14 September 2020


We are looking for a highly motivated Programme Manager to join our Circular Economy team. The Programme Manager will manage our activities to limit the environmental impact of plastics, and chemicals in products to drive a circular economy.


Deadline: October 9, 2020

Your main tasks will be to:

  • Promote and defend the environmental interests in the proposal, development and revision of European and international standards and related policies, in his/her areas of responsibility: plastics & chemicals in products , in cooperation with ECOS nominated experts and member organisations
  • Coordinate and implement our plastics in a circular economy projects
  • Recruit and manage the work of technical experts
  • Represent ECOS in relevant meetings, such as meetings of standardisation organisations or European institutions and workshops, conferences and other fora
  • Develop and implement work/lobbying strategies ith a view to maximise ECOS impacts
  • Engage and collaborate with our members, partners from the Rethink Plastic alliance as well as other NGOs and stakeholders
  • Develop regular updates, briefings, positions and publications for our target audiences
  • Prepare funding applications and ensure proper reporting to funders
  • In close collaboration with ECOS Operations Team, ensure proper preparation and management of budgets
  • With support and guidance from the line manager, proactively identify and engage with possible new funding bodies across the spectrum – institutions, national governments, members, foundations, and proactively develop new project ideas
  • With support and guidance from the line manager, manage the relationship with existing donors
  • The Programme Manager may be required to carry out any other tasks, including of an administrative nature, depending on the organisation’s needs.

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 at least one of the areas mentioned above
  • 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

  • A one-year maternity cover with a possibility of extension
  • 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 October 9, 2020 to: info@ecostandard.org, with the subject line “PROGRAMME MANAGER-PLASTICS: your name”. The first round of interviews will take place end of October. 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

Website by