Policy Officer on Chemical Recycling and Plastic-to-Fuels

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03 Jun 2020

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). 

About the Climate, Energy and Air Pollution programme

Zero Waste Europe works for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution through zero waste solutions and supports local impacted communities to raise their voices against waste-burning sources of contamination. We provide an advocacy platform to address relevant policy at the EU and international level and minimising any financial support towards such polluting activities. To know more please visit: https://zerowasteeurope.eu/climate

About you

You are a detail oriented person, with excellent communication skills, a good grip of technical issues, and a good knowledge of EU policies related to chemical recycling and fuels from waste. You have a naturally collaborative working style, and enjoy evolving in a small, creative team. A good knowledge of EU climate and energy policy would be a significant advantage.

About the role

This is a new key campaign role within Zero Waste Europe to work on chemical recycling and plastic-to-fuels policy in Brussels, and contribute to our work on climate, energy and air pollution. The Policy Officer will report to the Coordinator of Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Programme.

Their core responsibilities will be to:

1. Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Programme:

  • Engage in the development, implementation and enforcement of EU policies on chemical recycling and plastic-to-fuels.
  • Undertake lobby actions at the European level and coordinate the efforts with member organisations and allies to exert political pressure to national governments.
  • Represent ZWE at conferences, meetings and other relevant forums.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with relevant NGOs at the European level, including the participation in working groups and NGO events.
  • Respond to requests from journalists and drafting press releases aiming at positioning ZWE’s messages and stories in the European news channels.
  • Articulate ZWE’s positioning with regards to waste management and waste prevention, with the support of the scientific committee and other staff members, in the context of policy, publications, and any other relevant events.
  • Collaborate with GAIA team in international collaboration and cross-regional work when needed.

2. Membership Support:

  • Provide timely policy or any other relevant updates from the field of waste to the ZWE and GAIA members.
  • Gather inputs from member organisations on the working area and feed with them ZWE’s yearly and multiannual strategies.
  • Organise capacity-building actions, events and training according to the annual work plan.
  • Lead and provide support and organisation for the ZWE working groups.
  • Respond daily questions, enquiries and provide general support about chemical recycling and plastic-to-fuels practice and policy in Europe from ZWE and GAIA members.
  • Participate in member organisations’ events, when relevant. 

3. Fundraising and Operational Planning:

  • Engage and actively contribute to planning and strategic discussions to pursue the goals of ZWE, including team retreats and other meeting spaces of the organisation.
  • Contribute to grant development and be responsible for the reporting on grants’ deliveries, including the LIFE operating grant.
  • Explore, identify and share potential funding opportunities for the climate, energy and air pollution programme.
  • Be responsible for the appropriate management of the budget of those activities responsible for, including the appropriate reporting of expenses, the compilation of invoices and the administrative tasks associated with that.

For more information on the job profile and the requirements please check the following link: https://zerowasteeurope.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020_zwe_job_offer_chemical_recycling_officer.pdf

TO APPLY: Please send your CV, motivation letter with two references by filling in the following form: https://forms.gle/S6vH64zBC3ixf1ML9. We can only guarantee that short-listed candidates will be contacted. Position remains open until filled. 

Deadline to apply: June 8th , 2020, at 23:59 CEST. 

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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