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Feb 20, 2022
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The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is looking for a SECRETARY GENERAL

Are you a passionate, versatile and creative leader who knows how to mobilise people behind the powerful idea of a better future where people and nature thrive together? Are you comfortable debating system change in Davos or confronting politicians over greenwashing, while also feeling at ease guiding auditors through last year’s accounts, engaging with staff on the details of the latest work-from-home policy or advising the Board on the interpretation of the statutes? Does your way of working fully embrace our core values? Do you thrive in a progressive, inclusive and multicultural work environment? Are you able to build bridges, motivate and inspire in a fast-growing organisation working in a hybrid set-up? If so, this top-level position in the European environmental movement might just be the job for you.


  • To serve Europe’s largest and most inclusive network of environmental citizens’ groups and put their concerns at the heart of EU decision-making processes
  • To lead a dynamic, growing staff body at the cutting edge of shaping policies that will create a better environment for future generations throughout Europe and beyond
  • To convince decisionmakers at the highest level of the need to turn green rhetoric into concrete action for a more sustainable planet


The EEB is the largest network of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe. We bring together over 170 member organisations from 36 countries (all EU Member States plus some accession and neighbouring countries), including a growing number of European networks, representing some 30 million individual members and supporters. Our vision is of a better future where people and nature thrive together. We advocate for progressive policies to create a better environment in the European Union and beyond.


  • Political leadership
    • Effective representation of the EEB in high-level fora
    • Building and maintaining of good lines of communication with key decisionmakers in the EU institutions, regional and global organisations, and with other strategic partners
    • Mobilisation of staff and members in pursuit of the strategic goals and policies of the organisation
  • Organisational management
    • Accountability to the Board and General Assembly for implementation of the Long-Term Strategy as well as the annual work programme and management of the budget
    • Managerial oversight of the EEB staff body, including recruitment, supervision, appraisal and motivation of staff and effective delegation
    • Oversight of financial and project/programme management
    • Ensuring that the structures and processes within the organisation are kept under review and remain fit for purpose, especially in the light of organisational growth
  • Policy oversight
    • Ability to contribute to and draw on policy expertise for political advocacy and communication
    • Formulation or approval of policy proposals for adoption by the Board or General Assembly, e.g. within draft annual work programmes
    • Resolution of policy dilemmas, especially on high-level, horizontal or interface issues
    • Judgment calls in reaction to unfolding events
  • Communication
    • Role as lead spokesperson for the EEB in high-level contexts and on horizontal topics
    • Upholding of transparent and effective communication norms, both within the organisation and externally
    • Outreach to current and potential partners to maintain and strengthen relationships
  • Membership engagement
    • Accessibility, visibility and responsiveness to member organisations
    • Effective servicing of the General Assembly, Board and other governance bodies
    • Appreciation for the breadth and diversity of the EEB’s membership
  • Fundraising
    • Engagement with existing and potential donors
    • Overseeing of fundraising strategy to consolidate and diversify funding sources


The successful candidate should have most of the following qualities, skills or experience:

  • At least 15 years of relevant work experience, of which ideally at least 10 years in leadership roles
  • Higher academic qualifications in a relevant field
  • Demonstrable environmental commitment
  • Creative, progressive thinker with strategic vision, broad policy knowledge and astute political judgment
  • Ability to see the big picture whilst having an eye for detail and translate an ambitious vision into achievable policy objectives
  • Advanced understanding and experience of EU and international environment-related policies and decision-making processes
  • Strong operational planning and prioritisation skills, ability to delegate effectively and fairly and to balance consultative and authoritative approaches
  • An eloquent, persuasive, diplomatic, media-savvy communicator in different contexts, ranging from high-level conferences through TV interviews to bilateral meetings with key decision-makers
  • Excellent written and spoken English, fluency in other languages widely spoken in the region an asset
  • Ability to build respectful, productive working relationships with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Friendly motivating personality, supportive empathic listener, emotionally intelligent, facilitative, instinctive networker
  • Extensive experience in fundraising
  • Extensive existing network of relevant contacts an asset
  • Good command of social media an asset


  • A fulltime post based in our Brussels office, under Belgian employment law
  • A competitive salary, depending on experience, coupled with various benefits (holiday bonus, 13th month, pension scheme, luncheon vouchers)
  • A permanent contract (‘contrat à durée indéterminée’)
  • A pleasant working atmosphere in an international working environment
  • A worthy cause to work for



Please send your CV, a cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for this position and the responses to the two questions below to personnel@eeb.org by 11 March 2022 at 10.00 CET. The subject line of your email must clearly state: ‘Application for Secretary General’.


  1. What do you see as the main impediments to the successful implementation of the European Green Deal, and what can the EEB do better to ensure that we overcome those obstacles? (max. 200 words)
  2. The size of the EEB’s staff body has roughly doubled over the past three years, and there is no indication that this is a temporary phenomenon. As a prospective Secretary General, which challenges would you expect this development to bring, and how would you ensure that the organisation’s growth is sustainable? (max. 200 words)


Please note

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Due to the numbers of CVs anticipated, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted
  • Shortlisted candidates will be requested to provide at least two references and a video statement
  • The EEB is an equal-opportunities and family-friendly employer
  • We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. Before applying, please read our recruitment privacy statement




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The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is looking for a Chemicals Policy Officer

The European Environmental Bureau is the largest and most inclusive European network of environmental citizens’ groups – and the only one that works on such a broad range of issues. We advocate for progressive policies to create a better environment in the European Union and beyond.

The Chemicals Policy Officer will join our Chemicals Policy team, part of the EEB’s EU Policy Unit. The successful candidate will work in a highly motivated team to build a non-toxic environment. The candidate will contribute to the revision of the REACH and CLP regulations and contribute to the regulation of hazardous chemicals through the implementation of REACH and CLP. The Policy Officer will report to the Policy Manager of the Chemicals Policy team.

The work consists of:

  • Providing technical input to the regulation of chemicals under REACH and CLP, including restriction proposals and authorisation applications
  • Representing the EEB at technical and scientific committees, including the European Chemicals Agency Risk Assessment Committee and Socioeconomic Assessment Committee and other relevant expert working groups
  • Coordinating (technical and political) input to public consultations on the regulation of chemicals with EEB members and NGO networks as well as with academia and other stakeholders
  • Providing technical and scientific input to EEB reports and position papers
  • Contributing to fundraising, applications and reporting exercises.

Qualities and experiences:

  • A relevant academic degree in the field of science or environmental policies
  • Understanding of the EU chemicals regulatory processes
  • At least three years of experience in environmental policy work, including participation in technical and /or scientific committees. Knowledge and experience in socio economic assessment is an asset
  • Good communications, organisational and networking skills
  • Confidence in interacting with colleagues, other NGOs, industry and authorities
  • Experience in using on-line communication tools
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently and as part of a team
  • Quick learner and motivated to go deeper into issues in view of finding solutions
  • Able to deliver accurate, high quality work on time and meet deadlines
  • Fluent in English
  • Availability to travel
  • Fundraising and project management skills considered as an asset
  • Shares the core values of the EEB and can demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to environmental protection and social change.

The EEB offers:

  • A monthly pre-tax salary in the range of 2.700 – 3.290 Euros/month depending on experience, plus benefits (holiday bonus, 13th month, pension scheme, luncheon vouchers)
  • An initial full-time contract of 1 year, potentially extended pending good performance and budget availability
  • A great multidisciplinary, multicultural working atmosphere and international environment in Brussels.
  • A worthy cause, working for a better future where people and nature thrive together
  • An organisation committed to our values of democracy, fairness, respect, integrity and sustainability
  • An organisation promoting a healthy life-work balance
  • A non-routine job implying involvement in several areas around chemicals policy
  • The opportunity to meet and work with environmental and health representatives and other experts at EU and international level.


How to apply:

Applications consisting of 1) a letter of motivation, 2) a comprehensive CV and 3) a completed questionnaire (see below) should be sent to personnel@eeb.orgOnly applications comprising these three elements will be considered. Please clearly mark: “Chemicals Policy Officer” in the subject of your email.

Questionnaire for candidates for this post

In your own words, please provide a brief response to the following question. Your response should not exceed 500 words.

  1. Which are the main challenges of assessing the risks of chemicals?

Location:During COVID-19 times, the EEB follows government recommendations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all its staff. We offer Belgian contracts under Belgian law. The candidate must commit to being officially registered in Belgium and working most of the time from our office in Brussels (due to the pandemic this currently entails a maximum occupancy for the office with a largely work from home in Belgium arrangement)

Deadline for Application:     27 February 2022

Interviews first round:          7-11 March 2022

Proposed starting date:       As soon as possible

The EEB is an equal-opportunities and family-friendly employer. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.

Due to limited staff resources and numbers of CVs anticipated, only candidates selected for interviews will receive a reply.

Please read our recruitment privacy statement before applying:


For more information please open this link
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JOB VACANCY: Human Resources Assistant (CIP Internship)

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is looking for a Human Resources Assistant (Paid internship based on a CIP – convention d’immersion professionnelle contract)

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is looking to recruit an HR assistant (CIP internship) to work closely with colleagues in our Finance and Administration Unit. We are looking for a highly motivated self-starter, eager to learn and contribute to the EEB’s work. The position will be a 6-month to one-year paid internship contract (‘convention d’immersion professionnelle’) based in the EEB office in Brussels.

More specifically, they will:
Offer support to the Human Resources team in day-to-day operations:

  • Compiling and updating employee records
  • Archiving documents (paper and online archives)
  • Dealing with employee requests regarding human resources issues, rules, and regulations
  • Payroll preparation
  • Recruitment process
  • Keeping internship database up to date
  • Communicating with public services, external benefit vendors and payroll office
  • Developing new policies and processes
  • Taking part in different HR-related internal task forces.

Qualities and experiences required for the post:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Administration, Human Resources Management or Psychology
  • Good written and spoken English and French
  • Ability to work independently and be pro-active
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Prepared and able to work in a dynamic working environment
  • Capability to prioritise
  • Specific aptitude in MS Office is an additional asset
  • Interest / Experience in working in an environmental organisation or other public interest NGO and in an international working environment
  • Subscribes to the EEB’s values

The EEB offers:

  • A 6-months to one-year contract – “convention d’immersion professionnelle” paid internship around 1150€ net/month with the opportunity to learn more about the functioning of an environmental organisation
  • A stimulating, international work environment
  • An organisation promoting a healthy life-work balance
  • An opportunity to work for a worthy cause.

How to apply:

To apply the candidate should submit via email in a single MS word or pdf document a CV and answers to all of the following questions (between 150 and 200 words):

  • Why do you want to work for the EEB and how is your education and experience relevant to the position?
  • Please describe a situation where you had to deal with a difficult colleague/classmate/teacher and how you went about it.
  • How would you promote employee wellbeing at workplace?

Please save the application as a pdf or doc file with the following file name: “Lastname.Firstname.HRassistant2022” and email your application (i.e. CV and answers to the questions) to personnel@eeb.org before 27 February 2022. It is not necessary to include a cover letter.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. In the email, please confirm that you have not been employed on a convention d’immersion professionnelle (CIP) contract in the past and that you are not currently enrolled in university.

Only applications that include both components (CV and answers to questions) and the above-mentioned confirmation will be considered.

Place:  During COVID-19 times, the EEB is following government recommendations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all its staff. As our contracts fall under Belgian law, the candidate must commit to being officially registered in Belgium and working most of the time from our office in Brussels. This currently entails a maximum occupancy for the office and a largely work-from-home arrangement.

Deadline for Application:    27 February 2022

Interviews first round:          2nd week of March 2022

Proposed starting date:      1 April 2022

The EEB is an equal-opportunities and family-friendly employer. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.

Please read our recruitment privacy statement before applying:


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