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About us

The mission of Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) is to empower communities in order to redesign our relationship with resources. We campaign for zero waste strategies in Europe and beyond, and support local groups and change agents who have the potential to drive change in their region. Currently, ZWE is the only pan-European organisation specialising in waste issues from prevention to disposal and on local, national and European levels. ZWE is the European chapter of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).

ZWE is an independent, nonprofit association created in late 2013 in the Netherlands aiming to: 

  • Promote zero waste strategies in Europe and elsewhere;
  • Act as a catalyst for European good practices in the field of circular economy, waste, and resources;
  • Empower local groups to develop community-based strategies for the prevention, reduction, separation, recycling, and composting of waste;
  • Promote a responsible treatment of waste and prevention of non-sustainable solutions such as landfilling and incineration;
  • Increase awareness about the health effects of the current economy of waste disposal, and promote non-toxic alternatives;
  • Promote environmental and social justice.
  • We are a successful and fast-growing NGO where personal development, fairness and inclusiveness are high on the agenda.

About you

You are a strategic thinker, able to think holistically yet capable of turning ideas into concrete actionable projects, and enjoy leading and facilitating processes. You are proactive, flexible, comfortable with uncertainty, and embrace complexity. You know how to run a mid-sized organisation and coordinate programmes, including developing strategies and funding proposals, supporting and developing networks, facilitating processes, and coaching other team and network members. You can handle stress and uncertainty and you are familiar with the zero waste philosophy. You have a good knowledge of network NGOs and social businesses.  You excel at personal relations, are organised, attentive to detail, and capable of running different tasks simultaneously. 

About the role

The Associate Director (AD) is a member of the Management Team, together with the Executive Director and the Operations Director. The AD ensures the effective implementation of ZWE's vision and strategic framework, by coordinating the teams and programmes, ensuring maximisation of synergies on content and strategies, and supporting fundraising efforts. The Associate Director currently provides leadership to projects linked to social businesses and impact investment communities, and the replacement will be expected to engage on these topics as well.  

Please check out the core responsibilities and profile of the Associate Director here.

Location, Compensation and Work Environment

This is a full-time position based in Brussels. The contract will cover for maternity leave starting as soon as possible and it will end Friday 29th of October 2021, included. A valid working permit for Belgium is required. We offer a competitive NGO salary plus benefits, including lunch vouchers, a 13th month proportionate to your time worked during the year, 20 vacation days plus 4-10 extra-legal holidays, travel insurance, additional maternity/paternity leave, and other similar employment protections. Salary will be offered according to a transparent bandwidth defined by the internal salary policy of the organisation and depending on your experience. We take pride in our ability to support one another's work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and network members.


Please send your CV, motivation letter with two references in English by filling in the following form: Please note that only the applications sent via this form will be taken into account. We can only guarantee that short-listed candidates will be contacted. Position remains open until filled. 

Deadline to apply: January 11th, 2021, at 23:59 CET. First round interviews will take place January 13-15th.

Start date:As soon as possible, ideally by mid-February 2021.

Equal Employment opportunity

ZWE is committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity for all employees, regardless of sex, marital status, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job.

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The Company

Zero Waste Europe

Non for Profit (NGOs, Political Parties, etc.)


About The Job

Brussels , Belgium
Contract type:
Full Time
2-5 Years
General management
Start Date:
Starts 01 FEB 2021

this job offer is not open for applications