2 Programme officers – Trade & Animal Welfare

 

Full time positions
Brussels-based

Background

Eurogroup for Animals is Europe’s leading pan-European animal advocacy organisation, federating 66 national and international members. Our vision is to create a Europe where the well-being of all animals is assured, and where they experience a good life. Utilising excellent EU public affairs skills, we work to improve the well-being of as many animals as possible and defend the interests of the billions of animals kept in laboratories, farms and homes or living in the wild. We do this by achieving better legislation, standards, enforcement and societal attitudes, through a united community of animal protection organisations. 

With the growing International trade of goods, food and animals, Eurogroup for Animals considers that trade can undermine progress on animal welfare, threaten EU standards and lead to an increase of lower welfare imports. At the same time, the EU’s Trade Policy can be a vehicle for promoting animal welfare worldwide. Over the last decade, Eurogroup for Animals has successfully addressed  animal welfare in trade policy, by for instance obtaining the first chapter on Animal Welfare and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in a trade agreement, with the EU-Mexico modernised Global Agreement.  

The purpose of Eurogroup for Animals work on Trade & Animal Welfare is to safeguard the EU’s animal welfare standards in trade agreements and trade practices with third countries, as well as in the EU’s policy at the WTO. We also aim to further animal welfare by fostering higher welfare standards in trading countries and the EU 

As we are expanding our trade and animal welfare work to countries such as India and China, we are now looking for two Programme Officers to strengthen our team of dedicated professionals. 

 

PROGRAMME OFFICER 1

Key responsibilities

  • Monitor international and EU trade policy as well as WTO affairs which relate to animal welfare, animal life and health and/or environmental protection;
  • Develop and execute lobby strategies to influence trade agreements or trade related dossiers;
  • Lobby EU and third country decision-makers to include higher welfare requirements in bilateral trade agreements between the EU and third countries;
  • Develop networks of supportive organisations in trade partnering countries
  • Represent Eurogroup for Animals on trade issues within the EU institutions and other relevant stakeholder organisations and events
  • Produce communications and lobby materials and contribute to the organisation of events

Candidate profile

Essential

  • Graduated in International relations, European Studies, Economics and Trade, Sustainable Development, veterinary medicine, or any related field; 
  • 5 years+ professional experience, preferably in an International Trade policy making environment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with trade policy (EU and international) and of political processes at EU and International level;
  • Advocacy acumen with track-record of success, ideally with the EU institutions;
  • Ability to pioneer new thinking, connect the dots and persuade;
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills; 
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively;
  • Fluency (spoken and written) in English and at least one additional language;
  • Professional approach, high standards of delivery;
  • Strong diplomatic, tactical and interpersonal skills;
  • High degree of autonomy, accountability, diligence and sense of responsibility;
  • Proactive, team player and service oriented;
  • Strong motivation to work on animal advocacy;

Desired

  • Familiarity and affinity with Asian countries, culture and diplomacy;
  • Prior experience with animal advocacy;
  • Prior experience in diplomacy;
  • Mastery of other relevant language for international trade such as Russian, Chinese or Spanish.

Application Procedure

To apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating your skills and the approach that you would bring to the post along with your curriculum vitae, both in English, by email to hr@eurogroupforanimals.org . Please also state your remuneration requirements in strictest confidence. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

  • Contract: Full time
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Reports to: Stephanie Ghislain, Programme Leader International Trade
  • Salary: Competitive for level of position.

Deadline for applications: 15 august 2019

 

 

PROGRAMME OFFICER 2

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct research and gather evidence on specific topics relating to international trade and farm animal welfare; 
  • Draft strategies, position papers and briefing material;
  • Prepare meetings of senior colleagues and executives at Eurogroup for Animals;
  • Organise  events and set up meetings;
  • Help our organisation communicate effectively on this topic (provide content for our communication channels) ;
  • Participate in external meetings as appropriate.

Candidate profile

Essential

  • Young professional (2 years+ experience), with an academic background in international relations, European Studies, Economics and Trade, Sustainable Development, veterinary medicine, or any related field;
  • High degree of autonomy, accountability, diligence and sense of responsibility;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills; 
  • Capacity to digest large amounts of information and transform in briefings;
  • Eager to learn, with the ability to apply newly acquired knowledge into practice quickly and with precision;
  • Strong motivation to work on animal advocacy;
  • Proactive individual, team player and service-oriented;
  • Fluency (spoken and written) in English and at least one additional language
  • Demonstrated understanding of the EU institution

Desired

  • affinity with Asian countries, culture and diplomacy;
  • comfortable in analysing statistical data;
  • track record in organising events;
  • prior experience in animal advocacy;
  • mastery of other relevant language for international trade such as Russian, Chinese or Spanish;

Employment Contract

The post is based in Brussels, Belgium and is full time. Competitive remuneration and benefits package offered.

Application Procedure

To apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating your skills and the approach that you would bring to the post along with your curriculum vitae, both in English, by email to hr@eurogroupforanimals.org .  Please also state your remuneration requirements in strictest confidence. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

  • Location:  Brussels, Belgium
  • Reports to: Stephanie Ghislain, Programme Leader International Trade
  • Salary: Competitive for level of position.

 

Deadline for applications: 15 august 2019