European Policy Officer

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Brussels, Belgium

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th December, 2015


Job Description

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The main responsibilities of this key position are:

• Feed IUCN’s global and European knowledge, policies and programmes into EU policy processes that impact nature conservation and sustainable development in the EU and globally;
• Exchange policy knowledge with Brussels based IUCN member organisations and environmental NGOs working on EU policies
• Inform the IUCN constituency of EU biodiversity policy developments
• The Policy Officer is the Brussels focal point for the IUCN constituency on European and global policy related matters

Under the supervision of the Director of the Brussels office, the Policy Officer will have the following tasks:

Internal policy coordination and drafting of policy positions
• In close coordination with the IUCN secretariat and building on the expert commissions, draft policy positions on EU policies of interest to IUCN.
• Initiate, organise and facilitate regular meetings, consultations and information exchanges with IUCN experts and managers and EU-policy makers
• Liaise with IUCN members in Brussels and beyond, as well as national committees, to coordinate policy input and communications activities

Communication with European institutions and EU memberstates
• Gather and constantly update information on the evolution of the EU institutions and politics, to identify priorities for IUCN policy interaction at EU level
• Strengthen the policy dialogue with European Union institutions (relevant European Commission DGs, European Parliament committees, Permanent Representations, Committee of the Regions etc) and related institutional and non-institutional players in EU decision making in the areas of the IUCN’s global program
• Contribute to the positioning and better visibility of IUCN in the EU; closely liaise with IUCN Brussels communications team on delivering political communications to EU institutions and other stakeholders

Other
• Support development and preparation of project proposals related to policy issues

REQUIREMENTS

• A minimum of 5 years of previous experience in policy analysis, communication, public relations, preferably at EU level. Experience of working in an international organization is an asset.  
• University degree in environmental/political/economic sciences, international relations or European Affairs.  
• Knowledge and practical experience with EU policy processes in the field of environment  
• Strong written and oral communications skills: Ability to present complex information in a clear and effective manner to different target audiences  
• Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands  
• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of other languages is an advantage  
• Ability to travel occasionally


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