Programme Officer Farm Animals

Job Responsibility

The aim of this role is achieving maximum impact for farm animals in the new animal welfare legislation. By providing scientific and ethical evidence and arguments, you will be supporting colleagues and advising institutional stakeholders. You should be a true animal advocate with a good technical sense of how we can transition to different livestock systems for animals.

  • Technically support the delivery of key outcomes throughout the European Commission’s legislative review, specifically in relation to the welfare of animals kept and used for commercial purposes, during their transport and slaughter;
  • Produce different of resources adjusted to a wide range of co-legislators and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Build the capacity of the new and current members of the team on farm animal welfare, especially related to the revision of the Animal welfare legislation (e.g. creating a training programme)
  • Provide support to the communication teams by helping to shape the messages and making sure they are sound from a technical point of view
  • Act as a representative for Eurogroup for Animals at political and technical events, as needed.

Skills and Qualifications


  • A degree in veterinary sciences or equivalent
  • Good ability to translate complex technical issues into messages easily understood by a diversity of stakeholders
  • Well-organised and focused on concrete results and deliverables
  • Flexible and pragmatic
  • Strong written English and excellent communication skills 
  • Good ability of working as team member and independently
  • Excellent computer proficiency (Google Workspace)


  • Knowledge and experience of EU public affairs
  • Understanding of the Brussels environment
  • Knowledge of at least one other European language
  • Knowledge of the animal welfare sector and affinity with animal advocacy
  • Knowledge of Salesforce
  • Ability to use Project Management tools

Commitment towards Eurogroup for Animals’ goals, mission and role.

The values that we at Eurogroup for Animals adhere to are: 

  • Collaboration;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Impact;
  • A focus on member organisations.

Employment Contract

38 hours per week, unlimited employment contract under Belgian law or consultancy basis. Contract subject to funding renewal. Competitive remuneration and benefits package offered. A valid EU working permit is required. Based at Eurogroup for Animals office, 29 rue Ducale, 1000 Brussels, with possibility for partial remote working.

How to apply

To apply for the post, please send the following to Louise Hilditch at

  • A letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to this post, including your salary expectations, two references and how you heard about this position
  • Your CV in English (PDF format)

Application deadline: 15 November

We will only contact candidates that we would like to invite for an interview.