Project Leader - Trade and Animal Welfare

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03 Apr 2017

Eurogroup for Animals ( is the Brussels based European umbrella advocacy organisation, federating 52 national and international members. Together we provide a voice for the billions of animals kept in laboratories, farms and homes or living in the wild. Our vision is to create a Europe where animals are valued as contributing to our well-being, prosperity and to the sustainability of our planet while foremost being considered as sentient beings.

With the growing International trade of goods, food and animals, Eurogroup for Animals considers the EU’s Trade Policy as a vehicle for promoting animal welfare worldwide, but at the same time recognises that trade can undermine animal welfare progress and threaten EU standards. Over the last five years, Eurogroup has successfully achieved the recognition and implementation of animal welfare in several trade agreements.  The Trade & Animal Welfare Project is funded by five of Eurogroup for Animals’ member organisations each of which is represented in the dedicated steering committee.

The purpose of Eurogroup for Animals’ Trade & Animal Welfare (T&AW) Project is to defend EU animal welfare standards in trade agreements and trade practices between the EU and third countries. Furthermore, the project aims to drive animal welfare improvements by adopting best practices either from EU to third countries or where higher from third countries to the EU.

Key Responsibilities

The Project Leader is responsible for both substance and management of the T&AW Project. S/he builds on existing policy work and develops it further to engage with EU trade decision- and policy makers and EU trade negotiators to effectively argue for the cause of animal welfare. S/he is accountable to the steering group and reports to the Director of Eurogroup for Animals. The Project Leader also streamlines international trade issues within Eurogroup’s overall advocacy portfolio.

Job Dimensions

  • Monitor international and EU trade policy developments as well as WTO affairs which relate to animal welfare, animal life and health and/or environmental protection
  • Follow relevant trade policy processes, develop & deliver strategies to influence them in close cooperation with the steering committee members
  • Influence the overall uptake of higher welfare requirements in bilateral trade agreements generally between EU and third countries
  • Represent Eurogroup for Animals on trade issues within the EU institutions and other relevant stakeholder organisations and events
  • Organise effective trade & animal welfare events
  • Run the Steering Committee of the T&AW Project
  • Create publications and briefings for target audiences


  • Strong diplomatic, tactical and inter-personal skills
  • Pro-active, structured and accountable working style
  • Ability to pioneer new thinking, connect dots and persuade
  • Positive team player and service oriented
  • Knowledge of trade policy
  • Affinity with animal advocacy


  • At least 5 years’ professional experience, with direct experience of the international trade policy making environment
  • Advocacy acumen with track record of success, ideally with EU institutions
  • Proven project leadership and project management skills
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of political processes at EU and International levels
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively
  • A sound commitment towards Eurogroup for Animals’ goals, mission and role
  • Fluent in English and one other EU language desirable

Employment Contract

The post is based in Brussels, Belgium and is full time (38 hours) although applications from individuals wishing to work fewer hours will be considered. The contract will be 1 year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension. Competitive remuneration and benefits package offered.

Application Procedure

To apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating your skills and the approach that you would bring to the post along with your curriculum vitae, both in English, by email to: Louise Hilditch -  Please also state your remuneration requirements in strictest confidence. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: 3 April at midnight CET



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