European Policy Officer

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31 Oct 2018
  1. Hours: Full Time: 35 hours per week
  2. Contract type: 6 months fixed term contract
  3. Salary: competitive
  4. Deadline: 31 October 2018 at 8:30am GMT (Please be advised that interviews may happen before this date and this vacancy may close earlier than stated if sufficient numbers of applications are received.)

ShareAction is an NGO working out of London and Brussels that campaigns for responsible/sustainable investment by institutional investors and for responsible corporate practices worldwide. One important element of our work is challenging regulatory and policy barriers to a more responsible investment system, in the UK and the EU.

At present, a lot is happening in the EU as part of its sustainable finance agenda. We are looking for someone who can help us take advantage of these exciting opportunities, starting as soon as possible in Brussels and working with us for the next 6 months (with the possibility of an extension, subject to funding).

Job Description

Key Responsibilities

You will work alongside our current European Policy Manager to influence the EU’s agenda on sustainable finance. A key focus of the work will be to link the sustainable finance policy agenda in Brussels with stakeholders in individual European Member States in order to build momentum across Europe for real change.  As well as working closely with members of the European Responsible Investment Network (ERIN, which is co-ordinated by ShareAction) to try and influence the debate and to promote a bold EU-wide vision for sustainable finance.

This exciting role will give you plenty of opportunities to travel to the ShareAction office based in London as well as to other European countries.

  • Producing high quality briefings and short research documents to inform and educate policymakers and other stakeholders in Brussels and beyond.
  • Developing ShareAction’s position/response to policy proposals on sustainable finance. Working with other civil society organisations to promote these positions across the EU.
  • Building awareness and understanding of how civil society organisations can promote sustainable finance policies in their own countries.
  • Working with colleagues to organise a large, multi-stakeholder conference for ERIN (the European Responsible Investment Network).
  • Helping to organise events bringing together policymakers, civil society and industry on sustainable finance.
  • Engaging with EU policymakers and their key stakeholders.

Person specification

Essential:

  • A demonstrable understanding of the EU’s policy processes and a track record of successfully influencing EU policymakers
  • Good knowledge of sustainable finance/responsible investment and its policy context
  • An ability to quickly absorb and digest complex information and present it convincingly to others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A team-player and a good relationship builder
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Willingness to travel in Europe

Desirable:

  • Experience of working with networks of NGOs and civil society organisations
  • Experience of working in or with the investment community
  • Knowledge of other European languages
  • Experience of applying for EU funding
  • Experience of organising events

A few more details

  • Hours of work: 35 hrs per week with an expectation of some out of hours working
  • Holidays: 25 days per annum plus working days between Christmas and New Year, plus statutory bank holidays

How to apply

Please send us an up to date CV and cover letter that includes a personal statement. Please describe why you would be perfect for this job. Make sure your application clearly explains your interests and the skills you would bring to the role. Please note that we are unable to progress applications that do not include all of the asked-for information.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm! Please send your personal statement and CV  to Amy.Webster@ShareAction.org by Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 8:30am GMT.

ShareAction is committed to promoting responsible investment throughout all sectors of society, understanding that the investment industry affects everyone. We welcome anyone who shares our enthusiasm for responsible investment – whether they have experience in the investment system or not. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and other protected characteristics in underrepresented areas of work. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to show their suitability for any role.

 

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