positions;
- Network with EEB members to promote activities to influence EU decision-making in the relevant fields, in particular coordinating the EEB Working Groups on biodiversity, water and soil;
- Liaise with key players from the EU institutions and other stakeholders to gather information and influence positions;
- Collaborate coordinate and exchange information with actual and potential partners (e.g. Green 10, European Habitats Forum);
- Publicly present and defend the EEB’s positions, including with the media, in collaboration with the Policy Director and the Press and Publications Officer;
- Provide input to general EEB documents and processes (e.g. memoranda to Presidencies, reports to EEB Board, relevant web pages, etc).
Qualities and Experiences sought:
- Have a relevant academic degree (additional work experience may be accepted in lieu of this);
- Have at least two years of work experience with EU environmental policy, preferably but not necessarily with NGOs, including analysis and formulation of policy;
- Have in-depth familiarity with biodiversity and ecosystems and the policies required to safeguard these;
- Be capable of understanding and presenting, in written and oral form, the key scientific, economic and legal dimensions of the relevant topics;
- Have a sound grasp of the operation of EU institutions and EU environmental law;
- Have excellent communications and networking skills;
- Speak and write English fluently, with fluency in other EU languages being considered an asset;
- Be well organized and able to work independently and as part of a team;
- Be prepared to work outside normal office hours if necessary and to travel at short notice.
- a gross monthly salary of 3,209 EUR plus benefits (holiday bonus, 13th month, pension scheme, luncheon vouchers);
- a dynamic working environment.
Starting Date: November 2012
Please send in your application together with your C.V. and answers to the accompanying questions
for the attention of Isabel de Jesus, EEB Finance and Personnel Manager,
by 22 August 2012.
Interviews will be held in on 6-7 September.
Due to limited staff resources and numbers of CVs received,
ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW WILL RECEIVE A REPLY.
European Environmental Bureau
Boulevard de Waterloo, 34, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 289 10 90; Fax: +32 (0)2 289 10 99
Application form questions
In your own words, please provide brief responses to the following two questions. You should not exceed 2 sides of A4 in responding to all the questions.
The purpose of these questions is to help gauge the candidates knowledge of the policy issues and to get a sense of a candidate's communications skills.
1) How do you think that the EEB can best contribute to ensuring the N2000 network will be effectively protected and financed?
2) The Water Framework Directive defines what ‘good status’ of water means and commits member states to meet this status by 2015. Do you think that the impacts of climate change are an argument to lower the ambitions of the WFD or actually make it more important to do this?