Policy Officer - Future Policy Award: Combating Desertification

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Hours: 40 hours per week
Salary: Between 32.000€-35.000€ p.a., depending on work experience
Duration: January to July 2017 (with possible prolongation, depending on funding)

The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and the business world. Together they form a voice for the rights of future generations. The World Future Council (WFC) seeks to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren.
The Future Policy Award celebrates policies that create better living conditions for current and future generations. The aim of the award is to raise global awareness for these exemplary policies and speed up policy action towards just, sustainable and peaceful societies. The Future Policy Award is the first award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level. Every year a different policy is selected. The Future Policy Award 2017 will focus on the topic of best policies to combat desertification. The Award will raise awareness about the acute threat of desertification which threatens our natural environment and our common future. The award will be celebrated at the upcoming UN Conference of the Parties to Combat Desertification in autumn 2017.

The policy officer will play a key role in coordinating the research for nominated policies, the international jury, producing an evaluation report as well as communication tools.

  • Research best policies from around the world in the field of combating desertification and achieving land degradation neutrality and coordinating an evaluation report in cooperation with research consultants
  • Event management: Coordinate the set up and preparation of the international jury meeting
  • Develop communication tools (website, articles for newsletter, media releases, social media etc.) in collaboration with the Media and Communications Manager
  • Fundraising: Assist in securing long-term funding for activities related to land degradation neutrality
  • Support the project management
  • Support monitoring and assessing progress, evaluate outcomes and provide progress reports
  • Reporting to the Director

  • Experience in research, advocacy, networking and event management
  • Advanced knowledge of policies, debates, relevant bodies and player
  • Experience with international networking and cooperation in a multicultural setting
  • Fundraising skills an asset

  • Academic degree in a related field (law, political science, etc.)
  • Knowledge of desertification, land degradation neutrality and international affairs
  • Excellent English communications skills, additional languages are an asset (especially French)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an international team and in a multicultural environment
  • Very good IT literacy in MS Office
  • Good organizational skills
  • Capability of working independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Be reliable and capable of paying close attention to detail
  • An EU work permit is required

In order to apply, please send a motivation letter, your CV and a work sample to Josephin Ollesch,Josephin.ollesch@worldfuturecouncil.org.
Please notice that only candidates who will be invited for an interview will be informed.