Deadline: 11.09.2022

Programme Manager – Toxic-free environment/


You will ensure products in key sectors such as packaging, textiles, and electronics are toxic-free by design, an absolute prerequisite to make the circular economy a reality. You will also shape ECOS strategy on chemicals & nanomaterials with a view to effectively protect people and the planet from exposure to toxic substances.

Your main tasks will be to:

  • Develop & implement ECOS strategy to ensure a toxic-free environment through robust policies & standards
  • (Help) shape a portfolio of grants & projects aligned with our strategy
  • Promote environmental interests in the proposal, development and revision of international and European policies and standards to address chemical pollution and drive toxic-free material cycles in a circular economy
  • Produce impactful materials and strategies in response to targets and opportunities
  • Manage ECOS participation in several EU funded projects
  • Select, manage, and oversee technical experts to assist our work
  • Represent ECOS in relevant meetings, such as meetings of standardisation organisations or European institutions, international fora, workshops, conferences and other platforms
  • Contribute to the work of our campaigns (such as Wardrobe Change or the Rethink Plastic alliance), and collaborate with our members, other NGOs and relevant stakeholders

Skills and experience required:

  • University degree in environmental sciences, social sciences, or relevant discipline.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience on environment-related topics
  • Previous work experience with chemicals-related policies or standards at national, EU and/or international level
  • Experience in developing & implementing strategies to achieve policy change, including as part of complex and technical discussions
  • Commitment to the values, vision and mission of environmental NGOs
  • 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 between €3.200 – €4.130 according to the ECOS salary scale and depending on skills and relevant experience of the candidate
  • A benefits package (meal vouchers, pension scheme, 13th month, excellent insurances, public transport, eco-cheques etc.)
  • A flexible, dynamic, and very pleasant international working environment
  • Being part of a dedicated team whose common goal is to protect the environment
  • A commitment to an inclusive and empowering approach to shaping your role and addressing environmental challenges

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