Head of Public Policy

AAP - Animal Advocacy and Protection

Head of Public Policy

(Member of MT, 32-36 Hours per Week)

AAP - Animal Advocacy and Protection

Almere, Netherlands

AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection (Stichting AAP in Dutch) is recruiting for a head of the Public Policy Department to join one of Europe’s most successful teams in the field of exotic animal welfare.

AAP is an international animal welfare organization working for a better future for exotic, non-domesticated animals. AAP operates two rescue and rehabilitation facilities, one in the Netherlands (Stichting AAP Almere) and one in Spain (AAP Primadomus), and is engaged in advocacy and campaigning for better legislation at regional, national and European level. AAP focuses on three main areas of work: private ownership of exotic animals as pets, use of wild animals in entertainment and illegal wildlife trade. In the last few years, AAP has made itself into an important player that is being recognized as such both by our partners and by the governments we need to achieve our goals.

The Public Policy Department leverages the knowledge and expertise acquired in over 45 years of animal rescue practice into long-term policy-based solutions to address the problems at their roots. We are the strategic antenna of the organization, translating analysis and projections into advocacy plans which we implement together with our international partner network.

AAP employs about 115 paid staff and more than 230 volunteers. AAP is situated in the middle of a green area near Almere, about a half hour away from Amsterdam. There are only few places where you can see the result of your efforts as directly as at AAP: both our offices are located next to our animal rescue and rehabilitation facilities. AAP distinguishes itself by having an enormous passion and a professional, open culture. Our core values are accessibility, dedication and inventiveness.


Within AAP, the Public Policy Department is responsible for influencing policy and (public) campaigning in Europe and is thus the strategic antenna of the organization. The department establishes the connection between sustainable solutions in our priority animal welfare programs and the practical rescue; the department dictates the guidelines for our rescue work. The Public Policy department’s strategic analyses are translated into policy and action plans. The execution of these plans is conducted by AAP itself and by co-operation with partner organizations.


You are responsible for the internationally-operating Public Policy Department. This department consists of a small team of professionals employed by AAP (Almere and Primadomus), working in close collaboration with a large number of organizations in our (European) network. You are responsible for achieving impact by influencing governmental institutions, policy makers and the general public. In order to do so, you make long-term plans while at the same time you are able to make use of opportunities in the short term. The goal is to introduce or update legislation in the most effective way to serve our goals. To achieve this, you build up and maintain (international) networks and know to activate them for the benefit of the organization. Obviously, you and your team will travel regularly for your work. You are responsible for the drafting and execution of all policy plans of the organization, together with your team. In addition, you are a member of the Management Team and report to the Board. In short: a crucial position in an ambitious, increasingly influential organization working on some of the most pressing questions of our time.



  • Academic work and intelligence level;
  • Experience with developing visions and strategic plans in a political environment;
  • Experience with and knowledge of working in an international context, in particular Europe;
  • Experience with and knowledge of how to influence the areas of power in politics, government, media, science, interest groups and the public;
  • You are able to translate your viewpoints to different target groups;
  • You are a networker with strong social and communication skills;
  • You have knowledge of management techniques and have the ability to apply these;
  • You have excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken.


  • Fluent command of other European languages (preferably Dutch, French and/or German);
  • Knowledge of and experience within the sector (NGO/animal welfare).

Other competencies

  • Strategic insight, helicopter view, able to make connections and capable of looking at things objectively and from different points of view;
  • Team player;
  • Perseverance;
  • Sensitivity to cultural/national differences and ability to adapt to the specific requirements of any given context.


A very challenging job with a lot of responsibility in an open, professional and international organization with animals and people at its heart, located in a green environment. Your salary based on relevant work experience is between € 3.516,- and € 4.560,- gross per month (excluding holiday allowance and end-of-year payment) based on a 36 hour working week, with the possibility to grow each year according to your development. AAP has conservative salaries, but is willing to think about opportunities for training and is flexible about working from home for some of the working hours.


For further information call David van Gennep, executive director: phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87. For more information take a look at our website www.aap.nl/en and follow our stories on social media!

Send your application letter and CV before the 7th of August, to attn. Elly Koppers, Team manager HR.


Only candidates with European nationality are asked to respond.

A practical assignment is part of the application process.

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