Programme Officer Farm Animals


Eurogroup for Animals is the Brussels based European umbrella advocacy organisation, representing 70 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 farm animals programme focuses on two key pillars: a first pillar on better protection for farm animals, focusing on significantly raising the level of animal welfare of the EU legislation, and a second pillar on food systems transformation, focusing on reducing the number of animals farmed for food and replacing slaughtered animal products.

Purpose of the role

The opportunities to work on farm animal welfare and food systems transformation within the European Union have grown exponentially in the last years. In 2020 the European Commission committed to revise the farm animal welfare legislation, consider animal welfare labelling as well as a transition to a sustainable food system. 

In order to respond to these exciting developments, we are looking for a highly skilled technical animal welfare expert, ideally also with some knowledge in food systems transformation. Our new colleague will be responsible for the further development and ongoing management of our technical resources and network on farm animal welfare issues and solutions, which underpin the credibility of our programme. You will have the opportunity to delve into animal welfare science and evidence, conveying the latest facts and technical information to non expert audiences. The role will also provide support to our lobbying engagement and communications on our farmed animals goals. Farm cross-species’ knowledge is required. 

Job title: Programme Officer Farm animals

Reports to: Farm Animals Programme Leader 

Programme: Farm animals


  • Ensures technical relevance and quality of the work that the farmed animals team produces and presents to externals, as well as its production;
  • Delivers the resource strategy of the team, leading on the main technical projects;
  • Supports the communications and lobbying actions with providing sound and evidence-based contents;
  • 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. 

Position in the organisation: 

  • Sits in the farmed animals programme;
  • Reports to the programme leader of farmed animals;
  • Works in close collaboration with the other colleagues in the farmed animals programme;
  • Liaises with the public affairs team;
  • Develops constructive and productive relationships with the technical staff of Eurogroup for Animals Member Organisations;
  • Develops network of suitable external stakeholders e.g. academic institutions, NGOs,Consultants.

Scope of the Job

  • Plan and implement a resources output strategy for the farmed animal programme;
  • Work with the team to ensure delivery of expected technical outputs e.g policy briefings, white papers, etc;
  • Contribute to the overall delivery of the objectives of the farmed animals programme;
  • Develop and update a mapping of existent and useful resources from Eurogroup for Animals’ Member Organisations (with possibility to expand it beyond);
  • Develop positive ongoing working relationships with other teams as well as with our Member Organisations, especially with their technical staff;
  • Represent Eurogroup for Animals in a wide range of environments, including academic as well as more technically focused orientated meetings with co-legislators. 

Dimensions and limits of responsibility

  • Day-to-day implementation of the farmed animals programme workstreams;
  • Contribute to the overall delivery of the objectives of the farmed animals programme;
  • Operational management of the research budget overseen by the programme leader of the farmed animals programme. 

Person specifications


  • 3-5 years' work experience post studies;
  • Proven knowledge of farmed animals welfare (preferentially in poultry, pig and/or cattle welfare) and/or food systems transformation (sustainable food systems, alternative proteins and plant-based food);
  • Practical experience in working with farmed animals is a bonus.


  • Advanced degree (MSc. or PhD) level in an area relevant to the position (e.g., veterinary, biology, zoology, animal welfare & behaviour) or advanced degree (MSc. or PhD) level in another area combined with work experience in an area relevant to the position;
  • Demonstrated experience with working with co-legislators is a plus. 

Skills & Abilities

  • Proven scientific research and critical analysis skills;
  • Proven ability to plan and manage concurrent projects simultaneously;
  • Proven effective management of partnership projects with external stakeholders;
  • Proven written, verbal and presentation and communication skills for diverse audiences. Sensitivity to diverse global social and cultural issues;
  • Proven computer skills (experience of Google Workspace, CRM systems such as Salesforce and planning tools such as Trello are a plus);
  • Effective time management with the ability to prioritise to ensure deadlines are met;
  • Able to work independently on own initiative and as part of a team;
  • Proofreading / close attention to detail essential;
  • Strong written and verbal English skills. 

Personal Qualities/Soft Skills

  • Teamplayer;
  • Receives and provides feedback in a constructive manner;
  • Positive;
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Organised;
  • Demonstrates initiative;
  • Approachable and adaptable;
  • Compassionate and respectful to people and animals;
  • Strategic;
  • Forward thinking;
  • Flexible and pragmatic;
  • Service oriented towards members and other stakeholders.
Must have

Sympathetic with Eurogroup for Animals’ vision and mission and the farmed animals programme goals.

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

38 hours per week, unlimited employment contract under Belgian law. 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. 

Application deadline: 31 July 2021