We are currently looking for an experienced professional for the post of
Programme Manager for Climate, Energy & Sustainability (full time)
The purpose of the role is to enhance the reputation and the influence of Friends of Europe (FoE) as a leading think tank known for its ability to connect citizens to policy makers, to facilitate quality debates and enable change in policy making.
“Connect – Debate – Change” is our DNA and central to the way we work. We adopt a whole of society, whole of economy approach, engaging critical thinkers, unusual voices and those that are ready to challenge the status quo.
Working proactively, in a planned and organized manner with a focus on climate, energy and sustainability, the Programme Manager for Climate, Energy & Sustainability will be key to taking its policy and programming impact to the next level.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?
As Programme Manager for Climate, Energy & Sustainability you will be responsible for:
- Overseeing all of FoE’s activities on climate, energy and sustainability in coordination with multiple teams, including events management, communications and business development teams.
- Keeping abreast of policy developments in the domain of climate, energy and sustainability in Europe and identify opportunities to add value, innovate, and build opportunities to enhance FoE’s reputation.
- Developing, coordinating and delivering multiple projects – including a yearly programme of events, working groups, surveys, policy briefings and analyses with the support of the programme area Director and Head of Programme Performance and Operations.
- Proactively developing Friends of Europe’s emerging work on climate, energy and sustainability, including by seeking and identifying opportunities to build partnerships and engage in outreach.
- Ensuring effective monitoring and gathering of contents and data which can capture and communicate impact.
- Championing this programme by involving and maintaining effective communication with peers, stakeholders and the wider business community to ensure engagement, support and delivery of programme outcomes – including by consistently working horizontally within the organisation to identify commonalities and opportunities for cross-working.
- Ensuring that all activities undertaken within the framework of this programme are designed with the aim of developing a renewed social contract for Europe, and are aligned with FoE’s strategic objectives of: promoting new leadership, regenerating democracy, challenging inequalities of opportunity, bolstering a green transformation and reframing Europe’s role in the world.
- Gaining a good understanding of any given topic/issue related to the current European Commission work programme and its strategic plans as well as to its ecosystem of stakeholders.
- Event programme management including identification and invitation of speakers and participants, scenario/running order, briefing speakers and rapporteur, follow-up, and so on.
- Effective liaison with key partners and relationship management including identifying and supporting business development opportunities.
- Performing any additional responsibilities and tasks commensurate with this position as required by the organisation.
- Ensuring knowledge is shared within your team and across the organisation.
- Ensuring trainees are well onboarded and guided.
In this role you report to the Head of Programme Performance and Operations.
WHAT SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU NEED TO HAVE?
Education, experience & knowledge
- Relevant university degree in relation to climate and energy studies with added value considered for knowledge and expertise in European policies
- 3 to 5 years relevant experience in policy analysis, including project management ideally in complex projects with a multitude of stakeholders in EU policies related to Climate & Energy.
- Research experience combined with good analytical skills.
- A first experience as people manager is a plus.
- Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in European and global affairs.
- Good understanding of EU institutions and the Brussels bubble, including protocol and political sensitiveness.
Behavioural competencies & skills
- Highly-motivated creative and enthusiastic personality.
- Team player with pro-active mindset, solution-oriented and positive mentality.
- A genuine interest in working for a think tank, i.e., non-profit and civil society sectors.
- Ability to plan and deliver against short deadlines.
- Ability to think in an out-of-the box manner.
- Ability to work in a dynamic, fast moving high-pressure environment.
- English as a mother tongue or equivalent level, any other EU languages are an asset.
- Excellent writing skills and ability to make complex topics accessible and relevant to different audiences
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools
- To be flexible to work outside office hours on an exceptional basis
WHO CAN APPLY?
Equal Opportunities: Friends of Europe is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all applicants, by providing equal treatment of all job applications received, regardless of applicants’ ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, disability or health status. We especially encourage applications from those who have been historically excluded or not had fair and equal opportunities to apply.
- This position is open to nationals of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland, and to non-EU nationals in possession of a valid work permit.
- Candidates must be legally and permanently allowed to work in Belgium (no assistance provided to obtain a visa or work permit).
COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
We expect from our employees that they commit themselves to follow and respect the Friends of Europe equal opportunities policy.
HOW DO YOU APPLY?
- Interested candidates are asked to upload their CV and cover letter in English in electronic format to the CV Warehouse tool on our website friendsofeurope.org(careers).
- Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.