Head of Policy (full-time)
Location: Belgium based, hybrid between home and our Brussels office
Duration: 12-month contract, with option to extend, depending on funding
Start date: as soon as possible
Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) is the European network of communities, organisations, local leaders, experts, and change agents working towards the elimination of waste in our society. We advocate for sustainable systems and the redesign of our relationship with resources, to accelerate a just transition towards zero waste for the benefit of people and the planet.
The ZWE network now includes 33 members from 28 European countries and works with topics across the whole chain. From product design to reusability to end-of-pipe waste management solutions, from the phase-out of plastics to municipal zero waste strategies, our scope has significantly expanded but our mission and vision remain the same – a zero waste, fairer, inclusive, circular Europe for all (and planet, too, while we’re at it).
We are a successful and fast-growing independent NGO where personal development, fairness and inclusiveness are high on the agenda. We are the proud founders of the Mission Zero Academy (MiZA), through which we offer Zero Waste certifications to cities, municipalities and (going forward) small businesses; we are founding member of various movements and coalitions that are hosted under our entity (such as Break Free From Plastic), and are the European chapter of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA),
Our ZWE Values
You are impact and values driven, able to see the big picture whilst taking care of the details. You have long experience in EU policy-making processes and are a good networker. You are a team player who can also play solo and have experience in coordinating and motivating teams. You thrive when facing complex situations, you are passionate about the zero waste vision and well aware of the multiple challenges the world is facing today.
About the role
Due to the continuous growth of ZWE and the diversification of our policy portfolio, a new Head of Policy position has been created to bring our policy efforts together.
You will be responsible for coordinating the policy team of ZWE and representing the organisation in policy discussions. You will be accountable for ensuring strategic coherence and vision for the EU policy work of the organisation and support a team of 5+ people working on topics ranging from product design to waste disposal. You will look beyond European policies, liaising with the GAIA Global Team and engaging in processes such as the Global Plastic Treaty negotiations.
The core responsibilities of the Head of Policy will be to:
Required skills and competencies
Preferred skills and competencies
Equal Employment opportunity
We are 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.
We also realise that not all individuals have the same opportunities to engage in paid work or studies and are open to receiving applications from those who may not fulfil all the required skills but have the interest, passion, (cap)abilities and drive to fulfil the role. In this respect, we encourage people from a diverse intersection of backgrounds to apply.
Location, Compensation and Work Environment
This is a full-time position based out of our Brussels office, under a hybrid working setup with a split 50/50 working from home vs from the office. A valid working permit for Belgium is required. The initial contract will be closed for a 12-month period, with a likelihood to be extended into a long term contract depending on available funding.
We offer a competitive NGO salary (€3,572.00-4,092.00 gross)plus benefits, including lunch vouchers (8€/day); 13th month (year-end bonus); double holiday pay (Belgian standard); 20 vacation days plus 6 extra-legal holidays + 4 days between Christmas and New Year; Hospitalisation; Ambulatory and Dental Insurance (DKV); Travel insurance; home working and other allowances (€150.00-220.00 net/month); full coverage of public transport costs for commuting (minimum €49.00 net/month); and flexible working hours/times.
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.
Deadline to apply: 12 June 2022, at 23:59 CET.
Please send your CV and motivation letter in English with two references (all merged into a single PDF document) through the appropriate form on the ZWE website (“Work With Us” page). 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. 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 lasting 1-2 hours for selected candidates after round 1. We intend to finalise the entire interview process by mid-July.
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Zero Waste Europe
Non for Profit (NGOs, Political Parties, etc.)
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