Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chemicals and Health Policy Officer

Recruiting Chemicals and Health Policy Officer
Brussels, Belgium

The Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) is recruiting an experienced chemicals policy officer to contribute to/lead HEAL’s policy advocacy and campaigns work on the health implications of everyday exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Our chemicals policy work is diverse and challenging. It aims to promote the uptake of environmental health science in policy to speed up the transition to a toxic-free future where chemicals do not contribute to disease and environmental degradation.  For an indication of our key chemical and pesticide topics, see HEAL’s website (
The Secretariat staff and Members of HEAL are passionate about the work we do and are committed to achieving excellent work in a collaborative manner.
Job description and application procedure
Chemicals and Health Policy Officer
What We Are Looking For
HEAL is seeking someone to join our growing chemicals and health team at the Brussels Secretariat who will help us continue our successful advocacy and campaigns and contribute to the development of further projects. We are looking for an intelligent, organised and politically-savvy individual who excels in networking, collaboration, strategic thinking, and taking the initiative when needed. We want someone with a passion for improving environmental health policy, and for mobilising public engagement to demand political change. 
Principal duties and responsibilities will involve:
  • Analysis, Research & Strategic development of  “toxic chemicals” policy work
  • Advocacy & Representation
  • Communication including  presentation of scientific evidence
  • Campaigning, Education, Outreach & Liaison
Candidate profile:
  • University degree and a minimum of 5 years’ relevant advocacy experience in public health, environmental or chemicals policy
  • Clear understanding of EU and/or national policy processes on environmental health
  • Experience of campaign and media work
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to quickly synthesize technical scientific discussions accurately for a non-scientific audience
  • Proven coordination and networking experience in EU and/or national networks
  • Fluent written and spoken English and one more EU language; others an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills, flexibility and reliability
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience in the public interest non-governmental sector desired
The full-time position is based at the HEAL Secretariat in Brussels. The first contract is for one year, with the possibility of renewal.  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
Information & Application here.
To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter and 2 samples of written work to The letter of motivation should detail why you are interested in the position, why you want to work for a public interest environmental health organization and how your skills and experience are relevant to the job.
Deadline:  Open until filled.
A first round of interviews will be held the week beginning Monday 30 January 2017.
Start date: As soon as possible.
Please do not call or send receipt-enquiry emails, faxes, or make in-person visits.  Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
HEAL is a leading European not-for-profit organization addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union. With the support of its more than 75 member organizations, which represent health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, patients, citizens, women, youth, and environmental experts, HEAL brings independent expertise and evidence from the health community to different decision-making processes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations as well as national and local groups (

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