Programme Officer Trade & Animal Welfare (Maternity Cover 6 Months)


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 of animal products. At the same time, the EU’s Trade Policy can be a vehicle for promoting and driving animal welfare worldwide. Over the last decade, Eurogroup for Animals has achieved progress not only in bilateral trade agreements - getting stronger provisions in the texts and more focus on the implementation of these afterwards - but also on including a trade dimension in EU animal welfare rules.   

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.


Purpose of the role

There are increasing opportunities to raise animal welfare in the context of trade policy, at unilateral, bilateral and multilateral levels. In order to respond to these, we are looking for an experienced trade expert (maternity cover) for 6 months to provide additional support to our Trade team during the maternity leave of our Programme Leader. 

Our new colleague will be responsible for delivering excellent outcomes with regards to implementing our programme on trade and animal welfare. This role includes both a policy (developing positions, monitoring developments) and advocacy (developing strategies, representation) dimensions.


Scope of the job

  • Together with the Trade & Animal Welfare team, monitor international and EU trade policy as well as WTO affairs which relate to animal welfare, animal health and/or environmental protection;
  • Develop and execute strategies to influence trade agreements or trade related dossiers;
  • Represent Eurogroup for Animals on trade issues towards the EU institutions and other relevant stakeholder organisations and events;
  • Produce communications and policy materials and contribute to the organisation of events
  • Develop networks of supportive organisations in trade partnering countries
  • Support EU and third country decision-makers with including higher welfare requirements in bilateral trade agreements between the EU and third countries;
  • Assist our members with technical enquiries


  • In coordination with the rest of the team, day-to-day implementation of the trade & animal welfare programme work streams;
  • Contribute to the overall delivery of the objectives of the programme.

Person specifications


  • 5 years+ professional experience, preferably in an International/EU Trade policy making environment;
  • 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;
  • Proactive, team player and service oriented;


  • Advocacy acumen with track-record of success, ideally with the EU institutions;
  • Prior experience with animal advocacy;

Must have

Strongly supportive of Eurogroup for Animals’ vision and mission.

Employment Contract

28.5 hours per week on consultancy basis or limited employment contract under Belgian law.

Reports to: CEO

Duration of the contract: Maternity cover (15 September 2022 - Mid 15 March 2023)

Location: Remote

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 by 4 September. Please include your salary expectations in your cover email and not in your motivation letter or CV.