Project Manager Farm Animals

Reports to: Farm animals programme leader

Programme: Farm animals

Application deadline: 5 July 2021

Background:

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 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. As part of the Farm to Fork strategy,  the European Commission committed to revise the farm animal welfare legislation, consider animal welfare labelling as well as facilitate the transition to a sustainable food system. These processes will potentially affect the well-being of millions of farm animals. 

In order to respond to these important developments, we are looking for a highly skilled Project Manager who has technical expertise on farm animal welfare. Our new colleague will be co-responsible for delivering excellent outcomes with regards to our programmes and projects on chicken welfare, sustainable food systems, insects, animal welfare indicators at slaughter, amongst others. 

In addition, the project manager will also provide technical knowledge and advocacy in regards to ruminants and pig welfare. This includes delving into animal welfare science and evidence, 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 on our farm animals goals. 

Objectives: 

  • Manages to high standards the sub-programmes and projects of the farm animals programme, ensuring, amongst other tasks, that deliverables are met and budgets are on track
  • Ensures technical relevance and quality of the work that the farm animals team produces and presents to externals, as well as its production, regarding ruminants and pigs;
  • Ensures coordination of the farm animals programme with other programmes and teams at Eurogroup for Animals, regarding the externally funded projects;
  • Supports the Public Affairs Teamwith sound and evidence-based contents for ruminants and pigs;
  • 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: 

The project manager is part of the  farm animals programme team and reports to the programme leader  farm animals. They work closely with the team to ensure the smooth management of the externally funded projects;

  • Manages the deliverables relating to the other colleagues in the farmed animals programme as well as other programmes and teams at Eurogroup for Animals;
  • Collaborates with the farm animals team colleagues in the different team activities, such as content creation and lobby activities
  • Liaises with the public affairs team for lobbying and communications activities;
  • The project manager develops constructive and productive relationships Eurogroup for Animals Member Organisations and 
  • Initiates a network of suitable external stakeholders e.g. academic institutions, NGOs, consultants.

Scope of the Job

The Project manager will manage deliverables and budgets of the several externally funded projects and produce scientifically relevant internal and external outputs on ruminantes and pig welfare. The project manager will not manage the staff of the farm animals team. They will contribute to strategic decisions on the projects, under the management and guidance of the Farm Animals Programme Leader. 

Dimensions and limits of responsibility

  • Day-to-day implementation of the farmed animals programme workstreams;
  • Management of the deliverables and budgets of the unrestricted funding of the farm animals team, overseen by the farm animals project leader 
  • Contribute to the overall delivery of the objectives of the farmed animals programme;

Duration of the contract: 2 years with the possibility of extension

Person specifications

Knowledge 

  • 5-10 years' work experience post studies;
  • Proven knowledge of farmed animals welfare (preferentially pig and/or cattle welfare)
  • Practical experience in working with farmed animals is a bonus.

Education/Qualifications

  • 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 and aptitude to project management
  • Demonstrated experience with working with co-legislators is a plus. 

Skills & Abilities

  • Proven scientific research and critical analysis skills;
  • Proven ability to project manage (including budget management skills)
  • Proven effective management of partnership projects with external stakeholders;
  • Proven written, verbal and presentation and communication skills for diverse audiences in English. Sensitivity to diverse global social and cultural issues;
  • Able to work independently on own initiative and as part of a team;

Personal Qualities/Soft Skills

  • Teamplayer and being positive and respectful to people and animals;;
  • Receives and provides feedback in a constructive manner;
  • Organised, flexible and pragmatic;
  • Demonstrates initiative;
  • 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 2 year contract with possibility of extension. 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 hr@eurogroupforanimals.org. Please include your salary expectations in your cover email and not in your motivation letter or CV.