Programme Officer Trade & Animal Welfare

Full time position


Eurogroup for Animals is Europe’s leading pan-European animal advocacy organisation, federating 70 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 have expanded our trade and animal welfare work to countries such as India and China, we are now looking for a Programme Officer to strengthen our team of dedicated professionals.

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


  • 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, teamplayer and service-oriented;
  • Fluency (spoken and written) in English and at least one additional language;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the EU institutions.


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

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 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, not in the letter or CV.

There is no deadline for applications, but we will review applications and conduct interviews as we go along. The vacancy will be closed once we have filled it.