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Communications Assistant (80%)*

* with the possibility of discussing a 60% or 100% contract

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 highly motivated individual starting your career in communications, with a desire to learn and hone your skills while supporting your team and learning from them. You love to work with multimedia tools and want to hone your digital communications skills; and have a positive, can-do attitude. You have a strong belief that good presentation and accessibility are key to passing a message to different audiences in an impactful way.

You have an eye for detail, a passion for multimedia/digital tools, and are a true team player. You are capable of running different tasks simultaneously and like working in an international environment. 

About the role

The Communications Assistant will support the ZWE Communications Team in implementing the organisation’s communications activities and deliverables. They will report to the Communications Coordinator, while also working closely with the Communications Officer and the Press Officer.

Core responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation of the ZWE newsletters (Zero Waste Europe and Zero Waste Cities) by researching content, collating each issue, and incorporating it into our mailing tools;
  • Support the incorporation of communication materials and their translations into their layout/template (reports, case studies, visuals, press releases, video products and their subtitles, presentations, …);
  • Video editing activities for the ZWE website and social media channels;
  • Support the implementation of ZWE’s communication and promotion campaigns;
  • Support the Communication Team on pieces of communication research and reporting, as required;
  • Maintenance of the Zero Waste Europe and Zero Waste Cities website back office;
  • Contribute to deliverable and campaign evaluation through metrics collection and collation from the different communication channels;
  • Support the ZWE Communications Coordinator and the Communications Officer in the implementation of webinars and other digital events, as required;
  • Contribute to the expansion and maintenance of the ZWE Multimedia Library by sourcing out new (audio)visual content and helping the team to further catalogue them;
  • Join the Weekly Communications Team Meeting and the Monthly ZWE Team Meeting. They will also be required to attend other Comms meetings with other ZWE Teams and Programmes as required.

Please note that this is not an exclusive list - other appropriate tasks and responsibilities might be required and added as needed.

Person specification



  • Experience with social/environmental campaigning with NGOs or non-profit sector at the local or international level. 

Knowledge, skills and understanding 


  • Excellent command in English (spoken and written), as well as ability to work with non-native English speakers;
  • Familiarity and a basic level of experience with the following digital programmes and tools:
  • Adobe InDesign;
  • Adobe Premiere;
  • WordPress;
  • Mailchimp;
  • Canva;
  • Google Suite (in particular Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets);
  • Google Analytics;
  • Command and understanding of the main social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube) and the gathering of metrics for each of them.


  • Degree in communication sciences, multimedia, graphic design, digital communications, journalism or similar (either fully completed on or on their final years of study);
  • An interest in, and/or some basic knowledge of, environmental issues, in the field of resource and waste management, climate or environmental justice;
  • Other languages, apart from English are a plus;
  • Solid IT competencies with collaborative tools (Slack, Trello);
  • Familiarity with Zoho CRM;
  • Basic understanding of the functioning of the EU institutions.

Personal qualities


  • Initiative, self-motivation, and team player;
  • Commitment to accuracy, efficiency and a high standard of work;
  • Relish the opportunity to learn and grow professionally in a fast-paced, supportive team and environment;
  • Natural communication and interpersonal abilities;
  • Problem-solving attitude and results-oriented;
  • A strong commitment to Zero Waste Europe’s ethos and network structures;
  • Willingness to work with a flexible schedule, as required.

Location, Compensation and Work Environment

This is a Brussels-based part-time position (80%, but ZWE would be open to discussing a 60% or 100% contract). The initial contract will be closed for a one-year period, with a likelihood to be extended into a full-time, long-term contract depending on available funding and the candidate’s own performance. A valid working permit for Belgium is required. 

We offer a competitive NGO salary plus benefits, including lunch vouchers (8eur/day), a 13th month, 20 vacation days plus 4-10 extra-legal holidays (pro-rata), travel insurance, DKV health insurance (Hospitalisation, Ambulatory & Dental) , full coverage of public transport for commute, and other similar employment protections. 

Further to this we also offer a flexible working environment, including hybrid working for all staff, with the guidance set at 50/50 home/office work.

Salary will be negotiated according to a transparent bandwidth (2244-2754 EUR gross salary/month for a 100% contract) defined by the internal salary policy and depending on your skills and 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.

Start date:As soon as possible, but ideally no later than 21 March 2022.

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.


Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. We encourage potential candidates to submit their applications when ready, and not to wait until the final deadline. Our 2-round interview process will include an assignment for selected candidates.

Please send your CV, motivation letter with at least one reference in English (all merged into a single PDF document) by filling in the appropriate form on the Zero Waste Europe website (“Work With Us” page):

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.

The position remains open until filled. 

Deadline to apply: 20 February 2022, at 23:59 CET.

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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
Less Than 2 Years
Average 2754 EUR

this job offer is not open for applications