Senior Policy Officer for Climate

EEB - European Environmental Bureau

Senior Policy Officer for Climate

EEB - European Environmental Bureau

Brussels, Belgium

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens’ groups with 150 member organisations in more than 30 countries. We focus on influencing EU policymaking, implementation and assessment of its EU policies.

The successful candidate will have experience in policy making, excellent knowledge of climate and energy policies and economic instruments, and a vision how to harness the powers of citizens’ voices, turning economic instruments into effective rulemaking to tackle climate change and accelerate the transformation to a circular and carbon neutral economy. Experience in team and people management would also be important.

She/He will work on the nexus of climate and energy policies with economic and financial frameworks. With a focus on European policy, emphasis will be on the implementation of the existing 2030 climate and energy framework (National Energy and Climate plans, EU Long-Term Strategy, sectoral legislation) and getting the right economic instruments (EU budget as set in the MFF, carbon taxes, prices, subsidy reform, EU-ETS, and fiscal reform instruments).

The successful candidate would be expected to take on important management roles, both for thematic policy areas and, if the candidate has due experience, management of the climate cluster at the EEB.

The work consists of:

  • Working to promote progressive climate and energy policies and their implementation;
  • Managing the climate cluster at the EEB;
  • Coordinating the EEB’s climate and energy working groups and provide input and support as necessary to the Green Budget working group;
  • Working independently to deliver the objectives and actively communicate and coordinate with the relevant units within the EEB and relevant external experts;
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the relevant topics, carry out specific in-depth research and briefings where required;
  • Contributing to relevant internal and external (e.g. European Commission) working groups and develop related EEB positions and advocacy materials in collaboration with EEB members and partners;
  • Contributing to advocacy activities towards policymakers on legislative matters, notably to the European Commission, European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and Member States;
  • Building ad hoc coalitions to support the advocacy and communication efforts;
  • Working with the EEB membership and help organising working groups;
  • Public presentation and defense of EEB’s positions, including with the media;
  • Providing input to general EEB documents and processes (e.g. memoranda to Presidencies, reports to EEB Board, relevant web pages, articles in EEB publications).

Qualities and experiences required for post:

  • Have a relevant academic degree (additional work experience may be accepted in lieu of this);
  • Have at least five-ten-years of work experience with EU/National climate and/or energy and/or environmental policy, including analysis and formulation of policy;
  • Have a good understanding of economic and financial instruments for the environment;
  • Have a sound grasp of the operation of EU institutions and EU environmental law and a good understanding of key elements of EU environmental legislative processes;
  • Be capable of understanding and presenting, in written and oral form, key scientific, economic and legal dimensions of a topic;
  • Have good communications and networking skills, feel confident to take the floor at public events;
  • Be able to speak and write English fluently, with fluency in other EU languages being considered an asset;
  • Have proven people and project management experience;
  • Be well organised and a team player, while able to work independently.

The EEB offers:

  • The gross monthly salary is 3300€ plus benefits (holiday bonus, 13th month, pension scheme, luncheon vouchers);
  • The recruitment is for a permanent position.

The Senior Policy Officer will be based in the EEB headquarters in Brussels and will work as part of the EEB Climate and Energy team of three people. The Climate and Energy team is part of EEB’s EU Policy unit, led by the EU Policy Director and in close cooperation with other EEB Officers (communications, membership, global policies).

Application process:

Please email your application in English to including a CV, a letter of motivation and your response to the annexed questionnaire.

Please clearly mark: “Senior Policy Officer for Climate” in the subject of your application.

Only applications that include these three components will be considered. Due to limited staff resources and numbers of CVs anticipated, only candidates selected for interviews will receive a reply.

Place: EEB office in Brussels
Deadline for Application: 22 September 2019
Interviews first round: From late Sept to early October 2019
Proposed starting date: As soon as possible after the interviews, no later than December 2019

The EEB is an equal-opportunities employer.

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Annex to the job offer - Questionnaire to be sent with application

Question 1: Following the IPCC special report on 1.5 degrees, civil society and citizens call for immediate action and a legal tool to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 in Europe. Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has promised a climate law for early 2020. This law will need to cover all sectors. What are in your view the most difficult economic activities to decarbonise, why, and how should they be addressed in a climate law? (max 10 lines).

Question 2: How can the EU budget drive the Green European Deal and its decarbonisation ambition (max 10 lines).

Question 3: How do you think carbon taxes should be used to catalyse climate action in Europe, and who do you think should be responsible to make it happen and how? Please discuss strengths/weaknesses/opportunities and barriers to your proposed approach. (max 10 lines plus SWOT-table).

Question 4: Suggest a title and eventual sub-title for a media action challenging the lack of implementation of the current 2020 energy and climate targets in Member States.

European Environmental Bureau
Rue des Deux Eglises, 14-16, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 289 10 90
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