VACANCIES

Vacancies listed are normally to be filled at our Brussels office. However, if explicitly stated in the vacancy description, we accept remote work outside of Belgium under certain conditions that are to be discussed during the recruitment.

 

IFOAM Organics Europe is currently looking for 3 new colleagues for the Policy Unit:
– Policy Coordinator on Agriculture and the CAP
– Policy Coordinator on Agriculture and Climate Change
– Policy Assistant on Agriculture, Environment and Food

 

The deadline for application is 24 May 2021. We will only consider applications sent through the online form.

Policy Coordinator on Agriculture and the CAP

IFOAM Organics Europe, the European federation of organic food and farming, is recruiting a Policy Coordinator on Agriculture and the CAP.

Job purpose

To coordinate efficiently and professionally the policy activities of the IFOAM Organics Europe in the environment and agriculture fields, with a focus on the Common Agricultural Policy and related topics, in collaboration with the policy unit team and under the supervision of the Policy Manager.

Responsibilities

Advocate for developments within agricultural and environmental legislation (40%)

  • Research, identify and analyse relevant legislative developments in the environmental and agriculture policy fields, including the Common Agriculture Policy and its implementation at national level
  • Draft IFOAM Organics Europe position papers and advocacy material, as well as press releases and articles for both external and internal communication
  • Analyse feedback from IFOAM Organics Europe members and integrate results of internal consultations into positions
  • Effectively communicate policy activities and political developments to IFOAM Organics Europe internal structures and members
  • Liaise with researchers to develop studies to support the advocacy work

Network with policy makers, external partners and IFOAM Organics Europe’s members (40%)

  • Organise meetings with relevant policy makers
  • Liaise with IFOAM Organics Europe members and efficiently coordinate internal structures with a special focus on managing the work of the IFOAM Organics Europe’s Farmers’ Group, as well as other relevant Expert groups and Task Forces
  • Network with partner organisations and other NGOs within the relevant policy fields
  • Represent the IFOAM Organics Europe at external events as requested
  • Organise conferences and external events

Contribute to the coordination and implementation of IFOAM Organics Europe projects (20%)

  • Supervise implementation, reporting and monitoring of projects related to relevant policy aspects, as required by the Policy Manager
  • Liaise with relevant project partners
  • Organise meetings and workshops when necessary, and produce minutes and reports with the projects results
Policy Coordinator on Agriculture and Climate Change

IFOAM Organics Europe, the European federation of organic food and farming, is recruiting a Policy Coordinator on Agriculture and Climate Change.

Job purpose

To coordinate efficiently and professionally the policy activities of the IFOAM Organics Europe in the environment and agriculture fields, with a focus on climate change policy, biodiversity and related topics, in collaboration with the policy unit team and under the supervision of the Policy Manager

Responsibilities

Advocate for developments within agricultural and environmental legislation (50%)

  • Research, identify and analyse relevant legislative developments in the environmental and agriculture policy fields, with a focus on the EU policy on climate change, including the revision of the LULUCF Regulation and the EU carbon farming initiative
  • Draft IFOAM Organics Europe position papers and advocacy material, reports as well as press releases and articles for both external and internal communication
  • Analyse feedback from IFOAM Organics Europe members and integrate results of internal consultations into positions
  • Effectively communicate policy activities and political developments to IFOAM Organics Europe internal structures and members
  • Liaise with researchers to develop studies to support the advocacy work

Network with policy makers, external partners and IFOAM Organics Europe members (40%)

  • Liaise with IFOAM Organics Europe members and efficiently coordinate internal structures with a special focus on managing the work of the IFOAM Organics Europe’s Task Force on Climate Change and Biodiversity, as well as other relevant Expert groups and Interest groups
  • Network with partner organisations and other NGOs within the relevant policy fields
  • Organise meetings with relevant policy makers
  • Represent the IFOAM Organics Europe at external events as requested
  • Organise conferences and external events
  • Report in the relevant format to funders

Contribute to the coordination and implementation of IFOAM Organics Europe projects (10%)

  • Supervise implementation, reporting and monitoring of projects related to relevant policy aspects, as required by the Policy Manager
  • Liaise with relevant project partners
  • Organise meetings and workshops when necessary and produce minutes and reports with the projects results
Policy Assistant on Agriculture, Environment and Food

IFOAM Organics Europe, the European federation of organic food and farming, is recruiting a Policy Assistant on Agriculture, Environment and Food Policy.

Job purpose

To coordinate efficiently and professionally the policy activities of the IFOAM Organics Europe in the agriculture, environmental and food policy fields, with a focus on the Farm to Fork Strategy, sustainable public procurement, sustainable food systems, sustainability labelling, product environmental footprint, organic textile, and other topics designated by the Policy Manager, in collaboration with the policy unit team.

Responsibilities

Advocate for developments within food, agricultural and environmental legislation (40%)

  • Research, identify and analyse relevant legislative developments in the agriculture, food and environmental policy fields, with a focus on the implementation of the Farm to Fork strategy, in particular sustainable public procurement
  • Draft IFOAM Organics Europe position papers and advocacy material, as well as press releases and articles for both external and internal communication
  • Analyse feedback from IFOAM Organics Europe members and integrate results of internal consultations into positions
  • Effectively communicate policy activities and political developments to IFOAM Organics Europe internal structures and members
  • Liaise with researchers to develop studies to support the advocacy work

Network with policy makers, external partners and IFOAM Organics Europe members (25%)

  • Liaise with IFOAM Organics Europe members through relevant IFOAM Organics Europe internal structures such as Expert groups and Task Forces
  • Network with partner organisations and other NGOs within the relevant policy fields
  • Organise, prepare for, attend, minute and follow up meetings/phone conferences as requested
  • Organise conferences and external policy-related events

Protecting the credibility of “organic label” in the textile sector (30%)

  • Develop an advocacy strategy plan arising from IFOAM Organics Europe position paper “Organic Textile – protecting the credibility of the organic label – December 2017
  • Develop a stakeholder map of all EU and other potentially supportive bodies including identifying the respective individuals that might be interested by the advocacy activities
  • Implement the advocacy strategy which include working on the EU strategy for sustainable textile

Contribute to the coordination and implementation of IFOAM Organic Europe projects (5%)

  • Supervise implementation, reporting and monitoring of relevant projects when they are related to policy aspects, as required by the Policy Manager
  • Liaise with relevant project partners
  • Organise meetings and workshops and produce minutes and reports with the projects results when needed

VOLUNTEER VIA THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS (ESC)

About the European Solidarity Corps

IFOAM Organics Europe does not offer internships. As we do like to offer young people the opportunity to gain experience at the heart of the European organic movement, we recruit volunteers for up to 11 months. We usually issue a call for volunteers each spring.

Volunteering as part of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) provides young people with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through a full-time volunteering activity in a foreign country for up to one year. Young volunteers can develop new skills and improve their personal, educational and professional development. More information about ESC is available on the European Solidarity Corps website. Erasmus + funds the ESC (previously European Voluntary Service, or EVS)

To learn more about being a ESC volunteer at IFOAM Organics Europe, please read our ESC 2021-2022 guide for applicants.

Open positions

Sorry, there are no open positions for ESC volunteers. We generally publish a new call for volunteers every year around March/April.

However, sometimes we open vacancies throughout the year. We publish our vacancies on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contact & more information

Did you not find what you were looking for on this page? Contact employment@organicseurope.bio

Testimonials from volunteers

“You’d like to do something practical, with a visible impact, and to get to know the heart of Europe, policy making and lobbying work, the organic movement, like-minded people, new languages and cultures, including the broad diversity of Belgian beer, and – not least – yourself better? Volunteering at IFOAM Organics Europe offers you all that – and much more. It’s a rich experience that allows you to participate in making food and farming in Europe more sustainable, and to gain practical experiences and skills in the European organic sector – from advocacy for organic research, innovation and practice to new communication tools and a hands-on farm stay. For me, it was the first time that I was living abroad for so long – a big step that my colleagues and EVS network made a lot easier. I can only encourage you to do it, and to make the most of it. It’s a unique opportunity to grow, gain new perspectives and friends and get to know yourself and your capabilities and interests better. Not only did I feel very welcome in the multicultural and multilingual EU capital where almost everyone comes from somewhere else, but I could also profit from the numerous events the vibrant city has to offer year-round. Ultimately, my EVS made me more political, active and empathetic – in other words, fit for the challenges of the future.”

Maria Gernert (DE)
Former volunteer in the Research&Innovation Unit
2018/2019

“Volunteering at IFOAM Organics Europe is a truly rewarding experience, both on a professional and personal level. Get to know this vibrant city of Brussels, meet inspiring people, drink beers (a lot!), learn more about organic agriculture and EU legislation and develop a wide range of skills! Knowledge and friendships are awaiting!”

Bérénice Cau (FR)
Former volunteer in the Projects & Fundraising Unit
2019/2020

“I did not know much about IFOAM Organics Europe when I saw the ESC vacancy, but I shared its values of protecting biodiversity, caring for nature and fairness in the food production processes. During my volunteering I learned a lot about the organic sector and, being based in Brussels, I gained a better understanding of European Union’s institutions and importance of advocacy work.”

Katarina Šeme (SI)
Former volunteer in the Communication Unit - 2019/2020
2019/2020

“Volunteering at IFOAM Organics Europe is an excellent opportunity to gain more in-depth understanding of the organic sector and the impact of EU legislation. Working in the communication team has taught me the importance and power of the messages we share to make Europe more organic. Beside the knowledge I gain, the vibrant city of Brussels is full of inspiring, smart and interesting people who enrich and refine my experience even more.”

Triin Viilvere
Former volunteer at IFOAM Organics Europe
2016/2017
 
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