A highly-organized individual with experience of EU advocacy and project management roles is required to coordinate the development of a new informal coalition of NGOs, social movements and think tanks in Brussels, the EU Food Policy Coalition.

Over 50 organizations have come together in the informal EU Food Policy Coalition to advocate for major EU reforms in order to spark a transition to sustainable food systems. In particular, the Coalition members are working for more integration of the policies affecting food systems (agriculture, trade, environment, food safety etc.) and ultimately the creation of a ‘Common Food Policy’. In their first joint action in May 2019, Coalition members sent an open letter to candidates for the European Commission presidency calling for an integrated food policy and a Vice-President for Sustainable Food Systems.

Over the 2019-2020 period, the Coalition plans to build formalised coordination mechanisms, to enhance its capacity for joint advocacy work, and to establish its strategy for the medium-to-long-term. A full-time coordinator is now required to manage the activities of the Coalition and to build it into an effective advocacy and information-sharing body. The coordinator will report to the seven organizations in the Coalition’s Executive Board (IPES-Food, Slow Food, EPHA, EEB, IFOAM, SAFE and ECVC), and will be based in the Brussels offices of one or several of those organizations on a rotating basis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implementing the various activities in the Coalition action plan, including: coordinating working groups of Coalition members to implement these activities; contributing directly to Coalition outputs (e.g. open letters, briefs); promoting these positions to institutional actors; regularly updating the Executive Board on the development of various initiatives; and regularly updating the action plan;
  • Organising and chairing monthly Executive Board meetings; Organising and chairing General Assembly meetings twice/year, including follow-up reporting & task allocation;
  • Liaising regularly with national food and agriculture platforms to ensure complementary activities; Monitoring and ensuring synergies with other Brussels-based NGO platforms working on food-related policy areas;
  • Managing and expanding the membership of the coalition, and exploring new alliances;
  • Contribute to fundraising to sustain the Coalition’s work; Drafting activity reports.

Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-years experience in roles with strong EU advocacy component, e.g. policy officer;
  • Master’s level qualifications in a relevant field (e.g. Political Science, Law, Environmental Science, Food & agriculture-related topics, Communications, EU affairs);
  • Extensive knowledge of the EU institutions; good working knowledge of relevant political debates (e.g. on food security, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, GMOs, biofuels, public health, consumers issues);
  • Fluent written and spoken English, and high proficiency in at least one other European language; fluent French is a clear advantage; proficiency in one/several of the following languages a major plus: Spanish, German, Italian, Polish;
  • Ability to listen to different viewpoints, be diplomatic, have a consensus-building mindset, and communicate with clarity;
  • Good communication and networking skills and willingness to be in regular phone and email contact with Coalition partners and external actors;
  • Experience in and ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders coming from different backgrounds, cultures and sectors of civil society;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to set up and run effective internal meetings and public events;
  • Ability to prioritize a range of different tasks under time pressure, to co-develop strategies with others, and to work autonomously on delivering them;
  • Willing to travel within Europe for events & meetings (2-3 times/year).

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary commensurate to experience;
  • Fixed-term contract (CDD) of 12 months with extension foreseen;
  • Flexible working hours and possibility of remote working;
  • Opportunity to be part of an exciting EU food movement with the possibility to give your ideas and inputs.

How to apply:

Candidates must send the following documents to foodpolicycoalition@gmail.com by midnight CET on 5 September 2019(email header: NAME – Coordinator application):

  • CV, 2-page maximum;
  • Cover letter, 1-page maximum, explaining the candidate’s motivation and qualifications for the job.
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