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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.

The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) is the most transformative chemical policy initiative at European level in 20 years and is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to rethink Europe’s approach to chemicals management. Some important elements of the CSS have been delivered but effective reforms of the EU regulatory framework are still urgently needed. HEAL, together with other health sector voices, will take action to ensure we advance towards a toxic-free environment by 2030.

We are looking for a new Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer to join our Health and Chemicals programme –  we need someone who:

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

…   has a strong experience in working on EU-level policy and advocacy, ideally on the health impacts of chemical pollution

…   is a sharp analytical and strategic thinker

Does this sound like you?

As our new Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, you’ll join the Health and Chemicals team where you’ll be responsible for developing and implementing effective advocacy strategies to promote HEAL’s health-protective policy recommendations. You’ll monitor EU chemical policy files, scientific studies and research on topics that are relevant to HEAL’s regulatory priorities, identify strategic opportunities and advise the Programme Lead on the development of science-based policy positions. You’ll also contribute to capacity-building and health engagement efforts with HEAL members and other health actors.

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, permanent contract (part-time negotiable)
  • A gross salary of 3,800 to 4,000 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.

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 form below by Sunday 7 January 2024. You’ll need to upload 2 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

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short preliminary interview by mid-January. A second interview will be held by the end of January.


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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