Programme Officer (Cats and Dogs)

Reports to: CEO

Programme: Companion Animals

Duration of the contract: maternity cover (September 2022-June 2023) - remote

Application deadline: 26 June 2022, interviews 27 June - 7 July 2022


Eurogroup for Animals is the Brussels based European umbrella advocacy organisation, representing 84 national and international members across Europe and beyond. Together we provide a voice for the billions of animals kept in laboratories, farms and homes or living in the wild. Our vision is to build a Europe that truly cares for animals where the well-being of animals is assured and where they experience a good life.

The purpose of Eurogroup for Animals is to drive positive change for animals by convening its members around common goals, and coordinating EU wide action to jointly influence EU law and policy making. Our advocacy work consists of dedicated programmes and a growing portfolio of projects and campaigns.

The cats & dogs programme focuses on pet trade, including breeding, identification and registration, transport and sale, and population management of stray animals. 

Purpose of the role

Cats and dogs remain an integral part of our lives and our work. In order to respond to the important developments at the EU level, in particular regarding the illegal pet trade, we are looking for a Programme Officer. Our new colleague will be responsible for delivering excellent outcomes with regards to our programme on cats & dog welfare. This includes conveying the latest facts and technical information to non expert audiences. This part of the role also provides support to our political engagement and communications. 

Scope of the job

  • Manages to high standards the programme and projects of the companion animals programme (cats & dogs), ensuring, amongst other tasks, that deliverables are met and budgets are on track
  • Ensures technical relevance and quality of the work that the the companion animals programme (cats & dogs) produces and presents to externals, as well as its production;
  • Ensures coordination of the companion animals programme (cats & dogs) with other programmes and teams at Eurogroup for Animals;
  • Supports the Public Affairs Team with sound and evidence-based contents for cats & dogs;
  • Represents the organisation at expert technical meetings when necessary;
  • Assist the team in meetings to externals and production of necessary content;
  • Assists our members with technical enquiries.


  • Day-to-day implementation of the cast & dogs programme workstreams;
  • Management of the deliverables and budgets;
  • Contribute to the overall delivery of the objectives of the programme.

Person specifications

  • University degree in biology, zoology, veterinary science, animal behaviour, EU law, EU studies or political science or similar
  • Knowledge of the EU institutions and policy making process
  • Demonstrable project management and outreach skills
  • Great time management
  • The ability to think laterally and strategically in order to exploit opportunities creatively
  • A sound understanding of issues related to the keeping, trade, usage and breeding of cats and dogs
  • Results-oriented, outgoing personality with good oral and written communication skills
  • An excellent command of the English language, additional knowledge of other EU languages is an asset
  • Excellent analytical skills and a proven experience in understanding complex policy
  • Flexible and pragmatic 

Must have

Sympathetic with Eurogroup for Animals’ vision and mission 

NB: This job description is not exhaustive and you may be asked to carry out additional tasks which are appropriate to your experience, as required by your line manager. 

Employment Contract

28.5 hours per week, limited employment contract under Belgian law or a consultancy agreement. Competitive remuneration and benefits package offered.

How to apply

To apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to this post along with your CV in English (Word format) by email to Louise Hilditch Please include your salary expectations in your cover email and not in your motivation letter or CV.