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Help us create a toxic-free environment by 2030

The evidence on how hazardous chemicals and pesticides impact people’s health and contribute to rising rates of cancer and other ill-health has been steadily growing, as has the concern of people from across Europe calling for more protective action. There is an urgency to act, especially to protect those most vulnerable to hazardous chemicals, including future generations.

In the next months and years, key EU deliberations and decisions will take place (e.g. sustainable use of pesticides, banning glyphosate, tackling PFAS contamination). HEAL, together with other health sector voices, will take action to ensure we advance towards a toxic-free environment by 2030.

Will you help?

We are looking for a new Advocacy and Campaigns Officer – someone who:

… is passionate about creating change and ensuring we can lead healthy lives on a healthy planet

… has a good grasp of EU policy-making processes and is interested in advocacy

… is a strong communicator and gets things done

Does this sound like you?

As our new Advocacy and Campaigns Officer, you’ll work with the Health and Chemicals Programme Lead on key files like the regulation on the sustainable use of pesticides and banning glyphosate. You’ll work closely with HEAL members and partners, and you’ll represent HEAL in collaboration spaces with other civil society organisations. You’ll also need to stay on top of key policy and network developments.

What we offer

You’ll join a friendly and supportive team of passionate change leaders. We’re based in Brussels in a beautiful office at Mundo-Madou, an ethical building located in the heart of the city.

It’s important to us that you feel valued and supported in your role, so here’s what we can offer you:

  • A full-time, one-year contract – renewable depending on funding (part-time negotiable)
  • A gross salary of 2,460 to 2,600 EUR per month
  • Lunch vouchers and a transport allowance
  • An end-of-year bonus (an extra monthly salary)
  • A DKV hospitalisation insurance policy
  • A complementary pension scheme (HEAL contributes 4% of your monthly salary)
  • A net 154 EUR teleworking and internet allowance per month (our team works flexibly – from the office and from home)
  • Up to 5 additional days of leave each year

You can count on us to help you learn and grow in the job so you can be successful. After completing a robust onboarding programme, you’ll have access to training and learning opportunities. You’ll be able to meet with and get to know lots of partner organisations and constituencies across the health and environment spectrum.

About HEAL

HEAL is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. We work to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health. Our alliance brings together over 90 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Browse our website for more information.

How to apply

For more information on this role, please check out the job description. It specifies the criteria we’ll refer to when reviewing applications.

To apply for this position, please complete the application form below by Monday 17 April 2023. You’ll need to upload 3 files:

  • A cover letter that explains why you think you’d be a good fit for the role and for HEAL
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A one-page letter:

In two weeks’ time, MEPs in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will be debating how to reduce pesticide use in the EU, as part of the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy. Please draft a one-page letter to MEPs making the case on why pesticides harm people’s health and presenting recommendations on what should be done.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short preliminary interview by the end of April. A second interview will be held in the second week of May.

HEAL is an equal-opportunities and family-friendly employer. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679, HEAL has a legal duty to protect any information collected from applicants. Information contained in applications may be privileged or confidential and is intended for the exclusive use of the recruitment process.

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