Policy Officer or Senior Policy Officer , Climate and Energy ‘Just Transition’

Posted on 18 November 2022

We are looking for a full time Policy Officer or Senior Policy Officer , Climate and Energy ‘Just Transition’ to be based in our WWF European Policy Office (WWF EPO) in Brussels. The European Policy Office helps shape EU policies that impact on the European and global environment. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.Location : Brussels, Belgium

Main responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading WWF’s EU climate and energy advocacy on the ‘just transition’, including fairness in the transition to a decarbonised energy system and other issues that cut across climate and social justice objectives. The scale and pace of the changes needed in the power sector, in the energy system more generally, and in the broader economy, combined with the need to ensure that nobody in society is left behind, make this a crucial part of the overall climate challenge.
Amongst other things the job involves analysing policy proposals, lobbying decision makers, briefing journalists and working closely with our EU and global network of national offices - in order to ensure that:
  • Just transition goals, principles and support are integrated into EU policies beyond funds dedicated to ‘just transition’, including through strengthened provisions for participation and leadership in the development of local-level just transition plans.
  • The EU develops and implements policies that support a long-term and overall ‘Just Energy Transformation’, unlocking and maximising the synergies between social and climate goals.
  • WWF is an active contributor to and leader of coalitions of civil society working for a just transition, reaching beyond the traditional environmental networks and working with all voices committed to the environment and to social fairness.

What you need: required knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Confidence in interacting with high level EU and national policymakers and civil society and industry professionals;
  • Ability to see the big picture, understand divergent points of view and identify ways to unite progressive goals;
  • Strong networking, communication and team building skills, particularly for uniting and communicating to groups with divergent areas of focus/interests.
  •  Excellent communication skills in English, both in writing and orally (e.g. in meetings and presentations). An ability to listen attentively to the views of interlocutors, understand political priorities, and convey messages on complex subjects clearly and persuasively. Other languages an advantage; 
  • Strong analytical and evidence-interpretation skills, including an ability to draw out key points from technical sources and identify the broader implications of different policy options; 
  • At least 3 years’ professional experience directly relevant to the role, ideally including advocacy towards (or work within) EU institutions and/or Member State governments and experience of working with the EU legislative process; 
  • Knowledge of the subject matter and/or academic studies or qualifications on the relevant topics an advantage; 
  • An ability to work effectively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, both independently and as a supportive team player; 
  • Willingness to undertake occasional work-related travel for a period of no more than 1 week at a time (usually much less) would be helpful; 
  • Understanding of the delivery of EU cohesion policy or the implementation of partnership principles an advantage; 
  • 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 competitive package of pay and other benefits. The indicative base salary range for this role would be around 3,000 to 4,200 € gross per month, with the final figure depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate. WWF European Policy Office also offers a range of additional benefits, including allowances for lunch, public transport and home working, health insurance, pension plan, paid holiday and additional months of pay in accordance with Belgian law.

Further details

Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position or contact the head of unit, Alex Mason (amason@wwf.eu).

How to apply?

Please send a single PDF document to recruitments@wwf.eu containing:
  1. An up to date CV;
  2. A covering letter of maximum 400 words setting out why you would be a good candidate for the role.
Please also confirm that you have the legal right to work full time in Belgium.

Deadline for applications: midnight Brussels time on 30 November 2022.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.