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Policy & Strategy Director

WWF European Policy Office

Deadline 11.06.2023 €6,000-€7,000/month (est.)

WWF European Policy Office is looking for a Policy & Strategy Director

We are looking for a full time Policy & Strategy Director to be based in our WWF European Policy Office (WWF EPO) in Brussels. The European Policy Office helps shape EU policies that impact on the European and global environment. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.Location: WWF European Policy Office in Brussels

Main responsibilities:

This is a new role, driving EPO strategic policy development, planning, and learning; steering and ensuring consistency on the delivery of WWF EPO policy strategy; driving commitment and buy-in from WWF network of EPO policy strategies & programmes; ensuring a consistent engagement with EU institutions and partners and provides line-management to EPO policy & strategy team.

  • Strategic planning, monitoring and learning: drives WWF EPO strategic development, planning, reporting and learning;

  • WWF Network engagement: drives commitment and buy-in from WWF network of EPO policy strategies & programmes (in coordination with EPO Programme Director);

  • WWF EPO EU Engagement: ensures WWF EPO consistent engagement with EU institutions and partners;

  • Managing EPO’s policy & strategy team: leads, motivates, manages, and develops a small policy & strategy team (2 FTE).

 What you need: required qualifications and skills/competencies:

  • Relevant and extensive experience preferably in political science, international relations and/ or law;

  • ​Politically savvy, has an excellent knowledge and curiosity of EU political and policy formulation processes; 

  • Demonstrable track record of influencing political decision-making at a high level;

  • Strong experience leading advocacy strategy development; 

  • Experience and demonstrable success of leading change and bringing people on a journey constructively and empathetically; experience and understanding of working in large international organisations and/or NGOs networks and families;

  • Experience of building strong networks and relationships with NGOs, corporates, institutions and governments;

  • Ability to set objectives and deliver results that have a significant impact;

  • Ability to analyse complex issues and modify working methods, strategies and approaches as required;

  • Ability to plan, prioritise and seeking out innovative solutions; 

  • Can explain facts, practices, policies, etc. to external parties where there may be skepticism or reluctance to agree, as well as having excellent negotiation and communication skills;

  • Leadership experience, ability to mentor and develop multicultural teams, fostering and maintaining a supportive and caring work environment, collaboration, and learning;

  • A strong interest in and commitment to environmental, climate and sustainability issues;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;

  • A firm commitment to WWF’s mission (“to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature”) and its values: courage, integrity, respect, collaboration.

Remuneration package:

WWF European Policy Office offers a competitive package of pay and other benefits.
The indicative base salary range for this role would be around 6.000 to 7.000 € gross per month, with the final figure depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate. WWF European Policy Office also offers a range of additional benefits, including allowances for lunch, public transport and home working, health insurance, pension plan, paid holiday and additional months of pay in accordance with Belgian law.

Further details:

Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position.

How to apply?

Please send your application to recruitments@wwf.eu and address it to Mrs Ester Asin.

Please write “Application Policy & Strategy Director” in the subject line, and include a single PDF document with your up to date CV and cover letter, outlining why you would be a good candidate for the role.
Please also confirm that you have the legal right to work full time in Belgium.

Deadline for applications: midnight Brussels time on 11 June 2023

The WWF European Policy Office is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

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