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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 proactive, hands-on finance professional, with excellent analytical skills, a keen eye for detail, and desire to probe further into data. You have a great knowledge of financial management of NGOs and know how to navigate the challenges of EU/non-EU funding. 

You know how to manage complex budgets and are very comfortable with finance, accounting, audit, and analysis. You enjoy creating financial tools for your colleagues and are able to effectively communicate financial requirements and needs to others. 

You excel at personal relations, are highly organised, and capable of running different tasks simultaneously. You can handle complexity and uncertainty and you are familiar with the zero waste philosophy. 

About the role

The Finance Officer is part of the Operations team together with the Grants and Operations Officer and the Admin Assistant. They report to the Operations Director.

You can check out the core responsibilities and profile of the Finance Officer here.

Note on the job title

As part of the review of our salary policy planned in 2021, we would like to reconsider our job titles structure at ZWE. Depending on experience, the Finance Officer could become Senior Finance Officer. Adjustments will be made later in 2021.

Location, Compensation and Work Environment

This is a full-time position based in Brussels. The initial contract will be closed for a one-year period, with a likelihood to be extended into a long term contract depending on available funding. 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 negotiated 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 18th, 2021, at 23:59 CET. First round interviews will take place the weeks of January 18th/25th.

Start date: As soon as possible. 

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
Finance / Banking

this job offer is not open for applications