We are looking for a full time Head of Unit, EU Climate and Energy Policy to be based in our WWF European Policy Office (WWF EPO) in Brussels. The European Policy Office helps shape EU policies that impact on the European and global environment. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.


Main responsibilities:

Policy & Advocacy

  • Initiates, supervises and coordinates WWF EPO strategy and actions on WWF’s EU climate & energy priority areas;
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key EU institutional stakeholders, advocates for and represents WWF’s positions on climate and energy towards EU institutions;
  • Contributes to building and rolling out EPO-related campaigns and communications; serves as the lead EPO spokesperson on climate and energy issues.

Network Coordination

  • Coordinates WWF European climate & energy network team; provides strategic direction, shares technical and scientific advice and policy expertise on EU issues, works in close cooperation with WWF offices;
  • Interacts and represents EPO in WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Practice, and other international WWF initiatives to provide EU expertise; supports implementation of WWF global objectives;
  • Partners with European NGOs and other strategic allies to develop common advocacy positions and alliances.

Management & Fundraising

  • Manages, leads and coordinates WWF EPO climate and energy team;
  • Contributes to EPO strategic planning and implementation; provides technical expertise & guidance on European climate and energy issues to EPO’s senior management and staff;
  • Maintains relationships to funders and carries out fundraising activities for a significant portion of team financing as well as supports office-wide fundraising activities as relevant.

What you need:

Required Qualifications:

  • Over 10 years of proven professional and management experience relevant to the profile of the position, ideally on energy and/or climate policy or related policies;
  • Experience of and deep knowledge about the ‘European political system’ and the EU-based institutions as well as the European energy and climate policy;
  • Proven experience as strategist and networker; experience on fundraising would be an asset;
  • Team management skills, competencies and experience;
  • Professional experience working within the NGO context would be an advantage.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Has a genuine interest in WWFs mission, identifies & aligns with the core values of WWF: Courage, Respect, Integrity, Collaboration;
  • Proven leadership skills to develop and mentor a highly influential multi-disciplinary, multicultural team;
  • Very good project management skills related to advocacy and policy processes;
  • Strong oral and written communication and representation skills in English, other languages are an advantage;
  • Excellent collaboration skills to engage colleagues and internal and external networks

Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position.

How to apply?

Please send a single PDF document with your updated CV and Motivation Letter to recruitments@wwf.eu

Applications deadline: 17 January 2022 midnight.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce

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