Climate Justice and Energy Programme Coordinator


Organization Name: Friends of the Earth Europe
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 20-August-2019
Closing Date: 15-September-2019

Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) is seeking a Climate Justice and Energy programme Coordinator

Deadline: 15th September 2019 (start date as soon as possible)

Based in: Friends of the Earth Europe office, Brussels

Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment. We unite over 30 national organisations with thousands of local groups and form part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a green NGO working at the European level. You will be working in a highly respected campaigning organisation, as part of a vibrant European network.

Purpose of the role:

To enable FoEE to progress towards its vision and strategy through the achievement of its campaigning goals and, more specifically, to develop and deliver a successful Climate Justice and Energy programme strategy.

Key responsibilities:

1. Programme Coordination and Leadership

• Develop programme vision and strategy in conjunction with FoEE member groups, other programmes and relevant FoEE staff and develop specific campaigns (including FoEE’s Fossil Free Europe campaign, and work on resisting gas, energy savings and energy poverty, community renewables, just transition) to deliver on the overarching programme aim and objectives
• Ensure the political coherence of the programme and its campaigns and alignment with FoEE strategy
• Work closely with the Director and FoEE team to maintain detailed and up-to-date knowledge of the environmental, political, economic, and social context for the programme, including identifying and integrating new political opportunities into the programme strategy
• Ensure the coherence and integration in all FoEE's programmes, primarily through participation in the coordination and management team
• Represent the programme internally and externally
• Engage in targeted lobbying and advocacy on behalf of FoEE
• Build and maintain excellent external relations, especially with senior representatives and decision-makers
• Identify potential partner organisations and social movements, and determine the type and level of relationships with the campaigns and/or the CJE programme

2. Fundraising and budget management

• Together with the Fundraising Coordinator ensure that the programme and its campaigns are adequately funded to deliver their agreed objectives
• Identify fundraising priorities and develop relationships with funders
• Ensure funder criteria are known by campaigners and that fundraising and reporting deadlines are met
• Together with the Finance Manager draft and manage the allocated programme and campaign(s) budget
• Ensure campaigners deliver impactful campaigns which meet funder requirements
• Work closely with the Finance Team on reporting and tracking expenditure

3. Network Engagement and communications

• Ensure member groups are kept up to date with campaigns’ developments, including relevant political developments and opportunities
• Actively seek opportunities for movement-building and for members to engage in activities including communications activities
• Ensure capacity building activities are integrated into programme and campaign plans
• Together with the Communications Team ensure that the programme designs and delivers high quality communications
• Ensure good relationships between the programme and relevant media and that communications tools are regularly updated.

4. Staff Leadership and team membership

• Provide line-management support for campaigners, including annual appraisals, delivery of the work plans and the identification of development needs; supervise ongoing work and providing support where needed.
• Ensure professional development of individual campaigners
• Undertake specific projects on behalf of the team, actively participate in programme and network meetings and events and undertake training and self-development as required.

Essential requirements:

• Strong commitment to the values, vision and mission of Friends of the Earth Europe
• Substantial experience of leading campaigns, preferably at European level
• A global knowledge and understanding of climate and energy issues
• An excellent understanding of the workings of EU institutions, and key international bodies e.g., UN
• Able to analyse and interpret political, economic and social trends
• Able to communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences
• Able to develop compelling strategy and position papers
• Able to manage a budget required for multiple campaigns and programme management, including co-financing requirements
• A track record of successful lobbying and advocacy work
• Demonstrable experience of successful fundraising
• Proven experience of managing and leading a talented and creative team
• Able to travel abroad, sometimes for trips of several days and to undertake occasional evening and weekend work
• Ability to work in a multicultural and international team and network
• A relevant university degree
• Excellent written and spoken English, other European languages an asset

Desirable requirements:

• Have a background in NGOs or voluntary activities
• Experience of leading campaigns at pan-European or international level
• Experience of leading a programme with multiple campaigns

The position is based in Brussels (full-time, 5 days a week) in the FoEE office.

We offer a salary between Euro 3.778 and 4.009 gross per month, depending on experience. FoE Europe offers an attractive benefits package, including a 13th month salary, lunch vouchers, an additional 5 days of holidays per year, pension scheme, hospitalisation and comprehensive travel insurance. We also offer full coverage of train travel in case of commuting within Belgium. FoEE offers a motivating working environment in an international NGO and office located in an environmentally-friendly NGO building.

Conditions are according to Belgian legislation; hence the position is open solely to persons with the right to live and work in the EU.

Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes candidates of all descriptions, regardless of age, sexual orientation, marital status, wealth, religious, philosophical or political beliefs, language, present or future state of health, disability, physical or genetic characteristics, gender, pregnancy, parental status, change of sex, nationality, race, skin colour, ancestry, nationality, descent, national or ethnic or social origin.

FoE Europe strives to make our office as diverse as possible.

If you feel you meet our criteria, and are inspired by the objectives and challenges of the position, please send us a motivation letter with a CV and contact details for two references to by midnight on 15.09.2019. The recruitment process will consist of two steps: an online test that will help selecting candidates for an interview. The test and interview are planned between 1st and 15th October 2019.

FoEE will store your application and all corresponding data for a period of 6 months after the job advert closes. If you would like us to keep your CV and application letter on file, please indicate this in your email.

Only candidates selected for the test and interviews will be contacted – thank you for your understanding.

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