12 March 2021

ECOS is hiring! – Programme Manager, Bioeconomy

We are looking for a highly motivated Programme Manager to join our Circular Economy team. The Programme Manager will manage our activities on bioeconomy, specifically on bio-based products, food systems, bioenergy and biodiversity.

Application deadline: 5 April 2021

Your main tasks will be to:

  • Promote environmental interests in the proposal, development and revision of European and international policies and standards, notably in the field of bioeconomy (specifically on bio-based products, food systems, bioenergy and biodiversity), in cooperation with ECOS nominated experts and member organisations
  • Develop positions on the use of biomaterials in the plastics, textiles and construction sectors, in close collaboration with relevant Programme Managers
  • Develop and implement ECOS strategy on food-systems, bioenergy and biodiversity
  • Select, manage, and oversee technical experts to assist our work
  • Represent ECOS in relevant meetings, such as meetings of standardisation organisations or European institutions and workshops, conferences and other fora
  • Engage and collaborate with our members, other NGOs and stakeholders
  • Develop regular updates, briefings, positions and publications for our target audiences
  • Prepare funding applications and ensure proper reporting to funders

Skills and experience required:

  • University degree in environmental sciences, engineering, or relevant discipline.
    Alternatively, a degree in social sciences with qualifying professional qualifications
  • Proven expertise or interest in the environmental impacts of biological resources production or of their transformation into products/energy commodities
  • Good understanding of EU policy making processes
  • Interest in technical work and/or standardisation processes
  • Commitment to the values, vision and mission of environmental NGOs
  • Familiarity with European Union funded projects
  • Strong analytical skills & ability to translate technical information into digestible information
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent writing, communication, networking and negotiation skills
  • Fluent English, other languages an asset



What we offer

  • An open-ended Belgian contract with a competitive salary package including additional benefits (meal vouchers, pension scheme, 13th month, insurances, public transport, eco-cheques) depending on skills and experience, according to the ECOS salary scale.
  • A dynamic international working environment.
  • Being part of a dedicated team whose common goal it is to protect the environment.
  • A very pleasant working environment.


How to apply:

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter by no later than 5 April 2021 to: info@ecostandard.org, with the subject line “PROGRAMME MANAGER-Bioeconomy: your name”. The first round of interviews will take place early April. We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. When applying, please mention where you found the job ad.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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