EU budget & public finance Policy Officer

Posted on July, 11 2024

We are looking for a full-time EU budget & public finance Policy Officer to join our public affairs team.
Location: WWF European Policy Office in Brussels

Duration: We offer a 12 months’ contract with a possibility of extension depending on funding, starting preferably in October 2024.

Main responsibilities:

The EU budget & public finance Policy Officer will focus on three key areas: (a) promoting climate and environmental safeguards across the entire EU budget, (b) increasing the total amount of public funds available for the green transition by supporting calls for a continuation of the NextGeneration EU instrument, and (c) promoting the adoption of a dedicated nature restoration fund. Being part of the WWF EPO public affairs team and working closely with the WWF EPO sustainable finance team, the policy officer will focus on active policy engagement, NGO collaboration, and coordination with WWF national offices. To a lesser extent, the policy officer will also be involved in media outreach and fundraising.

What you need:

Required skills and competencies:
  • 2 to 3 years’ professional work experience and demonstrable track record of influencing political decision-making;
  • In-depth knowledge of the EU legislative processes and policy formulation in the European Parliament, Council of the EU and European Commission;
  • Previous experience in either a network organisation at EU level and/or within the EU institutions;
  • Effective collaboration: Establish an inclusive and supportive environment that fosters a culture of co-creation, teamwork, networking and expertise growth.
  • Impactful communication: excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, and an ability to communicate complicated messages clearly to different audiences; active listening and empathy skills;
  • Flexible task management: well organised and flexible with the ability to work independently, take initiative and take on additional responsibilities when required. Ability to plan, prioritise and manage a heavy workload and a flexible and positive approach to problem solving;
  • Effective collaboration: good team player prepared to contribute proactively to a variety of tasks. Ability to develop good working relationships. Ability to coordinate and manage networks and networking skills;
  • Strategic and analytical thinking: excellent research skills and ability to present extensive technical information in a simplified form. Compile ideas into concise proposals and verify own conclusions;
  • Balanced resilience: keep performing with high quality and calm when put under the pressure; daring to go out of personal comfort zone and still securing a healthy work-life balance.
  • A firm commitment to WWF’s mission (“to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature”) and its values (“courage, integrity, respect, collaboration”).

Remuneration package:
WWF European Policy Office offers a 12 months’ contract with a possibility of extension depending on funding, and a competitive package of pay and other benefits. The indicative base salary range for this role would be around 3.200 € gross per month, with the final figure depending on the skills, competencies and experience of the successful candidate. WWF European Policy Office also offers a range of additional benefits, including allowances for lunch, public transport, flexible and hybrid working conditions, health insurance, pension plan, paid holiday and additional month of pay in accordance with Belgian law.

Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position.

How to apply?

Please send your application to and write “Application EU budget & public finance Policy Officer” in the subject line, and include:
  • A single PDF document with your up to date CV (with no picture and birth date) and a cover letter outlining why you would be a suitable candidate for the role (letter of maximum 400 words);
  • Please also indicate whether you have the legal right to work full time in Belgium and tell us when, if selected, you would be able to start.
Applications deadline: 18 August 2024 midnight

Interviews: indicative timeline:
  • 1st round: week of 2-6 September;
  • 2nd round: week of 9-13 September.
Please note that we can only respond to successful candidates.

WWF European Policy Office is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable working environment for all our employees. We welcome applications from all people regardless of background, and strongly encourage people with disabilities, people of non-European ethnic origin and nationality, people over 45 years old, to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of age, ethnic or social origin, gender, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, or any other protected characteristic under EU law. We’ll strive to make adjustments to accommodate accessibility needs during the application process.