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Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) is looking for a campaigner for our work on Trade and Investment, starting December 1 2020 and based in the FoEE office in Brussels.

Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment. It unites 31 national organisations with thousands of local groups and is part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International.

The campaigner will work within the Economic Justice (EJ) program. Our Trade and Investment work is embedded in our Trade campaign, which primarily focuses on investment issues such as ISDS and MIC, the Energy Charter Treaty, the EU-Mercosur deal and the link between trade and climate. We also keep an eye on potential new TTIP negotiations, discussions on an alternative trade regime, EU-Indonesia negotiations and work with our national member groups on ratification of the CETA agreement. The Trade campaign is cross program work in FoEE and the Trade and Investment campaigner will work closely together with colleagues in the EJ program and with campaigners in other programs.

The campaign involves FoEE member groups and it works closely with key NGO allies in Brussels and in different EU member states.

For this position we are looking for a highly organised, experienced, creative, energetic and motivated individual. The campaigner will report to and be task managed by the coordinator of the Economic Justice team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop FoEE's policies, expertise and strategies on Trade and Investment
  • Develop ideas, write and/or manage reports, studies and other communication materials highlighting the impacts of EU trade and investment policies and agreements
  • Engage in advocacy at EU, UN and, where appropriate, member state level
  • Develop and implement the Trade campaign activities, in close cooperation with other members of the campaign
  • Coordinate our activities and strategies with key allies
  • Carry out planning, budgeting, fundraising
  • Represent FoEE externally, including to the media
  • Maintain an overview of the key relevant research, events and policy developments
  • Report to and advise the coordinator of the Economic Justice team on the campaign
  • Contribute to development of strategy and tactics of the Economic Justice program

Skills and qualifications

  • Three to five years' experience in working with an NGO at EU or international level, including advocacy work and corporate campaigning
  • Experience in managing campaigns including the various responsibilities involved (such as fundraising, research, planning, lobbying)
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders from different backgrounds: decision makers at high- and working-level, MEPs, NGOs, FoEE member groups, activists, lobbyists, researchers, media, etc.
  • Experience in project management including proven ability to effectively adjust plans to rapidly changing circumstances
  • Good understanding of problems related to Trade and Investment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Commitment to FoEE's vision, mission and values
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Motivation to exchange with and learn from colleagues
  • Creativity: able to think out of the box and find new ways to campaign
  • Flexibility: able to attend evening/weekend meetings and undertake travel

Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes candidates of all descriptions, regardless of age, sexual orientation, marital status, wealth, religious, philosophical or political beliefs, language, present or future state of health, disability, physical or genetic characteristics, gender, pregnancy, parental status, change of sex, nationality, race, skin colour, ancestry, nationality, descent, national or ethnic or social origin.

FoE Europe strives to make our office as diverse as possible.

Additional information

Salary between Euro 3.108 and 3.574 gross, depending on experience, plus benefits (13th month, luncheon vouchers, pension scheme and hospitalisation insurance). Conditions are according to Belgian legislation, including the legal ability to live and work in Belgium. We offer a full time position.

FoEE offers a highly motivating working environment in an international NGO and office located in an environmentally friendly NGO building.

Please send your motivation letter, including a CV to job.trade@foeeurope.org by 23.59 on October 25.

Only candidates who will be invited for interviews will be notified. Interviews are scheduled for the first half of November.

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