Eurocities is the network of more than 200 cities in 38 countries, representing 130 million people, working together to ensure a good quality of life for all.
You greet your neighbour as you leave home on your way to do work that is meaningful and decently paid. The air is clean and free of honking car horns. Using the free public wifi, you see that today the public square is a local artisans’ and farmers’ market. Your phone polls you on a few quick ideas that the local administration wants to try. You truly feel like you are a part of the city, and, as such, a part of Europe.
This is the future that European cities have been working to build through Eurocities since 1986. We help cities inspire each other. When a crisis hits, the urgency of local coordination and information sharing is starkly obvious – but with longer-burning issues like climate change, social equality and a vibrant economy this ‘glocal’ approach is no less essential.
That’s why we work with over 200 of Europe’s largest cities to improve the lives of over 130 million residents across 38 countries. That’s the ‘cities’ part of ‘Eurocities’. Hundreds of cities have already committed to getting carbon emissions down to zero, welcoming migrants and refugees, and governing through dialogue with their residents.
Local governments work on the ground with citizens and residents, and are essential partners for turning EU policies and ambitions into reality. As such, cities must be included directly in European decision making and should be in direct receipt of European funds. That’s the ‘Euro’ part of ‘Eurocities.’ So Eurocities, Europe plus cities, equals a better future for all.
About the Role
Eurocities, the network of major European cities, is recruiting a policy advisor to work in the field of environment and energy. The candidate would start mid-September 2022.
Eurocities is a dynamic and international team where we trust in people, value constructive exchanges, and collaborative work. We help people thrive in a friendly, open and healthy environment while promoting work/life balance.
What You're Gonna Do
As policy advisor, you will coordinate the network’s activities related to European Green Deal, environment policies, including circular economy, waste management, water as well as contributing to the ongoing work on climate policies. You will work under the supervision of the Executive Director at the Eurocities Brussels office. Tasks include:
- taking the lead on the development and implementation of Eurocities’ advocacy strategy in these fields, including for the European Green Deal
- maintaining an up-to-date overview of policy developments in the above mentioned fields and contributing with expertise and strategic insights to the policy work of Eurocities
- maintaining contacts with the EU institutions, with member cities, and with other stakeholders
. coordinating the preparation of relevant policy statements advising management on forthcoming environmental and climate priorities, anticipating in policy challenges and opportunities and mobilising members accordingly
- coordinating, supporting and providing content-related inputs to the Eurocities environment forum
- supporting the working groups related to the environment forum
- cooperating with other Eurocities Forums and projects in cross-cutting areas, such as jobs and skills, digital transition, public procurement, etc.
- ensuring that any potential synergies with other policy areas, projects and communications activities of Eurocities are developed through coordination with relevant colleagues
- ensuring effective communication to members and more widely through the various channels available
- supporting Eurocities general policy and project work, as well as other activities in line with the overall objectives
You are an experienced professional who is full of initiative, self-driven, curious, creative, flexible and results-oriented. The skills and experience to do this job successfully include*:
- a successful track record of at least 5 years of work experience in policy advocacy at EU level
- a Masters degree or equivalent in, urban development, EU studies or related fields
- thorough understanding of the EU institutions, decision making processes and funding instruments
- excellent knowledge of urban policies and cities in general, including the role of cities in the EU
- excellent research and analytical skills, including the ability to collect, analyse and present information in a clear and concise way
- experience in mutual learning/policy transfer methodologies
- excellent political judgement for advocacy and lobby work
- experience in organising events and mutual learning activities
- experience in coordinating working groups
- experience in advocacy, lobby and influencing EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders
- strong organisation and coordination skills
- excellent organisational awareness
- excellent oral and written communications skills in English
- good interpersonal skills for an international environment
- experience of working with local/city governments or public sector partners
- experience of implementing EU funded projects
- good command of French
- other languages
*We are looking for candidates who fulfill most of these criteria, but do not hesitate to apply if you think that you could be a good fit for the position.
What We Offer
- A full-time employment position, under Belgian legislation.
- The selected candidate will need to either live in Belgium or be willing to move to Belgium for the duration of the contract (candidates need to provide a Belgian address).
A maternity replacement contract until mid-April
- €3,200 – €3,600 monthly gross salary, according to profile and experience
- flexible working hours
.- part time teleworking.
- Meal vouchers, pension plan, hospitalisation insurance, public transport costs, 13th month, éco-chèques
Interviews will be held in person or online on 5 & 7 July 2022.
€3,200 – €3,600 monthly gross salary, according to profile and experience
Unfortunately, it seems like this job is not available for international candidates. Unless you’re eligible for a work visa otherwise, please double-check with the company.