EU Paper campaigner vacancy
EPN International, together with its member organization Fern, is seeking a campaigner to work on EU pulp and paper issues, in particular the Single-Use Directive and related packaging policy work at the EU level.
The position will ideally be based in Brussels, hosted by Fern at its office. Remote working is possible, as long as there is the commitment to frequent travel and a regular presence in Brussels when relevant for the political calendar.
The candidate(s) should be able to start as soon as possible, the position is envisaged initially for 6 months, with a likely extension for another 6 months. Ideally the role will be covered on a full time basis, with the possibility of part time (minimum: 3 days/week). It might be extended beyond that date depending on the needs of the organization.
Develop and implement high-impact advocacy strategies and tactics, including advocacy and communications for the EPN network to influence upcoming legislative reviews of packaging-related legislation;
Facilitate the discussion in the network to identify key legislative measures that EPN should advocate in favor of;
Coordinate with EPN members in European countries and beyond where the EU political developments could have an impact;
Liaise with global south campaigners about what southern groups would want to see included in the legislation;
Represent EPN through active participation in coalitions working on this topic, providing collaboration and guidance to maximize effectiveness and grow support for policies;
Assist EPN in identifying and evaluating potential legal tactics to challenge paper packaging expansion in the EU;
Engage with MEPs and other EU actors to convene meetings and discuss relevant topics.
3+ years working experience in policy advocacy at EU level
University Degree in relevant fields
Demonstrated ability to analyze and translate complex scientific, legal and policy matters for advocacy purposes
Demonstrated ability to identify and expose harmful industry narratives and policies
Strong strategic skills relevant to policy, advocacy and project development
Substantial and demonstrable knowledge of and experience with the EU legislative process
Knowledge of nature-based solutions and broader forestry topics
Demonstrated ability to build and work within broad coalitions that reach beyond the traditional environmental community
Track record of success in promoting advocacy goals
Persuasive verbal and written communication skills in English; other languages like Spanish as priority, or German/French, an advantage
Strong interpersonal, relationship-building and networking skills, with the ability and drive to engage/motivate organizations of different sizes and values in Europe
Substantial experience with public speaking and oral advocacy with decision makers
Commitment to EPN values and mission.
ASSIGNMENT: please put together a short strategy (no more than half a page) for how to reduce single-use paper consumption through EU policies.
What we offer
Fern and EPN are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability.
REMUNERATION: each EPN staff member is paid the same amount per day/time, independently from position, role, experience, country of residence. The remuneration for each EPN International's role is calculated on the basis of 260EUR/day. This position is ideally full time but could be 3 days/week.
How to apply
To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter and the assignment to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The vacancy will remain open until we will successfully fill the position.
Due to the volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. If you would like to discuss the job, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Environmental Paper Network (EPN) is a non-profit environmental advocacy network of over 150 civil society organizations working worldwide towards the Global Paper Vision. This Vision expresses our common goal to create transformational change in the pulp and paper industry and wider society, so that paper production and use contributes to a clean, healthy, just and sustainable future for life on earth.
EPN International is the organizing hub for members of the Network who are anywhere in the world outside of North America and China.
Fern is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created in 1995. Our mission is to achieve greater environmental and social justice, focusing on forests and forest peoples' rights in the policies and practices of the European Union. We do this by co-ordinating NGO networks and by working with partners to achieve change.
We believe that to be effective it is essential to understand and address the social dimension of environmental conflicts; that strong coalitions are more likely to achieve lasting change; and that presenting ways forward is more effective than highlighting problems. We are committed to tackling gender injustice and supporting women's rights.
We have no director and strive to make decisions by consensus. Details of our current work areas and campaigns can be found at www.fern.org. We currently have 18 staff working from two offices, in Brussels (Belgium) and Moreton-in-Marsh (UK), and work with Partner organizations in Ghana, Liberia, Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Vietnam, Laos and the UK. The partner organizations are in most cases small NGOs, with varying financial and administrative capacities.